Okay so I'm currently running Retrospect single server 7.6.123 and Driver update and hot fix 188.8.131.52 on a Windows XP x86 box with 4GB of RAM. We use this machine to backup a couple folders from about 200 workstations throughout the building. All the data gets sent to a DroboPro via iSCSI connection directly off the box. The "problem" that I'm seeing is that while the backup never quits per se, the transfer is very sporadic. Looking at my network utilization, the traffic spikes every now and then dropping back to zero for at times 30 seconds before spiking again. Retrospect only shows the files being transferred during the spikes and doesn't move while the network utilization is a zero (obviously). Retrospect claims that it's transferring at 34.5MB/min although I would imagine that is false since the box is on a 100Mb switch and the traffic is spiking. My question is, is this normal? Is the client doing something like gathering up data and pushing it to the server in chunks or what? The files that it's pausing on can't be more than a few megabytes in size and eventually (during the spikes) you can see similar files zipping by quickly.
Also, are there any optimizations within Retrospect or within Windows that would correct this issue or at least make the transfer more consistent? All the clients are set to give the backup 100% priority.
Sorry, loaded post. Just can't seem to get this to run as well as I know it can.