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  1. Probably a StorageLoader, then. <https://www.overlandstorage.com/products/tape-libraries-and-autoloaders/neos-storageloader.aspx#Overview> Yes, that'll be manual cleaning. I understand you don't want to mess around too much before the Bank Holiday weekend but, when you're back, these are both easy jobs to do. The first is just spitting out the cleaning tape to the mail slot and removing it, cancelling the "cleaning slot" designation on the library slot, adding a new member to each tape set -- all done through the Retrospect GUI. The second would be setting up static-IP settings as per your network via the StorageLoader's front panel (pp48 of <https://www.overlandstorage.com/pdfs/support/NEO-S-Series-UG-ENG.pdf>, plugging in an ethernet cable, logging in with your web browser then resetting password etc. You can then use the Web GUI to do the important things like check/update the library firmware etc. One word of warning (coz this always catches me out) -- pressing front panel buttons often (always?) rips control from Retrospect but, when you finish, RS (or the Mac OS SCSI routines) can't always gracefully resume operations without a restart. So pick an idle time when, if necessary, you can restart the backup server 😉 Ooof! I excluded VHDs from our backups a l-o-n-g time ago, for that very reason. Not a practical solution for you though! And it may be worse than it first looks -- depending on how those VHDs are set up, every previous version of every edited file may still be on the VHD, hidden from a "file explorer" but still present in part or whole on the disk just as they are on a "real" hard drive. While you'll still get compression that might be countered by the large amounts of "unseen" cruft... Others (David? Lennart?) may be able to chip in how how best to manage this -- I've never used block level incremental backups <https://www.retrospect.com/uk/documentation/user_guide/mac/block_level_incremental_backup> or Retrospect Virtual <https://www.retrospect.com/uk/products/virtual>, which are the two quick fixes that leap to mind.
  2. Ah, but what is the library, how is it attached, and to what? I'll take a punt that it is a FlexStor II 1-U, fibre connected. On the face of it that is supported by Retrospect, but so is my fibre-connected Scalar 24 *except* the fibre connection is via a Thunderbolt to fibre adapter, which introduces its own problems -- I see similar SCSI errors to the ones you showed when my adapter has a "moment", and the tape finishes before it is "full" (note that on a sequential-tape system you can't go back and "fill up the gaps" later). You'll see RS's automated cleaning option if you click on "Options" when the drive (not the library) is selected as in your screenshot above. It is in "hours of use" and by default it is "0" (never) and I'd suggest you keep it at that. Cancel the cleaning slot and keep the cleaning tape in your desk for when needed and that'll give you an instant 33% bump in set capacity simply by adding a tape to each, which will buy you time to sort things out. Get the library on the network and use the management GUI to monitor the cleaning requirement instead. How often you'd need to manually load the tape and run a cleaning cycle will depend on your environment but, IMO, most people do it far too often given that LTO drives self-clean every time a cartridge is inserted. The drive/library should tell you when it is required: on the front panel there's probably a "Clean" indicator, and it'll show in (and should be set to email/Slack/SMS/whatever an alert from) the network management UI. And note on backing up the WP installs: Lots of small files will (almost) always take up more space on tape than the same amount of data in one single file -- assuming compression is the same, an unchanged WP install will use more tape capacity than the original installer. Also, many of the WP files across your client folders will be unchanged and thus the same and, under RS's default "don't copy the same thing twice" setting, don't actually get backed up a second/third/100th time and so don't contribute to the "compression percentage". So, across the whole set, the WP *code* contribution is minimal compared to media, assets, etc your clients have uploaded (which, I think, is the point Lennart was trying to get across). Hope some of that ramble helps...
  3. To my eyes, that looks more like a SCSI error causing a premature end to tape writing than an error with the tape itself. Retrospect would, in that case, still move on to the next tape so the effect is the same. Adam, you still haven't said what tapes you are using. I'm guessing from... IBM|ULTRIUM-HH6|E6R3 ...that Lennard's right and it's an LTO-6, and that Retrospect's reported nominal capacity is bogus. If we are right then, given that you are a media company and probably dealing with already-compressed video etc, I reckon the "space used" on tapes 1 and 2 is both correct and the best you can expect (they're full but mis-reporting spare capacity), i.e. 2.5-3TB per tape because there's minimal compression, while tape 3 "finished early" because of the comms error. So each 3-tape set is barely big enough for your current weekly usage, even without problems like this. But more info would help here -- what are the tapes, what's the drive and firmware version, what machine is the server on and how is it connected to the tape library, etc. Oh, and I wouldn't recommend using Retrospect's "automated cleaning" with LTO drives. The drive itself should flag a cleaning requirement for you, either on its display or via remote management, when it needs it rather than after a certain amount of time.
  4. Generally -- yes, you can use static IPs on (your own, controlled) Wi-fi connections. How you do that will depend on your router's interface (can you assign by MAC, do you "block out" a range from DHCP distribution and manually set from that range on the client, etc). Some low-end boxes may not offer the facility at all, of course...
  5. Unless you have reason not to, update your Mac to 10.11.6 -- that fixed a lot of small 10.11 problems for us, especially as other software was updated to cater for more recent OSs. And try mounting over SMB rather than AFP. While it shouldn't make a difference, it often does -- especially since your NAS is probably running Windows permissions that are being translated so they can be used over AFP, so plenty of scope for "strange behaviour"...
  6. As well as another "What David said...", whilst you can't use the finish of one script to trigger the next, you can set scripts to run sequentially after a single trigger-action by using Run Documents. See page 234 of the Windows guide but, basically, if you open several runs documents at once then the scripts contained will run in alphabetical order. So name them "A - First Script", "B - Second Script", "C..." etc, set them all to use the same execution unit just to be sure, and you should be good. Personally though, I'd just use scripts as others have suggested. Set them to trigger at 1-minute intervals in the order you want, set them all to the same execution unit, and they'll run consecutively.
  7. Nigel Smith

