Re: ARCserve vs Retrospect Server Backup

2001-03-07 Thread Ben Eastwood

I have lots to comment on this thread! I Love Retro and ditched Arcserve for
Retro about six months ago. I had used it for years to back up Macs, and now
I'm using it for about ten NT servers, Including one that has over 160 GB of
Drive space, a couple that run MS SQL Server 7, and a Lotus Notes server.
Lots of open DBs on that one. Here are some things I've found:

Retro is much more reliable than Arcserve. It just works. Its easier to
setup, more flexible, and most importantly, easier to restore from.

Open File Manager works to back up the open databases just fine, BUT there
is a conflict between OFM and NT's services for macintosh that causes nasty
crashes on the server being backed up. There is apparently fix for this
available from MS, but it is not available for download, it requires a
(paid) service call to MS Support. I is supposed to be fixed in the next NT
SP, but with Win2k on the market, that may never come. I don't know it it is
a problem in Win2k. I'll be finding out soon...

I have also had trouble with the 400,000 file/defined volume limit in
Retrospect. As web developers we are working with a lot of little files in
pretty complex directory structures. When a Retrospect volume contains more
than 400,000 files you will start to get -519 out of memory errors and the
backup will fail. 

The workaround for this is to define the Retrospect volumes at a lower level
of the directory structure, which is a bit of a pain. If that is not
workable, you could try scheduling an automated task with an NT "at" command
to have the large folder zipped into an archive before the backup runs and
them backup the archive. A little Rube Goldberg, but it should work. I
haven't tried it though...

I have been told that this will be fixed in the next version of Retrospect.
I can't wait!

Backing up servers is one thing, but Retrospect's advantages really become
apparent when you want to backup workstations as well. the "backup server"
function is really cool, especially if you have laptop users. Retrospect
uses the network very efficiently! And since the Server version comes with
100 clients, you should have no trouble with client licensing unless you
have a pretty big organization.

I hope this helps, Tom.
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Ben Eastwood
IT Manager
wilweb.com
5650 Hollis St.
Suite 2
Emeryville CA, 94608
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 From: "Stephen Jones" [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 Reply-To: "retro-talk" [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 12:45:58 -0500
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 Subject: RE: ARCserve vs Retrospect Server Backup
 
 I wonder if St. Bernard's Open File Manager will work in conjunction with
 Retrospect?  It works with a ton of other software vendors.  Their web site
 is www.stbernard.com.
 
 I do not have any affiliation with that package, I'm just making it known it
 exists and may help guys looking for SQL, Exchange or Open file backup.
 
 Steve
 
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 From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]On Behalf
 Of Irena Solomon
 Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 11:59 AM
 To: retro-talk
 Subject: Re: ARCserve vs Retrospect Server Backup
 
 
 Hi Jim,
 
 Thanks for the feedback! I just wanted to clarify a few points though, as
 you seem to be running into limitations that should not exist.
 
 for some reason the support for the HP DLT drive was dropped in that
 version.
 
 Drive support is never removed when we release a software update. Any device
 supported in 5.11 is also supported in 5.15. If 5.15 is having trouble
 seeing your drive for some reason, there's something going on that is
 preventing Retrospect from loading the correct driver.
 
 
 A Mac backup server will not back up a NT4 server which has MSSQL 7
 installed,
 there is some sort of conflict.
 
 Having MSSQL 7 installed on a machine won't, on it's own, prevent a backup
 of that computer to a Mac. The only limit you'll run into is that Retrospect
 is unable to back up open databases, but this isn't a function of backing up
 to a Mac server. This is because database files have a "lock range," which
 locks in all or part of a database so that it cannot be accessed by any
 other application when it is being accessed by the database software.
 
 
 One more annoying thing about Retro Windows is that you cannot browse to
 your
 target files
 
 In what situation? There are very few situations that would require you to
 know a path name to access a volume.
 
