Checking the Status of a Backup

The commands used to determine the current backup status of a computer will vary based on the operating system and configuration. At this time customers must be somewhat familiar with using the command line in order to determine their backup status.

Windows customers should open a CMD window either by clicking on Start->All Programs->Accessories->Command Prompt or by clicking Start->Run and then entering “cmd” into the dialog box.

Once at the CMD prompt customers should execute the following commands:

  cd \teraclnt
  .\tera -Q

Mac OSX users will also need to open a command line interface. This can be done by clicking on Applications->Utilities->Terminal. After the terminal window opens execute this command:

sudo /usr/opr/teraclnt -Q

You will be prompted for your password.

Output resulting from the "tera -Q" command

Output resulting from the "tera -Q" commae

After executing the command as described above, output similar to that shown here should appear.  Note that not all the information will be presented in every case.  The information of interest is contained in the last three lines.

The information displayed indicates the current status of your client and information related to the previous backup.

The “Hostname” line displays the name of the machine that is being checked.  In the case of some laptops that are not on the wired network. the value of “hostname set to” and “system” may differ.   When discussing backups the value of “Hostname set to” is more significant because it refers to the hostname that the backup server is testing.

  • Status – Shows the current backup status of the host.  Idle indicates that no backups are currently active.  Pending indicates that a backup has recently been completed and is waiting to be written to tape.  Busy indicates that the host is currently executing a backup
  • Next Backup – Shows the level of the next backup.  In our environment this will be either Incremental or Full.
  • Last Backup – Displays the date and time of the last successful back that was written to tape.
  • Path – The drive, directory, or volume that was backed up.

This information will be displayed for all the drives, directories, or volumes that are currently defined to be backed up.

At this time Linux and Solaris users should send mail to to determine the last backup of their computers.

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