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Detailed Information about Catalog - Cattools not working

Created: 29 Oct 2012 | 2 comments


I am using Backup Exec 2010 R3 Rev. 5204 (64-bit) on a Windows Server 2008 machine.

What I am looking for is a way to browse archived files/ directories. Sure there is the "search catalog" option in the main menu, but that works for one file/dir at a time only.

What I am looking for is a way to show/browse ALL archived files on ALL tapes in one window like an Explorer Treeview window.
Additional Information in properties would also be nice such as e.g. for a directory: stored as full backup in tape 3, 5 and 6; stored as incremental backup on tape 123, 124, 145)

I tried to do such a thing myself using CatTools. However catTools doesn't create a single output file. Thereby I get no message at all, not even an error message. I enter
cattools -C -FN "C:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\Catalogs\{A018199C-8617-11D1-ABBE-0000-F832B476}.fh" -T TEXT -O C:\Catalog.txt  
--> nothing happens
I enter a false input file name on purpose to test the program e.g.:
cattools -C -FN "C:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\Catalogs\{A01" -T TEXT -O C:\Catalog.txt  
--> nothing happens
I enter CatTools without -C and -FN and I get the splash info screen with the options.

Hopefully there is a way to get the information described above in a way that I don't need to do a program for that....

Thanks for Your answers in advance,


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pkh's picture

If you create a restore job, the file selection screen will list all all servers.  You can then select each backup set to see what is in the backup set.

dl2rcf's picture

Thank You for Your quick reply.

The problem is: I have a one big,old full backup plus many incremental backups.

When I create a restore job, I can only browse a certain day of either the one full backup or one of the many incremental backups. Withing the incremental backups, I only see the files archived on that specific day. Browsing the one, full backup doesn't help either, because it hasn't the new files updated by the many incremental backups.

What I need is a view where I can see ALL files EVER backed up in a directory up to that day.

Many thanks,