Some other TimeMachine exclusions

In my other post on the topic I excluded my local Mail app files from my TimeMachine backups because they were tripping over McAfee AntiVirus. I thought that it might be sensible to add a few other exclusions to trim down the total amount backed up and reduce the impact of frequent TM backups on my laptop. As you can see, my total backup size is about 380Gb. Included in that are a fair few transient / temporary files that aren’t needed as well as some files that are backed up elsewhere anyway plus a handful of things that maybe I don’t need or want to back up. Caches Really, you want to keep them? I thought not. They include the browser caches for Safari and Firefox amongst other things. Click the “+” button. In the finder window that’s displayed, […]

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Infected email breaking OSX TimeMachine backups

Having been away from home a lot recently, it had been a while since my laptop had been backed up by TimeMachine. After a few attempts though it got a bit annoying as McAfee kept interrupting the process. The problem seemed to be that the backups contained infected emails: McAfee was blocking TM from writing infected emails to the backup drive. As it turns out, I recalled fixing this once before (although I never blogged about it). So how could it have come unpicked? Looking at my TM backup exclusions, the exclusion that I added was still in place: But my whole mail folder should be more than 8KB!… Then it clicked. I hadn’t done a TM backup since updating to OSX El Capitan. After clicking the “+” button to add a new rule, I navigated to my mail folder. […]

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Unitrends Free – Review: Part 2

In Part 1 of this review, I walked through the deployment and initial configuration of the Unitrends Free backup appliance. I’m now going to touch briefly on some of the other features of the product before summarising my thoughts. Recovery There’s no point taking backups if they don’t work, right? Well there are a few options available here. The first of them is a file level recovery. This mounts a VM’s backed up disks as file shares on the backup appliance. To test it, I created a couple of test VMs to backup and selected to restore from one.   A file level recovery “job” is started and a share is created using the backup job number.     It’s pretty easy to browse to the share and the required files could be recovered from there. Another restore option is an Instant Recovery. […]

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Unitrends Free – Review: Part 1

I was asked to give a new, free backup tool a quick road-test recently. Unitrends have had an Enterprise version of their backup software for some time. And, as I’ve used it a bit in my lab with an NFR license in the past I was only too happy to give Unitrends Free a go. Features As a free edition, you expect a basic set of features. The goal of such offerings is normally to get you hooked, but wanting more. Unitrends Free offers the following features: Backup from VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V Unlimited VMs and host CPU sockets supported Instant VM recovery (allows you to run a VM directly from the backup files) – this feature also allows for recovery verification testing and use of backups for test and development purposes Unlimited incremental backups (subject to storage space of course) […]

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Updating Crashplan on ARM based QNAP

Last month I wrote a quick overview of the process to install Crashplan on and ARM based QNAP NAS. Six weeks (ish) later and it’s still going ok. Or, at least I thought it was… Periodically, the makers of Crashplan update their software. Nothing surprising about that except that as the ARM based QNAPs aren’t an officially supported device (that I’m aware of), the automatic update doesn’t work and the backup engine on my QNAP kept stopping. The upgrade itself is pretty straightforward however. On the QNAP NAS To get the software on the NAS updated, you first have to download the QPKG file from this thread on the QNAP forum. Once you’ve saved it onto your QNAP device (I put it in the “Public” share but the location isn’t too important), the update can be performed very simply via […]

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