 
 And retro cannot not run as a service
 
 Retrospect uses the Retrospect Launcher Service to automatically launch when
 the program is not open. You needn't even be logged in to Windows for the
 program to automatically launch! For more on this, see page 154 of the 5.0
 User's Guide.
 
 I advise you to contact Tech Support with any questions. We can help you get
 your drive showing up in 5.15 or configure any aspect of Retrospect to take
 advantage of it's features.
 
 Best Regards,
 
 Irena Solomon
 

Re: ARCserve vs Retrospect Server Backup

2001-03-07 Thread Ben Eastwood

David-
Are you also using Open File Manager, and if so does it work OK in Win2k
with Services for Mac? ( I know this is not really a retrospect issue, but
not totally offtopic..)
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 Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 17:11:38 -0500
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 Subject: RE: ARCserve vs Retrospect Server Backup
 
 I use it to back up a mix of (20) NT4 and Win2000 Servers.  The retrospect
 program is running on a 2000 Server and works fine.  I've also used ArcServe
 in the past and wild horses couldn't drag me back to that nightmare of a
 product!!  :)
 
 
 
 
 
 David Kraut
 
 
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 Subject: ARCserve vs Retrospect Server Backup
 
 
 I've been using ARCserve for many years to backup my NT 4.0 Server and
 NT Workstations and long time ago to backup a Novell server.  For the
 Mac side of things though I've always preferred and used Retrospect.  I
 prefer Retrospect because it's much easier to install, use and maintain
 than ARCserve.  Both products have been very reliable though I'd have to
 say that Retrospect has proved to be a little more reliable than ARCserve.
 
 Now I'm finding myself needing to upgrade ARCserve to the new ARCserve
 2000.  However, I'd really rather drop ARCserve and switch to Retrospect
 Server Backup to perform the NT 4.0 Server (and eventually Windows 200
 Server) and NT Workstation backups.  Comparing the the two product's
 features and supported drives looks to be essentially the same.
 
 Anyone out there with experience using Retrospect Server Backup on a
 Windows NT 4.0 Server?  I'd love to get some feedback about it.
 
 Thanks!!
 
 -- 
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 http://www.wfubmc.edu/biomed/
 
 
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Re: ARCserve vs Retrospect Server Backup

2001-03-07 Thread Ben Eastwood

Hi Again- I just heard from St Bernard Software and they say that OFM no
longer has this trouble with Services for Macintosh in Windows 2000.
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 Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 14:41:46 -0800
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 Subject: Re: ARCserve vs Retrospect Server Backup
 
 David-
 Are you also using Open File Manager, and if so does it work OK in Win2k
 with Services for Mac? ( I know this is not really a retrospect issue, but
 not totally offtopic..)
 -- 
 Ben Eastwood
 IT Manager
 wilweb.com
 [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 
 
 From: "Kraut, David" [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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 Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 17:11:38 -0500
 To: 'retro-talk' [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 Subject: RE: ARCserve vs Retrospect Server Backup
 
 I use it to back up a mix of (20) NT4 and Win2000 Servers.  The retrospect
 program is running on a 2000 Server and works fine.  I've also used ArcServe
 in the past and wild horses couldn't drag me back to that nightmare of a
 product!!  :)
 
 
 
 
 
 David Kraut
 
 
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 From:  [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
 Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 8:53 AM
 To: retro-talk
 Subject: ARCserve vs Retrospect Server Backup
 
 
 I've been using ARCserve for many years to backup my NT 4.0 Server and
 NT Workstations and long time ago to backup a Novell server.  For the
 Mac side of things though I've always preferred and used Retrospect.  I
 prefer Retrospect because it's much easier to install, use and maintain
 than ARCserve.  Both products have been very reliable though I'd have to
 say that Retrospect has proved to be a little more reliable than ARCserve.
 
