Getting notified of low disk space


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Fergus
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I have one destination location that's low on space and I have my backups set to delete older backups if space is less than 1500. However I'd like to know if this is happening - ideally be getting an email - cause if it's  happening too often I may be losing too many older  backups.

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Not sure why you would need a email message about the available space remaining on a local destination drive partition that is visible in everyday use.  However, it would certainly not be difficult to include disk space monitoring in a script, either separately or in the same script that runs a Reflect backup task.  Examples abound in the MS TechNet ScriptCenter some of which can monitor multiple servers if desired.  This one can and it produces and delivers a nicely formatted HTML report via email.


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L. W. "Dan" Danz
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Fergus:  If you request that email be sent to you on each backup, the log file will tell you what it found when looking at the retention information.  

However, if you set it up to do the deleting before the backup, then you have to adjust the available space for the size of the backup.

So, MACRIUM FOLKS:
It should be trivial to add a line at the END of the backup, after verification if any, that says how much space is remaining on the disk after the backup.

But, I have a few problems with the way Reflect works in this regard:
1) It requires the user to guess how much space will be used by the backup. But the requirements for full, differential, and incremental are different. Why not wait until you know how much space will be required before deciding whether to purge or not?
2) It requires you to estimate how much space will be used by ALL backups to the same drive.  Why not allow specification of  maximum space for the FOLDER that will be used, since the folder seems to be the sanctioned method of separating backups from different systems on a single drive.  

Another nice addition to the log/email would be a listing (similar to file explorer with the added Reflect columns) showing either (a) the contents of the backup folder with total size, and/or (b) the list of .img files that comprise the backup set that was just appended/created. Indentation (i.e. tree view) of each kind would help, too.

For example:
full image 
...incremental 01
...incremental 02
...diff 03
.......incremental 04
.......incremental 05
....diff 06
etc.




  L. W. "Dan" Danz, Overland Park KS  

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