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The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.

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Dear Experts,

I have a ReadyNAS 2120 that backs up to another ReadyNAS 2120 that is off-site.  The ReadyNAS uses ReadyNAS Replicate to perform the backup.  The ReadyNAS Replicate makes you sign-on using a ReadyNAS Remote account, which I have.  The ReadyNAS Remote account users a username/password; moreover, there is an email address associated with this username.  All emails about the success/failure of the backup goes through this email address.  I have the ReadyNAS Remote account username/password and I can log into the ReadyNAS Replicate with no problem.  However, the employee with the email address is no longer with the company.  How do I change the email address under the ReadyNAS Remote account username so emails are sent to the proper employee.  I have checked the Netgear community forums and I have found that to change the email address, you have to go to the website  However, no longer exists.  So, can anyone point me to the proper Netgear website so I change the email address associated with a ReadyNAS Remote account.  I know it has to be simple; I just can't seem to find out the proper website.

Thank you,
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Hi everyone,
                        i have several tapes outside the library and i need to know which one already expired in order to check them in as scratch. Is there any command available to know this?

Thanks in advance.
I'm looking a open source solution with capability to create a image backup for my servers and workstations?

somebody can give me an advice which is good one in case exist?
Is there any alternative to AOMEI OneKey Recovery that lets you make your own "factory" recovery partition on your computer when you have installed all the software you need, and then, when needed can restore the entire C-drive to from this partition by holding down the F11 key during boot. I am having problems installing AOMEI OneKey and am looking for an alternative. Thanks!
I would like to check if data at rest encryption is turned on in my Isilon cluster.

From what I have read Isilon does it automatically with the use of SED (Self encrypting drives).

Is my understanding correct?

And how can I check if the drives on my system are self encrytping?


Also if we setup cloudpools then how can we make sure that data will be encrypted on the cloudpool side as well?
We are thinking of using cloudpools to archive data to a third party provided storage service.

The third uses Isilon cluster on their side as well to provide storage for use with cloudpool.

I have read that if cloudpool is being used with another Isilon as the archive location then no cloudpool license is required. Following article says "The CloudPools license for using either another Isilon cluster or EMC ECS will be free to customers." :-

What’s New in Isilon OneFS 8.0 | GeekFluent

Also, one of the EMC documentation mentions the same thing.


But the third party vendor is saying we need the license and the config options for cloudpool are greyed out in our system.

Please advise if this is possible without the license requirement?
Hi everyone:
 Since i have important information to keep , please can anyone give me the  step by step about How to make a one time backup on TSM with 2 years retention on tapes  to send offsite?

Thanks in advance.
We run two backup jobs Full and incremental rotating the media device between 2x(external USB drive) weekly.
A full backup is scheduled every Friday when the USB drive is rotated and incrementals the rest of the week.
The retention period on both jobs are set to 7 days so a weekly backup consists of 1 full backup job (Fri) and 6 incrementals (Saturday-Thursday).
Overwrite protection level is set to - None.
Data management is set to - Allow backup Exec to delete all expired backup sets.

The issue we are having is when the media device is full it's not automatically deleting the expired backup sets. Please see Uploaded files for further detail.

BackupSets1.PNG shows all backup sets on device 2, when checking backup dependancies for the full snapshot of C: on the 13/04/2018 it includes all sets listed in BackupSets2.PNG.

BackupSets2.PNG shows all dependant sets which includes my latest incremental jobs/sets dated 02/05/2018 and 03/05/2018 on device 1 which have a further 7 days until expiry.

Why would the latest incremental backups dated 02/05/2018 and 03/05/2018  on device 1 be part of the dependant backup set for my full backup dated 13/04/2018 on device 2?

Backup Application Specification and Job details
Backup Exec 16 version 16

Full Backup
Schedule: Every Friday
Retention Policy: 7 days
Selection List      :
Local C:/
System State
EFI System Partition
Media retention: 1 Week

Incremental Backup
Schedule: Saturday - Thursday
Retention Policy      7 …

We have recently configured a 3 Node Windows Failover Cluster leveraging Storage Spaces Direct as the shared storage solution. Once the storage pool was built there was a number of network changes to the switches that the cluster sits on. This has caused a number of blips and has caused out Storage Pool to become corrupt.