 Now I'm finding myself needing to upgrade ARCserve to the new ARCserve
 2000.  However, I'd really rather drop ARCserve and switch to Retrospect
 Server Backup to perform the NT 4.0 Server (and eventually Windows 200
 Server) and NT Workstation backups.  Comparing the the two product's
 features and supported drives looks to be essentially the same.
 
 Anyone out there with experience using Retrospect Server Backup on a
 Windows NT 4.0 Server?  I'd love to get some feedback about it.
 
 Thanks!!
 
 -- 
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 Dept of Biomedical Communications
 Medical Center Blvd  *  Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1011
 http://www.wfubmc.edu/biomed/
 
 
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Re: How Long does this take for you?

2000-12-06 Thread Ben Eastwood



AHHH HA! Thanks Eric, that explains alot... the folder I backed up had well
over 300K files and the memory usage was pretty high during some portions
of the process. Thanks for the workaround. Any ETA on the fix?




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Doug is correct, though the limit is somewhere closer to 300,000 files.
Retrospect for Windows 5.15 (and earlier) has an unexpected memory usage
limitation (i.e., a bug) that prevents it from successfully scanning a
volume containing more than 300K files. In such a case, Retrospect will
respond with Error 625 (Not enough memory).

This problem has been identified and will be fixed in the next release.

In the meantime, the workaround is to have Retrospect backup that volume as
two or more subvolumes (outlined on pages 164-165 of the Retrospect User's
Guide).

HTH.

Eric Ullman
Dantz Development



Douglas B. McKay [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Ben,

 It is a limit with one volume.  Having more files than that across
 multiple volumes (as we currently do) is not a problem.

  ...Doug

 Ben Eastwood wrote:

 Hmmm, I wasn't aware of the half million file limit... that is a _major_
 concern for me as I am backing up lots of html files and the like. Is is
a
 half million files from one source? What are the details of this
problem?
 Also, how soon are we going to see a fix for this? Anyone from Dantz
care to
 comment on that? --Ben



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Re: How Long does this take for you?

2000-12-06 Thread Ben Eastwood



Yeah, I know. Stupid question... You guys work so many miracles already, I
guess I was just hoping for one more! Thanks for the best guess and of
course I won't call on april first saying "Eric Ullman daid it would be
ready by now..."
--Ben E




Eric Ullman [EMAIL PROTECTED] on 12/06/2000 11:10:42 AM

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ETA? On software? Ha ha ha! That's funny, Ben! You crack me up, man...

;-)

Sorry. Couldn't help myself. I could say early Q2, 2001, but we _are_
talking about backup software here. That means that any bug that causes
data
loss is unacceptable. So, whenever coding and testing is complete. Still,
that's my best guess.

Eric Ullman
Dantz Development


Ben Eastwood [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 AHHH HA! Thanks Eric, that explains alot... the folder I backed up had
well
 over 300K files and the memory usage was pretty high during some portions
 of the process. Thanks for the workaround. Any ETA on the fix?


 Eric Ullman [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Doug is correct, though the limit is somewhere closer to 300,000 files.
 Retrospect for Windows 5.15 (and earlier) has an unexpected memory usage
 limitation (i.e., a bug) that prevents it from successfully scanning a
 volume containing more than 300K files. In such a case, Retrospect will
 respond with Error 625 (Not enough memory).

 This problem has been identified and will be fixed in the next release.

 In the meantime, the workaround is to have Retrospect backup that volume
as
 two or more subvolumes (outlined on pages 164-165 of the Retrospect
User's
 Guide).



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Re: How Long does this take for you?

2000-12-06 Thread Ben Eastwood



Sure thing.  I'll be writing the script today and kicking off the first
backup over the weekend.

Funny, there seem to be  a lot of Bens on this list! ;-)

--Ben E





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At 10:05 -0800 12/6/00, Ben Eastwood wrote:
AHHH HA! Thanks Eric, that explains alot... the folder I backed up had
well
over 300K files and the memory usage was pretty high during some portions
of the process. Thanks for the workaround. Any ETA on the fix?

