Category Archives: OSX

OSX and Avamar testing

Avamar (at the time of test) only has a client for OSX 10.4 (Tiger). We wanted to test the Avamar client on OSX to ensure that it could backup the ‘illegal’ folder and filenames seen by the OS. (‘Illegal’ in terms of what other OS’s normally expect – we actually wanted the files to be moved to another fileserver – that’s another story).

For example – the sample set of data is:

drwxr-xr-x 3 camerons camerons  4096 Feb 12 12:40 ⢠ALL FILES â¢
drwxr-xr-x 4 camerons camerons  4096 Feb 12 12:42 FONTS?????
drwxr-xr-x 2 camerons camerons  4096 Feb 12 12:42 DIRECT_LB | DIRECT
drwxr-xr-x 4 camerons camerons  4096 Feb 12 12:42 RANGES07:08
-rw-r----- 1 camerons camerons 74321 Feb 12 12:42 lanyard 1 ???.jpg
drwxr-xr-x 2 camerons camerons  4096 Feb 12 12:42 New_Change27:3

Obviously, some of the filenames above are fine – but some are a little wacko. The restore operation completes – but in the test the restored folder was not visible in the finder – only via terminal. Restart of the osx vm was necessary (the finder seemed to hang and I couldnt restart it) and then the restored files were visible. This could be a quirk with the ‘hacked’ osx vm.

Note that also the terminal shows some folder names as including a ‘:’, whereas in Finder they would appear as ‘/’ – for date format names. This is another quirk I suppose.

In summary, the Avamar client for OSX works as expected, even taking into account the non-standard filenames.

OSX as a vm in Fusion

I got the 10.4.10 vmware appliance for some testing (find it on the torrent search sites) – works like a charm under VMware Fusion (v1.1) on my MBP. The cool thing about it is that it fires up just like a new install of OS X (Welcome prompts for user info etc) – so for all intents it is a clean install vm.

I’ll be testing the Avamar client for OS 10.4 tomorrow – we really need one for 10.5 but that is apparently some time off before we’ll see it (like the RHEL5 client!)….so I’ll be using the 10.4 guest as a guinea pig. All my macs that I can access are all on Leopard – so I’ve gotta resort to the vm method.

Good on the guy who made the vm appliance anyway. Champion effort.