    Copy with Move not working

    These look to be Dropbox folders... First, test the script with a local source instead of the Dropbox folder and see if the problem still happens. I'm expecting it won't 🙂 but, if it does, follow David's suggestion of submitting a bug report. Otherwise you'll have to drill down through your Dropbox sharing settings, ownerships and permissions for those folder -- doing it through the Dropbox web interface will probably be easiest. While you're there, make sure those folders are actually empty! If everything looks OK then it is probably a Dropbox syncing problem -- try deleting those folders via the web interface instead of with Retrospect or through the Finder.
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    Selector doesn't work for only 1 Backup Script

    Isn't that to be expected? IIRC, the tip for Windows paths implies you have to include both the drive label and, for directories, the trailing slash. So it should be "path matches E:\2018\".
  9. Nigel Smith

    Automating cleaning tapes

    Cheryl, How this happens will depend on your tape drive. If you have a barcode-reading drive and a tape in the library with a "cleaning" barcode attached, Retrospect should automatically load that tape after your chosen number of hours (the default is 0, so make sure you set that in the drive's "Options" in the Storage Devices window. If you have a library that doesn't do barcodes you will have to set a slot to be your "Cleaning tape" slot -- control-click the slot you want in Storage Devices and "Enable as cleaning slot" -- put the cleaning tape into that slot and, again, RS should automatically use it when required. If you have a single drive without a library then the best you can do is get RS to remind you to clean the drive, then insert the tape yourself. As David says above, you can find this in the online User's Guide. The library options above are pages 54-56.
  10. Nigel Smith

