Release date: 
Thursday, 19 June, 1997



Authors/Port authors:

 BackMaster, a true 32-bit presentation manager backup software package for OS/2 2.1. BackMaster was designed from the beginning to use the 32-bit power of OS/2 2.1. BackMaster will allow you to perform vital backup and restore functions without interrupting other tasks. A simple, easy to use design, with good background performance, promotes frequent and dependable backups.

BackMaster includes the following major features:

  • Disaster Recovery
  • Scheduled Backups
  • Command Line Parameters
  • File Selection Sets
  • Compression
  • Verify
  • Media Format
  • Supported Tape Drives
This software is distributed as compressed package. You have to download and manually install it; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too.

Manual installation

Program is distributed as ZIP package: download to temporary directory and unpack, run BMINST.EXE. See below for download link(s).

Following ones are the download links for manual installation:

BackMaster v. 3.0 (23/9/1997, MSR Development Corporation) Readme/What's new
BackMaster README File. This file contains information about specific problems you may encounter and specific system configurations. Topics covered in this readme file: - Adaptec controllers - Bus timing and BackMaster DMA overrun error - Colorado Trakker driver switches - CoreTape 250 tape drive support - Creating recovery diskettes - DCF2 - Device driver conflicts - File Selection Set creation utility MAKEFSS - Incompatibility with TAPE.EXE 4.03 or greater - Low memory systems (8MB or less) - New driver options for specific problems - Older tape drives (Hard Select) - Stacker - TC-15M high-speed adapter - Technical support - Time critical - Version of OS/2 - Write errors Adaptec controllers: If you have an Adaptec Busmaster controller, the following CONFIG.SYS setting is suggested: BASEDEV=AHA154X.ADD /V /A:0 /BON:4 /A:0 /BOFF:12 /V displays messages during bootup. /A:0 specifies the first of four possible adapters, and is necessary even if only one adapter is installed. /BON:4 sets the bus on time to 4 microseconds. /BOFF:12 sets the bus off time to 12 microseconds. Most of this information may be found in the Command Reference under BASEDEV. The above BASEDEV setting gives the floppy controller enough time on the bus to transfer enough data (by DMA) to keep the tape moving. Special thanks to Beta Tester Jay Vanderbilt for this information. Bus timing and BackMaster DMA overrun error: BackMaster may not work correctly if your system bus timing is set higher than 8 MHZ. Tape drives are very sensitive to hardware timing and an abnormal bus speed may result in operational problems or errors reported by BackMaster. If you are consistently getting a DMA overrun error message (error number 51) we suggest checking your hardware settings. Experiment with the bus speed, setting it as close to 8MHz as possible. If your system supports the 7.15MHz or 7.25MHz settings, these will usually work best. Note: The Auto-configuration option (if your setup has one) MUST be disabled in order for the new bus speed settings to take effect. Colorado Trakker driver switches: If you experience problems with your trakker tape drive, you may need to set the data or control delay, or both. Adjustments are not necessary unless the system is not working properly. Data and control delays may be set in the BackMaster configuration notebook under the Parallel page. See the BackMaster online help for more information on how to set the data and control delays. Problems may include the following: "Unable to initialize tape drive" error message, aborting due to restore or verify error, extremely slow tape drive operations, excessive back and forth tape motion. CoreTape 250 tape drive support: The BackMaster 1.1B release does not support the CoreTape 250. Creating recovery diskettes: Now is a good time to create a set of custom recovery diskettes for your computer. The recovery diskettes can be used with a complete system backup to restore your system or move your system to a new hard drive. BMRCVR (in the BackMaster folder) will create the recovery diskettes automatically. You may, if you wish, create the recovery diskettes manually. Instructions for doing so are given in the file BOOT.TXT, which is located in the directory to which BackMaster was installed. DCF2: Some conflicts have been reported when BackMaster accesses files in a DCF2 Virtual Disk Unit, resulting in a SYS3715 in DOSCALL1. If you encounter this problem, please report it to Proportional Software. Device driver conflicts: The BackMaster device drivers, FTDVR.SYS, TC15DVR.SYS, PTDVR.SYS, and TTDVR.SYS may on some systems have conflicts with the Multimedia Presentation Manager (MMPM) drivers, some cdrom device drivers, the Diamond P9000 video drivers, and ATI Graphics Ultra video drivers. The driver conflicts may cause an "Unable to open driver" error message or an OS/2 TRAP 000D. To avoid the driver conflicts, make sure that FTDVR.SYS, TC15DVR.SYS, PTDVR.SYS, and TTDVR.SYS are loaded in CONFIG.SYS after the CDROM drivers, Diamond P9000 video drivers, and ATI Graphics Ultra video drivers, but before the MMPM drivers. Note: We recommend locating the BackMaster tape device drivers immediately following the IFS= statement (if present) in CONFIG.SYS. However, some drivers (such as CDROM drivers) may have to be loaded before our drivers. Some experimentation on your part may be required to find the optimal location for the BackMaster drivers. Concerning the Diamond P9000 video drivers: The driver conflict with the P9000 and BackMaster drivers has been known to cause OS/2 command windows to indefinitely scroll, as if the enter key was continually pressed. This symptom disappears when the video drivers are loaded