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which backup software supports a g.f.s. (grandfather-father-son) scheme? a t.o.h. (tower-of-hanoi) would be fine too.

btw: i've already tried "acronis backup & recovery workstation 10" which supports g.f.s. and t.o.h., but it is extremely slow in starting to back up to my lan ftp (on my quad-core machine) and it is buggy.

i will look into any suggestion.


asked Jul 29 '10 at 09:10

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for those that don't know, g.f.s. is typically where you keep daily backups of the past week (son). weekly backups of the past month (father) and monthly backups of the past (grandfather). t.o.h. is very similar to g.f.s..

(Jul 29 '10 at 09:20) xybersurfer xybersurfer's gravatar image

I've been using Retrospect for many years, and I've never seen a reason to try anything else. At other places of employment, most used a version Retrospect as well.

I just found out that there's an iPhone app ...

alt text New! ’s Retrospect app for iPhone and iPod Touch allows you to log in one or more Retrospect 8 servers and easily monitor their backup and restore activities over a Wi-Fi or 3G network connection. .FEATURES

  • Connects via TCP/IP over a Wi-Fi or 3G network.
  • View all activities or filter to show only scheduled, waiting, running, or past activities.
  • A dashboard view provides at-a-glance status for all monitored Retrospect servers.
  • An activities view provides status icons and progress bars for currently running activities.
  • The details view provides full information on each activity, including source, destination, files copied, time remaining, and more.
  • The log view displays the complete Retrospect operations log for each activity.

answered Jul 29 '10 at 12:29

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edited Jul 29 '10 at 12:47

thanks. i'm currently also using retrospect ( 7.5 ). it works very well. it looks like i made an oversight. retrospect seems to support exactly what i want. with the "Groom to Retrospect denfined policy" option in my "backup set" "properties". i guess i should have read this dialog better :D (problem solved!)

(Jul 29 '10 at 14:45) xybersurfer xybersurfer's gravatar image
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