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  • orkiwi@hotmail.com
    Hi folks, Our recent backups for the new Film Inventory manager now exceed a single diskette. We want to keep a cycle of backups for at least one week, but
    Message 1 of 4 , Mar 11, 2001
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      Hi folks,
      Our recent backups for the new Film Inventory manager now exceed a
      single diskette. We want to keep a cycle of backups for at least one
      week, but the current IM backup option uses the same name and
      therefore overwrites the previous backup - something that was not an
      issue when we were writing to individual diskettes.

      Now we want to write the multiple versions of our backups to a single
      100mgb Zip cartridge.
      Our solution: allow the current backup to be placed in the root
      folder of the Zip cartidge. After it is complete, we copy it to the
      specific folder for that day's backup - anyone got a simpler approach
      or more effective way of doing this? We've tried changing the path
      option in the backup menu but it seems to be greyed out and can't be
      changed.

      Wayne Horscroft
      Beaverton Oregon FHC
    • Louis Puster
      DOS to the rescue!! Check out the SUBST command. If you want to get fancy, a batch file run from AUTOEXEC.BAT could loop*, looking for directories named A,
      Message 2 of 4 , Mar 11, 2001
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        DOS to the rescue!! Check out the SUBST command. If you want to get fancy, a
        batch file run from AUTOEXEC.BAT could loop*, looking for directories named A,
        B, C, etc. and stop when it found no files (meaning the directory did not
        exist). It could then create that directory and SUBST the B: drive (or some
        other one) to that directory. Then do your backups to the B: drive!

        * I assume you turn off your computer at night. Use the SHIFT command to step
        through the list.

        Louis.

        At 04:38 AM 3/12/01 +0000, you wrote:
        >
        > Hi folks,
        > Our recent backups for the new Film Inventory manager now exceed a
        > single diskette. We want to keep a cycle of backups for at least one
        > week, but the current IM backup option uses the same name and
        > therefore overwrites the previous backup - something that was not an
        > issue when we were writing to individual diskettes.
        >
        > Now we want to write the multiple versions of our backups to a single
        > 100mgb Zip cartridge.
        > Our solution: allow the current backup to be placed in the root
        > folder of the Zip cartidge. After it is complete, we copy it to the
        > specific folder for that day's backup - anyone got a simpler approach
        > or more effective way of doing this? We've tried changing the path
        > option in the backup menu but it seems to be greyed out and can't be
        > changed.
        >
        > Wayne Horscroft
        > Beaverton Oregon FHC
      • Steve Fox
        Wayne, If you are using the current version of IM, 1.05, you should be able to specify the folder path on the disk where you want to save the backup file. If
        Message 3 of 4 , Mar 13, 2001
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          Wayne,

          If you are using the current version of IM, 1.05, you should be able to specify the folder path on the disk where you want to save the backup file. If you can't you may want to contact the User Specialist, Ingrid Frehner, at 801-240-4560.

          This will allow you to have a folder for each backup.

          Steve

          >>> orkiwi@... 03/11/01 09:38PM >>>
          Hi folks,
          Our recent backups for the new Film Inventory manager now exceed a
          single diskette. We want to keep a cycle of backups for at least one
          week, but the current IM backup option uses the same name and
          therefore overwrites the previous backup - something that was not an
          issue when we were writing to individual diskettes.

          Now we want to write the multiple versions of our backups to a single
          100mgb Zip cartridge.
          Our solution: allow the current backup to be placed in the root
          folder of the Zip cartidge. After it is complete, we copy it to the
          specific folder for that day's backup - anyone got a simpler approach
          or more effective way of doing this? We've tried changing the path
          option in the backup menu but it seems to be greyed out and can't be
          changed.

          Wayne Horscroft
          Beaverton Oregon FHC



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        • orkiwi@hotmail.com
          Hi Steve, it s been a while, thanks for the advice. The IM title line says we have 1.05 installed but the path line stays greyed out. I will check with
          Message 4 of 4 , Mar 13, 2001
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            Hi Steve,

            it's been a while, thanks for the advice. The IM title line says we
            have 1.05 installed but the path line stays greyed out. I will check
            with Ingrid.

            While I have your attention, another issue in IM came to light this
            week.

            The packing slips coming with shipments of film are printed in a
            sequence which seems to match the input sequence of the lines in our
            order batch. However, when we open a batch in the IM receiving
            screen it displays the line items in film number sequence. We can't
            make the packing slip and the display match, which causes confusion
            among our volunteers doing the receiving - especially on large orders.

            I looked at the list of queries in IM using MS Access 2000 and found
            one that extracts the order batch data in the needed line item
            sequence, but I can't create a report against the query.

            Any suggestions?

            By the way, the IM program is going in fairly smoothly for our center,

            Thanks again
            Wayne.

            --- In fhctech@y..., "Steve Fox" <FoxSJ@l...> wrote:
            > Wayne,
            >
            > If you are using the current version of IM, 1.05, you should be
            able to specify the folder path on the disk where you want to save
            the backup file. If you can't you may want to contact the User
            Specialist, Ingrid Frehner, at 801-240-4560.
            >
            > This will allow you to have a folder for each backup.
            >
            > Steve
            >
            > >>> orkiwi@h... 03/11/01 09:38PM >>>
            > Hi folks,
            > Our recent backups for the new Film Inventory manager now exceed a
            > single diskette. We want to keep a cycle of backups for at least
            one
            > week, but the current IM backup option uses the same name and
            > therefore overwrites the previous backup - something that was not
            an
            > issue when we were writing to individual diskettes.
            >
            > Now we want to write the multiple versions of our backups to a
            single
            > 100mgb Zip cartridge.
            > Our solution: allow the current backup to be placed in the root
            > folder of the Zip cartidge. After it is complete, we copy it to the
            > specific folder for that day's backup - anyone got a simpler
            approach
            > or more effective way of doing this? We've tried changing the path
            > option in the backup menu but it seems to be greyed out and can't
            be
            > changed.
            >
            > Wayne Horscroft
            > Beaverton Oregon FHC
            >
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