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  1. [i originally posted this in the wrong forum] We are current running Retrospect 6.1 to backup our servers and workstations (almost all Mac). We really need to move to a Disk-2-Disk-2-Tape solution. On paper Retrospect 8.1 meets our needs at a reasonable price. But can I trust it? If I can't I need to look at other solutions, some which are much more expensive. In a nutshell, when we do a full backup there is too much data to backup in an evening. I would like to backkup to 2 disk arrays, and then have 1 array backed up to tape (tape is still important since we need to take our backups off-site). This would fill the many data holes we currently have. The official reviews of Retrospect aren't helpful because they do not cover enterprise backup, and some of the anecdotal reviews are disappointing. I was hoping to get a better feel for the quality of the product here. We are planning on running Retrospect on a PowerMac Dual G5. Should we forget that and buy a MacPro instead?
  2. Thanks. I thought I did but I guess I got moved out when I logged in. Or I am just an idiot.
  3. We are current running Retrospect 6.1 to backup our servers and workstations (almost all Mac). We really need to move to a Disk-2-Disk-2-Tape solution. On paper Retrospect 8.1 meets our needs at a reasonable price. But can I trust it? If I can't I need to look at other solutions, some which are much more expensive. In a nutshell, when we do a full backup there is too much data to backup in an evening. I would like to backkup to 2 disk arrays, and then have 1 array backed up to tape (tape is still important since we need to take our backups off-site). This would fill the many data holes we currently have. The official reviews of Retrospect aren't helpful because they do not cover enterprise backup, and some of the anecdotal reviews are disappointing. I was hoping to get a better feel for the quality of the product here.
  4. RetroClient and StartupParameters.plist Or that is the contents after applying the terminal commands. I am looking ath the plist file and I see: Description: retroclient daemon Messages start: Starting RetroClient stop: Stopping RetroClient OrderPreference: Late Provides 0: Network Backup
  5. Thanks. The terminal solution is preferable to uninstalling and reinstalling the client.
  6. 3 Mac upgraded to Retrospect Client 6.2.229 turned themselves off after rebooting. We never had this problem with these Macs before. All running Tiger, 1 PPC and 2 Intel.
  7. Thanks. I clicked that button and it disabled the barcode scanning. No change in behavior of Backup Server, still looking for media.
  8. >Do a Get info on the library and click "Disable BC" to turn off barcode support since you don't seem to need it.< I do I do that? >I would also remove the cleaning tape. If it is accidentally loading the cleaning tape, that will freak things out. < It has been working fine this way for 2 years until today. I don't remember how but the cleaning tape is never loaded except when the tape changer decides that it is time to do the cleaning.
  9. Here is a picture of Configure->Devices. Note that I tried running backup server again after running a manual script so the correct tape is in the tape drive.
  10. An Intel MacBook running Tiger took the update OK except that the Retro Client turned itself off. But I was able to easily turn it back on.
  11. Nothing happens. I see no activity on the tape changer/drive and Retrospect keeps checking media, with status switching between (Not yet determined) and Waiting for backup media.
  12. I think I need to restate my problem in a new thread. Upgraded to Retrospect 6.1.230 and have created a new config file. We have an Overland PowerLoader LTO3 tape changer. 1) If we manually backup a client, or backup using a regular script, everything works perfectly. 2) If we put Retrospect in Backup Server mode, retrospect will NOT load the tape into the tape drive. If the tape is in the tape, Retrospect will not recognize it. Retrospect just insists that media is missing. Looking at the Tape Backup view, the tape is shown and marked as READY. We have attempted to use an older of the Retrospect Driver with no change in behavior.
  13. No, we do not run beta versions of Retrospect.
  14. What I know so far: 1) No problems with manual backups. Retrospect instructs the tape changer to load the correct tape. 2) No problems with regular scripts (I ran a bunch last night). Retrospect instructs the tape change to load the correct tape. 3) Problem with Backup Server. The tape is not loaded (though it might go through and check every tape if I recently loaded the tape magazine), Action stays at "Checking media" and status for the sources alternates between "(Not yet determined)" and "Waiting for backup media". When viewing the Backup Server "Backup Sets" view, I see various tapes having the Media status (they are not in the magazine), a few say failed (I don't think I have any script for them yet) and the tape that is supposed to be used right now has the status of Ready. I am now wondering if part of the problem might be that the tapes are encrypted?
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