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  1. Activity monitor doesn't work here either W2K3 server. Just comes up blank.
  2. Hi Mris- I am having the same problem but your suggestion helped. Actually in my version of mstsc the switch /admin worked. Try: mstsc /admin /v:banana I got into the console and could see Retrospect. I also had the same weird errors. I use enhanced IE security and noticed a pop-up when I first tried to use the activity monitor.
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    Error -540

    Also just want to say thank you to the posters on this thread. Found it via google NOT the search in the forum and it has fixed my problems with Error -540s on our new linux client.
  4. Hi- I have been performing transfer of snapshots to DVD backups every two weeks on two seperate sets for almost a year with a reasonable level of success. I am using Retrospect Server 7.0.344 (Update And using a DVD burner from La Cie (DVD_RW ND-3500AG) (NEC DVD DL 1.56). This is a supported burner but I did have some teething problems. I updated the firmware and tried a few different brands of DVD+R. Finally I was able to get a good backup working with none or very few (less than 1 per 10-20 DVDs) errors during verify. This was fine for at least a few months during at which time I had burnt over 200 disks and sucessfully verified them. However of late, during verify there has been an error 105, which stops the verify immediately. Quote: From Retrospect: Script "DVD Backup B" failed during automatic execution, error -105 (unexpected end of data). Please launch Retrospect and check the log for details. The problem is the backup verify stops and doesn't check the other disks. This is a major problem because the set now contains over 200 disks. I cannot realistically perform a verify media on all 200 every two weeks without going insane. How can I just check those disks after the verify quits? In the last transfer, I had burnt about 30 disks and only verified about 8 before I got the error. Also does this mean there is a problem with the drive? The disks or the software? Will retrospect want to reburn the whole lot again, another 30+ discs or will it assume the others are fine? Sorry for the long post but this is driving me crazy and I don't want to have to start new DVD backup sets as that would be well over 150 discs for each set (2). Thanks, Fraser
  5. FSim

    Retrospect 7.5 Released

    I just checked the EMC website. We have Retrospect 7.0. Is it really the case that the upgrade from 7.0 costs the same as from earlier versions and there really isn't any discount for staying up to date. Cheers, Fraser
  6. Hi- I am trying to use disk grooming to improve performance over the recycle and complete backup protocol we currently use. Retrospect Single Server 7.0.344; Update We have two disk sets each about 600 Gb. After a series of backups I tried the grooming operation in the backup set properties window. As you can see it took a very long time... Quote: + Executing Grooming at 8/10/2006 2:45 PM (Execution unit 1) Grooming Backup Set Backup Set - Lab... Groomed 78.2 GB from Backup Set Backup Set - Lab. 8/13/2006 2:57:32 PM: Execution completed successfully Duration: 2 23:27:29 (00:52:44 idle/loading/preparing) Almost 3 days is too long. It takes about 2 days to completely backup about 400gb data over the 100Mbit network from scratch. Grooming is occuring locally on the RAID5 array in the server so it should be faster IMO. Any ideas, suggestions? Thanks, Fraser
  7. Hi- I would like to know the expected speed for backup of clients over a 100mbit network. The server is running Retrospect Server 7.0. The backup is to a RAID5 NAS and does compression in software. The speed is between 140-270 on fast clients. And lower on older clients. I am guessing the speed is maxing out because the network is limiting at 270Mb/min. Please let me know your experiences and what speeds people have had on gigabit networks... Cheers, Fraser
  8. Update I tried a new USB/Firewire adapter, an Adaptec DuoConnect, with 3x USB2 and 2x Firewire. I also downloaded the LaCie update software released in Jun 05. (This crashed my system when running with drive connected to motherboard USB) Updated LaCie drive using USB on Adaptec card. Rebooted and tried Retrospect -> Devices. Boom it crashed as before. So then I tried the firewire option. Retrospect DOESNT crash!!! Ok. So that has fixed that problem. Lets see if having that solved will improve the consistency of the DVD+R backups....
  9. Ok. So I unistalled the USB ports in device manager and had them reinstall. I also installed the latest intel chipset drivers and the latest BIOS from DELL. Rebooted and everything is running fine. But Retrospect still manages to crash the machine when I right click on the drive. Stangely enough this doesn't happen when the drive is connected to another machine, so it is probably something about the server. I did notice that USB support on servers isn't a top priority for DELL... I'll try a PCI USB/Firewire add-on card and see if that helps. Cheers, Fraser
  10. Ok, repeated after I unstalled the hub completely. Same problem, same blue screen. DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL STOP 0x000000D1 (0x01D3DB95,0x00000002,0x00000000,0xB90BA967) USBSTOR.SYS - Address B90BA967 base at B90B9000, DateStamp 42435bb6 Any ideas or should I give up on using this burner with Retrospect?
  11. Ok. I just tried it. The DVD burner is directly attached to the USB port at the back of the server. I switched off the three USB hard-drives attached to the USB hub, leaving the hub switched on and plugged in. I right clicked on the device in Retrospect and boom, it crashed again... There are two USB ports in the back of the machine. Its a DELL Poweredge 700. The USB comes of the motherboard and there have not been any driver updates for the BIOS or motherboard. I'll repeat after I remove the hub completely but I'm not holding my breath. Fraser
  12. I'll try it later on this week or next when I can afford another server crash. (It's currently running a complex algorithm that takes 4 days to complete) Thanks, Fraser PS. It was on a USB hub but I moved it off. Hopefully that'll fix it but I'll let you know.
  13. Retrospect consistently crashes my server when I right click on my DVD burner in the Storage Devices/Environment pages. This does not occur when I right click on the CD-RW also installed. The crash causes a BSOD in USBSTOR.SYS which then creates a memory dump and restart. This occurs every time. I have tried an uninstall reinstall of retrospect - no help. Running: Win2K3 SP1, P4 2.8Ghz, 1.5 GB Ram, 4 x 250gb HD in RAID 5, with three external 250Gb USB HDs and an external DVD burner (LaCie dual layer DVDRW) Retrospect Single Server 7.0.326 Retrospect Update, version Device Details in Retrospect vendor _NEC product ND-3500AG driver NEC DVD DL (1.56) Please help! Fraser
  14. I have also been getting these error messages. As above, they appear after Retrospect is closed. I am running a Win2K3 server with Retrospect 7 Single Server. It did have Easy CD creator Basic 5 installed but I just uninstalled it. I still get the error message. Retrospect Version 7.0.326 Retrospect Update, version
  15. Ok. Firstly last night it was able to backup drive E when the client was not logged in. drive C generated the same error. I am able to backup drive C via the network share C$ with performance in the mid-100's MB/min. So no problems with the network either. It must be a problem with the client! Note: this client had retrospect express installed on it previously - could this somehow conflict the client installation...