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  1. LOL, that's what I was just wondering! We're all in sync here...
  2. Hi David. You raise a good point about Compression and the speed cost. Our LTO-6 drive has hardware compression Retrospect supports. Our server is circa 2012, 2.4Ghz quad-core Xeon, with 16GB RAM. We have two to three people using Remote Desktop into their user accounts all day. As I understand it, Retrospect automatically uses hardware compression if it exists. I think I'll uncheck Compression while backing up to the hard drive sets to keep things backing up quickly and not hammering the server, and then let the hardware compression work when we transfer to tape...does that make sense? I actually don't see an option to turn off hardware compression anyway, but I could have just missed it.
  3. Hi David! I can't thank you enough for that amazing post. You've clearly put in the time learning the ins and outs of this application. I'm headed to the dentist myself this Friday. How random. 😬 That all makes sense. I'll avoid Storage Groups for this and use individual backup sets, then transfer those to tape sets. My goals of this new backup plan are to use our LTO tapes more efficiently (by backing up to hard disk first), and to simplify the process overall, so I'm not the only one in the company that knows how it all works (despite the job security). I'm hoping to test it out next week when I'm back in the office, then implement it once I'm comfortable. Thanks again.
  4. Thanks for the replies! I'm learning a lot. Also I forgot to mention I'm using Retrospect Multiserver, on Windows Server 2012 R2, in case that helps. The production computers are mostly Macs. Thanks. I've read that section now, and I see the option "New Backup Set" when I edit the Transfer Backup Sets script in Retrospect. Cool. Understood. Or I guess I could schedule the Proactive backups to not run on the days when I'm running the Backup Set Transfers, but I feel like maybe that brings its own problems. I'm also learning now about "Storage Groups": https://www.retrospect.com/en/support/kb/storage_groups So instead of creating separate Disk Sets for "Office" and "Production" and "Remote", I could make a Storage Group and back them all up at the same time. Is that correct? Cause that sounds like a massive time saver, depending on the speed of the network and the target drive of course.
  5. Hi there. I’m hoping to implement a “staged backup” strategy at my workplace, backing up to Disk Sets and Transferring those to LTO-6 Tape Sets. Until now I’ve been running Proactive backups directly to multiple tape sets. But it’s too complicated and inefficient. Currently we have 12 clients: 5 are typical "Office" PCs plus a MacBook. A few gigabytes per day. 4 are "Production" workstations (media post production). Huge files. A single video shoot can bring in 500GB of new files to back up. 3 are “Remote” servers (email and web sites). Several gigabytes to start, but smaller data every day after. I don’t care about saving versions of these files, it’s only for disaster recovery. We average about 200GB of new data per week, but that can vary greatly depending on jobs. Here’s my plan: - create a new Disk set for “Office” - create a new Disk set for “Production” - create a new Disk set for “Remote” - these would back up daily to a hard drive on our server - Set “Grooming” on each set to keep the last 20 backups. That should allow enough room for holidays/vacations etc interfering with the schedule. - On Mondays, run “Transfer Backup Sets” of “Office” and “Production” Disk Sets to an Off Site Tape Set. When finished, store the tape Off Site until next Monday. - On Wednesdays, run “Transfer Backup Sets” of “Office” and “Production” Disk Sets to an On Site Tape Set. This will allow for future restoring of files older than what’s left on the hard drives after grooming, without needing the Off Site tapes brought in (sometimes we have to restore projects fairly quickly, plus it doesn’t hurt to have two sets!). - On another day during the week, run a “Transfer Backup Sets” of “Remote” Disk Sets to a separate Off Site Tape Set. I don’t think I want the “Remote” set backed up with the others, we’ll likely never need these, and it will slow down searches and restores of our media files. This could even be done monthly depending how much risk we want. - Then at some point when it’s appropriate (6 months? 3 months?) I should be able to start a new On/Off Tape Set, update the scripts to point to the new Tape Sets and off we go? How important is it to not have the Disk Sets backing up while running the Transfer Sets operation? Does Retrospect wait for them to finish? Or does it freak out and corrupt the data or backup sets? Should I set it to only run certain backups at certain times? Most of our computers are on overnight. Any other downsides I should know about? Thanks for any replies.
