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Retrospect - opinions

Background - we've been using Arcserve for years, currently backing up a
single 5.8/SP8 server onto tape. About a year ago, we bought an
inexpensive IDE drive, USB-connected to a workstation, and a version of
Retrospect for home office, apparently the better of two "home" versions
of their product. Retrospect works like a champ, and finding old
versions of files has been a pleasure.

Retrospect has a competitive upgrade which we're considering. We've
just added two 6.5 servers to our environment and will be backing up all
three boxes, and this is a good time for us to make a switch.
Retrospect's server version comes with full Netware support, they say.
We're also adding a Windows Server to run some dedicated SQL server
applications and need to back that up as well.

About 20 users, all XP workstations, all C32, have never backed up
workstations and probably won't.

Opinions, war stories, etc., cordially invited.

Thanks in advance.

-S-


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Re: Retrospect - opinions

"Steve Freides" <steve@fridayscomputer.com> wrote in message
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> Background - we've been using Arcserve for years, currently backing up a
> single 5.8/SP8 server onto tape. About a year ago, we bought an
> inexpensive IDE drive, USB-connected to a workstation, and a version of
> Retrospect for home office, apparently the better of two "home" versions
> of their product. Retrospect works like a champ, and finding old versions
> of files has been a pleasure.
>
> Retrospect has a competitive upgrade which we're considering. We've just
> added two 6.5 servers to our environment and will be backing up all three
> boxes, and this is a good time for us to make a switch. Retrospect's
> server version comes with full Netware support, they say. We're also
> adding a Windows Server to run some dedicated SQL server applications and
> need to back that up as well.
>
> About 20 users, all XP workstations, all C32, have never backed up
> workstations and probably won't.
>
> Opinions, war stories, etc., cordially invited.
>
> Thanks in advance.


The one thing to consider is what future Retrospect has as a stand-alone,
supported product. Dantz was bought by EMC a while ago, just like Legato was
before them. Networker appears to be on a steady decline, so if you feel
compelled to go with Retrospect, have the sales person put a guaranteed
support timeframe on paper for you.

Rob


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Re: Retrospect - opinions

I've installed / configured it for an all-Mac environment. Not bad, but
I'd rather go with a server-centric backup system.

I guess you'll just have to trial and error it and see how it goes.

Steve Freides wrote:
> Background - we've been using Arcserve for years, currently backing up a
> single 5.8/SP8 server onto tape. About a year ago, we bought an
> inexpensive IDE drive, USB-connected to a workstation, and a version of
> Retrospect for home office, apparently the better of two "home" versions
> of their product. Retrospect works like a champ, and finding old
> versions of files has been a pleasure.
>
> Retrospect has a competitive upgrade which we're considering. We've
> just added two 6.5 servers to our environment and will be backing up all
> three boxes, and this is a good time for us to make a switch.
> Retrospect's server version comes with full Netware support, they say.
> We're also adding a Windows Server to run some dedicated SQL server
> applications and need to back that up as well.
>
> About 20 users, all XP workstations, all C32, have never backed up
> workstations and probably won't.
>
> Opinions, war stories, etc., cordially invited.
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> -S-
>
>

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