Progress report 2 !!!
I have to say that I am not too happy with any of the documentation i have found regarding manual setup of a client and especially regarding backup setup. I have now managed mostly by trial and error to get backups from 3 computers essentially working correctly (so far in the short time of testing).
I should say that because of the way I have computers partitioned there is no way any default client settings would have worked. This was always going to be a completely unique manual setup.
I have not had any great difficulty setting up image backups, whether via the clients or server settings. Once partitions were entered as say C;F I had no problem getting them to work - except with a XP machine (more on that later).
My biggest problem has been in setting up file backups. As above, I gave up trying to set paths in the client settings simply because whatever I entered to try and identify whole volumes/partitions just did not seem to be excepted! I have settled now on entering these client settings in the server, ticking the box there “Separate Settings For This Client” and changing some of the Permissions to not allow the client to change/affect any paths or backup settings etc… I also then need to go to the local client and add paths for the file partitions in the box “Default Directories to Backup”. Interestingly it does not seem to be necessary to add here the paths/volumes/partitions for any image backups, only the file backups???
As regards the XP machine, I am using client version 1.4.11 which apparently works for others - but does not work for me. The client does communicate with the server, but I just do not get image or file backups to work. In fact if I call for a file back up it actually backs up the partitions set up for image backups, a complete botch up ! I am just about to post a message here under clients with a bit more information.
As regards documentation, a small rant if I may. Nothing I have found has been helpful in understanding the problem I have outlined here. I could not find anything about the client box “Default Directories to Backup”, how to set it up and even why it is there in the first place. Again, I will be shortly posting under Documentation more about this.
I am generally very happy with this program and grateful for the work done by its creators, but I have now spent a LOT of time in trial and error to get parts of it working and to me that kinda spoils the whole experience - and must also damage acceptance of such software. Good communication is paramount.