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  1. On my test system the verify process runs very slowly. The backup runs at 60 MB/s but the verify runs in the low single digits, with lots and lots of shoeshining. Why is this?

     

     

     

    My system is an AMD 1.3 GHz with 512 MB RAM, Windows XP Pro, and an OnStream DI30 drive.

     

     

     

    - Steve Yates

     

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  2. "Why are my DAT tapes filling up sooner than I expected?

     

    ...For typical everyday use, when your tape is full, it may store up to 30% less data than its ideal maximum capacity."

     

     

     

    I noticed this technote. Does this apply ONLY to DAT tapes, or is it generic to all tapes?

     

     

     

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  3. Currently the operations log is not word wrapped, at least when the user prints a selection from the log. This makes it impossible to read any errors that are wider than the page, such as under c:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Microsoft... well you get the idea. The error message is to the right of the filename, too.

     

     

     

    Printing the log as plain text as other programs do might alleviate this (most printers will word wrap automatically I believe). The trade off, of course, is the nifty graphics in the log printout. While they do make it easier to read, I would rather see the errors.

     

     

     

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  4. I was disappointed to see that Retrospect has no "print log for the last operation" capability. Currently a user must open the operations log, manually highlight the correct section, and in the File/Print dialog click "Selection" to print just part of the log.

     

     

     

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  5. I was surprised to find that Retrospect cannot automatically print the operation log for a backup job when finishing a backup. Most of our clients don't care to know how to get into the backup software, let alone run the risk of having someone do so on a daily basis. :) The paper log gives a record of what was backed up (or not backed up) on which day, even if the catalogs are lost. Also it's a quick way to tell if the backup finished properly or if there's a problem.

     

     

     

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  6. Randy,

     

     

     

    There is a subtle difference...my suggestion was to go to the Special tab, Selectors button. There you can duplicate the "selector" (not the script!) and edit it. I spent time trying to edit them in the script edit area also but that's the wrong path to follow.

     

     

     

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  7. I noted the sample script in the online tutorials section. How would this be modified to occasionally do a Recycle backup, to allow for more coverage?

     

     

     

    Put another way, it looks like this script will do a Normal backup on each day. Eventually the tape fills up and must be recycled (manually?). At that point is it possible to rotate in a different Friday tape set so that one or more can be saved for longer periods?

     

     

     

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  8. >You must run a backup before the Action button becomes enabled.

     

     

     

    Thanks for the reply. Do you mean that if I install Retrospect at a client's, and want to create several backup sets, I must sit through a full backup on each set first before I can set this Action?

     

     

     

    - Steve Yates

     

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  9. And it wraps around? Can't imagine how that would only work sometimes. My problem is with things like this:

     

     

     

    File "C:\Documents and Settings\Steve Yates\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat.LOG": can't read, error -1020 (sharing violation)

     

     

     

    ...the filename and error is cut off.

     

     

     

    Perhaps there's a better way to print the log? The ONLY way I've found is to manually open the log, highlight the portion to print, and then print that selection. Can't believe Retrospect doesn't have a way to do that automatically.

     

     

     

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  10. One of the technotes references upgrading to this version. I have 5.6.127 which came on the CD. There is no visible posted update online that I can see? How can I obtain this version?

     

     

     

    http://dbs.dantz.com/faq/FMPro?-db=faq.fp5&-format=record%5fdetail.htm&-lay=web&-recid=42663&-token.0=windows%20xp&-find=

     

     

     

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  11. If having the previous day's tape off site is important, why do you suggest using the same tape(s) the entire week?

     

     

     

    Dividing the normal and recycle data into two tapes sounds more useful, otherwise if the full backup is near to capacity the user will have to switch tapes and continue backing up during the day...and boy do they dislike seeing those errors about open files. :) So that would be 10 tapes.

     

     

     

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  12. When the operations log is printed, it appears to cut off the errors on the right column rather that wrap around? Is there a setting for that, aside from printing in landscape mode? For long path names you can only see part of the directory path, no error message.

     

     

     

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  13. My company is a VAR evaluating Retrospect (see post in "Desktop Workgroup and Server"). We frequently recommend that clients use a "full on Friday" strategy, to allow easy tape management (and use few tapes) yet provide at least one month of coverage. How can we best duplicate this with Dantz's quite-different software?

     

     

     

    For anyone not familiar with this strategy, it involves four daily tapes (Monday - Thursday) that do a differential backup, and five Friday tapes (you can have five Fridays in some months) that do full backups. For months with four Fridays the fifth tape is skipped, providing a longer backup coverage.

     

     

     

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  14. I work for a VAR in Illinois (ASCII member), and we are evaluating Retrospect for use both at our location and to recommend to clients, as it supports the OnStream drives we have grown to like. Target usage is for desktops, workgroups, and servers. I have installed 5.6 Server on my Windows XP Pro PC to test and after reading through the manual I have compiled a few questions. I should note so far I have only done one test backup, a partial backup.

     

     

     

    1) Selectors - there is no Edit button to view built in selectors, as is described in the manual p. 179? Although the built in selectors seem neat, I would really like to know *specifically* what I am selecting to exclude. [Whoops just figured this one out. It's only visible under the Special tab, not when editing a script. Good thing, since Dantz's definition of "cache" also includes Windows' TEMP folders too! I was referred to p.179 from the scripts section of the manual, and missed that they were different; you have to exit that to jump to the Special tab]

     

     

     

    2) backup set properties - no Media Action button as described in the manual p. 155? Or, there is a Media section and Action button but it is disabled on this my first configuration of this backup set. Why is that? Do I need to run an entire backup set to change this option?

     

     

     

    3) Is there a way to automatically erase/recycle on a backup set?

     

     

     

    4) Is there a way to automatically print the operations log for a backup after each backup? This is an important feature to many of our clients who honestly don't have the skills and/or inclination to jump on the server to print selections of the operations log. I found some clever ways to export logs and convert to HTML, but I couldn't see a way to simply print the log file on each job and if it's not there this seems like a big hole in an otherwise nifty program.

     

     

     

    5) File "C:\Documents and Settings\User2\My Documents\private\test.txt": can't write, error -2351 (File is encrypted). I was experimenting with encrypting folders on this PC and stumbled on this error during the restore of this file to a different (FAT32) drive. Is this because it wasn't restored to an NTFS drive? Or does this mean Retrospect really can't restore encrypted files?

     

     

     

    Thanks,

     

     

     

    - Steve Yates

     

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