  6. Hi there. I am aware that Retrospect can use Dropbox as a destination for a backup set. But I'm wondering if it's possible to have a Dropbox folder as a source for backup? For example, a time-lapse camera is set to use Dropbox to save its images. Is there a way to select that Dropbox folder as a backup source? I suspect I could log into the Dropbox account on my local PC, select the folder I want to sync to my local drive, and then backup that local copy to Retrospect. But I would like to know if Retrospect can see the Dropbox folder directly somehow, so I don't even need a local copy of the files? Thanks for any help.
  7. Thanks Lennart. I don't think the backup files have been transferred, however the backup was likely originally created on our older pre-2012 server, maybe that has something to do with it. I'm starting a Rebuild Catalog File from the hard drives now, will see if that works.
  8. Hi there. I have a hard drive backup set from 2011 that I would like to transfer to an LTO-6 tape backup set. Retrospect cannot see the actual backup files, it thinks they are all missing. I have the hard drives mounted to the computer. The drives appear in Windows File Explorer and I can see the backup files on them. It's about 6TB of data over 5 drives. When I run the Transfer Backup Set function, Retrospect immediately pops up a window "Please select the Backup Set member: (name of folder on drive)". Even though the drive is clearly already mounted and ready to go... So my only option is to click on "Choices", then "Browse", which opens a "Where is AA0000XX.rdb" file window, where I can browse to the missing file and select it, and then the backup transfer proceeds. It works for about ten seconds (just long enough to transfer all the data in that 600MB chunk), and then I have to manually Browse to the next missing file. Is there anyway for Retrospect to find these files on their own again? Because this method will take forever to do manually. I have tried restoring files from this set, and/or Repair Catalog, but any operation with this backup set requires manually browsing to each backup file. It's unusable. Thanks for any help.
  9. Thanks for the response, I will use Transfer backup set and snapshots. (sorry late response, didn’t see the notification).
  10. Hi there. I have a large disk backup set (~8TB of data, ~300,000 files) of video editing work from 2014. The backup set media is 6 hard drives. (Also have an "off site" set of the same data). Since hard drives die, I would like to transfer this set to an LTO-6 tape backup set. I select my source, the 2014 Disk Backup set, choose the destination, a new LTO Tape Set. I'm Selecting "All Files". In the Options…Since I've already selected transfer "All Files", do I need "Copy Snapshots" selected? We're only concerned with being able to search and restore specific files; I don't need to restore an entire disk as it was at a certain point in time. Is there any reason to uncheck this (would it go faster? will I be missing data once the transfer is done?)? Also wondering about the option "Transfer any needed intermediate database Snapshots". If I don't need Snapshots, can I leave this unchecked? When would someone check this box? Does database mean the Retrospect database (the .rbc file?), or does it mean an actual database, like mySQL, etc (probably a dumb question, but oh well)? Further to that…is there any point in using Snapshots for this type of data backup? Maybe for our 2015 set I don't need to create Snapshots? Or is it always a good idea? I do use Snapshots for my backups of our system boot drives in our computers, because in that case, I may someday need to restore a disk to a certain date. But for media files, maybe it's not necessary? If it helps, an example of our restore process would be: our video editor needs to restore a video project from 2014. He has the Final Cut Pro/Adobe Premiere project file, opens it up, and the program will show a list of what files are offline/missing, ie. exactly what we need to restore. Thanks in advance for any help.
  11. Hi again. Sorry I never replied back. We did end up upgrading last fall, and are now running Retrospect Multi Server The problem continues. Retrospect cannot automatically find new clients, I can only add them via static IP. Thanks for any new information.
  12. Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I'm having the same problem. Can't add clients unless I know their IP. Which with laptops, tends to change sometimes... Any further advice on this topic? Would love it if this worked. Retrospect Multi Server Windows Server 2012 R2 Thanks for any updates. EDIT: Sorry, just realized this is in the Mac forum. Thanks anyway.
  13. Hi there. I've just upgraded to Retrospect 9 Multi Server, and it's installed my PC running Windows Server 2012 R2. My clients are backing up nicely. What's the best way to preform a backup of this server itself? I've selected the C: drive and backed that up. Is that all I need to do? Or am I better off installing the Retrospect client on the server, and backing it up that way? Or is the client unnecessary for this use? My goal is in the event of a system hard drive failure, to get up and running again fairly quickly by restoring the server backup to a fresh hard drive. Thanks for your time.
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