Hey Ben, if it's not too much trouble, I'm sure that some of us would
like to know how your backups go after you make the changes.

Thanks,

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tape library question

2000-12-06 Thread Ben Eastwood



I have an Exabyte 230 D and when I click the "scan media" button, nothing
happens. Isn't it supposed to load each tape and get the name? Will it then
associate the name with the barcode label and be able to tell if I remove
one cartridge (5 tapes) and put in another, as long as the barcoding is
unique?

--Ben




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RE: How Long does this take for you?

2000-12-05 Thread Ben Eastwood



Hmmm, I wasn't aware of the half million file limit... that is a _major_
concern for me as I am backing up lots of html files and the like. Is is a
half million files from one source? What are the details of this problem?
Also, how soon are we going to see a fix for this? Anyone from Dantz care
to comment on that?
--Ben




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Ben,

I have found that Retrospect spends most of its time in my nightly
backups processing files and catalogs, not actually backing up data.
I have 15 clients which are backed up by Retrospect from a machine
with 4 OnStream ADR 50  drives.  The full backups on the weekend take
about 26 hours (~120GB).  Nightly backups take almost 12 hours
(usually less than 5GB).

Be careful about the half-million file limit.  If you get around
500,000 files, Retrospect has a problem with memory and dies.  Dantz
knows about the issue and is working on ways to eliminate the memory
problem (at least that's what I was told several months ago).

Anyway, the bottom line is that what you are experiencing has been my
experience as well (long periods "building" catalogs and things).

It sure would be nice if my backup time could shrink and allow the
file copying to take place at full speed, but perhaps have the catalog
processing, etc. take place separately (perhaps on the client using
its CPU! - my backups happen after hours).

   ...Doug

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More on this:
Retrospect is still "building snapshot" and appears to be hogging
about
95-99% CPU, but not stuck, really because it varies... I also notice
that
taskman reports memory usage of 86716K, which seems like a lot on a
machine
with 196 MB of RAM where the System takes up only 6364K... Any hints?

Thanks
--Ben




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I have questions for y'all:

When running a backup operation of a LOCAL disk (RAID 5 Array,
actually)to
a DLT7000 drive, I noticed that the Performance reported varied
widely,
from a high of 450MB/min to a low of 13 MB/min, and the "Time
Remaining"
would jump around pretty much based on this. Is that normal? The
folder I
backed up had over 36 GB in it, mostly little files. In fact there
were
over 300,000 files in about 10,000 folders, if that matters. Also the
"Scanning" before the backup took a long time.

The actual backup took about 6 hours, and then it went into "Updating
catalog" for about 45 minutes and then on to "building snapshot,"
where it
is now. During these last two sections, it has said "time remaining
00:00:00," but it's not really done... and the progress bar is only
about
halfway across. Is that any real indication of how much time I have
left?

comments appreciated

--ben



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Re: How Long does this take for you? (long)

2000-12-05 Thread Ben Eastwood



First, I want to say thanks to Eric Ullman for the details. It is
enlightnening indeed! After using Arcserve for a while I was happy to get
back to Retrospect because I feel it provides an easier way to find out
what's really going on. With Arcserve I was never really sure I had gotten
good backups, and setting it up was truly a pain. Restoring was VERY
counter intuitive. That seems to be part of what Retrospect does best.

But all of that scanning and matching does take time, and that is a
trade-off, I guess. It would be nice if the "Time remaining" could be made
a little more accureate, as it seems to just take what's left and compare
to the current MB/ minute, which changes dramatically. I wasn't sure
whether my 36 GB folder would take 2 hours or two days. It wound up taking
about 8.5 hours, which is acceptable given the extra checking that
Retrospect does. Of coure I won't be looking at it whe it's working in the
middle of the night (I hope), so maybe that doesn't matter

I am still interested in imformation about the 500,000 file limit that Doug
McKay wrote about. What Eric U. says makes me think it may be "per
session," which would be OK, if not ideal. I definately have over 500,000
files total that need to be backed up in a full backup of my server. Any
info would be appreciated!

