Suppose you need to restore data from a defunct server, i.e. a server which does not exist in the BE 2012 media server. How do you do so?
BE 2012 is server-centric, so the procedure is slightly different from that for the previous versions of BE.
Currently, there is only 1 server in the BE 2012 media server
1) Import your media
For this example, I am using a B2D folder created by BE 2010. This can be imported into BE 2012 as a legacy B2D folder. Go to the Storage tab and use the Storage wizard to import the legacy B2D folder
Once you have imported the legacy B2D folder, you would be prompted to inventory and catalog it.
You can click on the Inventory and Catalog button in the ribbon bar to inventory and catalog the legacy B2D folder. Atter these tasks are done, you should be able to see the backup sets in the legacy B2D folder. Since BE 2012 is server-centric, you would not be able to right-click on the backup set and select restore.
When you go to the Backup and Restore tab, you can now see the defunct server listed. The defunct server is automatically added once its backup sets are catalogued in the BE 2012 media server. You do not have to manually add it in. Also, you can ignore the "Never backed up" status. This status is because it is never backed up in BE 2012
Double-click on the defunct server and you would be able to define a restore job to restore its data.
If you do not see the backup set, make sure that the selection date range is wide enough to include it.