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  1. It would be nice to choose multiple volumes or subvolumes in the Duplicate script (file copy or file move) Source window.
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    Instant Scan and long-time bugs

    Does anyone have a command I can push out to the Macs via Apple Remote Desktop to disable and stop this service?
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    Instant Scan and long-time bugs

    To disable the service remotely- sc \\remotecomputer config "RetroInstantScanService" start= disabled sc \\remotecomputer stop "RetroInstantScanService" or with psexec on a whole domain- psexec \\* cmd /c (sc config "RetroInstantScanService" start= disabled ^& sc stop "RetroInstantScanService")
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    Instant Scan and long-time bugs

    +1 This introduces another point of failure, the time-savings is minimal according to my logs, and this FAQ doesn't inspire confidence- --Question: If I think the scan file is corrupted, can rebuild the scan file? Answer: Yes, you will need to first stop the RetroISA process and then you can delete the RetroISAScans directory. I want to backup what is on the disk, not what this catalog thinks is on the disk. There should be an option on the server-side to not use Instant Scan when talking to a client. Or there should be an option to disable it client-side in the new client prefs. Logging into each client to disable this service will be time-consuming.
  5. Retrospect won't do a full restore to different hardware. Here are the steps I take to solve this- Setup your new hardware. If your crashed system had XP SP2, you must restore over the top of the same service pack version. So, clean install XP SP2 on the new system. Give the clean install a new, temporary computer name. Install the NIC drivers, if necessary. Restart. Install the Retrospect client and log it in at the server. Begin your full volume restore. After your restore finishes, but before you restart the new client machine, edit the Boot.ini file to make sure it is pointing to the correct partition. (Check the KB for more info on this. Many OEM systems have multiple partitions due to utility partitions, etc. It is good to have a UBCD4Win boot CD to edit your Boot.ini file offline.) Restart. The client PC won't boot. Boot from your XP SP2 disc and run a Repair install. This will put in the necessary HAL and storage drivers. After restart, reinstall the latest drivers for your new hardware from the manufacturer's website. Restart again and run all of the hotfixes at MS Update. At the Retrospect server, forget the temporary client you logged in earlier. Confirm that the old client name will communicate. The key here is the Repair install after the failed restore. Hopefully, EMC will write a boot CD for Vista that will boot a system, talk to the Retrospect server and act as a client, then merge the necessary drivers and registry keys to accomodate the new hardware. AFAIK, this functionality is built in to Vista's new backup app.
  6. We desparately need the ability to restore to different hardware during a disaster recovery. ntbackup can do this by NOT restoring certain files and merging certain hardware related reg keys. Retrospect needs this feature as the hardware turnover at small businesses is getting shorter and shorter. Also, most competing products are implementing this. It takes forever to reload apps & settings following a clean install of XP. HELP!
  7. Then you would need Retrospect running at the other location. I would settle for something a lot less complex- On the fly compression and encryption to an offsite sftp server (at a hosting provider) using the Transfer Snapshots option would enable my clients to have a a disk to disk to offsite solution. It would be great to integrate sftp, rsync, and/or webdav clients right into the Retrospect app. Virtual Drive utilities for these protocols don't virtualize at a low enough level for Retrospect to "see" the drive.
  8. Can we get an offsite option that will do a Transfer Snapshot script to an offsite data center via rsync or something similar?
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    True background backup

    I have a client with a small branch office and no server on that site. Retrospect runs on a workstation that sees only part time use. I get around having Retrospect show in the console by setting it to run at system startup through an item in the Windows Task Scheduler. Set your task to run as Administrator and it will not show up in the user's session.
  10. I have a product feature request- I have most of my customers backing up to hard drive in two sets. Set A runs for 4 weeks then goes idle. Set B runs for the next 30 days and then goes idle. Set A recycles and runs for 4 weeks, and so on. The only wrinkle is that the laptops being backed up through Proactive will sometimes backup to the "idle" Set instead of the active one, because it is available (because the media is HDs). There needs to be a Schedule section on the Proactive scripts that resembles the Schedule section of a regular backup script. The Proactive script section that deals with active times of the day should be renamed to something like Polling Window or Backup Window or Blackout Timetable, etc.
  11. Just an idea, but I don't think your backup user will have local logon rights on the machine if it is a DC. You may have to specify this in Group Policy or Local Security Settings (I am sorry but I don't remember exactly where.)
  12. Just wanted to post that my client experiencing this issue has not had a problem since downgrading all of their Retrospect Clients to 6.0. Additionally, we upgraded the machine running Retrospect 6.5 Single Server to Win XP Pro from Win 2000 Pro.
  13. Quote: When you installed the clients were you logged in as the domain administrator or the administrator of the local machine? Do the users have admin rights on each local machine? Clients were installed as Domain admin. Users are Domain users with restricted permissions and no admin rights. I wasn't able to reproduce it right away either. I think it is intermittent. The clients describe that they leave their desk with Outlook 2003 (Cached Exchange) open, it locks with the screen saver, Proactive backup kicks in, they come back later and their computer is hung. They restart and either the App Data or My Docs folder are newly created on the root level of C.
  14. OK,after a long time, I have more information on this issue. I apparently missed a few laptops. So, I did not disable the screensaver password lockout option for them. Sure enough, when I saw them recently, the Application Data folder, and in a few cases the My Documents folder, had been re-created on the root level of C:. This pretty much confirms the issue is due to the backup running while the machine is in a Locked state. To re-iterate, this has been happening since Win v6.0, I am currently running all of the latest Retro versions. The clients are set to Read-Only. The scripts have had the Force Outlook to quit option disabled long ago. These setups are not using Open File Backup Option. Nothing has helped until I started disabling the screensaver password lockout in the Display Control Panel. In a typical network environment, user privacy is crucial and it is very difficult to teach users to Log Off their machines every time they go to lunch, the bathroom, a meeting, etc. I have found an easier way to fix the corruption than to rely on System Restore (which doesn't always fix it) or doing a System State Restore From Retrospect (which sometimes entails removing the machine from the domain while offline, going online, and re-joining to the domain). If you login as the corrupted account, go into regedit, to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders You can see the offending folder paths have been changed. Change them back to point at the correct folders in the Documents & Settings\UserName path. Log Off and back in as Administrator, remove the incorrect folders that were placed in the root level. Move any important docs or files in them back to the correct folders in the Documents & Settings\UserName path. Log back in as the user to test- open & close Outlook and My Documents. Check out the root level of C to make sure the folders were not re-created. Then look at the key above on regedit to make sure that everything is still set properly. Make sure that the Screensaver password is disabled (or do this via Domain Group Policy). Run a System Restore checkpoint. Make a full backup in Retrospect. I hope this helps someone. My clients were about to kill me. I hope Retrospect can fix this so I can give my users back their privacy lockout.
  15. I finally had time to run these tests. The server at one client has since been updated to 6.5.350 and the clients to 6.5.136. I had a machine enter a locked state during a Proactive backup and it did not cause a problem. I will repeat the trial again this week, as sheduling allows, as it seems to be intermittent.
  16. No, this does not describe the behavior. Please read the previous posts again for a recap. My Documents, Application Data, and Desktop folders are being locked out because of a registry corruption while backing up (by Proactive Backup and possibly because the computer goes into a locked state at idle). When the user returns and logs in or restarts, the OS does not access the correct folder, but creates a new blank folder at the root of the drive with defaults. In some cases, an entire temp profile is created and the user is given the "You will be logged in with a temp profile, etc, etc." warning at login. To fix the corrupt profile I have to do either an XP System Restore or a System State Restore from Retrospect. This has been happening intermittently since v6.0. Previous evidence points to laptops being backed up by Proactive while in a locked state. Desktops being backed up on scripts at night while logged out are not experiencing this. If Open File Option is a workaround, it should be provided for free. Perhaps other large domains are not experiencing this because they have the Open File Option? Force Outlook has been defeated in all scripts (will wait and see if it helps), Read Only is turned on (has not helped), and all software is up to date as of 4/22/04 (will wait and see).
  17. As an aside, one of the laptops I restored lost communication with the DC. No domain users could authenticate. I had to go in as a local admin, unplug from the network, leave the domain (but since I am unplugged the DC still has the machine account), restart, login as local admin, rejoin the domain, restart, and finally I could get the domain users to authenticate. So much for bare metal restore.
  18. The company that is currently experiencing these lockups consists of mostly laptops. Given gbhoffman's post above I decided to investigate further. I don't have physical access to the machines all of the time as they are travelling a lot. But an inspection of their snapshots shows EVERY ONE of them to have their Application Data folder moved to root of the drive at some point. I just heard about 2 new corrupt profiles last week because those users were unlucky enough to have their Desktop and My Documents folders moved as well. So, it was obvious to them that something was going wrong. I have an entire company of corrupt profiles that it is going to take hours to either restore or manually recreate.
  19. I have turned off the Force Outlook option on all my scripts. Now we wait another days to months to see if this problem has been resolved. What about other users with XP clients using Proactive? Is anyone experiencing problems backing up computers that are locked? Or does everyone in a similar situation own Open File and is not experiencing this for some reason? Let's be clear on this- Dantz needs to address this immediately. If the Open File Backup is necessary to resolve this, then it should be provided for free until this issue is fixed. Otherwise, this backup application does more harm than good.
  20. Well, well. I have set all the PCs at all of my clients to Read Only and everything was going OK until this week. Two laptops at one company had their profiles corrupted and new (blank) Desktop, Application Data, and My Documents folders created for the user on the root of the C drive. The Retro client was version 6.5.132 and the Retro Single Server is 6.5.336. I have since updated the server to 6.5.343 and the clients to 6.5.136. I had to do a System State Restore to get them back and then manually cleanup those folders on the root of the drive. Both machines were laptops and because security is hugely important the client requires all machines to be locked automatically after 15 minutes. I got a more detailed account from one user. He came in to the office at 830am and started up his laptop, checked his email, walked away for about an hour. The machine presumably locked with the password protected screen saver after 15 minutes. Then Retrospect Proactive kicked in and did a full backup of his machine. (This was his first time in the office since the backup set had recycled.) When he came back and unlocked his computer, all of his desktop icons were gone. This new info points directly at backing up while locked and then not releasing the necessary files to be read again. My client is ranting about legal action and I am running out of ideas. I keep thinking this is fixed and have postponed switching all of my companies over to a different backup product. (I can't describe the amount of money this is going to cost me in lost time that those companies will not pay for.) If I purchase the Open File add-on, does anyone think that may help?
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    Backup stuck in 'Closing'

