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access privileges –

The privileges given to (or withheld from) users to see folders, see files, and make changes to shared volumes.

append –

To write additional data to a Backup Set. In a Normal backup, Retrospect appends file data to the current Backup Set member.

archive (verb) –

To copy files from a volume to a Backup Set. For example, “Let’s archive these QuickTime movies.” Archiving may, optionally, involve removing the copied files from the source. Also see back up.

archive (noun) –

  1. An operation in which files are archived. For example, “The archive was successful last night.” 2. An entity of backup materials. For example, “Retrieve the 1997 accounts from the archive.” In this respect, a Backup Set is an archive. Also see Backup Set.

ASPI (Advanced SCSI Programming Interface) –

Software which manages communication among peripheral devices. This combination of integrated software is known as the ASPI layer.

ATAPI (ATA Packet Interface) –

A standard for connecting peripheral devices such as CD-R drives and tape drives to a computer’s IDE interface. ATAPI allows you to easily attach additional devices to your computer.

back up (verb) –

To copy files from a volume to a Backup Set (such as CD-R or CD-RW, cartridges, or floppy disks). You should back up regularly in case something happens to your hard disk or any files.

backup (noun) –

  1. An operation in which files are backed up. For example, “I just did today’s backup.” 2. An entity of backup materials. For example, “Fortunately, we can get the backup from the safe and restore the files.” In this respect, a Backup Set is a backup. Also see back up and Backup Set.

backup action –

See Recycle backup, New Backup Set backup, New Member backup, and Normal backup.

Backup Clients –

The Backup Clients container holds client computers which are logged in to Retrospect.

backup computer –

The computer on which you are using Retrospect with a backup device. In a networked environment, it is the computer used to back up client computers.

backup date –

The most recent date and time a Mac OS file, folder, or volume was copied to a Backup Set. Retrospect sets this date for volumes, folders, and/or files only when you check the appropriate boxes in the Macintosh client options. Also see creation date and modification date.

Backup Report –

Displays all known volumes with information about when they were last backed up.

Backup Set –

A set of storage media and Catalog. Retrospect stores all files in Backup Sets. There are different types of Backup Sets for different media and devices: disk Backup Sets for removable and fixed disks, file Backup Sets for a single volume, tape Backup Sets for tape cartridges, and CD/DVD Backup Sets for recordable and rewriteable compact disc drives.

browser –

Retrospect’s tool that allows you to view the folder and file structure of a volume or contents of a Backup Set. You can also use a browser to see the files and folders in a Backup Set. The browser allows you to manipulate files and mark them to be worked within an operation such as a backup.

Catalog –

Retrospect’s index of the files and folders contained in a Backup Set. The Catalog File allows you to mark files for restore or retrieval without having to load or insert your Backup Set media.

CD/DVD Backup Set –

For use with recordable compact discs (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, or DVD+RW). Also see Backup Set.

client –

A networked Windows, Linux, or Macintosh computer with Retrospect client software whose volumes are available for backup by the backup computer. Also see backup computer.

compression –

Reduces the size of the data being copied to the Backup Set media in a backup or archive. Retrospect can do it with software compression, or a capable tape drive can do it with hardware compression.

condition –

In Retrospect’s file selectors, a distinguishing criterion relating to file or folder characteristics. You can choose multiple conditions to make your own custom selectors. Also see selector.

Config77.dat file –

The file containing your custom settings, including known Backup Sets, scripts, security codes, preferences, custom selectors, and client login names. This file is automatically created the first time you start Retrospect, and is used while Retrospect is open. If you delete this file, all of your custom information will be lost and the default configurations will be used.

configured subnet –

A subnet that Retrospect has been configured to search for clients.

container –

An item for organizing other items such as volumes or clients in certain Retrospect windows. Also see My Computer, My Network Places, and Backup Clients.

