Catalog job fails
I'm using BE2012 on win2k8r2. LTO6 with barcode
I had a problem where i was not able to see a backup set i wanted to restore from tape. Somehow the catalog had got corrupted (Is this supposed to be reported by BE). So I decided to do an inventory and catalog of the media to try to recreate the catalog but this failed. I called tech support and they had me uncheck the global setting 'use storage media-based catalogs' and then had me stop BE services rename the catalogs folder to catalogs.old and then restart the services.
This is famaliar from various discussions and technotes.
The tech said that all I need to do is switch back to my old catalog folder restart the services and I will see my existing catalogs again. Long-term this not going to work
My boss really really didn't like this solution. He wants to know how we can be sure that none of the other catalogs are bad. He thinks there should be a tool to verify the integrity of the catalogs.He was thinking something along the lines of BEUtility.He also thought we should be able to merge the old catalog with the new one, or repair the existing catalog and he really wants to know why this happened.
The tech said this was not best practice and seemed to imply that this is not a big deal because typically when you need to do a restore you would inventory and catalog at that time.
But I thought that you need a catalog to know what backup sets you have on what tapes so in the case of a restore you need to have the catalog ahead of time.Otherwise you wont know which tapes to recall
Can someone help clear up this confusion?
Also can someone explain what gets saved in the database and what is saved in this 'catalogs' folder?