We are currently trying to delete the Pool to then create a fresh pool however are encountering a number of issues. Whilst we can see the pool sat within Server Manager, any command that is ran against it is stalling/taking far too long to complete that it eventually fails. We have configured the pool so it is NOT read only.

As it stands we have a corrupt pool that we can't seem to delete or mount.

What is the best course of action? There is no data within this pool, so if we need to comepletely destroy the pool then I am happy to, to be abe to re-create it.

Is there a command that will force a removal of a corrupt pool regardless of state?


Dear all,

I have bought a second hand HP Z workstation. The PC comes with two hard drives "SSD 60GB & 1TB HDD".

I am wondering if I can install the Vault on the HDD drive or not.

My second question is can I install the vault on a drive and install its libraries on another drive because I am planning to install Acronis to backup the library in case something happen to the drive.
What is the best way to backup the libraries please.

Thank you in advance expert.
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Hi, I need some help with the following issue:

*******************[MESSAGES OF MASTER JOB]*******************
Arcserve Backup -- Backup
[Master Job]
Totals For................... Master Job
Job No....................... 7
Job ID....................... 301
Total Session(s)............. 0
Total Skip(s)................ 0
Total Size (Disk)............ 0 B
Total Size (Media)........... 0 B
Elapsed Time................. 0s
Average Throughput........... 0 B/min
Total Error(s)/Warning(s).... 0/1
The following media can be used in device group PGRP1 for next job on date  4/17/18:
1. <BLANK>
Backup Operation Failed.
4/16/2018 6:04:00 PM W2250 Monitoring thread for child job 1 has been ended with error. (EC=4294967295)

I'm using ArcServe BAckup r17.5 SP1 (Build 8021) on Windows Server 2012 R2

Any help would be highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Dear experts, we are configuring Veeam backup jobs. We have:

Job1: 5 TB for full,  120 GB for incremental

Job2: 2.5 TB for full,  100 GB for incremental

The storage has 15 TB free,  we would like to take one full backup per month,  then incremental.  So which settings should we choose in backup mode,  and the optimal  schedule for these 2 jobs?  Should we run full backup jobs in the same day?  

Many thanks.
I am trying to confirm a backup with Time Machine to a WD MyCloud network drive. I am a PC girl not a Mac girl. The backup does not seem to be backing up the contents of his Mac...he has much more than 12MB of information which was the total amount of files backed up. How do I confirm the backup has says it has but I can not see what was backed up...simply says - mini which as been just modified.
Duplicity Linux Backup to Azure

Hi All,

Can anyone help me with the error below please? When executing the following command, I receive the corresponding error.

duplicity --full-if-older-than 1M /srv/folder azure://container --archive-dir /var/lib/folder --volsize 2000 --tempdir /srv/tmp

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Import of duplicity.backends.giobackend Failed: No module named gio
UnsupportedBackendScheme: scheme not supported in url: azure://container

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Running on a updated Debian build with Azure CLI 2.0
I need to verify on tsm the latency related to the use of a shared nfs to make backups, how can I do this test?

I state that I am not an expert tsm and I would like to have all the steps to perform this test

(*)  I already installed my nfs share on the tsm server

How do I pass unicode filenames as parameters via Command Prompt or any other method ?
I have an Exe which I have to call via Command Prompt/ power shell
Applicable to all current OS of windows.

I am using Windows7.


Need to backup files/folders on google drive, not a gsuite account drive.  Most software I see to backup up on schedule, retention etc is for gsuite integration.  I know I can manually download folders as zip, but would like something automated.
On an AIX system, I need to restore some print files which were backed up to a year-end backup.  The system they were backed-up from is almost full and has no room to restore files.

I just need to get the reports onto another media which can be used to view the reports.

