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  1. mbennett

    Unable to bypass frozen Dashboard

    In case you haven't solved this already, start services.msc and stop all Retrospect services. Then the primary Retrospect program will start without the Dashboard loading.
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    Half the time I get the Dashboard

    I can't explain why the Dashboard hangs when loading, but it has done that to me on occasion. If the Retrospect service is running, when you try to launch the program itself the Dashboard will launch instead. If no jobs are currently executing, you can click the power button in the top right corner and launch the program. If you do that, close the dashboard as soon as the program starts. If you try to start the program with a job executing it will kill the job or jobs. The same thing happens if you use services.msc and stop the Retrospect services, the jobs die immediately. This is sometimes not a bad thing, but you should know it's coming. A lot of people aren't happy with the Dashboard, but it does give you a way to monitor when jobs are executing, completed, failed, etc. without stopping the program from functioning. You can also simply launch the program once and minimize it. The big issue they're working around is how Windows services work.
  3. Oh, and one more thing. Restore something off your backups on a regular basis. Put it on you calendar. It's easy to restore an entire directory of pictures or documents to a new directory, check that it worked then delete them. A backup is only valuable if it works and the only way to know it works is to restore it.
  4. If you just bought an upgrade then you qualify for support. Submit this to Retrospect support via their website, or call them. They work pretty long hours and they can probably get this straightened out in a few minutes.
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    Yet another -530 client not found error

    I experience this too, on a regular basis. Yes, it used to work and stopped being reliable a couple of years ago. Tried using a static IP address but that's inconvenient for a laptop that frequently travels to other locations and networks. Nothing else works. When it breaks I use ipconfig on the laptop and reset it to that address on the client setup in Retrospect. It's annoying, but nothing else seems to work.
  6. On the recovery disk and Windows one size does fit all, with the exception of bit size. You need a recovery disk for 64-bit and one for 32-bit if you have such systems. The much, much larger issue you have here is that your laptop won't boot the disk, which should take only a few minutes. Ten minutes is too long. Your laptop is likely dead, unless you can prove otherwise by booting from a recovery partition or a Windows installation image. If this is Windows 10 you can download a bootable image from Microsoft, burn it to a thumb drive and boot off that. You may need to dink around with the BIOS to get it to boot, but usually that's unnecessary. If it boots and installs Windows then you should first run MEMTEST which is also a free download from Microsoft, and every diagnostics program available from the laptop maker and figure out why it went south. Once you're absolutely positive that your hardware situation is stable, then you should be able to also boot from the recovery CD and restore a backup. You don't need to worry about the dissimilar hardware stuff since this is going back on the original source system.
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    Unknown Windows error 343 after SSD upgrade

    I agree strongly with Lennart_T. You have an O/S or hardware problem. Until it's fixed and VSS is working without error you're chasing the wrong problem by trying to get Retrospect to work.
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    How to restore files on top of what's there?

    Pete, Yes you can do this. Setup your restore job under Manage Scripts. On the Destination Selection window, there's a list box at the top of the window "Retrieve Files & Folders". Click the down arrow and choose the option you want. If you can, you should restore all files to a new location. My advice, if this is at all possible, is to replace the drive and then restore. What you're doing is super risky as I'm sure you're aware. Make a Disaster Recovery disk to do this, and run it on the problem system. My further advice is to go to http://grc.com and purchase Spinrite and run it on your system first. If your drive isn't healthy and is repairable, Spinrite will do it. Your system must be able to run 'chkdsk /f' first before you use Spinrite. (I can't type the Cee-colon in that command, the stupid forum software keeps inserting a smiley face for some reason.) You should also have SMART turned on so you're warned if the drive is close to failure. Good luck, Mark
  9. To save time, the most efficient thing to do is simply open the Dashboard first every time. As long as a job isn't in progress you can then click the power icon in the top right corner of the Dashboard window to launch the Retrospect program itself. Unless you're making quite frequent changes to the configuration there shouldn't be a reason to have the program open. Since Retrospect runs a couple of services it usually will not start when you try to launch it directly. If you stop both services first you'll be able to launch the program directly. Try putting the Dashboard in the startup folder instead. I haven't tried that, but it should work. I fully understand that this is a PITA but this is simply the easiest path to solve your problem. Mark
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    Can't cancel grooming job - please see EDIT

    I just keep cancelling until it finally takes, but I agree it's frustrating. You might need to exit the program (which should kill the working jobs) and stop the two Retrospect services. Then go back into the program. Proceed to Configure | Backup Sets, select the set in questions and edit the Properties at the Members tab for a permanent fix.
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    R16 really slow backups

    I have not experienced that type of slowness with version 16. They posted a point release on the download site on March 28th, make sure you're on version 16.0.1.103 or download it. If the problem continues contact support, and let us know what happened. Don't jump ship yet, you're probably right and this is some minor config problem.
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    Restrospect 16 Desktop Advantages?

