Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Carbonite can make Vista shutdown hang, it seems

Here’s a little tip with Vista. If you have Carbonite, and it decides to run one of its big backups of all kinds of system files, and you try to restart or logoff, the machine will keep “Sutting Down” forever.

Either Vista or Carbonite ought to be smarter.

In the mainframe world, I have fond memories of backups. On old Univac 1110 there was @SECURE. On IBM, we used to run GVBackup and Restore for all vsam files as part of our production data backups. I remember that when we had Dispatch (instead of SAR) the backup used to take two hours before cycle ran. And typically test datasets that were unused would roll out in about three days.

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