ahead of the BackMaster drivers. Concerning the ATI Graphics Ultra video drivers: Confilicts with these drivers are infrequent. The BackMaster installation program, BMINST, will place the FTDVR.SYS, TC15DVR.SYS, PTDVR.SYS, and TTDVR.SYS in the correct location in CONFIG.SYS for most machines (except in the case of the Diamond P9000 and ATI Graphics Ultra video drivers). The driver conflicts are mentioned here for the case of a manual installation or a driver conflict with specific systems. File Selection Set creation utility MAKEFSS: Included in the directory BackMaster was installed to is a program to create File Selection Sets from a list of complete pathnames. See the file MAKEFSS.TXT for more information on how to use the MAKEFSS utility. Incompatibility with TAPE.EXE 4.03 or greater: BackMaster will not read compressed tapes made with any version of TAPE.EXE 4.03 or greater, but BackMaster will read the uncompressed volumes made with this software. Low memory: BackMaster may not work correctly on machines with less than 8 MB of memory. Machines with 8 MB of memory that have network software loaded may also fall into this category. In the case of a low memory machine, BackMaster will report one of these errors: "Unable to load device driver", or "Unable to allocate memory in device driver". If your machine fits this description, use the BackMaster device driver memory enhancement ('/M' switch on the BackMaster device drivers). BMINST will do this automatically, or you may edit the CONFIG.SYS with any text editor and add the '/M' switch to the BackMaster device drivers manually as in the following example: REM *********** BackMaster tape drivers start here ********* DEVICE=C:\BACKMAST\FTDVR.SYS /M Note: It is recommended that this only be done for one BackMaster driver at any one time. Also, the need for the device driver memory enhancement may be resolved in future versions of OS/2. New driver options for specific problems: Options supported by the BackMaster device drivers: /J1 - Use this option if you have a Ditto Dash adapter card for 1MB operation. /J2 - Forces a rewind after tape operations finish. For use on older tape drives such as the Archive XL. /S - This option may overcome excessive "Shoe Shining" encountered on some systems. An example of adding all three switches to the BackMaster driver in the CONFIG.SYS file: REM *********** BackMaster tape drivers start here ********* DEVICE=C:\BACKMAST\FTDVR.SYS /J1 /J2 /S Older tape drives (Hard Select): The list of tape drives in the "Configuration Options" dialog refer to Soft Select tape drives (most of the newer tape drives are Soft Select), and will not correctly select the older Hard Select type of tape drive. If you have a Hard Select tape drive, select the "Generic QIC 40/80" tape drive from the "Configuration Options" list. Refer to the documentation that came with your tape drive to determine which type of tape drive (Hard Select or Soft Select) you have. In general, Hard Select drives may have jumpers to select the drive (A or B) and will only function as the A or B device, but not as a third floppy device. Stacker: If FTDVR.SYS, PPDVR.SYS, TC15DVR.SYS, TTDVR.SYS resides on a stacked volume, the DEVICE=FTDVR.SYS statement should be placed after the Stacker device drivers. TC-15M high-speed adapter: BackMaster supports the TC-15 high-speed adapter, but does not support the TC-15M high-speed adapter, which is the microchannel version of the TC-15. Technical support: Customer assistance and technical support are available during normal business hours. If possible, try to be seated near your computer when calling. Another way to get technical support is to fill out the TECHSUPP.FRM ascii text file (located in the BackMaster folder on the Desktop) and FAX it to us, upload it to our BBS, or send it via CompuServe, or Internet. How to reach us: (409) 564-1862 Voice (9am-6pm CST) (409) 560-5970 BBS (No parity, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit) (409) 560-5868 FAX CompuServe users can send mail to 74431,1621 or GO MSRDEV Internet users can send mail to 74431.1621@CompuServ.Com Time critical: During normal tape drive operations, BackMaster must respond to the tape drive signals within a certain amount of time, or the tape drive may start to behave unpredictably, causing BackMaster to abort the current tape operation. Active DOS and Windows sessions may deny BackMaster the CPU time needed to respond quickly to tape drive signals. If BackMaster aborts in the middle of a tape operation, make sure that the "Time Critical" check box in the "Device" page of the configuration notebook is checked before retrying the tape operation. Time critical will ensure that BackMaster is given enough CPU time to respond quickly to the tape drive requests. Version of OS/2: BackMaster is designed for OS/2 versions 2.1 and above. It may be used with OS/2 2.0, but unexpected crashes may occur, especially during the file selection process. If you must use BackMaster with OS/2 2.0, we suggest that you avoid extensive opening and closing of directory folders during the file selection process. Write errors: Write errors during a backup (such as errors 50 or 52) will cause the backup to abort. If BackMaster detects a write error, it will report the error and abort the backup. The tape sector responsible for the error will be marked as bad in the bad sector map, and the tape will be ready for another backup. If write errors continue to be detected on a particular tape, reformatting the tape is recommended.
BackMaster v. 3.01 (19/6/1997, MSR Development Corporation) Readme/What's new