    Cannot "move" disk media set

    The RAID itself shouldn't go to sleep. The disks will spin down, but the card itself should remain active and the volume should stay mounted on the Mac. Is it possible that the Mac itself went to sleep (if it happens again, check the OS logs for the sleep event)? I wouldn't set any backup server to auto-sleep, just to be sure (let the display sleep if one is attached, but not the computer) and would just do it manually if e.g. I had no backups to do over the weekend. I'm all for energy saving, but not when it turns an important system into a flakey one! 🙂 If it's not set to sleep then you are down to normal troubleshooting. AFAIK (David? Lennart?) Retrospect accesses an external volume via OS calls rather than directly as it does with tape drives. So you can test with Finder copies of similar size or larger as the first step.
  11. Nigel Smith

    Cannot "move" disk media set

    It all depends on what the problem is. If it was introduced at the file system level, e.g. a disconnect while writing data, then fine. The problem will be with the volume presented to Disk Utility and will (since this is a hardware RAID) be present on both drives. Fix the volume, fix the problem. If it's a disk problem then no, don't go there! One disk should be showing as "failed" -- simply pop, replace, rebuild RAID. Perhaps worth noting that RAID =/= backup -- it will protect (somewhat) against hardware failure, but not e.g. data corruption. And personally, I wouldn't trust *any* volume, RAID or not, that "unexpectedly" unmounted. Get that sorted before continuing!
  12. Late to the party, but... Retrospect is seeing (or Apple is presenting to Retrospect... Let the respective Support teams argue that one out!) Time Machine's local snapshots of the MacBook's APFS-formated drive as well as the actual, working, volume and the Recovery volume. As David says, set the client to only back up the startup volume (single volume machines) or a manually selected list of volumes (for e.g. partitioned or multiple drives).
  13. Nigel Smith

    can't link to

    I'm guessing this is Filemaker Server machine running under OS X... "Content" files uploaded to your database server and linked rather than embedded -- in this case a PDF -- are backed up once by Filemaker's internal scripts and then, subsequently, linked to so that you don't waste disk space. I *think* the latest backup has the real file and the previous backups contain links, but that should be easy enough for you to check. Check the timestamps in the paths above and you'll see that the older "instance" of the file can't be linked to the newer. So either you haven't duplicated that later "instance" or, for some reason, RS can't recreate the link in the older FMS backup directory. I'd worry about the first and honestly not care about the second since if I had to roll back to an earlier version of my database it wouldn't be that much extra work to manually copy "content" files into the right place. Which is it, and what are you duplicating to? Nige
  14. It's more likely that Retrospect doesn't get direct-enough access to the drive hardware for this to work. Worth a try to save some money, but I hope I didn't encourage you to waste too much time on it. Options: Get a compatible external drive Replace the internal drive in the Mini (sample iFixit teardown here) Do the restores on another Mac on which you can install or migrate Retrospect But I'm not sure any of that will help. If I'm getting the above right: Retrospect on the Mini works fine creating then restoring from a new DVD It doesn't work for 2001 (Sets 1 and 2) (CD-Rs) It does work for 2003 (Set 3) (CD-Rs) It doesn't work for anything more recent than 2003 (CD-Rs?) ...which implies it is a problem with the media rather than the drive -- I'm not sure that e.g. an alignment problem would cause failure on some but not all CDs. CD-Rs can degrade surprisingly quickly in the real world, unless you've used expensive "archival grade" media, and retrieving data from 10-15+ years-old disks will always be a dodgy proposition. I never used RS much with optical media, so hopefully the David and Lennart will chime in here: Could you use Disk Utility to image the CD-R, then burn that image off to another disk that could be read by RS? I guess there's a slim chance that the OS's disk access routines are more robust/forgiving than RS's, allowing you to recreate a CD that's readable by RS. Nige
  15. To add to the above -- is this test using lots of smaller files or fewer larger ones? I'd benchmark using something like: Current data set using disk-to-disk backup Current data set using disk-to-tape backup (which you've already done) 1TB tarball, disk-to-disk 1TB tarball, disk-to-tape ...and I wouldn't be surprised if you end up using some form of disk-to-disk-to-tape if you want to maximise tape-write speed -- at least until the API changes David mentioned come down the pipe. But -- do you want to, if it's at the expense of added complexity? While it's nice to go as fast as you can go, if you're completing during your backup window and not wasting too much tape (i.e. the drive's variable-speed operation copes well enough to reduce "shoe-shining" either completely or to an acceptable amount), then having another step to manage may not be worth the hassle. Nige
  16. Doug, Have you got access to another Mac with a CD/DVD drive and a Firewire connection? Doesn't matter what it is -- you may even be able to use that old G4 laptop, depending on what died. What you might be able to do is: Start the other Mac up in Target Disk mode (hold down the T key at startup) Connect it to your Mac Mini with Firewire Both the HD *and* the optical drive will then be available to the Mac Mini as external drives Then put the disks into the other Mac's optical drive when prompted by RS on the Mini. Might get you round any drive problems without requiring a trip to Ebay. Nige
  17. RS reporting on the Mac's Console knocks spots off the Windows version. Particularly useful, I find, is the pre-rolled "No Backup in 7 Days". It would be even more useful if I could take that report and use it to generate emails to those affected users, including standard advice to restart their machine, plug in to the Ethernet rather use wireless, etc. Anyone know of a way to extract that data from the report, ideally scriptable? I can kluge something together by printing it to PDF, using Acrobat to save as text, then parsing the resulting file for client names and matching them against our user database -- but that amount of interaction means it won't get done very often... Would it be worth investigating Data Hooks to achieve this? Can I access the Retrospect API from outside the Console/Dashboard? We used to use the equivalent of today's script-hooks to send the summary of each backup directly into a database, and generate the emails from searching that, which could be another option. Anybody doing something similar, before I reinvent this particular wheel?
  18. On my MacBook Mojave test machine, screen sleeping/CPU working works just the same as always -- tick the box to "Prevent computer from sleeping..." in Energy Saver's "Power Adapter" tab, leave "Wake for network access" and "Enable Power Nap..." untucked (since we don't need them), screen will eventually go black but computer is still available over ssh, sharing, etc. What machine(s) are you using? I might have something around I can try and duplicate on.
  19. Nigel Smith

