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  1. I have a primary disk media set, "Main". It is now about 5.2TB I have a 3TB drive I would like to copy only the latest backup for each source to. Up until now, a "Copy Backup" script using "Copy most recent backups for each source" has worked fine. However, the size of the backups now exceeds the capacity of the 3TB drive, so the script fails. I would like to try using the Copy Backup option "Copy most recent backups for each selected source". However, I do not see any option to select specific backup sources. If I select that option then click Browse on the media set, it still presents a list of backups, not sources. I may be missing something simple, but how do I select the specific sources, for which there are backups in the "Main" media set, that I would like to copy to the 3TB drive?
  2. "When you log out, Apple makes some disks unavailable to Retrospect." Respectfully, while that type of edge case may understandably cause problems, this isn't specifically about network-mounted home directories or external USB drives, or FileVault protected drives. This is about being able to back up the primary system hard drive when the computer is powered on, but no users are logged in. FTP can provide access to any/all directories on the drive, with no Mac users logged in. AFP can provide access to any/all directories on the drive, with no Mac users logged in. At the system level, the main drive doesn't need to be mounted because it already is mounted. To my mind, there are functions of the Mac OS X Retrospect client that *should* be running in user-space: the toolbar icon, notifications of backups, setting preferences. However, there should also be a system daemon as someone else mentioned, running with administrator privileges, which is active whether or not a user is logged in. In fact, the Retrospect client currently IS running when no user it logged in. It just doesn't work as it should. Since FTP and AFP can provide access to any/all files (per configuration) to network clients without users being logged in, I believe it's reasonable to expect that retroclient should be able to as well. For the moment I've moved to using proactive backups. But what I or any Mac admin should be able to do is tell Retrospect to wake all my Macs up at 6PM, run a full backup of all users, logged out or not, and then send me a summary email of any failures.
  3. I'd like to figure out which of my backup clients are using the most space, how much exactly, and what files those are. I can look at the list of Past Backups, but my understanding is that "Bytes Copied" only refers to the size of the latest incremental backup; not the size of the complete backup for that Source. Each Source consists of a computer with the user's home folder set as a Favorite; only that folder and its contents are backed up. So the list of sources doesn't display anything useful, beyond the disk capacity and usage of the entire computer (not just the user folder/Favorite) How can I get a detailed overview of what's taking up space in a Media Set?
  4. After rebooting the server, I need to "Locate" every single client in order to back up again. The normal script runs and every client fails with "error -530 ( backup client not found)" Details: - Mac Mini with OS X 10.8 Server - All on the same ethernet network & subnet - All clients visible in the Add Client view (default interface, multicast) - All clients have static IP - Clicking "refresh" times out. - Click "Locate", click on correct client, back to normal. Can back up after that. - Retrospect is set to launch at startup - Clients are Retrospect, running a variety of OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 - Retrospect server is 10.5.0 (145) - All clients are awake, and have users logged in This has happened twice in a row in the last couple days; fortunately it's rare I need to reboot the server.
  5. OK, so if it's a given that we can't back up a Mac without an active user logged in (and please note I'm referring to backing up the primary/boot drive, not external drives), how does everyone deal with this? What I've been doing is having a scheduled backup at 6PM, after users have left; but that requires users not logging out. I'd prefer if users did log out, to ease maintenance and for general security. Do you schedule backups during the day? Just use proactive? (But if a client isn't backed up via proactive, you don't get a warning email, like you do when a scripted backup fails). So what solutions is everyone using? Thanks!
  6. Thank-you for your reply. I want to recycle the destination before copying existing backups. I created a new Copy Backups script, with the Rule No Files, and otherwise same settings as above. The schedule Media Action option is set to Recycle Media Set. The test script *does* recycle when running as scheduled. I just set my normal script (set to actually do backups) to do a scheduled run just now, and it correctly recycled, which is interesting. However, when running normally on a Friday night, these scripts frequently aren't recycling, as the drive will fill up and many of the .rdb files are dated from 3 weeks prior. The only thing I can think is that, despite the schedule showing that it is set to recycle, because I use the "Disable all schedules" checkbox to disable the two scripts for drives that are currently off-site, that may be interfering with the setting? I uncheck that, and the scripts normally run as scheduled, but like I said, aren't recycling consistently.