Contents Report –

A Retrospect report that shows a single Backup Set in terms of the sessions it contains. A list of all sessions is displayed for each Backup Set. Double-clicking a session creates a browser of all files in that session.

creation date –

The time and date a file, folder or volume was created. A file’s creation date is set when the file is first saved or made. A folder’s creation date is set when you select make a new folder. A volume’s creation date is set any time the volume is formatted or erased. With Windows file systems, a copied item’s creation date changes to the date of the copy. Also see backup date and modification date.

creator code –

The four-letter code that represents the creator of a file with the Macintosh HFS file system. For example, documents created by SimpleText have a creator code of ttxt. Retrospect lets you select files according to creator code.

day of week scheduler –

A type of scheduler that lets you schedule a script to run every week on specified days of the week (for example, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).

destination –

The storage medium to which files are being moved, copied, or otherwise transferred. When backing up or archiving, the destination is a Backup Set. When restoring or duplicating, the destination is a volume.

device –

Any piece of peripheral equipment connected to your computer, such as a hard disk drive, removable disk drive, or CD-RW drive. In this manual, the term “backup device” refers to any device that accepts Backup Set media, such as a CD-R drive or tape drive.

directory –

A hierarchical structure on a volume that may contain files or more directories. These are known as folders in the desktop metaphor used by Windows and the Mac OS.

Disaster Recovery –

The process used to restore a computer that has ceased to function. This involves installing a temporary OS and then restoring the entire hard disk from a Retrospect backup.

disc –

A CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, or DVD+RW medium. Compare to disk.

disk –

Retrospect uses the term disk to refer to fixed disks, network volumes, or removable disks (e.g., Zip, DVD-RAM, MO). This manual uses the term disk in two contexts: 1. as a Windows Explorer-accessible volume for general storage; and 2. as a medium for use in a disk Backup Set. Compare to disc.

disk Backup Set –

For use with fixed disks, network volumes, or removable disks. Also see Backup Set.

encryption –

A way of encoding data so that it cannot be used by others without the password.

Exchange Agent –

Retrospect’s Exchange Agent provides specialized support for optimally backing up Microsoft Exchange servers.

file Backup Set –

This type of Backup Set combines the Catalog and the data in a single file. The Backup Set media must be a single volume that is accessible from Windows Explorer, such as a file server or hard disk. Also see Backup Set.

file header information –

A file’s name, size, dates, and other attributes. This information is part of every file, and is also indexed in a Backup Set’s Catalog.

file server –

A computer running file server software, which allows users to share information over a network.

FireWire –

Apple Computer’s proprietary name for IEEE 1394.

folder –

  1. A directory on a volume. 2. A Retrospect container for organizing items such as scripts, volumes, or clients.

Forget –

The Forget toolbar icon allows you to remove an item from certain windows. Use Forget to clear listings for volumes, Subvolumes, clients, or Backup Sets you no longer wish to use. Note that “forgetting” a backup source volume does not affect any of the Backup Sets it has been backed up to; its files may be restored at any time as long as the Backup Set media is intact.

grooming –

An option for disk Backup Sets. If you set a grooming policy for a disk Backup Set, Retrospect automatically deletes older files and folders from the disk when it runs out of disk space, in order to save newer files and folders.

group –

A Retrospect container for organizing items such as volumes and clients.

IEEE 1394 –

A specification of mechanical, electrical, and functional standards which lets a computer connect and communicate with storage devices, such as hard disks and removable cartridge drives, and other peripheral devices, such as scanners and video camcorders. IEEE 1394 allows you to easily attach additional devices to your computer. IEEE 1394 technology is also known as 1394, i.LINK, or FireWire.

local subnet –

The subnet in which the backup computer resides.

marking –

Selecting files in the browser to be backed up or restored. Files can be marked (or unmarked) manually, or they can be marked according to various criteria using file selectors. In the browser, a check mark appears next to any marked file. Files that are highlighted in the browser are not necessarily marked.

matching –

The scheme for comparing file attributes to determine whether files are identical, which then allows intelligent copying to avoid redundancy. Also see Progressive Backup.

medium –

Any hard drive, disc, tape, floppy disk, or cartridge to which files can be copied. In this manual, media usually refers to the removable media of a Backup Set.

member –

An individual medium (such as a floppy disk, CD, tape, or cartridge) used in a Backup Set.

modification date –

The time and date a file was last changed. This date is automatically attached to the file by the computer’s file system. A file’s modification date is reset any time you make changes and save the file (see “backup date” and “creation date”). A folder’s modification date is updated any time a folder or file is added, changed or removed from it.

My Computer –

Retrospect’s container that holds local volumes available from the backup computer.

My Network Places –

Retrospect’s container that holds network volumes available from the backup computer.

