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  1. Have you seen this - Microsoft suspends Windows 10 update, citing data loss reports
  2. Firstly I suggest using the Tick Button to check your Selector against a particular source, it will show what gets included and excluded. Secondly remember that when Retrospect takes a backup, it takes a Snapshot of the ENTIRE Target, to record it's state at that time. Thus the snapshot will show ALL the files on the target. The Session will show ONLY the files that were backed up during that particular session. This difference between a snapshot and a session catches many people out, the snapshot is a necessary part of Retrospect's Progressive Backup technique in order to be able to restore a target to the state it was in at the time of any backup. Having a comprehensive understanding of the Progressive backup process is fundamental to using Retrospect effectively. Progressive Backup & Snapshots
  3. Probably not. whilst the files system might be BTRFS, Synology sets up its disks using linux volume manager. which would not be recognised on a windows machine. Your disk will have 2 partitions, 1 Synology DSM System partition and 1 Data partition usually called Volume1. However, if you were to boot a machine into a linux derivative and mount the drive it may well be visible. For this to work your disk must be mounted on the motherboard and be supported & visible in the bios ( USB wont work) I would recommend creating a PartedMagic boot disk ( partedmagic.com ) boot your windows machine with it (It wont touch your Windows installation ) Use the disk tools in PartedMagic to identify and mount the disk, With luck your data may be recoverable
  4. My script has only the Retrospect R:\ drive as the source. ( I have a separate Script and Backupset for the C:\ System drive )
  5. Retrospect 9.5 Server on Win7 Pro. Retrospect is installed on it's own drive, (best practice) ( Not the C:\ System Drive) in the folder "Program Files" There are also folders for Retrospect Catalogs, Reports, and Resources, plus a bunch of other assorted folders I have a script to backup the Retrospect Server Volume with a Selector which includes everything except the other assorted folders. I have just discovered that the "Program Folders" folder is never backed up. I tried variations of the Selector Explicitly including "Program Files" and Including Windows Special Folders "Program Files" but no matter what I try it will not backup that folder. I suspect that Retro recognises "Program Files" as being a special Windows Folder, and the Windows Special Folders Selector expects those folder to be on the System Drive. This could be a major issue as many Server applications are installed on non system Drives in a "Program Files" folder. which could prevent retrospect from properly backing up in these situations. Any thoughts or ideas?
  6. Recovering the Catalogs is amazingly simple. Once you have your new Retro up just drag and drop the catalog files onto the Retrospect window. It will automatically register them and create the backup sets for you. For the future it is good practice to make a duplication job to copy the \all users\retrospect directory and the catalogs to some safe place at least on another machine. I normally just overwrite them every day, so you have one good copy of that data handy for a DR scenario. See the user guide Chapter Management>Moving Retrospect, for tips an what needs to be copied. Then once you have a basic server, rebuilding Retro is 10 minute job. Copy the conifig.dat, Restart, Drop the catalog files. Start restoring clients data Cheers
  7. I found the "Proper" Release notes here on the Dantz KB http://kb.dantz.com/display/2n/kb/article.asp?aid=9729.
  8. Thought I'd share this little problem I had today. Error occurs in two scenarios, one during a compare, possibly involving large files over 1 GB (retrospect catalog files specifically), the other as a VSS snapshot is being taken of a volume prior to open file backup. Logs look like this Normal backup using at 8/26/2010 6:00 PM (Execution unit 2) To Backup Set ... T-8: VssWSnapVolume: DoSnapshotSet failed, winerr -2147024882, error -1018 Can't use Open File Backup option for on server01, error -1018 (not enough memory) Normal backup using at 8/30/2010 6:00 PM (Execution unit 2) To Backup Set ... T-8: VssWSnapVolume: DoSnapshotSet failed, winerr -2147024882, error -1018 Can't use Open File Backup option for on server, error -1018 (not enough memory) Further investigation revealed that the first job was still doing it's verification when the Snapshot for the second one fired off. This overwhelmed the memory in the server, resulting in the errors. Solution, For a given server, make sure there are no other Retrospect tasks running at the same time a snapshot for Open file needs to be taken.