  7. I have a script to copy most recent backups to an external hard drive. There exists a media set for the drive, with one member: the external drive. The script is supposed to recycle the external drive media set before beginning the copy, with my intention being that the external drive holds a complete up to date copy of all backup sources, without older versions of files taking up space. When the script runs, it goes straight to "Matching" and then "Copying", with no recycle process. Note: below it indicates the option "Match source Media Set to Destination Media Set" is checked; I have just tried running the script with this option unchecked, and it exhibits the same behavior. Old backups are still on the drive while new files are being created. Essentially, Retrospect doesn't appear to be respecting the "Media action: Recycle Media Set" setting. Is the problem that this is a disk media set, rather than tape drive? The script is set up as follows: Summary Status: Scheduled Type: Copy Backup Rule: All files Options: Data compression off Backups (my main media set) Media sets (the External Drive Media Set) The Schedule detail shows the recycle icon Sources Copy most recent backups for each source Main Media Set selected Destinations External Drive Media Set selected Rules All Files Schedule Destination: External Drive selected. Media Action: Recycle Media Set Start: 11PM Repeat: Weekly Every [1] week on [Friday] Stop: when done Options Copy Backup Media Verification checked Match source Media Set to Destination Media Set checked Don't add duplicates to the Media Set checked
  8. I may be seeing the same thing, so I hope this isn't hijacking the thread: I have 3 identical scripts, to "Copy most recent backups for each source" from my main media set, to 3 different harddrives (one script and one media set per harddrive, which I rotate through every couple weeks). Each script is set to "Recycle Media Set" when it is scheduled to run. The recycle icon appears beside the schedule entry, and in the summary tab. However when the script runs (and this has been happening for weeks), it goes straight to comparing the existing media set catalog to the source catalog, and copying changed files, instead of recycling the media set.
  9. We do have the screensaver with password required start up after a minute of inactivity; but the preference would be to have the users completely logged out.
  10. Hi Robin, Thank-you for your response. However, I don't believe that's acceptable. Being forced to have leave a user logged in as I said creates security & maintenance problems. It seems improbable to me that there is no way for retrospect to actively run on a system with no logged in user. FTP, AFP file sharing, and numerous other background processes can continue running.
  11. I just upgraded from 8 to 10. I was hoping that one persistently annoying bug might have been addressed, but it hasn't yet. Retrospect (since 8, still with 10) for Mac requires a user to be logged in on the client computer in order to perform a scheduled backup. If no user is logged in, the backup fails with "error -1101 ( file/directory not found)". We would very much prefer for users to log out at the end of their day for both security and ease of maintenance reasons; but we have been keeping them logged in for the last 2 years specifically because of this bug. The backup scripts are run at 6PM. This is with Retrospect 10.0.1 and client version
  12. Hmm, a "Proactive Copy" operation sounds like exactly what's needed here. Right now, I can certainly do a proactive backup; but I expect that the main media set will soon exceed the capacity of the external drives. Creating a "staging" media set on a local drive to contain a copy of the current backups, which is then proactively backed up to the externals may work.
  13. Using Retrospect 8 on OS X 10.7: I looked at this older thread, and didn't see a solution: http://forums.dantz.com/showtopic.php?tid/30334 I have a master media set with incremental nightly backups. I'd like to do a Copy Backup of the most recent complete backup for each source to an external drive. That's fairly straightforward. However, I would like to swap the drive out for another roughly every 1-2 weeks, on an unpredictable schedule, without Retrospect complaining. Currently, I have each drive as its own unique media set, and it appears that I will need to manually disable the schedule for the drive that isn't currently hooked up; otherwise, it spawns a "waiting for media" process and sends an alert email. Is there a better solution to this? Thanks for any help or suggestions.
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