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Everything posted by mbernhardt

  1. Thanks. At this point I'm trying out Carbon Copy Cloner for local backup of my 6 machines ($39 for all of them!), and will continue with Crashplan for cloud backup for the time being. I'm rather liking not having to deal with being dependent on a server that seems to require far too much administration (backup sets getting corrupted, not connecting to clients). Retrospect used to be a no-brainer but it's too problematic for me at this point.
  2. David, has anything come of this since your last post? I found that if I deleted the client from the server, then deleted the client software, then installed new and reattached to the server, it would work for a while. But it never lasted. I've been a Retrospect user since the late 1980s and I'm very frustrated to now have these problems with my relatively simple needs. I started using CrashPlan because I was tired of the -530 errors, and unlike you I didn't have time to really study them. Now, I have to look at yet another solution unless I want to pay a lot more money. I haven't used Retrospect in several months and I don't want to pay for an upgrade unless they have solved this problem.
  3. Thanks. I deleted all of the snapshots, let it groom, and now I'm backing up the server again. I'm good! Not sure if this is new or not, but Retrospect actually asked me if I wanted to groom the backup set after I deleted the snapshots.
  4. We are using v11 for Windows. We accidentally backed up many GB of unnecessary files from a particular server, one of many servers that were backed up. I don't want to just recycle the backup set and start over. I have added the evil directory to the list of items to ignore going forward. But I would like to remove it from the backup in order to save space on the destination. Can I do that and if so, how? I don't want to wait for grooming to age it out.
  5. Hopw about deletling all of a single client's files from the backup set? Is that possible? Then I would just back up the client again.
  6. Well I completely uninstalled everything including anything I could find in the Library other than my catalogs, and reinstalled. I think it's working now. I don't know how to delete this question though...
  7. I just bought the latest Retrospect 11 and upgraded from the latest 10. The console came up and everything worked but it didn't ask for a license. There was an additional update to do. I ran it and now the engine doesn't start so the console sees nothing except "Trying to connect to" Activity monitor shows no retrospect processes running. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling, no go. When I open the Retrospect preference pane, it shows that the engine is not running, but the start button doesn't do anything. What do I do? HELP!
  8. I'm running Retrospect and have a single remote Mac client running the same version. This problem has been going on with earlier versions also though: The server can't communicate ith the client, saying that it's "busy or unavailable." Messing with the client does not help. This happens every few weeks- or at least I notice it every few weeks, since I don't check the backup log every day (I back up every day). I finally discovered that the way to bring it back on line is to re-add it on the server. I don't even have to delete it first. Has anyone else experienced this, and what's the solution?
  9. It worked for me too. Case closed.
  10. We have several SPARC Solaris 8/9 clients. We have had not problem with them through retrospect 7.7. But they don't work anymore with 8. Retrospect failed to let us know that when they were promoting 8 to us. Retrospect does communicate with the solaris client but can't read the file system. When trying to view volumes from the server, I get the error "can't track volumes error -1101 Backups do not happen. Has anyone figured out how to make it work? What's it going to take to get Retrospect to put a few hours into this and make it work?
  11. These issues are completely off-topic from my question.
  12. I did contact support and all they told me was that SPARC isn't supported any more. I responded with the same question I asked here but they didn't deign to answer me. My hope is that someone has figured out a workaround.
  13. mbernhardt

    Retrospect 8 opinion?

    When is this going to be ready? I am seeing this issue with thousands of files. I have 8.0.0(199). Incidentally, the Check Updates tool keeps opening 2 windows: 1 tells me that 8.0.0 is available, the other says I have the latest version.
  14. mbernhardt

    Disk backup set missing free space

    Yes I can. I think I'm going to solve it by just deleting the backup set, creating a new one and giving it the max possible. I just did that on the 2nd backup set and was able to give it "100%," which is 931 GB according to retrospect. I still wonder why it says this when the drive has more than that available. Next week I'll replace the other backup set and I should be good to go.
  15. Can someone explain to me why this is happening: I have a 1TB hard disk on which I have a backup set. Get Info on the drive shows approx 574 GB used and 426 GB free. But the backup set shows 318 GB used and 397GB free. Is the difference due to overhead or something? That's 30% of the drive! Is there a more efficient way to backup to a hard drive? I'm not using compression but one of the drives I'm backing up has a ton of DV video and I'm not sure how compressible that is.
  16. mbernhardt

