Dantz Development Corp.
has announced the release of a new Retrospect client version — 5.0.536. Applicable to Mac OS X, this new version adds support for Jaguar — the new version of Mac OS X, 10.2, due out next week.
That’s not all, either. The new Retrospect client also corrects a problem that causes the Retrospect client to spontaneously turn off after about 17 minutes. The “Defer” button in the Backup Server alert window is now functioning properly under Mac OS X 10.1.x, as well.
Dantz recommends the update for all customers running Mac OS X.
In related news, Dantz outlined some issues that Retrospect users should be aware of prior to upgrading to Mac OS X 10.2. The company noted that Mac OS X 10.2 contains “differences in the operating system that affect Retrospect.”
Dantz said it’s working with Apple to complete a new, free update to Retrospect that “will provide excellent support” for Mac OS X 10.2 and Mac OS X Server 10.2. The new client noted above will help, but there are a few other issues that may cause problems.
Dantz said that Retrospect 5.0’s auto launch feature would not work on Mac OS X 10.2 because the RetroRun process crashes when it is launched. The crash will be visible if you’ve turned on crash logging and reporting in the Mac OS X Console utility.
Dantz also indicated that many SCSI vendors will also need to update their drivers in order to allow Retrospect to access attached SCSI devices with Mac OS X 10.2. The company indicated that ATTO’s SCSI cards “are well supported” on OS X 10.2, but other cards — including Adaptec models — will need driver updates. “At the current time, we are not aware of any such updates being available,” said Dantz.
“Dantz is working hard to provide complete support for Jaguar. When we do, it will be with a solid product that offers the very best in reliability for safeguarding data under Mac OS X,” said the company.