Retrospect is a data backup and restore software(you can find the coupon codes/discounts of Restropect by clicking here). Among all such kind of programs, Retrospect is the biggest one I’ve ever seen as to the program size. The over 400M zip installation package makes it look like an OS rather than an application.
The functionalities of Retrospect are classified into 7 categories: Backup, Restore, Automate, Activity Monitor, Reports, Tools, and Configure. Every category consists of a set of tools(functionalities).
Backup: Progressive Backup of selected source volumes
Volumes can be disks, folders and network shared folders. Storage media are organized into Backup Sets, whose contents are tracked in Catalog Files. A Backup Set is assigned a name so you can identify it for subsequent backups or restores. After its first backup, Progressive Backup only needs to back up new or changed files.
Duplicate: Duplicate contents from one volume to another
A duplicate of the source volume is created on the destination volume. For optimal speed, identical files already on the destination are not recopied from the source.
Disaster Recovery: Prepare for Disaster Recovery
Restore: Restore files and folders from a point in time
Select an entire volume or specific files and folders from any Snapshot in a Backup Set.
Find Files: Restore files from one or more Backup Sets
Search for files and folders to restore from one or more Backup Sets using criteria that you specify.
Selected Database: Restore a database from a point in time
Select a database to restore from any Snapshot in a Backup Set.
Selected Mailbox: Restore a mailbox from a point in time
Select a mailbox to restore from any Snapshot in a Backup Set.
Proactive Backup: Automatically find and back up networked computers
Proactive Backup intelligently adjusts your backup schedule, based on parameters you define, to avoid situations where computers could get starved from being backed up. This is useful when backing up desktop or notebook computers or when large amounts of data are being backed up.
Manage Scripts: Create, modify, and schedule scripts
Scripts specify an operation to perform such as backup or duplicate, and may be run manually or on a schedule.
Validate Scripts: Confirm that scripts will run unattended
Checks scripts for common errors such as invalid selections, missing media, and incorrect passwords.
Proactive: Manage Proactive Backups
Monitor scripts, sources, and Backup Sets. Schedule specific, additional backups of sources. Start and stop all Proactive Backups. Pause and resume specific Proactive Backup operations.
Scheduled: Preview pending executions
View a list of pending operations derived from scheduled scripts, delete pending operations, and edit scripts.
Waiting: Monitor operations waiting for an execution unit
View operations which are waiting for an execution unit, defer a waiting operation until a specific date and time, suspend a waiting operation indefinitely, or remove a waiting operation so it never runs.
Executing: Manage operations in progress
Monitor performance of currently executing operations, temporarily pause or permanently stop an operation, and view a log associated with an operation.
History: View concluded operations
View summaries of past operations, including script name, start date and time, throughput, elapsed time, and errors.
Events: View significant events occurring in operations
See special messages from Retrospect concerning past and current operations.
Backup Report: Display an executive summary of backup activity
This report highlights the most important results from all backup operations. From here you can navigate to more detailed information stored in the Operations Log.
Operations Log: Display a detailed history of Retrospect’s activity
Verbose progress and error messages collected in the log help diagnose problems.
Session Contents: Display a list of files copied during a backup operation
Retrospect simulates copying all files with each backup session, even though it only copies new or changed files. Use this report to see the files actually copied.
Database Backup History: Display a list of all database backup activity
This will display a list of all database backups.
Repair Catalog: Update or recreate a Catalog File
The Catalog File saved on your hard disk is required for all Backup and Restore operations. If a Catalog File is out-of-date or missing, this tool reconstructs it from the storage media.
Verify Media: Check integrity of the storage media
Retrospect checks all files on your storage media to make sure that they are readable, then reports any files lost or damaged due to media failure.
Transfer Backup Sets: Copy files from one Backup Set to another
Append selected files from source Backup Sets to a destination Backup Set.
Transfer Snapshots: Copy Snapshots from one Backup Set to another
Append selected Snapshots from source Backup Set to a destination Backup Set.
Archive Files: Copy or move files from a volume to a Backup Set
Copy files to a Backup Set, optionally deleting them from the source after they compare successfully.
Devices: Manage backup devices
Clients: Set up networked computers for backup
Backup Sets: Create, delete, or modify properties of Backup Sets
Volumes: Select volumes and view their contents
Selectors: Define criteria for filtering files and folders
Preferences: Customize Retrospect’s behavior
Licenses: Add additional Retrospect functionality
The tools in Retrospect are often presented to you as easy-to-use wizards. Let’s take the backup wizard as an example to explain the backup process which is the fist thing Retrospect asks you to do after installation and launching, step-by-step.
Use the backup wizard to back up now or to schedule backups to occur on a regular basis. Click Switch to Advanced Mode to exit the wizard and set up your backup using Retrospect’s advanced options. Click “Next” button to choose what you want to back up from:
- My Computer
- My Computer and computers on my network
- Only computers on my network
- Let me choose (Advanced)
what to backup
Select one and click “Next” to choose what type of files you want to back up.
The file types are:
- Documents and Settings
- Operating System and Applications
- Office Documents
- All other files
file types to backup
You can select one or multiple file types from the above list, then click “Next” to choose where you want the backup to be stored. You can store the backup on tape, optical drive, removeable disks,or hard drives on the local computer or on the network.
when to backup
Select one and click “Next” to choose when you want to back up.You can back up right now or later. Click “Next” to enter a Backup Set name (or use the default name).
backup set name
A Backup Set is an assigned name so you can identify it for subsequent backups or restores. Click “Next” to continue.
You can choose if you would like to compress your data. Compressing your backup data can increase your storage space, though it may not be as fast. You can also choose whether to use block level incremental backup. Block level incremental backup copies only the changed data of large files, saving storage space and backup time, although restores may be slower. Click “Next” to continue.
Here you can choose whether to encrypt your Backup Set. The available Backup Set security are: None, Password only(no encryption),DES(secure),AES-128(more secure), and AES-256(most secure). You can specify if you like Retrospect to remember this password. Please note: The password and level of encryption cannot be changed after the set is created. If you forget your password, you will not be able to access the Backup Set. Click “Next” to see the backup summary.
Click “Start Now” to begin the actual backup process.
backup in progress
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