If you're using DDS-3, it doesn't matter whether you back up the server
via ethernet or via local scsi, because the tape unit itself is the
bottleneck. (Even with the much faster DLT I've found the difference to
be negligible). That being the case, I would put retro on its own box.
It makes it much easier to deal with certain situations such as
emergency workstation restores, and you don't have to worry about
slowing the server down.

Dan Willson wrote:
> I'm seeking advice from other server wranglers before I set up my new digs.
> We just bought a G4 Mac (500 MHz, 256 MB of RAM, two Ultra2LVD 18 GB hdds on
> dual-channel card, plus optional Ultra SCSI card, & AppleShareIP 6.3.1) for
> file services, with the possibility of doing other things in the future.
> The question is this: In all of the majority of the posts I've read at other
> lists, folks are saying to run Retrospect from it's own box, which makes
> perfect sense (distributing services and the like). But others report having
> no problems running it on the same box. And to make things more interesting,
> there's a post on Dantz's site about a patch from Apple that should do the
> trick and make them play nice.
> I have a 9500/200 that I resurrected from a bunch of spare parts that I
> could use as a dedicated backup box (which would allow me to move our fax
> software from our FileMaker Intranet 7300/180 to that and free up more room
> for FileMaker) ... but it'll be backing up about 10+ gigs every night over
> our 10BaseT network.
> So ... do I run ASIP and Retro on the same box for faster transfers through
> the Ultra SCSI card to the DDS-3 unit, or do I give it twice as long to run
> so it can backup over the network (giving my ASIP box room to "breathe")? If
> there are variables that I haven't thought of yet, but might find out about
> the first few times out of the gate.
> Thanks!
> Dan Willson
> Publications Specialist
> University of Alabama at Birmingham
> UAB Publications and Periodicals
> http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine
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