[quote=“Paul, post:4, topic:2698”]
hi Prof, what is your main aim?
timemachine stuff, or just wanting to have certain folders synch copied onto the drobo?
maybe there are some other base o/s (mac) tool that you can use, which can treat the drobo just like a basic drive letter and do the actual work themselves?
eg on a pc, i use SyncBack SE and it works great, i use it to synch copy my v1 folders onto the v2
[/quote]Well, I’m pretty fed up so if drobo customer support fails to come through (and based on what I know so far I’m assuming they will fail), my only option is to explore the whole Linux BusyBox thing and perhaps use a simple rsync script to back up to the device.
I don’t want to though. I hate Linux and I’m not interested in learning a minor implementation of it (busybox). I feel that the manufacturers of a $700 device (loaded with almost a thousand dollars worth of hard drives) should provide simple management tools themselves.
In my daily life I actually manage several file servers and each one has their own silly little management tool like the drobo Desktop but at least they work. I’ve never seen anythign as bad as drobo Dashboard before.
Crucially, it’s a management tool for the device and for backups to the device, that can’t even tell you what’s currently happening on that device. For instance the DroboCopy backup list can be fiddled with all day, stopping and starting jobs etc., but it never updates the UI. You click “start” on a backup job and nothing happens at all in the UI. If you restart the dashboard app you will find that something did happen, it just didn’t communicate that back to the dashboard.
This is un-forgiveable, childish and extremely unprofessional IMO. I don’t know how any real professional houses deal with this mess. I have to assume that all the real pros simply use some other software for backups because drobo’s “Dashboard” is a joke.
Edit: I should say that I’m not interested in Time MAchine, I’m just using this as an NAS to back up the three main drives from my MacPro. The jobs are like “copy drive x to folder y”.
Not once in two weeks has drobo sucessfully backed up a single drive. it gets about 400 Gigs into it and then just silently stops working. Every time.