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    Default Is Jets3t still available?

    I am trying to organize backups from AWS S3. But I no longer see the download link for jets3t. According to this KB I should find it in the Downloads section of the ZCB portal, but I am not seeing it?

    [url]http://kb.zmanda.com/article.php?id=470[/url]

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthWest View Post
    I am trying to organize backups from AWS S3. But I no longer see the download link for jets3t. According to this KB I should find it in the Downloads section of the ZCB portal, but I am not seeing it?

    [url]http://kb.zmanda.com/article.php?id=470[/url]
    What are you trying to accomplish that requires jets3t? Is there some particular task that you're trying to do?

    jets3t was a relic from ZCB's early days, used almost exclusively as an alternate method of removing data from the cloud when ZCB was no longer available. The global dashboard at [url]http://zgd.zmanda.com[/url] has made jets3t obsolete for that task.

    It's also very, very, very easy to accidentally delete, rename, move, or otherwise damage the integrity of backup objects on the cloud when using jets3t. It is a very powerful tool, and there is absolutely no recourse or recovery from any misuse, whether intentional or not. Anything done by jets3t was permanent.

    The article you found is obsolete as well; we've moved all ZCB articles over to [url]http://help.zmanda.com[/url].

    If there's a particular task you're trying to accomplish, please let me know. I'll let you know how to do it with ZCB or other tools that won't risk the integrity of your backups if at all possible.

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    I think the ZCB Dashboard should be able to do all that I need. Since there is no visibility of the files in the S3 web console, I wanted to be able to clean out old backups and organize, but now I see the dashboard can delete files.

    I think the confusion for me came when I looked up the FAQ on the website, and found section (#26) mentioning jets3t.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthWest View Post
    I think the ZCB Dashboard should be able to do all that I need. Since there is no visibility of the files in the S3 web console, I wanted to be able to clean out old backups and organize, but now I see the dashboard can delete files.

    I think the confusion for me came when I looked up the FAQ on the website, and found section (#26) mentioning jets3t.

    Thanks
    The dashboard should be able to handle any deletions. It's pretty good, and a lot faster than doing it through ZCB itself if you want to pick and choose backup runs to keep or delete.

    However, if you just want to purge a lot of old backups, there's a Purge All Backup Runs Before... option in the file menu. You can use it to wipe anything older than a certain date with just a few clicks.

    As for organizing the backups, that is already handled, invisibly, by ZCB itself. ZCB keeps track of where the backup files are so they can be deleted or restored whenever necessary. If you were to move anything around manually with jets3t, restores from cloud would break. Retention would probably break too.

    Nowadays, the jets3t tool is really just for emergencies when no other tool will work. Luckily, that's pretty rare with modern ZCB. I haven't seen a situation like that in months. Our support reps can provide jets3t if such a situation arises as part of a support case.

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