BackMaster 3.01 Update Patch (c) Copyright 1997-1995 MSR Development Corporation ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Date Created : 06/18/97 ───────────────────────────────────────────────────── Thank you for downloading the Free Updated version of BackMaster 3.1 for OS/2. We have provided this README.1ST instructions file to help guild you to quickly apply this update. BackMaster 3.01 Update Information. ───────────────────────────────────────────────────── The included patch update contains updated BackMaster 3.0 program files, these files will not update or work with any previous version of BackMaster. Resolves: a.) Error #117 for some configurations. b.) Updated BackMaster Disaster Recovery Diskette Utility, that should resolve issues where the building of disaster recovery diskettes fail due to missing scsi or configuration files. c.) Includes new Tape Device Driver Revision # 2.3 This patch utlity updates the following files. backmast.exe - BackMaster 3.01 program executable bmrcvr.exe - BackMaster Disaster Recovery Diskette Utility bmrest.cfg - BMREST.EXE Configuration File flpydrv.dll - Device Driver Dynamic Link Library File ftdvr.sys - Floppy/Internal Tape Device Driver Revision # 2.3 ptdvr.sys - Parallel/External Tape Device Driver Revision # 2.3 ttdvr.sys - Trakker Tape Device Driver Revision # 2.3 Applying BackMaster 3.01 Update Patch. ───────────────────────────────────────────────────── Applying this update patch has been made as automatic as possible with the included patch program. Sophisticated safety features ensure proper building and applying of patch files. The included patch program will automatically Backup any affected files that are modified during the patch update procedure. To Apply this update patch follow the simple steps listed below. 1.) Expand the BackMaster 3.01 Update Archive File into a temporary directory or into your exciting BackMaster directory. 2.) Execute the included file BM301CSD.EXE 3.) REBOOT your computer system. BackMaster 3.01 Update Patch File Listing ───────────────────────────────────────────────────── Action File Name ─────────────────── MODIFY BACKMAST.EXE MODIFY BMRCVR.EXE ADD BMREST.CFG MODIFY FLPYDRV.DLL MODIFY FTDVR.SYS MODIFY PTDVR.SYS MODIFY TTDVR.SYS Service and Technical Support ----------------------------- If you need assistance resolving problems, please read this file, the online help, the online reference manual, and the frequently asked questions (faq) file. All of these files are located in the directory of your BackMaster installation directory. If you still have a question and need assistance, help is available from the following sources: 1. Website URL Our Technical Support and Product Updates sections of our Website provide the most current source of help and is available 24 hours/day, seven days/week. We suggest you visit our Website before calling. 2. CompuServe Type " GO MSRDEV " on the CompuServe bulletin board system for instant access to the MSR Development Corporation forum with a library of technical information, answers to common questions and/or available product updates. 3. MSR Development Corporation bulletin board system. Call (760) 633-3908 for technical support message areas, public user message areas and file transfer of available product updates. 4. Registered users may call the MSR Technical Support Department at (760) 633-3900. Our technical support staff is available to assist you between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday thru Friday (Pacific Standard Time). Please complete a copy of the "Technical Support Request Form" before calling. You will be asked to provide this information to the technical support staff for problem determination and tracking. The "Technical Support Request Form" - TECHSUPP.FRM is available on your original distribution disk, in the in the desktop icon folder, and in the installation directory of the program. Information you will need to provide: ------------------------------------- - Product name and version number, (available on your original distribution disk and also available from the program's "Product - Information" menu option under "Help"). - Registered user's name or company name listed when the software was registered. If you have not mailed the registration card, it may be requested that you fax a completed registration card with proof of purchase before receiving free tech support. - Tape drive brand and model. Tape cartridge brand, model, and capacity. - Computer make, model, and the make and model numbers of any additional hardware. - Operating system and version number. (The version number can be determined by typing SYSLEVEL at the OS/2 shell prompt.) - Contents of your CONFIG.SYS file. - Any hardware settings for additional devices, like sound cards, network adapters, etc. Trademarks ----------- BackMaster is a registerd trademark (tm) of MSR Development Corporation. First Edition (September 1994) BackMaster Scheduler is a trademark (tm) of MSR Development Corporation. First Edition (October 1996) The following terms are trademarks of other companies: IBM, OS/2, Extended Services, Extended Services for OS/2, REXX, Multimedia Presentation Manager/2, and MMPM/2 are trademarks of the IBM Corporation. CompuServe is a trademark of CompuServe Incorporated. This publication may make reference to products of other manufacturers. Any trademarks and/or copyrights are the property of their respective companies and recognized by MSR Development Corporation. Customer Satisfaction -------------------- Your satisfaction with MSR Development and our products are important to us. To insure your satisfaction we offer a 30 day money-back guarantee. Mailing Address: MSR Development Corporation 4407 Manchester Ave, Suite 104 Encinitas, CA. 92024 (760)633-3900 - VOICE (760)633-3909 - FAX (760)633-3908 - BBS N,8,1 v.32 bis 28,800 bps Email - CompuServe Email - 74431,1621 CompuServe Forum - GO MSRDEV Website URL FTPsite URL
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