  9. No Prob, you're welcome Of course if you were to run a thorough verify at a lter stage you do run the risk of some source data changing and thus giving an error. However since the MD5 hashes are taken at time of backup that problem won't occur with a later MD5 verify. The other cool thing with scripted verify which I fogot to mention is that Retro is clever and knows what it has already verified, so you can just run a verify whenever, and retro will only verify new stuff. Modern tapes esp LTO are pretty robust, but the "dailies' do tend to get a bit more wear & tear, so it is a good idea to cycle new ones into your high use Backup sets. ("New Member" function in Retro )
  10. For my final solution, which has now been running beautifully for several months see http://forums.dantz.com/showpost.php?post/142042/ Thanks for the help
  11. I wanted to do pretty much exactly this with 2 drives. I eventually figured it out. I have posted my solution as a separate post see http://forums.dantz.com/showpost.php?post/142042/
  12. For a simple fully automatic backup with minimal operator intervention I thought this would be desirable. After much experimentation, and some discussion I got the following setup to work nicely. [color:red]WARNING ======[/color] If you create a backup set pointing to the root of a USB drive it erases the whole drive If this is not what you want , point the BUSet to a directory on the drive. Retrospect WILL Relabel the Drive Volume to the BUSet Member name This Volume Name is most important, since you cannot predict the drive letter when mounting a USB drive. SO Retrospect uses the volume name to track the drives. SETUP Create a BUSet for Each Drive, Add the member by pointing to the Root or directory on the Drive. Create a ProActive Script Specifying ALL the above BUSets as destinations If all drives are connected, consecutive ProActive backups will cycle round the BUSets RS attempts to maintain this cycle. If a specific USB-Drive is not available it uses any other BUSet-Drive which is. Suspect that if there is a choice it will use the media with the oldest backup to bring it up to date. OPERATION When swapping out BUSet-Drives, Open ProActive monitoring Tab, Select Backup Sets. Dismount Drive(s) using "Safely Remove hardware" Mount Drives Give Retrospect a few minutes to poll the hardware Check that appropriate BUSets show Ready or Media Leave ProActive Backup to do it's job Welcome to painless backup See the white paper "Backing Up to External Hard Drives" in the knowledge base For detail of the discussion on this mentioned above see http://forums.dantz.com/showpost.php?post/137475/
  13. Hi Katie, I suspect you may have a permissions issue. Sounds like you are backing up clients from a server. You dont mention whether you have a domain or not. Retrospect runs on the backup srver either under the System Account or as a specific user as determined in COnfig>Prefs>Security So I supect that this user may not have permissions on your clients. If you have a domain I suggest creating a special user for retrospect, give it at least backup operator permissions, if not admin. If no domain you may need use a common machine administrator account, or create a common account on all the clients. See the Manual >Ch1 > Creaating Retro user Account and Ch9 > Administratin > Preferences > Security for more on this HTH
  14. If all the copies and compares can be completed within your backup window, without interfering with any other production processes, do you really care? If however you are squeezed for window, and need to get all the copying done IN the window, and would then like to get the compares done OUTSIDE the window you have a couple of options. 1. Full Compare with orignal data. On your backup script switch OFF Verify in the script options. ( Optionally specify a specific execution engine number. Bear with me . . . ) 2. Create a New Verify Script, Select the relevant backup set, Schedule the job to start a few minutes after the backup script starts and before it finishes. (Optionally specify the SAME execution Engine Number as the backup.) If you specify the Execution Engines as above the verify will try to run while the backup is running but CANNOT because the execution engine is occupied. The verify will then wait until the execution engine becomes free when the backup finishes and will run imediately after. Of course you could also just schedule the verify to run at any convenient time. Using a full verify will still cause the original data to be read which may interfere with production processes, in which case use the following approach, (My personal favourite) MD5 Hash verify as a separate job:- Check that MD5 checksums are enabled Config>Prefs>Media>Verification Disable Verify in your Backup Script Run your Verification in a separate job using either method described above. The advantage of this is that your source data is not read, and thus production processes are unaffected. Using this technique allows you to use your full overnight window for backup. Verification can then take place during thday without affecting production. See the Manual Chapter 5 > Scripted Verification for more details or Help > Automated Operations > Scripted Verify See also http://forums.dantz.com/showtopic.php?tid/32369/post/132228/hl//fromsearch/1/#132228 for similar discussion involving tapes and getting them to eject properly. Good Luck
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