    Can't access volume Error -1102

    Earlier you said the backup machine was mounting the volume read-only, now you say it's the only one that's write-exclusive. It probably doesn't matter, may be just a slip of the keyboard, but you might want to check in case it's that that has changed and has started causing problems (I don't see how it would, but I always worry when there's an inconsistency...). Re: Permissions -- you've got the SANmp volume access permissions as you mention, but you also have the usual file/folder permissions. I was just trying to make sure that the backup machine can both mount the disk in a way that allows it both uninterrupted (i.e. no other machine has SANmp exclusive-write) and unhindered (i.e. the user account Retrospect is running as has at least read access to all the data on the volume, including metadata). I'm assuming that SANmp log-in controls how the volume is mounted while the OS separately manages file permissions but, never having used SANmp, that's a big assumption! But I think you are right. It's erase/restore time, if only because that's the first thing SNS will tell you to do if you contact their support. Nige
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    Can't access volume Error -1102

    So do you do regular erase/restore maintenance, as SANmp recommend? If not, that would be my first fix. If you do, and have done so in the last 6 months, I'd be inclined to not bother until the next scheduled erase -- it sounds like you are backing up the actual data even if you aren't getting the state data, and that should be easy enough to rebuild. But do some test backups first! Speaking of which, further up you mentioned a restore test and "So, I went to restore files and folders I was able to select the disk but it had a 'yellow exclamation sign' on the disk". Possibly a silly question, but were you trying to restore to the SAN volume? The one that's mounted read-only, so you can't write the restore to? ? Other random thoughts, based on no knowledge of SANmp at all... Have you got a client on your network that intermittently mounts the problem volume in "write-exclusive" mode? That might cause a similar problem -- schedule your backups for when that client is not in use. I believe you "sign in" with SANmp -- does this also grant permissions? Does the backup server's sign-in ID have full read-only access to that volume, including all metadata? the problem may have started when someone set special access permissions on a project directory or similar... Nige
  21. Nigel Smith