New Backup Set backup –

Allows you to periodically introduce new media into your backups, keeping the original Backup Set media and Catalog intact for archival purposes. A New Backup Set backup copies all selected files to a new Backup Set of the same name as the old, with the addition of a generation number, such as “Backup Set A [001].”

Normal backup –

Retrospect’s usual backup action, performing an incremental backup to copy new or changed files.

Open File Backup –

Retrospect’s Open File Backup allows files to be backed up even if they are opened and being used. This is important to ensure proper backup of server applications such as customer relationship management applications and accounting packages, which are up and running 24 hours a day. For desktop and notebook computers, files such as those that contain e-mail messages or calendar appointments can be backed up while they are in use.

Operations Log –

A Retrospect report that tracks all actions by Retrospect. The Operations Log documents all start-ups, executions, errors, and completions, as well as information on the number of files copied, duration of backup, and backup performance.

Piton –

Retrospect’s own proprietary protocol for communicating with backup clients. In the live network window, Retrospect uses the Piton name service to establish contact with clients.

ProactiveAI Backup –

Retrospect’s technology allowing flexible, resource-driven or user-initiated backups.

Progressive Backup –

A backup that intelligently copies only files that are new or have changed since the previous backup. Retrospect usually backs up progressively with its Normal backup action. See also matching.

Recycle backup –

A Recycle backup is useful to periodically reset a Backup Set so that it does not grow out of control. A Recycle backup completely erases the Backup Set and Catalog before copying all selected files to the Backup Set. All previous data in the Backup Set is lost.

repeating interval scheduler –

A type of scheduler that lets you schedule a script to repeat automatically at a specified interval of time, such as once every three weeks.

restore –

An operation which copies files from a Backup Set to a volume.

root –

The highest level of folders in a data structure. When you select a drive icon from the Windows Explorer, you see the root folders and files.

run document –

A file that automatically starts a Retrospect script when opened. A run document allows you to run predefined Retrospect scripts by double-clicking on the run document file.

scheduler –

A script element that lets you schedule a script to automatically execute at dates and times of your choice. Also see day of week scheduler, repeating interval scheduler, and single date scheduler.

script –

A saved backup procedure that you can schedule to run at some future date and time or on a repeating schedule, such as daily. You can create as many scripts as you want.

SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) –

A specification of mechanical, electrical, and functional standards for connecting peripheral devices such as hard drives or tape drives. SCSI allows you to easily attach additional devices to your computer.

SCSI terminator –

A device used on a SCSI chain to maintain the integrity of signals on the chain.

selector –

A feature that lets you search for or filter files which match certain conditions. You can use Retrospect’s standard selectors, or create your own custom selectors. Also see browser.

session –

A group of files from a single operation stored within a Backup Set.

single date scheduler –

A type of scheduler that lets you schedule a script to automatically run at a specific date and time.

SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) –

A technology built in to some hard disk drives that monitors and analyzes a drive’s mechanical attributes over time and attempts to predict and report pending drive failure.

Snapshot –

A Retrospect Snapshot is created during a backup operation to depict a volume’s state (that is, all its files and the folder paths to them). It makes it easy to restore a hard disk to its exact state as of a given backup.

source –

In a backup, duplicate, or archive operation, the volume from which files are copied. In a restore, the Backup Set from which files are copied.

staged backup –

A backup strategy that involves backing up to disk, then transferring the backups to tape. This takes advantage of the benefits of both disk and tape.

subnet –

A group of local computers physically networked together without a router or gateway, though they may use a gateway to connect to other networks. Also see configured subnet and local subnet.

Subvolume –

A folder you designate as an independent volume for use within Retrospect.

tape Backup Set –

For use with tape drives. Also see Backup Set.


An industry standard network protocol. It is the standard protocol of the Internet, web servers, and FTP servers. It is the protocol used by Retrospect clients.

USB (Universal Serial Bus) –

A specification of mechanical, electrical, and functional standards for connecting peripheral devices (keyboards, removable cartridge drives, printers) to the USB-capable computers. USB allows you to easily attach additional devices to your computer.

volume –

A hard or floppy disk, partition of a hard disk, Subvolume, file server, or any data storage medium that is logically recognized by Retrospect as a file and folder storage location.