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Kudos0

Ghost Automatic Recovery Point Consolidation (Product Suggestion)

I would like to recommend the following product enhancement for Ghost.

Currently there are backup drive management functionality to limit the number of recovery point sets per drive and drive space optimization. This is all very good.

However, there is one addtional enhancement in this area which would make Ghost even better.

Currently you can do manual recovery point consolidation through Manage Backup Destination. An example: you have a base + 10 incrementals and you want to consolidate. At the end of consolidation you have the base + 1 incremental and the other 9 incrementals are removed to free up some backup drive space.

How about an option to automate this process?

My idea is: have another option in Ghost where the user can tell Ghost to do automatic recovery point consolidation on a per drive basis after X number of incremental points?

This is the exact same thing which occurs when you manually do consolidation, only now it is fully automated.

Thoughts?

Thanks much

Allen

Windows 7 Ultimate SP 1, 64 bit, 32 GB * NIS Vers. 21.6.0.32* Ghost 15 * IE 9, Firefox, Safari. Test laptop with W7 Home Premium 64 bit * NIS Vers. 21.6.0.32

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Kudos0

Re: Ghost Automatic Recovery Point Consolidation (Product Suggestion)

I would like to recommend the following product enhancement for Ghost.

Currently there are backup drive management functionality to limit the number of recovery point sets per drive and drive space optimization. This is all very good.

However, there is one addtional enhancement in this area which would make Ghost even better.

Currently you can do manual recovery point consolidation through Manage Backup Destination. An example: you have a base + 10 incrementals and you want to consolidate. At the end of consolidation you have the base + 1 incremental and the other 9 incrementals are removed to free up some backup drive space.

How about an option to automate this process?

My idea is: have another option in Ghost where the user can tell Ghost to do automatic recovery point consolidation on a per drive basis after X number of incremental points?

This is the exact same thing which occurs when you manually do consolidation, only now it is fully automated.

Thoughts?

Thanks much

Allen

Windows 7 Ultimate SP 1, 64 bit, 32 GB * NIS Vers. 21.6.0.32* Ghost 15 * IE 9, Firefox, Safari. Test laptop with W7 Home Premium 64 bit * NIS Vers. 21.6.0.32
Kudos0

Re: Ghost Automatic Recovery Point Consolidation (Product Suggestion)

It would be a very nice idea to add some more user configured options for scheduled backups and make it more clear that the number saved are complete sets and not total files.

I would like to see one to be able to automatically remove the incrementals and keep the bases after a certain period of time.

On an ongoing backup schedule, what you describe you would end up with the same as "next base - one day"

For instance, if you were doing a base the first of every month and incrementals every other day, when the incrementals got consoladated you end up with the base (first day of the month) and the base + consolidated incremental (last day of the month).

Being able to restore to a specific day is very important only up to a certain point (in my opinion).

After a couple months a restore to a certain day may not be so important but having the monthly bases archived without the incrementals would be nice.

I also don't understand why Ghost doesn't believe in differentials?

It would also be very nice to be able to compare 2 bases and be able to create a differential or incremental out of one of them. Being able to choose the two bases and designate one of them as the "master" would make an incremental that really was a differental.  Then you could take your January base and designate it as a "master" and later in the year create differentals by comparing each saved base monthy to it and have a complete archive taking up a whole lot of space.

Following the example above, new base first of every month and daily incrementials every other day.

Schedule that to run complete and after every second set automatically delete the incrementals from previous sets keeping the base file.

At that point, it could be scheduled to keep the base files a certain amout of time as archives.

Or ideally, you could manually (it might be too difficult to schedule) take those older base files and "compare" them back to another one to create a smaller file.

Dave

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