BE2012 and custom reporting
Created: 29 Jan 2013 | 4 comments
I am looking for a way to easily get a list of what files are on each tape.
Our workflow is as follows:
When employees are done with a job, they archive files from our of software to a folder on our SAN. Backup Exec 2012 backs this folder up to tape every night.
At some point, not every day, an employee enters information into a custom database that includes things like the client, job number, etc. One field in this database is the tape(s) that the final archive ended up on.
Backup Exec doesn't seem to have a way to create a report showing what data is on each tape. The only way I can get this information is by going to each slot in our library, going to details, backup sets, and compiling into a spreadsheet what files ended up on the tape. This is very time consuming.
I've tried getting this information with custom reports and with the PowerShell CLI, but this doesn't seem to be possible. The only other method I can think of to get this information is to hand compile it from the reports that get emailed after the job runs, but I have a few problems with this. First, the HTML reports only seem to work in Internet Explorer and the only Windows machine we have in the entire company is the Backup Exec server. Second, the plain text reports are a mess and it's very difficult to get the information out of it for our "backup admin." Third, I'd really like to automate this and I see that as being very hard to do with individual emails.
How can I get the information I need out of the software?