    Can't access volume Error -1102

    It sounds like you are using SANmp to mount the volume on the server OS, so it shows up as a "Local" volume to Retrospect Server. As such, it will be available whenever mounted and can't be removed/re-added like you can a client. It appears you have a problem with that particular volume on your SAN. Can you use Retrospect's catalog/logs to narrow that down to a specific file or folder if you try a new backup? If not, it's time for a binary search -- back up the first half of the folders at the top level of the volume, and if that fails the problem is there while if it succeeds the problem is in the second half of the list. Do the same with the first half of the "problem" section, repeat until you find what's missing. Is the problem file/directory important? If not, I'd simply make sure my backup (apart from that file/directory) was good, then erase the volume via SANmp Admin then restore to it. Apparently you should be doing this every 6-12 months anyway (!) as preventative maintenance -- more details here. If it is important then I suggest you contact SANmp support for suggestions -- whilst I normally have faith in Disk Warrior, the extra layer of abstraction/mis-direction introduced by SANmp may be confusing things... Nige
  22. Nigel Smith

    printing the content of a media set

    There's a way... but you won't want to use it. Start a Restore job and select the "Search for files..." option, "Continue" Leave the search as the default "Any" and a blank filename field, select the set your want to print, "Continue" Select a restore destination (don't worry about disk space, you won't be restoring), "Continue" After Retrospect has finished searching the sessions, click the little "Preview" button alongside the set details Go through the preview list and click on every disclosure triangle which might have contents you want to print out Select "Print..." from the File menu <recommended>Cancel the job once you grok the number of pages... Even for a subset of files (I've done it for someone who thought "the name might include 'December' or something") it's a horrible job. What are you trying to achieve, and why? There may be another way. For example, if you want a hard copy of the files backed up from a client you can: Go to "Past Backups" Find the client's most recent backup and click the "Browse" button associated with that Make sure the "Only show files..." box is not checked Click "Save..." ...and you'll get a CSV file that you can further process and/or print. You could do that for each client in the backup set, which may be both quicker than the above and closer to what you actually require. Nige
  23. Nigel Smith

    Full Access Mojave

    Should be this screenshot -- they've simply linked "engine" twice rather than "engine" then "client". Henry, have you tried backing up the updated client yet? I still get a -519 error ("Can't track volumes"), but I'm assuming that's because I've only updated the client to 15.6, not the server. Nige
  24. Nigel Smith

    Full Access Mojave

    There's clearly been an change in Mojave's behaviour since Retrospect published their instructions. I've had a google in case there's a way of adding non-apps via the command line, but no luck -- Apple's included tccutil allows you to reset privacy settings for apps, but not add or remove apps (or control panels etc). As it stands, we're waiting on updates -- either from Apple, to re-enable the old "add a control panel" behaviour, or from Retrospect with an "app-ified" client. We've already told our users to not update to Mojave without checking with us first so we can make sure they have other backup options in place (luckily they all will because we haven't started our RS rollout yet, but it's a good chance to check they are actually using those options!). Nige
  25. Nigel Smith

    Full Access Mojave

    "Security & Privacy" isn't accepting .prefPanes (Retrospect Client) or bundles (InstantScan) as valid file types, so you can't add them to the exception list. I guess "apps" really does mean apps -- at least for now. I don't know if this is a GUI bug -- the pref pane doesn't think it can add a bundle but the underlying system would accept it if only it could be added -- or something more fundamental. Even if it does work, as things stand you'd still have to forget and then re-add each and every client. So you might want to wait for the "upcoming (Retrospect Client) release (which) will eliminate the uninstallation step and preserve your client settings." Nige
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