Any recommendations on a vendor which can provide these services?
while trying to run Cobian Backup 11 I get the following messages:
1 - Couldn't contact the Volume Shadow Copy requester. Please check that the service is installed and running
2 - 18 messages:- Couldn't copy the file "D:\System Volume Information\{001bedfa-2442-11e8-a648-902b349eae50}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}": Access is denied
The bottom line is  - Backed up files: 0
What should I do?
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We have a SBS 2011 machine that backs up to an external USB Hard drive.  This USB Hard Drive has a virtual drive letter K and in the backups folder are 4 vhd files.

I have taken the USB Hard Drive to a desktop and within Disk Management attached each of the 4 VHD files in read only mode which created separate Disk numbers.

However, I can't do anything with these disks in order to view the contents.  I can't attach a drive letter and I can't explore the contents so i'm at a loss of what to do if our SBS 2011 crashes and I don't want to reinstall SBS on a new machine.

Should I not check the read only box?

How can I access the contents of the VHD files so we can recover data in the event of a crash?

thank you...

I have Backup Exec version 12 (no longer supported) and it started 3 days ago, where it tells me backup failed because it could not access some folder. I checked the folders and they are accessed with no problem
I uncheck everything in the backup and selected it again, and still the same errors
What can be wrong?

Hi everyone:
                             I need to  execute a TSM archiving on tape to save critical data for a period of 2 years and i need  to put them in a safe box.

Please can you give me the steps to do it?

thanks in advance
Looking for very simple/easy to setup file level backup for redhat linux.  (backup to network share)

I have acronis - but the latest version won't do file level backups (even with agent installed) because my main LVM partition is LUKS encrypted.... it forces me to do sector by sector which means #1 HUGE backups, and #2 no file level recovery.  I already backup at the VM level for DR and just keep a few days.

But I need an easy/low learning curve (and preferably free, since I already pay for acronis) way to backup 2 of my more important linux servers, just at the file level.  I'm looking for something easily to implement - don't need fancy features just

1. can do full and incremental on a schedule
2. can do file level restore
3. can encrypted the backups.

I don't even need a central management console... I'm fine with something standalone.

These would backup to Samba shares on a NAS.

Any suggestions?


As I noticed that "Backup and Sync" tools tends to crash several times a day, I did write some companion agent to check presence of process to relaunch.

I had a surprise : sometime google back up and sync icon disapeared but not detected from my companion agent.

I found the reason :
a process called googledrivesync.exe is there but launched from a GOOGLE_DRIVE_UPGRADE_xxxxxx folder in my %temp% folder as if Google had to upgrade but it last a long time (15 minutes) and it tries to upgrade for no reason :

Right now the version located in %temp% is 3.39.8370.7843
The version installed in my program files is already 3.39.8370.7843...

=> why is Google trying to upgrade the same version ?
=> why is this basic process taking 15 minutes ?

This happens several times a day, and this is why "Backup and Sync" seems to crash on my PC.

(I use a windows 10 pro 64 bits PC, but I had the same problem with a windows 8.0 PC)

temporary folder containing "new" version of googledrivesync.exe
I created a base image for a set of computers with good, fast hardware.  I backed up a disk image and cloned 21 other systems with it. All was good for 18 months or so until it was found that the Windows 10 creators update failed to install on all of these computers. The users see the message "We can't tell if your PC has enough space to continue installing Windows 10. Try restarting Setup." On the Windows 10 updates screen it shows "Something went wrong", "Microsoft can't install important security updates on your PC." and "Please provide the support representative with this error code: 0x800703ee".

I have had zero success with any past calls in to Microsoft whether I paid for support or not, I have not bothered to get them directly involved in the issue.

Disk space is not the issue. All of the computers are HP Z240 Workstations with a 512GB HP Turbo Z drive. Windows 10 Pro and 16GB RAM in each. I've checked disk space on a sample of the computers and all have better than 350GB free space.

The partitions are setup pretty simply:

  Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
  -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
  Partition 1    System             100 MB  1024 KB
  Partition 2    Reserved           128 MB   101 MB
  Partition 3    Primary            476 GB   231 MB

These systems use UEFI to boot and I recall having some trouble getting them to boot successfully after cloning. If memory serves correctly I was trying to use MBR style …

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The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.