    Same problem here: Retro 6.5.343 running on Win 2000 Pro with 6.5.132 clients running and sticking on Win XP clients. My client does not have the Open File add-on.
  22. My client has English Win 2003 Server, English Retro 6.5 Single Server, and is acquiring several laptops with Japanese localized versions of Windows XP and Office 2003 from their parent company. Should I encounter any problems backing up these files with foreign language names and content? What about Disaster Recovery of the entire computer? Any notes or potential problems? Thanks.
  23. Just to clarify- In both clients' setups, they have Single Server 6.5 but no Open File Option. Are the rest of you using Open File Backup? That may mean something. Since I have set the Read-Only option, I have not had a corruption. This may not mean anything yet. Sometimes a couple of weeks would pass between corruptions. These are all domain users- restricted users by default. Fast User switching is turned off in a domain environment.
  24. Quote: natew said: Are you using Retrospect client to backup the XP machine? Are you using the open file backup option in Retrospect? I thought I should mention that my clients do NOT have the Open File Backup. Does Retro 6.5 use the XP Shadow Copy service? Also, I am not backing up file-level security settings from workstations as dictacted in the Proactive scripts.
  25. Quote: GoAWest said:The PCs I'm trying to back up are virtually never locked/logged-out. The screensavers aren't set to do that and the users aren't savvy enough to lock the machines when they're not using them. So the user is either logged in or they shutdown the PC. I have changed the two machines that got corrupted yesterday to Read only in the Retro Client. I will let that stew for awhile and see if it fails. I am thinking Retrospect is not letting go of certain hives or files, like ntuser.dat, after a backup and those items are considered locked/busy/no permissions when the user tries to log back in or unlock. But this is just a GUESS. Since a Restore System State from Retro or an XP System Restore (doesn't work sometimes and fails with an error as I mentioned in my first post) will bring a system back to life, what is really being backed up during a backup of the "System State"? Which files? That may help determine what and why is being corrupted.
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