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  1. Hi there. I am aware that Retrospect can use Dropbox as a destination for a backup set. But I'm wondering if it's possible to have a Dropbox folder as a source for backup? For example, a time-lapse camera is set to use Dropbox to save its images. Is there a way to select that Dropbox folder as a backup source? I suspect I could log into the Dropbox account on my local PC, select the folder I want to sync to my local drive, and then backup that local copy to Retrospect. But I would like to know if Retrospect can see the Dropbox folder directly somehow, so I don't even need a local copy of the files? Thanks for any help.
  2. Thanks Lennart. I don't think the backup files have been transferred, however the backup was likely originally created on our older pre-2012 server, maybe that has something to do with it. I'm starting a Rebuild Catalog File from the hard drives now, will see if that works.
  3. Hi there. I have a hard drive backup set from 2011 that I would like to transfer to an LTO-6 tape backup set. Retrospect cannot see the actual backup files, it thinks they are all missing. I have the hard drives mounted to the computer. The drives appear in Windows File Explorer and I can see the backup files on them. It's about 6TB of data over 5 drives. When I run the Transfer Backup Set function, Retrospect immediately pops up a window "Please select the Backup Set member: (name of folder on drive)". Even though the drive is clearly already mounted and ready to go... So my only option is to click on "Choices", then "Browse", which opens a "Where is AA0000XX.rdb" file window, where I can browse to the missing file and select it, and then the backup transfer proceeds. It works for about ten seconds (just long enough to transfer all the data in that 600MB chunk), and then I have to manually Browse to the next missing file. Is there anyway for Retrospect to find these files on their own again? Because this method will take forever to do manually. I have tried restoring files from this set, and/or Repair Catalog, but any operation with this backup set requires manually browsing to each backup file. It's unusable. Thanks for any help.
  4. Thanks for the response, I will use Transfer backup set and snapshots. (sorry late response, didn’t see the notification).
  5. Hi there. I have a large disk backup set (~8TB of data, ~300,000 files) of video editing work from 2014. The backup set media is 6 hard drives. (Also have an "off site" set of the same data). Since hard drives die, I would like to transfer this set to an LTO-6 tape backup set. I select my source, the 2014 Disk Backup set, choose the destination, a new LTO Tape Set. I'm Selecting "All Files". In the Options…Since I've already selected transfer "All Files", do I need "Copy Snapshots" selected? We're only concerned with being able to search and restore specific files; I don't need to restore an entire disk as it was at a certain point in time. Is there any reason to uncheck this (would it go faster? will I be missing data once the transfer is done?)? Also wondering about the option "Transfer any needed intermediate database Snapshots". If I don't need Snapshots, can I leave this unchecked? When would someone check this box? Does database mean the Retrospect database (the .rbc file?), or does it mean an actual database, like mySQL, etc (probably a dumb question, but oh well)? Further to that…is there any point in using Snapshots for this type of data backup? Maybe for our 2015 set I don't need to create Snapshots? Or is it always a good idea? I do use Snapshots for my backups of our system boot drives in our computers, because in that case, I may someday need to restore a disk to a certain date. But for media files, maybe it's not necessary? If it helps, an example of our restore process would be: our video editor needs to restore a video project from 2014. He has the Final Cut Pro/Adobe Premiere project file, opens it up, and the program will show a list of what files are offline/missing, ie. exactly what we need to restore. Thanks in advance for any help.
  6. Hi again. Sorry I never replied back. We did end up upgrading last fall, and are now running Retrospect Multi Server The problem continues. Retrospect cannot automatically find new clients, I can only add them via static IP. Thanks for any new information.
  7. Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I'm having the same problem. Can't add clients unless I know their IP. Which with laptops, tends to change sometimes... Any further advice on this topic? Would love it if this worked. Retrospect Multi Server Windows Server 2012 R2 Thanks for any updates. EDIT: Sorry, just realized this is in the Mac forum. Thanks anyway.
  8. Hi there. I've just upgraded to Retrospect 9 Multi Server, and it's installed my PC running Windows Server 2012 R2. My clients are backing up nicely. What's the best way to preform a backup of this server itself? I've selected the C: drive and backed that up. Is that all I need to do? Or am I better off installing the Retrospect client on the server, and backing it up that way? Or is the client unnecessary for this use? My goal is in the event of a system hard drive failure, to get up and running again fairly quickly by restoring the server backup to a fresh hard drive. Thanks for your time.
  9. Ok thanks for the reply. I had wondered about that, but we decided to try 7.7 out and see. Will investigate upgrading. Thanks.
  10. Hi there. Previously, my workplace was using Retrospect Multi Server 7.7.612 on Windows Server 2003. Retrospect could see all our clients automatically via Multicast, and backups were fine. We've since upgraded to a new server running Windows Server 2012 R2, and installed Retrospect on there.. But now, Retrospect can't find our clients automatically via Multicast, we've had to add each client by IP address manually. Problem is our IP addresses can change when someone logs on the network the next day, and their data won't be backed up next time my scripts run. We've reserved IPs for a few of the critical PCs we need to backup, so that's ok I guess, but it would be much preferred if we could have the client and Retrospect simply find each other like they used to. Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks.