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  1. I have spent an insane amount of time trying to figure this out, so I am going to throw this out to the resident experts, and hopefully someone will have the answer. The (seemingly) simple task: Create a Report that shows the Activities that are supposed to occur in the next 31 days. (Basically, I am trying to duplicate the Preview functionality that was available within a particular script in Retrospect 6). What I have so far: After a lot of thrashing around I have a Saved Report that has the following criteria: "Date" "is within" "31" days of today. The issues: First, the report as it exists now shows me all of the backups that have run within the past 31 days. I just want to see what is going to occur after "Today". Second, if I click on the default "Scheduled" button in the Report header I see all of the scripts that are scheduled to run today, all of the scripts that are scheduled to run tomorrow, and then, seemingly randomly, one of the scripts that is scheduled to run on Monday. Note that even though I am clicking this button in my saved report it has nothing to do with MY report - this exact same list is displayed when I click on the "Scheduled" button if I am in the "Activities" sidebar icon. Obviously, my scripts have schedules that go well beyond the next three days. In fact, I have a couple of scripts that are not scheduled to run again for another five days, and they are not showing up (just in case you thought that Retrospect was only showing the next instance of when a script would run). Third, and I am sure this is related to the above, I think the key here is to untangle the Status of the pending Activities. After a lot of poking around in the predefined Reports I determined that one of the criteria that can be added is "Status". Unfortunately, when you add that criteria you get a text field that you have to fill in, modified by typical text modifiers (i.e., "contains", "is", "is not", etc.). The problem is that I can't figure out what the syntax is that Retrospect is expecting for the Status field. Let's look at a couple of examples. First, if I enter "Status""contains""Scheduled" I get the same list as I get if I click on the Scheduled button. I can change the modifier to anything and I still get the same list. Second, after looking in another report I found that someone had defined the Status field with the value "Waiting for next backup". If I try to define "Status""contains""Waiting" I get nothing in the list. Ditto for all of the other modifiers. I have tried lots of other values, but nothing seems to work. So, does anyone have any idea what the valid values are for the Status field? Any ideas on why I am only seeing a few days worth of backups when I click on Scheduled? Any help would be greatly appreciated! -John
  2. macmanjc

    Need Info: Multiple Tape Drives

    Russ, Thanks for the clarification; I think I have it now. It has been several years since I have had to setup a tape library, and the libraries that I have used in the past did not have bar code capabilities, so they were at times frustrating to use. It sounds like bar codes are the "magic bullet" that makes the process much more efficient. Yes, the lack of good (or any!) documentation after such a long time is...discouraging. I anticipate a lot of head-scratching in the coming weeks. Thanks again, -John
  3. macmanjc

    Need Info: Multiple Tape Drives

    Wow Russ, thanks for the quick comprehensive response! That is exactly what I needed to know! Just one thing that I want to clarify: I understand what you are saying about tapes being members of media sets, and since they are barcoded Retrospect knows what tapes it is looking for based on the media set it is working with. However, with so many tapes in each magazine it would seem that it would take awhile for Retrospect to locate the tapes. Or does the Scalar somehow pre-cache that information and hand it off to Retrospect? Just curious where I need to set my expectations in terms of speed. (It would be a bummer if I had someone breathing down my neck waiting for me to pull something off of tape and I had to wait for the Retrospect to index the barcodes on 36 tapes!) Again, thanks for the info. -John
  4. Good afternoon. I have been using Retrospect for many years, but I have only recently started using Retrospect 8. I am working with a client to purchase and install a major server upgrade, and I am looking for some information on a topic with which I have not had any previous experience. Specifically, we are looking at the Quantum Scalar 50 Tape Library for backup. The model that we are looking at has two LTO-4 tape drives built-in. Each drive has an independent tape magazine that can hold 18 LTO-4 tapes. Each drive has an independent fiber channel connector that will be connected to the QLogic fiber channel switch so that it will be accessible from the Xserve (running Snow Leopard Server) that is running Retrospect. I am trying to figure out how the multiple drives will be addressed by Retrospect: will I be able to specify the drive that I want specific backup jobs to write to? Or do I just tell Retrospect to backup to the Scalar 50 and it handles sending the backup job to the appropriate drive? Also, and perhaps most important, will I be able to address the drives separately, allowing me to send two separate jobs to the Scalar at the same time and have both of them running simultaneously? I have searched high and low and I have not been able to find any information about this. Any help that the experts can provide would be greatly appreciated! -John
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