I'll second that emotion.

It is darn near a *daily* battle to keep my BackupExec backups running on my
NT servers. From BackupExec hanging to it not liking the tapes I just erased
for the night's round of backups, it's a pain.

Retrospect is a little better. I created the scripts a long time ago. I
erase the tapes each day before the night's backup. The servers (B&W
G3-450's) have run without a restart for weeks and months. I rebooted them
last week just because it's a good idea. Retrospect requires no
hand-holding. Just plug and go play.

Brad.

-----Original Message-----
From: Welch, John C. [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2000 7:52 AM
To: retro-talk
Subject: Re: Solstice


That's what I was talking about perfectly. We use legato for our Unix
backups, but it just blew on windows and the Macs. The unique thing about
Dantz, is that a lot of the folks their view *restoring* as Retrospect's
biggest priority. This makes sense, as if the restores are untenable, or
unreliable, what good is backing up? So a lot of the 'lack' of features in
Retrospect are due to this focus on restoration. Considering the garbage
that restoring requires with other products, I think Dantz has the right
idea.

john

> From: Pam Lefkowitz <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Reply-To: "retro-talk" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 19:58:22 -0600
> To: "retro-talk" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Subject: Re: Solstice
> 
>> the best way is to do a test with a test Mac running the legato client.
Do a
>> *complete* full backup, then wipe the drive and see how long it takes to
>> restore it. I'm willing to bet that any glaring weaknesses in Legato will
>> pop up wicked fast
>> 
>> john
> 
> It isn't the speed at which the restore on the client is performed but,
> instead, the accuracy with which it is done. When you do the Legato
> equivalent of a "restore entire disk", will Legato put everything back in
> its rightful place and leave the client as if nothing had happened? Will
> the restore leave the user feeling like she's sitting down at her machine
> and can start working right away or will she feel that she has to first
> install and configure everything before being able to work? I'd be
> willing to sacrifice some speed so long as accuracy and security and
> reliability are there.
> 
> I've not used Legato so I can't speak to what its detailed functions are,
> but another good test would be to put a Legato client on a portable and
> then remove the portable from the network for a day or two. See how well
> Legato handles the portable's unattended backup **without user or
> administrative intervention** as it reattaches to the network the next
> day. 
> 
> Hope this helps,
> 
> Pam
> 
> 
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