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  1. ShadeTek

    Watch Folders

    Many software companies use "Watch Folders" in their software to see if any new or updated files appear in the nominated watch folder. If a file appears in a watch folder then a specific set of instructions is triggered. I am thinking this could be a useful tool for Retrospect to use to back up files as and when they appear or at specific times. This may also help increase the lifespan of the mechanics of an autoloader grinding away night after night when it doesn't have to.
  2. Because my loader takes 16 tapes and some of my jobs have a lot more than that. I never have to totally retrieve everything from a backup set, only bits of it, hence the ability to select some of the tapes would be ideal.
  3. What would be good for me is an option to exclude certain named files and or folders from EVERY backup job that I create. This would save me having to exclude these files and folder being filtered out every time I make a script. Anyone else think this could be of use?
  4. As the title says, can I move only certain backup jobs from a huge database of backup jobs on a PC with RS7.7 and continue running on a new PC with RS15?
  5. I don't know if this has been suggested before as I am also still running with Retrospect 7.7 and I don't know if this function is available in newer versions but I am looking to update shortly. One very annoying trait of my set-up with a R7 for Windows with a Quantum SL3 (dual 8 tape magazines) is that when i go to retrieve a folder from an 8 tape backup say, it only gives me the tape that is required ONE at a time! This is very annoying and time consuming as I have to go down 10 flights of stairs to get the next tape every time one is finished. Also, if I had a list of all the tapes I needed in one go, I could fill a magazine then go and get on with something else instead of plugging tapes into a the SL3 for an hour. A big time saver if it could be implemented!
  6. I have had an XP based Retrospect 7.7 attached to a Quantum Superloader 3 for 8 years now which has been working well until recently where the SL3 is not finding tape barcodes and aborting back-ups as says it can't find them although they are sitting in the magazine. Also, intermittent Hardware Errors and aborted back-ups. I'm told the main CPU in the SL3 is probably the culprit so it is about time to move on and get a SL3 and an LTO7 tape deck. My question is does the latest Retrospect handle 2 Superloader 3 attached via SAS as I was thinking that I could keep the old one running for a while longer on the new PC to finish off the LTO5 tape stock? How easy id it to port the existing projects over to the new Retrospect?
  7. For some odd reason I have two tapes numbered the same (7 & 8), but one has the M icon greyed out. There is only 91GB on the initial tape that I added to the back-up set. The second tape that has the icon greyed out is not in the back-up set and has no media on it. Anyone any ideas? I think I will erase the second erroneous tape.
  8. ShadeTek

    Migrate back-up to new script..

    I have an idea. Start a new script and configure not to back up anything before the starting date of the new script. It will then only back up newest files without and none of the existing files of the previous script and media. If I need to recover or find anything from either of these sets, I can search both of them at the same time. Tek.
  9. ShadeTek

    Migrate back-up to new script..

    If I use the transfer all snapshots function, does this alter the original snapshots in any way, IE, delete or modify them? Am I copying them over and leaving the orignals untouched and copying to the new script? Also, am I transfering any media over or is it just the snapshot database files? Thanks Tek
  10. ShadeTek

    Migrate back-up to new script..

    Thanks for all the advice, this is the secondary back-up that I am dealing with as the client has the original media and I am storing in a fireproof safe in the basement. I have a new back up script ready, and I will export the snapshots into it with a new tape back up set. Thaks Tek.
  11. I have a back up script which has been running for several years now. It has 25 LTO5 tapes in the back up set and sometimes when I try to retrieve files from it, it takes a flakey and grabs a random tape from another back up set and then merges it into the set I am retrieving from which is very bad for business. So I want to continue with the back up as it has several TBs of data on the server still and ever growing, but when I make a new script and back up set not include everything that is already sitting on the server and backed up already! Ideally, continue the back up with a new script and a new back up set, without doubling up existing data I have on tape already. Is there an obvious solution to this I am missing? Retrospect 7.7 Thanks Tek.
  12. ShadeTek

    Folders are backing up but without file contents.

    OK, after some digging I have found the issue. I had a rule in the script that was causing this problem. Man made fault but now rectified.
  13. I have Retrospect 7.7 on XP using a Superloader Quantum3 which backs up several network shares. This had been running fine for years. I had to delete some media from the main QNAP fileserver, but before I do this, I always check to see that the folder size is the same as the size of the media on the source drive I have backed up on to the LTO5 tape. This is when I noticed that a lot of files had not been backed up to tape. In fact, none of them, but weirdly the folder structure was there. I have included a screen grab of what I mean below. Notice how some of the check boxes are ticked and some aren't. The ones which are ticked are OK. If I check the properties on any of the folders that can't be checked it says ZERO files. The check boxes which aren't ticked CAN'T be ticked and if you drill down through the folders, there are no files, only folders. Security permissions are all OK on the fileserver so I am stumped to know what has gone wrong. If I run the script to back up the shares, it comes back and says that it has backed up everything, but clearly it hasn't. Is there a way of getting Retrospect to forget that these folders have been backed up and re-running the script? Any help appreciated.
  14. ShadeTek

    NAS Access permisions

    Jeff, I too have a QNAP, 21TB set-up which I back media up to R7.7. I get odd errors in the ops log. For example, If I have 20,000 TGA files, three of them will not have backed up becuase of a permissions issue. All the the others created at the same time from the same source will back-up. But not a random few. I check the security on them and they are all the same but won't back-up. Very odd. Do you have similar issues?
  15. Has anyone tried to use an LTFS tape in Retrospect 7.7? I have and it fills the tape up with about 50GB of media and then asks for a new empty tape. I am suspecting that Retrospect is filling up a small partition of the tape thinking that it is the only partition. I have tried a short and a long format in R7.7 with the same results. Seemingly bulk erasing LTO 5 tapes is a no-can-do as it erases a control track on the tape placed there at manufacture. So what I need is an app that can erases LTFS tapes back to factory ship condition. Does anyone have any further info on this?