Backup Status Server
Backup Status Server creates a central place to log the status of over 300 user's backups using my Backup system. It is basically a web server that listens for http requests and processes input as if from an html form. Each backup client sends along information like user information, backup destination, client information, backup size, duration, etc. The Backup Status Server uses CoreData to manage all of that data. When a report is made, a new user is automatically created if not found, so registering a user is very simple - just run a backup! From then on a record of each backup made for that user will be kept.
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An important aspect of backup is detecting when a backup is not working. Backup Status Server checks nightly to see if any of the registered users have not reported in. If they have not been seen in 1 day, they are listed as overdue. If they have not been seen in more than 5 days, they are listed as missing. This creates a nice filter for the support personnel as they will only see support requests generated for backups with errors or those that are missing, and it is easy to determine whether there is a real problem or if the user is just out of the office. There are also settings to change what port the server uses and to adjust how long to keep backup records.
The Backup Status Server also responds to requests from a normal web browser. It will generate a table of all the current backups and their status or you can look at a specific user's backup history. I use this function to generate a graphical representation of the state of backup for our users which is displayed on a wall mounted monitor in our IT department as part of my Kiosk project.