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  1. Greetings! Background: I'm in the middle of trying to set up a Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) backup strategy that involves two instances of Retrospect Server running on Windows and Mac using shared network storage and a single tape drive. Both Windows and Mac RS servers need to write to the network share, and the Mac controls the tape drive. Problem: I've hit a snag when trying to share the Disk-based media between with both machines. I can share the disk-based backups and catalogs between the two servers by manually updating the path to the media set every time a backup runs. I haven't found a way to to make the change automatically, mangle paths, or even to have Retrospect use a relative path to identify the media set's members. Has anybody got any workarounds for this kind of setup? <p> Constraints: Retrospect Server for Windows is required for Exchange Mailbox backup Retrospect Server for Mac OSX is required for fast Xsan backup and tape loader Network share as disk-based media set in Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) workflow Separate network share for catalogs Backups must be fully unattended, as humans will not be on-site at 2am Approaches Already Tried: Some other odds and ends I've tried along the way Retrospect 10's WebDAV support: The catalog still contains the platform's native representation of the WebDAV path. For the Mac, this is still a local path in /Volumes. Tricks with OSX's mount command to fake a local windows path or UNC path: Forward slashes and backslashes are a bit too incompatible to work with. Switching to a single server: Not possible as a Windows server is needed for backing up Exchange mailboxes. A Mac server is required for Xsan connectivity and Tape loader -- backups are far too slow when run through the Retrospect Client. Manually editing the uncompressed .rbc file with a hex editor: The .rtS chunk has a 4-byte constant (0x00011001) followed by a 16-byte value specifying how many two-byte characters are in the string (UTF-16?), ending with zero-padded to the next multiple of 4 bytes. Running a homebrew length-altering binary search and replace seems somehow unsafe, despite the entertainment value of doing so Further thoughts would be appreciated!
  2. I guess Retrospect isn't backing up the Mac 'hidden' ._ files, after each daily backup I have a log with over 3,000 errors, all are the "._filename" files. Otherwise, the 'real' files are backing up normally. Any idea on how to either make Retrospect backup these hidden files, or have Retrospect ignore the hidden files?
  3. Is it possible to recover data from a Retrospect 5 app. installed on a PC running Windows XP, from a catalog file created while the Retrospect was used on a G4 running 9.2? I copied the Mac catalog file to the PC and it doesn't show in the Retrospect dialog box. I would have hoped the catalog, as a simple index, would have been recognized by the PC. Because of a faulty Dat drive using DDS3 tapes (4mm 12-24Gb), I have difficulty finding a refurbished Dat drive working on a Mac platform, while for PC, picking one is a breeze. Comments anyone. Of course no need to mention that we do backup to HD now. Thanks
  4. i'm wondering about grooming under version 10. as a preface, i will say that i could never really get grooming to work the way i wanted it under versions 8 (where i mostly didn't experiment much due to a variety of other problems and issues) and version 9 (where my experiments met with poor results leaving me thinking that i must be doing something fundamentally "wrong" in terms of how the program was designed to work). my simplistic starting assumption is that with grooming, retrospect should be able to work somewhat like the way time machine does in that you could allocate some storage to it, let it start backing up and it would save everything (every version, every incremental backup, etc.) until it ran out of space, and then when the allocated space was depleted, it would start deleting the oldest, unused stuff to make way for new stuff. with a modest number of machines (3-4) and what seemed to me to be a modest number of backups (roughly 2x/week for a few months), i would find that my media sets would take a really really long time to groom (like ~3-4 days) under version 9. so now i've installed version 10 and i'm trying it out. my first attempt is to groom an existing media set with 1TB of storage and a few million files. so far it's been running almost 5hrs. as with previous versions, there are NO meaningful progress indicators of any kind during grooming, which is quite frustrating (edit: see followup note below about progress reporting). but if i had to guess, i would say that version 10 does not look like it is going to provide any kind of huge improvement. the web page describing mac version 10 says "IMPROVED! Automatic Disk Grooming Tell Retrospect how many backups to keep, and it will automatically remove older backups when it needs more space on disk-based storage. This technology allows Retrospect to perform faster, smaller Smart Incremental backups forever." this sounds like exactly what i'm looking for. questions: is there something i need to do in order to see this "improved" behavior and in particular to see faster grooming? for example, do i need to create new media sets? is there some kind of first-time cost when v10 reads v9 catalogs before this wonderful new feature kicks-in? any other advice on how to get "smart incremental backups forever" w/o having to recycle backup sets and hopefully without needing multi-day groom operations?
  5. For the life of me I can't figure out how to exclude certain file types (in my case, specifically, .DS_Store files) from restores from a tape media set. Any suggestions / solutions? I'm using Retrospect 9.0.2 Mac on Mac OSX Server 10.6.8 Cheers C
  6. When doing an archive from an Xsan source to an Xsan media set it appears that the delete function does not work. I have looked in console to see if some sort of delete function that Retrospect is executing is not working but there is nothing. All of the files wind up on the media set but they are not deleted from the source. Any ideas?
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