    David, I had to laugh when I read your suggestion. One of the HARDEST MOUNTAINS YOU WILL EVER CLIMB is to try to convince the management of a small software company to hire a good tech writer to create and maintain their documentation. They see this as a straight money losing proposition. I've tried with different companies over the years, and if there is a convincing argument I've yet to find it. They never think the subsequent decrease in support costs and increase in customer satisfaction will make up the difference. As with most companies, Retrospect's manuals fall into the category of "informative but not instructional". They tell you what the program can do, but not how to use the program to achieve the results you want. It's better than nothing, and you've got to appreciate the volume of the docs, but it's sometimes a treasure hunt to find what you're actually looking for. It is quite expensive to do it right. If you want to see somebody who does it right, and is much bigger than Retrospect, take a look at Fortinet. Just Google "Fortinet Cookbooks" and get on the Fortinet Youtube channel. It's phenomenal. Mark
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    Restrospect 16 Desktop Advantages?

    I'm sure they keep advancing the technology to address new storage options, and there are always bug fixes and performance enhancements. This is what has changed. https://www.retrospect.com/en/documentation/user_guide/win/release_notes As a dealer, I've been using 16 for a week now, and to be diplomatic about this, I think you should wait about three months and come back and ask your question again. It's still pretty green. As with most other software vendors, installing point upgrades is usually beneficial. In other words from 15.1 to 15.2 or 15.3, etc. Major version upgrades are usually a complete recompile of the entire program and unless you have a tolerance for pain or really want the bleeding edge tech, as an early adopter you may be chasing bugs for a while. From a high-level view, you should always pay the ASM, even if it hurts. I know from this forum that there are people who are still on very obsolete versions of Retrospect who don't see the point. But from an industry standpoint, the ASM fees (or whatever maintenance fees are called for other products) are an investment in supporting the company so it will be around years from now. They aren't getting rich on that money, it's what keeps them in business and allows them to push forward on technology and remain competitive so they get new sales and gain market share. End of lecture. But my advice for today is hold of on installing Version 16 for several weeks, then go for it.
  14. What David Hertzberg said. At the suggestion of Retrospect support, I now schedule multiple jobs in multiple scripts one minute apart. You can easily run dozens at a time, and the maximum number is tunable in Preferences. You can't run two jobs at the same time from the same source. You can run multiple scripts to the same destination, but for the sake of clarity and organization you will want to use unique destinations. I believe (but haven't tested this) that you could schedule two scripts to run with the same source, one minute apart. The second one will wait until the first one is complete. Try this and let us know. If you have a script and want to run it immediately, highlight it in Manage Scripts then click the third icon from the left on the toolbar, a little scripty looking sheet of paper with a lightning bolt next to it.
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    How to skip Dashboard, start directly

    I think this is a good plan, but if you have a Proactive backup setup the program always appears to be running, even if nothing is happening. After the Proactive backup finishes, it will assume that it's idle for 24 hours, or until another job starts. The first window on the Dashboard always tells you if a Proactive or any other backup is actually in operation, so you can ignore the warning about starting the program most of the time. Agree that the Dashboard is slow, and launching it before you need it is the best plan if you're impatient. I'm hoping the web interface administrative tool that's coming sometime or other will make the executable program obsolete in the near future.
  16. An easy way to evaluate this is to get on the Retrospect website and run the configurator. There's no legitimate way I know of to share a single license across multiple installations of Windows. But the VM issue throws a slight wrinkle in things, and it's been a while since I looked at the price list for that. They might offer an option that would do what you want.
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    Error -1103 after Windows 10 April Update

    Lucky_Phil, According to Microsoft you can't uninstall One Drive in Windows 10, but you can turn it off, disable and hide it. I'm assuming that you're not using W10, but other people might be confused by your advice. FYI, https://support.office.com/en-us/article/turn-off-disable-or-uninstall-onedrive-f32a17ce-3336-40fe-9c38-6efb09f944b0?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US If that link doesn't work, Google the subject.
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    Error -1103 after Windows 10 April Update

    Just to throw out an idea after catching up with this thread, you might also want to investigate the settings in Control Panel | Sync Center in relation to One Drive, as well as anything else. Sync Center might have a bearing on this. I saw a bulletin regarding a completely unrelated application yesterday that encountered errors caused by the Sync Center. Then I read another article today discussing how One Drive syncs files and folders to the MS cloud. Now this thread to bring it full circle. I'm going to continue to watch this thread, and want to say that I really appreciate the extremely professional community discussions on this Forum. Bravo.
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    Error -1103 after Windows 10 April Update

    hevanw, Sorry my suggestion didn't work out, and apologies to Scillonian for the error in the name. Please be sure to share the solution if/when you find it. This error was the bane of my existence for several weeks and I'm really unhappy to see that it might pop up and bite me again.
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    Error -1103 after Windows 10 April Update

