R Muller wrote:I would like the database to be included in our daily Retrospect backup of the NAS server....
Will it be very inefficient to put the BIM server database on our NAS server? This will mean a double use of the network, every time someone does a send and receive, since all the data will first go to the BIM server workstation and then to the network NAS. However, the extra traffic may not matter, and this would give us the automatic backup we want.
Or, is there a way to specify a different network location for the BIM server backups?
I do not know of a preference item that would cause the backups to be stored in a location separate from the project database. That could be useful.
Since you are using Retrospect and not Time Machine, I assume you are on Windows (please update your signature with your machine/OS specs, etc). If you assign a drive letter to your NAS, then you can use that drive in a path in the BIM Server setup to have your projects stored on the NAS.
Someone in another thread asked a similar question. I have not seen any studies to show the performance impact of storing the database remotely. I would think that if you have a gigabit network and the NAS is fast with a big cache, that it might be OK since you say you're a small firm. Network congestion aside, if you run a disk transfer benchmark and you get substantially the same performance accessing your NAS as a local dirk, then I'd say go for it and tell us all about it.
You say that you do not back up your workstations though, and I think that that is problematic. Retrospect's network backup has the ability to backup just selected folders of workstations. If people send/receive regularly, not much would be lost. But, if somebody is doing something major that they do not want the rest of the team to see until it is complete, it would be a shame to lose their work.
Local backup drives are pretty cheap, too... While you no doubt rotate your main backup drives offsite for fire and theft reasons, I think the backup drives on workstations could just be left alone and for the low risk of fire/theft relative to unsent changes? Dunno...