I had an older WinXP backup server on my system that has been crashing. Rather than replace it -- since it wasn't doing anything else except provide cloud storage of sorts -- I bought a USB drive bay and connected the backup drives to my Asus RT-N66U router via USB. Everything seemed to port well: the drives show up on the network as Samba drives under the folder /RT-N66U/... and I can fully access them in Windows. For security's sake, I use a different username and password for the router from the one that I use to log into Win7 x64.
I was using SBP v7.6 for backups on the old server. I had no problems modifying the backup profiles to point to the new 'home' of my drives, and the profiles run successfully 100% of the time inside the program. However, they don't seem to run reliably as scheduled backups:
- I have given SBP the login credentials of the router, and if I run a test of the connection, it passes.
- 30% of the time (roughly), the automated backups run as they should -- i.e., the next time I run SBP, I see "Success" in the Result column.
- The other 70% of the time, they fail with a "Network Failure."
- If I use SBP to manually re-run the failed backups, they always complete.
- Has anyone seen this problem?
- It seems like the likelihood of success is related to how long before I have accessed any of the router's drives prior to the automated backup. Does this make sense?
- Is there something I can enable to get more info than just that there was a Network Failure?