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  1. Lennart: thanks for that suggestion. There was one disk sent where this was appropriate and it did clear out enough space to continue until I can get the off-site set back on-line and/or purchase additional storage. I admit being a bit cryptic, as what David noted about the default being 12 is what I meant by '...past year'.
  2. RS 15.5.0 running disk backups on and older Mac mini. When a set is groomed to the RS defined policy (every day for the past week, every week for the past month and every month for the past year) what happens to a backup session when it is 13 months old? Does it get dropped from the backup file? I would expect this, but after grooming a disk set (manually, it's not set to do this automatically) that has gotten full and not recovering much space, I can't tell if these older files are gone or not. I'd hate to have to recycle a set to be sure that I've cleaned out all the old fluff (I do have a second set off site that periodically gets cycled back in) but may have to do a recycle to get current backups to run again.
  3. I've been doing this for years, as they dropped support for older Win systems (2000 or NT) quite some time ago. Still running RS 6 to back those legacy machine up, using the same media as the RS 15 backups that are catching everything else.
  4. Why specifically RealVNC as opposed to a VNC? I'm not super familiar with all the flavors of VNC but have had good luck (Mac controlling Win) with Chicken of the VNC.
  5. So, no Windows console. That explains why I couldn't find out anything about that. I will investigate other options, such as a VNC to control the console running on the same Mac as the engine is on. It may be possible to install the Mac engine close enough to the Windows machine to use a KVM or some such. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll post back after we've evaluated options and have decided on a course of action.
  6. I'm about to retire (hurray!) and pass on my backup duties to a colleague. Our current RS installation is using Mac engine which we plan on continuing, but my replacement sits at a PC, where I ran the console on a Mac. Will he be able to run the console on his PC and control the Mac engine? Can't seem to find the answer in the documentation. Thanks.
  7. This is for binding a client to a specific NIC but may have relevance to you. https://www.retrospect.com/en/support/kb/client_ip_binding
  8. Monafly

    Dual boot-getting both to back up

    Sorry, but this was mis-posted to the bug reports list rather than the regular questions list. I found the solution (described in more detail in the regular list), but to summarize: Solution: Uninstalling the RS client and reinstalling it in one of the partitions allowed them both to be recognized as unique. If anything might be an RS bug it would be that changing the machine name in the Mac OS is not propagated to the RS client unless one uninstalls and reinstalls the client, at which point the new name is recognized. There might be other reasons why this is not a good idea, so I'll leave it to RS to decide whether it is truly a bug or not.
  9. I submitted the issue to RS and got a reply that they didn't have the issue on a test platform and explained that RS shouldn't have an issue with two machines using the same IP address, as they look both at IP and machine name to determine uniqueness. Further investigations noted that the 10.12.x installation appeared to be picking up the same machine name as the 10.6.8 partition, which likely occurred early on in this whole process. Renaming the partition AFTER installing the RS client isn't properly recognized by RS and it continues to see it as the original name. Solution: Uninstalling the RS client in the 10.12.x partition and reinstalling it, properly picked up the unique machine name and then RS properly recognized it as being unique and allowed both partitions to show up as individual clients. David: Here are threads showing this incompatible format issue is not unique to me (search for "incompatible format of OSX partition"). Additional info can be found by searching for "OSX Core Storage", that started with LIon (according to Wikipedia). It appears that how one does the partitioning and installation determines whether the partition gets reformatted as "Core Storage", but once that happens, it is not visible to 10.6.8. Neither to the Finder (just doesn't show up) or disk utiity (shows it greyed out and "incompatible format"). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_Storage http://awesometoast.com/yosemite-core-storage-and-partition-woes/ This thread has a method for reverting back to HFS+ from Core Storage - I have not tried this. https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3824951 https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6608679?start=0&tstart=0
  10. The 10.12.x partition is NOT visible to the Finder under 10.6.8. This is a known Apple issue in how a partition is formatted under more recent OS's Nothing that I nor RS can do about this (as near as I can tell). David: I appreciate your thoughtful review of the situation, but the naming and visibility seem to not be the problem. The two partitions get unique names (according to RS), but I suspect because they are both associated with the same MAC address, each comes up as 'inappropriate client' (or some such verbiage) when trying to locate or refresh once the client is booted from the other partition. I'll open a support issue with RS when I'm in front of the machine and see what they have to say.
  11. I've got a MacBook Pro set up with two partitions which can boot to either 10.6.8 or 10.12.x For reasons only known to Apple, the 10.12.x partition is not visible when booted in 10.6.8 which is the more common way to boot. Problem: I can't get RS (13) to see each of these boot scenarios as unique, as the machine picks up the same IP and of course has the same MAC address regardless of which OS it boots to. The machine names (according to system preferences) are unique, but that doesn't help. I have to forget one client and then re-find the machine when it's booted to the other partition in order to be able to back it up and then repeat that when changing to the first partition (OS). Am I missing something in the setup that would allow me to retain each of these as unique clients and not have to reenable one or the other each time I change the boot scenario? Thanks
  12. I've got a Macbook Pro laptop that has two partitions and is set up to allow dual boot. One is 10.6.8 and the other is 10.12.x The problem is that for some reason, RS won't recognize each as a unique machine, so I have so far had to reconfigure RS (the server) every time I want a backup to run. Part of this problem may be that regardless of which boot is used, it picks up the same IP and seems to also have the same machine name (even though the names do appear to be unique in System Preferences). I'm running RS 13 engine in proactive mode on another machine with this laptop as a client. The client has been installed in both partitions. Under 10.6.8 boot, the 10.12 partition can't be seen (this is an Apple issue that I can't seem to get around). When booting under 10.12.x, both partitions are visible and 'could' be set up to have favorites on both that would be backed up. The more common boot is 10.6.8 at the present time, leaving the 10.12.x partition unprotected regardless of how it's booted until I reconfigure RS clients. What am I missing here?
  13. Monafly

    Password Incorrect

    Find the retroclient.state file in Root/Library/preferences and delete it. Then reinstall the retrospect client. That should trigger the request for the password. This file is not removed during an uninstall and contains the password.
  14. I think that since you have not been grooming your media sets, that you might be able to get a crude estimate of space needs by looking at the dates of the .rdb files within the media set. New ones would have been created whenever more backups were done, so by selecting a cut-off (1 year ago, 2 years ago...) you might be able to see what your ongoing needs are. A couple of caveats about this-if you've been doing incremental backups then the initial one likely captured a bunch of stuff that if not changed would never have been backed up again so it would be expected to be much larger than subsequent bu's. Looking at incremental backups (later ones) may give you an idea of how much data changes on an ongoing basis to judge storage or data transfer needs. This wouldn't work very well if you've been grooming, as older versions (maybe from that original bu) would have been purged by grooming, so the old .rdb files will be much smaller than they were originally.
  15. I'm seeing it also. Two different computers (10.6.8 and 10.11.2) both connecting to the same engine (12.5) on the 10.11.2 computer. All scripts seem to be fine, and selecting any of the various activities or scripts etc. all work fine-just the Dashboard that spins.
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