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  1. mlts22

    4 Week backup retention - recycle vs normal

    Recycling completely zeros out the backup set, just like removing it, deleting all the files and recreating it. I'm guessing you want to create a grooming script that runs periodically on the backup set to remove unneeded snapshots. You can do this under the "manage scripts" option.
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    Which files to Exclude

    I exclude as a matter of course the mentioned "System Volume Information" directory which contains NTFS stuff and volume snapshots. I also exclude $Recycle.Bin which is where files are stored before being deleted, EFSTMPWP which is a temporary directory when Windows is told to wipe free space, and if you are using hard disk encryption like PGP, I exclude the PGPWDE01 file because a placeholder so PGP can access its second stage of a bootloader before asking for the passphrase and passing control to the OS. It can't be read by the OS, and it has nothing in it that is useful on a restore.
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    Open File Backup hangs - VSS errors

    Excellent advice. That addressed a similar problem that an acquaintance was having. This is definitely FAQ material. For most things, if I end up with VSS errors, I run CHKDSK on the volumes (rebooting when doing the system volume.)
  4. One thing that would be excellent for SMBs would be using Iomega's hardware bundled with Retrospect for a decent backup appliance. For example, a removable hard disk technology like REV combined with an external RAID array would allow for excellent D2D2T (well, technically not tape) for backups that are ready to go for restores on site, but have disk cartridges that are removable to go to an offsite storage facility. Attaching this device to a Retrospect backup server would easily take care of the backup and security needs of a small business, or a branch office of a larger business.
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    storing big sized, may need external hardrive

    I personally like tape drives, but as an alternative, removable hard disks such as Imation's Odyssey (and the Dell system that is rebranded) are becoming popular too. If you want a backup unit that is attached to the machine, I'd consider one of the external drives that has two disks inside that can be configured as a mirror. Of course, this doesn't remove the need for removable media for offsite safekeeping.
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    Software Compression Not Happening

    The advantage of file based backup sets is that the data is stored in a single file, as opposed to a disk and the directory structure. For some things, such as a fresh system image, or data that I plan to cryptographically sign to make sure it won't be altered in the future, I'll use a file backup. Almost anything else, I will use disk for its flexibility.
  7. Thank you for the prompt and intelligent response. I just wanted to make sure they were protected, so someone couldn't get the keys to the city from the .WIM blanks that I'm using to periodically back my Vista boxes up.
  8. If I may ask, where does Retrospect store passwords that are used to open and use encrypted or protected backup sets that are set to be used without prompting for the password? Reason I ask is I just want to make sure the location is secured (if its a file, by EFS.) Periodically, I use the backup mechanism in Vista as a secondary way to protect my Retrospect data, and because Vista's imaging to DVD has no encryption, I want to use a different mechanism (EFS is the best) to deter tampering or obtaining passwords on a casual basis. I'm guessing the RtrSec.dir directory, but could be disasterously wrong.
  9. One thing that helped me was making sure to run CHKDSK on all the drives to make sure the filesystems are clean, including the system drive. For the system drive (usually C:) you shoult run the CHKDSK /f command, answer "Y" to the prompt of checking on next boot, then reboot. This seemed to iron out stuff for me.
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    rtvscan.exe won't stop

    There is a known issue with this, where rtvscan.exe sometimes pegs the CPU. If its version 10.x, you probably need to either upgrade, or switch to another AV program.
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    Disaster Recovery CD with Vista

    As a sort of workaround for this on new machine installs, I install Vista, update and activate it, then make multiple copies of the system data to DVDs via Vista's backup utility (bad thing, the utility is only in Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate Vista editions.) These copies, I store separately from each other in a safe place. Should I need to restore a system, I boot Vista, stick in the restore DVD, then pull from Retrospect the rest. Probably the best bet long term is if the Retrospect disaster restore DVD became a Windows PE image and copied all the necessary drivers (RAID, network) on a machine.
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    Archive or transfer or what??

    Depending on the amount of data in that backup set, you could consider this as an option: Buy two external external drives (for redundancy). Create two backup sets, one on each, and transfer the data on your old backup set to the two new drives. Then, after doing that, also transfer the current backup to both drives. After both transfers are complete (and verified), you can recycle both backup sets and start fresh. If you want to keep a snapshot, you can always transfer a snapshot to the original backup media if you so desire. I personally use large amounts of DVD+R media for my backup sets, and every month or so, create a new monthly backup set that goes into a secure location.
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    Recommended tape drive?

    In your experience, how common are tapes going bad with your VXA autoloaders? I've been out of the server rooms a bit, and still remember how some tape technologies (mainly dual reel tapes) had about a bad tape out of 20, while DLT and SDLT tapes would have one bad tape out of 500 to 1000 that was received. Thus, I'm partial to the single reel tapes like DLT and LTO. Thanks for the info. I've been looking around, and what I'm doing, the Dell PowerVault LTO-2 seems to be the best price/performance for me. Its about $1200, including a SCSI controller card, and does 200 GB native. The VXA 320 offers 160 GB native for pretty much the same exact price (both tape drives priced from Dell, the LTO-2 external is $1084, the VXA 320 is $1079.) Both seem to be high quality, so if I had to decide on which drive to go with, and there are no real differences, I'd probably go with the LTO-2 because it gives 40 gigs more native for $5 dollars more. References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_Tape-Open http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VXA PS: When I'm mentioning LTO, I mean Ultrium format, the single reel cartridges.
  14. I am looking for a recommendation for a decently modern, external, tape drive. The interface is secondary. I can easily buy a PCI SCSI card if it requires LVD 160. However, it seems that the least expensive tape drive out there with a nontrivial capacity, which means over 150 gigs native (300 gigs compressed) is the DLT V4, which is about $1100, or a Dell PowerVault LTO 2L (200 gigs native.) Anyone have any suggestions for something decently reliable? Anything below 100 gigs native doesn't cut it these days. As for the reason for using tape versus just buying external hard disks is three-fold. First, hard disks usually have a one year warranty, and are not intended for long term use/archival of data. Second, hard disks are very delicate. Drop a tape, and you just brush it off, look for any obvious damage and nobody will be the wiser. Drop a hard disk, and you just lost the entire contents. Last, malware can easily overwrite critical sectors of a hard disk, while tape can be set read-only, guarenteeing the contents on it are physically unable to be tampered with. Of course, the tape drive has to be compatible with Retrospect. Thanks in advance for help.
  15. This would take some coding, but it would be nice to see an option to add an error recovery record, as a percentage of the data written. This would greatly help with error-prone media like DVDs where one glitch means that a number of files are pretty much irretrivably lost unless I make multiple copies of the same backup set. For example, adding 10-20% error recovery info would allow 1-2 DVDs to fail on a 10 DVD backup, but yet still allow for 100% restoration of the files. Of course, one can turn this functionality off or lower when dealing with more reliable media (tape, hard disks, etc.) User selectable compression would be nice too. Its understandable that Retrospect's compression has to be a balance between speed and space mainly because a number of backup devices require a constant data stream or else they will have problems ("shoe-shining" on tapes, buffer underruns on CDs/DVDs.) However, for D2D2T or D2D2DVD where the media is more tolerant for data underruns, it would be nice to offer a higher compression algorithm like bzip2.