Whoa! I got an unexpected shock in checking over my production desktop this weekend. Turns out that my recent upgrade from version 6 to 7 for Macrium Reflect Free came with certain consequences. That’s right: that Macrium Reflect upgrade apparently canceled my regular backup schedules. It left my primary machine, which I back up daily, without coverage for several weeks before I noticed that change. In fact, I only figured out updates weren’t happening by inference. I clean out backups every two weeks or so to keep the target drive from filling up. This time, I noticed the drive space hadn’t decreased much, if at all. And indeed, that’s how I learned that Macrium Reflect upgrade cancels backup schedules. Ouch!
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Disabled is the last thing you want to see when checking Reflect backup schedules’ status. Sigh.
Fixing Macrium Reflect Upgrade Cancels Backup Schedules
Of course, the fix is absolutely trivial. I could have simply re-enabled my existing backup schedules, and they would have resumed that night on their regular schedules. But while I was at it, I created a new backup definition and lumped the imaging of my boot/system drive together with my primary data drive. That way my target drive won’t fill up as quickly and I’ll have ready access to my two most important storage assets. I also set up a weekly cloud backup so I can capture my entire production system off-site with less frequency.
The old saying goes: The only good backup is the one that restores successfully. I’m somewhat embarassed that it took me a couple of weeks to realize that a software change had disabled my backup environment. I offer my experience as a cautionary reminder to all IT professionals that regular checks on backups may be as important as making those backups. I am profoundly grateful, in fact, that I didn’t learn that my backups were disabled by needing one, and not having it at my disposal. Sigh.