--Ben







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Wow. There's a lot to respond to, here! I'll start with IncrementalPLUS,
Snapshot, and the scanning and matching process.

Retrospect's normal backup operation is something we call IncrementalPLUS.
Essentially, it's an incremental backup, but with one major difference from
the way that all other file-based backup software works: Retrospect's
IncrementalPLUS backups are incremental to the backup set currently in use,
not to the last full or incremental backup performed.

In other words, when you run a backup to a specific set of media,
Retrospect
will automatically complete that set, giving it one copy of every unique
file from the source volume(s).

To do this, Retrospect employs Snapshots. For each backup operation, it
scans the source volume and saves a listing of all the files, folders, and
(for Windows computers) registry information. That's the Snapshot. Then, to
determine what files need to be copied to the backup set, Retrospect
matches
that Snapshot against each session previously run to this set. Every time
Retrospect runs a backup of a volume, it generates a session. So, if you
have 30 drives to back up, and you've backed up each, four times to the
same
backup set, you'll have 120 sessions.

This matching process can take some time. It's dependent upon the total
number of files in those sessions and the speed of the backup computer. At
a
certain point, the scanning and matching process will take longer than
actually copying the files to the backup set. Scanning and matching
performance is dependent on the total number of files; copy performance is
dependent on the amount of data being moved.

It is because Retrospect functions this way that it is able to ensure each
backup set is complete. This is how Retrospect is able to restore a volume
exactly, with only a single pass over the backup media, from any backup
set.

Each "Normal" (IncrementalPLUS) backup performed to the same backup set
increases both the time needed for scanning and matching and the time it
will take to perform a restore. When the scanning and matching process is
preventing your backups from completing in the period allotted, then it's
time to perform a "Recycle" or "New Media" backup, resetting the session
count to zero for that set. Adjusting your media use in this fashion is not
an expensive ordeal. There are other options, but they cost more money
(getting a faster computer to run the backups or adding another backup
computer and splitting the clients between them).

So, for Ben Mihailescu, 15-20 days of Normal backups to the same set is too
many. At Dantz, we have to recycle or archive backup sets after five Normal
backups.

Regarding performance when you're dealing with a large number of relatively
small files, as Ben Eastwood commented on: fast backup devices will only
achieve their rated performance level when backing up large files. Small
files result in decreased performance, as shown in this table.

Drive model: IBM Ultrium LTO 3580 (Non-Compressible Data)

  Data Set  BackupCopyCompare
  1K files7.2 10.3   5.5
  10K files 110.8173.4  81.4
  100K files285.0362.4 234.8
  1MB files 716.4857.1 618.5
  10MB files800.6870.2 741.3
  100MB Files   792.4870.0 727.6
  500MB Files   840.7882.8 802.5

  (With larger files, we've s

BSOD with Retrospect 5.1 Server

2000-12-04 Thread Ben Eastwood



I get a reproducable blue screen on a compaq 1600 R with two smart array
controllers (221 and 3200) both controlling RAID 5 arrays. The crash
happens everytime I  do the device scan. I think it's related to the RAID
controllers, but I'm not sure. Has anyone seen this behavior before?
Machine is running NT 4.0 SP 6a, and we have St Bernard's Open File Manager
on it as well.

TIA

Ben




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RE: BSOD with Retrospect 5.1 Server

2000-12-04 Thread Ben Eastwood



I called Dantz and they quickly solved the problem for me.
In the Retrospect directory (C:\program files\dantz\retrospect) is a file
called aspichk.exe. Run this to find out which version (if any) of aspi is
installed on your server. Mine had none. ASPI stands for Advanced SCSI
Programming Interface, BTW (I had to look that up!). By default, Retrospect
uses ASPI to acess the SCSI drives, but can use something called "NT
Passthu," which uses the installed specific drivers. I think that there is
a conflickt between the SmartArray drivers and retrospect, because without
ASPI, I got the BSOD every time.

