This can be said about a lot of software though.  Even Windows itself 
must have significant user intervention to be upgraded.

Major issue, but no real solution.

Under WinNT and Win2k you can kill the process and start it back up 
again which works fine.  It's too bad the software won't do this 
automatically for you.
The Mac really cannot handle cleanly killing a process and 
relaunching it, which I feel is one of the major drawbacks to the 
Mac.  Yes, OSX will be able to do this, but OSX is still a ways off 
from being ran on most of the systems around here for the simple 
reason of we don't have G3's and G4's all over the place.

What is hard to overcome when doing enterprise backups is speed and 
time.  You can make a backup solution that goes really fast, but you 
still are limited to one machine at a time and what ever your network 
speed it.  Typically it is either 10Mbit or 100Mbit.

Just going by my server stats.  I'm averaging about 22 minutes per 
workstation on a full backup.

If I wanted to start a full backup on Friday evening at 9:00pm and 
have it stop by 6:00am Monday morning, I could do about 150 machines.

And then throughout the week do incremental backups and start with a 
fresh backup again on Friday.

As you can see, if I wanted to provide that kind of service to 
everyone on the network of 1500 workstations, I would need 10 servers 
doing backups.  Imagine trying to backup 150,000 machines!

I could probably spend a bunch of money and get a tape library system 
that would handle that kind of data and the extra speed out of it and 
possibly double the number of workstations that an single server 
could backup.  I'm just using what I have now as an example.

To think, I used to backup 30 Macs over a LocalTalk network, whopping 
1mb/min if I was really cruising!  lol.  Thank god the hard disk were 
160MB and smaller.  Now the hard disk are 8GB and larger and the 
amount on them is around 2-3GB on a mean average.

>Reality: Enterprise backups of workstations SUCK. There's NO WAY to do it
>well, but Dantz comes closest.

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