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  1. It would be great to have a notes tab in the Backup clients properties. I would love to be able to put in things like a point of contact for the computer, location, telephone number...
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    Installing Client Remotely

    Mac or Windows Clients?
  3. I have had assertion error crashes in the past, too. I backup disk to disk. If Retrospect crashes for ANY reason, you MUST repair the catalogs. Tools > Repair Catalogs> Update existing Catalog File. Most of the time the catalogs will be just fine, but until you do this it will crash again and again.
  4. After reading some other threads about grooming, I am going to stay away from it. It looks like It would take well over 24 hours to groom each backup set. I think I will rotate through two backup sets and just recycle them after two months or so.
  5. I am looking for some suggestions for a large Retrospect deployment. Here is the equipment I have to work with and the environment. Backup Servers - 2 HP Prolient servers. Each with 2 - 3 Ghz Xeon processors. 6 GB RAM - More RAM is coming if needed. Storage - Each server has a fiber connected RAID. Approximately 14 TB each. It can be sliced up however it is needed. No tape drives. We are going to backup direct to disk. Software - Retrospect 7.5.387 (latest) Multi Server. Unlimited clients and User Initiated Restore licenses. Clients - 400+ Macs running 10.4.x. PPC and Intel. They all have the latest Retrospect client. Network - The network is large. 50+ VLANs covering the campus, organized geographically by building/floor. I.E. Building 1 floor 1 VLAN, Building 17 floor 3... My thoughts - I have already discovered and added all the clients. They are organized alphabetically by hostname on the servers. I want to use Proactive Backups. I want to use about 6 backup streams, leaving 2 streams for UIR (User Initiated Restores). I want to go direct to disk. 28TB, 14TB on each server, sounds like a lot of storage. But I know it won't last forever. Questions - If I use multiple backup sets to allow for multiple streams, how should I organize the storage? One large volume, or a partition for each backup set? The advantage of putting all my backup sets on one volume as opposed to multiple partitions is that balancing the size is easier. How well does grooming work on very large backup sets? I tried it before on a set over 1TB, and it never seemed to work well. Overall I think I have the hardware to handle this. The network is fast enough. I'm just wondering what to do about the backup sets. Does grooming work well enough that my drives won't fill up after 2 months, and if they do will Retrospect groom out the older data?
  6. Retrospect 6.5.350 HP quad Xeon 2.8 GHz with fiber gigabit NIC. I have around 100 Mac Client on 4 streams backing up to a 10 TB Fiber Channel RAID. Overall performance has been poor. The interface barely responds to a click while it is backing up any clients. However today I turned off HyperThreading in the bios. Wow what a difference. I actually had 8 stream running at one time and the interface was very responsive. Each stream was around or over 300 MB/sec. Has anyone else seen behavior like this? Is Retrospect compatible with Hyper Threading? Eric
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    Live Network OS X client bug

    Any update to the ETA of this very annoying issue?
  8. Retrospect 6.5.350 Server In the Live Network window Mac OS X clients who have already been added show up grayed out. This is very annoying. I have over 400 OS X clients on my network. I can't tell when a new one comes up. When will this be fixed?
  9. I guess our servers are too fast for retrospect.
  10. When my proactive backups start the interface is unusable. My older server lets me timbuktu in but it is slow. The new server won't even let me timbuktu in when it is running. I am running three execution units. However, it doesn't seem to matter if I am running even one. My setup: Dual 733 MHz PII. 2 GB RAM 120 Mac clients Backing up to a 4TB Fiber RAID and gigabit fiber NIC. Proactive Backups using three execution units. Quad 2.8 GHz Xeon 2 GB RAM 120 Mac clients Backing up to a 10TB Fiber RAID and gigabit fiber NIC. Proactive Backups using three execution units.
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    How many clients do you backup?

    hchristle, Are you using proactive? When my proactive backups start the interface is unusable. How about you? My older server lets me timbuktu in but it is slow. The new server won't even let me timbuktu in when it is running. My setup: Dual 733 MHz PII. 2 GB RAM 120 Mac clients Backing up to a 4TB Fiber RAID Proactive Backups using three execution units. Quad 2.8 GHz Xeon 2 GB RAM 120 Mac clients Backing up to a 10TB Fiber RAID Proactive Backups using three execution units.
  12. What is the absolute upper limit for proactive backup clients? How many proactive client are YOU backing up with one server. Sound off! I have one server with 80 clients. If I add any more client to scan during proactive backup it does not like it.
  13. I have over 200 Mac clients I backup with 2 servers. What is everyone else doing. These are important things to know if we want to find out Retrospect's real capabilities.
  14. Am I the only backup admin using more than one execution unit?
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