The answer is to install ASPI on the system. this doesn't seem to affect
the smart array cards at all, they still use their own drivers, but it made
Retrospect much happier. Dantz supplies this, too. In the same directory,
run aspiinst.exe and then reboot the system. Now I can scan the SCSI busses
and see the tape drives! It also appears to ignore the Smart arrray cards
and the RAIDs on those busses. Pretty cool, thanks to Dantz tech support!

On a related note, I found that OFM was incompatible with my Anti-virus
software(McAfee Net Shield  4.0), and had to remove it 'till I can upgrade
the AV later this week. It also caused a nasty BSOD.

--Ben




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Yes!
I also have a 1600R with RAID 5 and Retrospect 5.15. It also crashes
everytime it does a device scan in ineteractive mode. It doesn't crash when
it autolaunches (well, usually - I have found some unexpected restarts the
next morning, but can't be certain of the cause). The server is running
WinNT, SP5.
It runs NT Backup perfectly (though with some open files)

The Compaq tech has replaced the internal DAT drive and is considering
replacing the RAID controller, SCSI card etc.

Any ideas would be gratefully accepted.

Thanks,
Rob

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 I get a reproducable blue screen on a compaq 1600 R with two smart array
 controllers (221 and 3200) both controlling RAID 5 arrays. The crash
 happens everytime I  do the device scan. I think it's related to the RAID
 controllers, but I'm not sure. Has anyone seen this behavior before?
 Machine is running NT 4.0 SP 6a, and we have St Bernard's Open File
 Manager
 on it as well.

 TIA

 Ben




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How Long does this take for you?

2000-12-04 Thread Ben Eastwood



I have questions for y'all:

When running a backup operation of a LOCAL disk (RAID 5 Array, actually)to
a DLT7000 drive, I noticed that the Performance reported varied widely,
from a high of 450MB/min to a low of 13 MB/min, and the "Time Remaining"
would jump around pretty much based on this. Is that normal? The folder I
backed up had over 36 GB in it, mostly little files. In fact there were
over 300,000 files in about 10,000 folders, if that matters. Also the
"Scanning" before the backup took a long time.

The actual backup took about 6 hours, and then it went into "Updating
catalog" for about 45 minutes and then on to "building snapshot," where it
is now. During these last two sections, it has said "time remaining
00:00:00," but it's not really done... and the progress bar is only about
halfway across. Is that any real indication of how much time I have left?

comments appreciated

--ben




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Re: How Long does this take for you?

2000-12-04 Thread Ben Eastwood



More on this:
Retrospect is still "building snapshot" and appears to be hogging about
95-99% CPU, but not stuck, really because it varies... I also notice that
taskman reports memory usage of 86716K, which seems like a lot on a machine
with 196 MB of RAM where the System takes up only 6364K... Any hints?

Thanks
--Ben




"Ben Eastwood" "Ben_Eastwood/HMG/Wilson_Learning/US"@wlcmail.com on
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I have questions for y'all:

When running a backup operation of a LOCAL disk (RAID 5 Array, actually)to
a DLT7000 drive, I noticed that the Performance reported varied widely,
from a high of 450MB/min to a low of 13 MB/min, and the "Time Remaining"
would jump around pretty much based on this. Is that normal? The folder I
backed up had over 36 GB in it, mostly little files. In fact there were
over 300,000 files in about 10,000 folders, if that matters. Also the
"Scanning" before the backup took a long time.

The actual backup took about 6 hours, and then it went into "Updating
catalog" for about 45 minutes and then on to "building snapshot," where it
is now. During these last two sections, it has said "time remaining
00:00:00," but it's not really done... and the progress bar is only about
halfway across. Is that any real indication of how much time I have left?

comments appreciated

--ben




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