    I fought this error, sometimes frequently and sometimes sporadically, on several systems for quite some time. Filed a support case which came back with several suggestions. Of course I tried them all in what I thought was most-to-least likely to succeed. And the least likely solution, to me at first, was the winner. The solution that works every time and totally stops this error is to move the catalogs out from under the My Documents directory. I could lecture you on the stupid attempt to "virtualize" user files which Microsoft started trying to accomplish with Vista, but I'm convinced that's what creates this problem. Of course it's pointless and unnecessary, and Microsoft keeps bungling around with it. You can search this forum for instructions from a user named Scillian (I recall) to do this, but these are instructions of his I modified and have in my own KB. The catalog files can be moved to another drive or directory. I use C:\Catalogs With Windows Explorer, or your file manger of choice, copy the catalog file to its new location. In the Backup Sets dialog select the Backup Set whose catalog you want to move and click Forget.... Back in Retrospect click More... in the Backup Sets dialog then Open...in the following dialog. Navigate to the new location of the catalog file, select the file then click Open. Then you'll need to go to Manage Scripts and update all sources and/or destinations that are not defined because when you forget/move the catalogs the backup set will be deleted from scripts wherever they're found. This part can be time-consuming and error prone, and it will test your memory, so keep checking the logs for errors until you find them all. Good luck.
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    New Windows user wants advice

    Retrospect 15 for Windows and Mac was released today. Download it if you enjoy being on the bleeding edge of technology. Last I heard the browser based console is to be released in May~ 2018. I wouldn't bet heavily on that, but that's the marketing projection. We'll see.
  22. Here's the original question: No there doesn't seem to be a way to do that. It isn't a problem with Retrospect, it's a problem with the way Windows services work. When you stop a service, the application that service is running also stops. But as my final word on this thread, I suggest you install 12.6.1 and test the interaction between the Dashboard and program yourself. If it doesn't do what you expect, then communicate with support and present the issue to them. Let us know what happens. If you were comfortable and happy with using the Mac as a Retrospect server and it did what you want to do, why not go back to that? The fundamental operation of the Mac OS is based on Unix, and is definitely different and probably superior to Windows. Expecting them to work in an identical manner, or even in an exactly analogous manner is probably a waste of time. Good Luck
  23. I did get time to install the 12.6.1 version of Retrospect on Monday night, and have observed a couple of things. But to the point of this thread, this version does allow you to launch the Retrospect program without seeming to break anything. When you start the Dashboard, you can click the "Launch Retrospect" link if the program doesn't start at that time. As DavidHertzberg notes, if you're within the look-forward time frame the program seems to launch automatically and you'll barely see the Dashboard screen. If you're not within that time frame, clicking the link will show the message "Waiting for Retrospect to exit" as the services stop and the program launches. To me, this behavior is perfect and resolves the real issue. Blanket recommendation is that if you've paid the ASM fees, you should upgrade to 12.6.1 ASAP.
  24. I remember reading that at the time you wrote it. I don't know if the timeline provided by Ian Dennis in sales is accurate, but I expect it is relatively so. He specifically says "Preview coming" so perhaps the web UI is still going to be in beta, may still be an optional install, may be any number of things. Maybe it will just be a Youtube video showing where they're going and we won't see a live product until 2019. There are major enhancements to both Physical and Virtual Retrospect, but that's for them to announce. I also wouldn't have any reason to believe Jeff was intentionally misleading anybody, but with software development the deadlines and project times change almost daily. I'm still running 12.5 and haven't installed 12.6 which was framed as more of a bug fix. They actually released it a few days after I upgraded from 12 to 12.5 (isn't that always the way?) When I start the Dashboard and get the UAC prompt, then click Launch Retrospect it does briefly display a message at the top of the Dashboard screen that says something along the lines of "Retrospect is exiting", which I take to mean the services are stopping. The following quote is is in the release notes for 12.6, so presumably something is different. I'll try to install 12.6 on my system in the next few days. And last, because I'm really tired and this has been a long day, you seem to be concerned about my name, which is Mark Bennett. At some point when signing up for this forum it asked me to assign a handle for myself, something I don't like to choose at any time. So I picked ProFromGrover which is a callback to the book M*A*S*H* by Richard Hooker. My mbennett login is the first part of my email address. I can't explain why the forum software mixes this up from one time to the next, but it's not really that important to me. I just know it's not me that's causing it to shift from one to the other.
  25. I'm seeing a lot of errors showing "can't read error -1017 insufficient permissions" in the log file you attached. First thing is to reboot the system that's being backed up and run chkdsk /f on that drive. That might fix the problem. The insufficient permissions error probably refers to the directory where the catalog files are located, so you should also try rebuilding all of the catalog files that are concerned in the jobs that aren't working. Also, look up that -1017 error in the knowledgebase on the Retrospect website and see what it says. I didn't do that. It's always possible that the RDX drive is worn out or a cable is bad, but they're pretty reliable. I use one every day. It's also possible the RDX cartridge itself is bad. Do you have any grooming jobs running on these sets?
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