    Disk backup set missing free space

    That's what I tried to do. I select the Backup set member, click on the edit icon, and drill down to the backup set "member" (the directory with the name of the backup set member), and tell it to use 100%, which it tells me is 931GB. Then I close the window. But it doesn't move the capacity of the backup set past 714 GB.
  17. I'm running latest Leopard on an Intel Mac, with a firewire Tandberg VXA320. Under Retrospect 6, if I needed to reboot, I could just do it because it was just an application that ran on a schedule. However, the new 8.x engine grabs hold and sometimes doesn't let go for a LONG time- sometimes 10 minutes. I can shut down the engine first, but that can take a long time too. Retrospect wants to rewind the tape firstand sometimes communication with the tape drive which causes everything to just sit there half-shut down. Is it always going to be this way or is a fix on the way? I can understand this behavior if I was doing proactive backups, but I'm not. I would like the engine to just let go on a reboot and not try to communicate with the tape drive.
  18. I don't agree. I can rebuild the machine if the OS is lost, but I can't rebuild user data. Some earlier discussions indicated that user data might be reliably backed up and restored under 6.1 and Snow Leopard. I'm checking whether people have found that to be true.
  19. Now that people have had a chance to work with it a bit: May I safely assume from what I've read, that as long as what I'm backing up is limited to my home directory and other non-system directories, I should be able to run 6.1 under Snow Leopard with Rosetta and have no problems with backup and restore? I understand the EMC may not support this configuration officially, but will it work reliably?
  20. Thanks. As I said, I understand that it's not supported and has limitations. Nonetheless, you and others have indicated that it *should* still work in practice for user files at least. So my question is more to customers out there: Are you using it? Is it working?
  21. mbernhardt

    Rebooting Mac takes forever

    I have found that using the preference pane to turn off the retrospect engine takes forever also. Yes, some sort of script could help when they're available. Then I could write something that might make things work better for me. I could probably write something in Perl right now and put it in the desktop, but as I don't know the impacts of just turning Retroengine on and off cold, I don't want to go there.
  22. I have a Tandberg VXA-320 connected via firewire. Under Retrospect 6, I could do a Recycle backup of the local drive and 2 networked clients, plus 6incremental backups, all on one tape. Under Retrospect 8, The recycle backup runs out of space after the local drive and 1 networked client have even completed. Tandberg says they think the problem is that Retrospect 8 is not buffering data to the drive as efficiently as 6 did, which causes tape to be wasted. Is this an accurate assessment and if so, when will it be fixed?
  23. mbernhardt

    Rebooting Mac takes forever

    I kind of figured that. So if 6 doesn't turn out to work with Snow Leopard, when it's time to upgrade I either buy a new mini or buy new software and give up my backups to tape (which I do specifically so that I can put last weeks's set in the fire safe). Not-so-simple question #2: Might EMC come out with a home-user version of Retrospect that doesn't require a server-based configuration, more similar to 6? I mean, I'm a household with 2 desktops and a laptop. I should be able to reboot my iMac without headaches if my son wants to play a PC game or I have an update to install. I am feeling abandoned since EMC is probably a lot less interested in people like me than Dantz was, but they will lose a ton of us.
  24. mbernhardt

    Rebooting Mac takes forever

    Last night I reinstalled Retrospect 6. After using the VXA Tool to erase the tape, I was able to back up with no errors. It used less tape, and it only takes 30 seconds or so for it to park the tape when it quits, so if I need to reboot my Mac will do it without making me wait for 5-10 minutes. Is there a chance that EMC will continue to support Retrospect 6 if it at least partly works with Snow Leopard (in other words, write a maintenance update for it)? I have been using Retrospect since it was Diskfit. But Retrospect 8 is really set up to run on a server, not on a desktop. And unless I buy a Mac Mini just for the purpose, I may find myself having to use some other solution at some point.
  25. mbernhardt

    Backups under v8 take more space than v6

    So yesterday I reinstalled Retrospect 6. Between the 2 desktops, I had about 195GB of used hard disk space, which filled 166GB on one tape. I still have at least some room on the tape for the nightly incremental backups. I sure hope it works with Snow Leopard!