Please Restore the Ability to Create Stand-alone Differential and Incremental Backups
Who was the genius who decided to remove the ability to create stand-alone differential or incremental backups in BackupExec?
Removing this critical functionally demonstrates the height of arrogance on the part of the developers. Deciding that some inexperienced users might inadvertently misuse a function, they decide to simply remove it for EVERYONE.
I’m backing up NDMP storage. The filer knows when that last DUMP 0 has been performed, I know which server has performed the backup and where that media is located. BackupExec does not.
Backup windows are a limited and precious resource, forcing me to run a duplicate full backup just so I can run a differential is an unreasonable burden. It also creates a condition where I risk losing data, because my software refuses to do what I tell it to do.
The definition quality under ISO 9000 is “Conformance to customer requirements”. What customer asked for this? I suspect none.
This was probably requested by tech support. Instead of trying to educate the users so they understand how to use their software, they decided to remove as many choices as possible, in the hope that that will lead fewer mistakes.
I don’t mind developers providing wizards and guides to help users avoid problems, (particularly if there is an option to turn them off). I’d even be happy having to unlock an “advanced” mode that exposes “adult” features. Just don’t take critical features away for everyone.