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How Catalog Disk to Tape job?

Created: 18 Mar 2013 • Updated: 19 Mar 2013 | 2 comments
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Hello...I am using B. Exec 2012 on WIndows 2008 R2.

I have created multiple jobs that backed up to disk.

Now, I have 1 disk storage folder. But all these jobs have put their .bkf files in the same folder.

I am now looking to create a job to put all those .bkf files (from different jobs) onto tape.

I have done so, but I don't see where to catalog the tapes.

(When you look at the tapes in the media center/storage options that shows you the tapes, there is a "Catalog" icon in the menu choices up top.

But it doesn't seem to do anything. And there is no job that shows up in 'Job History' that says a catalog job has run.

So my question is two-fold.

1. How do I Catalog tapes after they have received a backup job? (And...do I have to select the tapes manually afterwards?)

2. When I am ready to do a restore, how will I know which tape to "pull off the shelf".

Thanks!

G

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pkh's picture

I hope you have not backed up the .bkf files as if they are ordinary files.  

Reasons why copying backup to disk data files is NOT recommended.

You should not backup .bkf like ordinary files, you should duplicate the backup sets.  When you duplicate the backup sets, they are automatically cataloged.  Since the duplicated backup sets are cataloged, BE will know which tape they reside on.

To duplicate backup sets, right-click on the backup sets and select duplicate.  You can select multiple backup sets to duplicate.  See my blog below

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/be-2...

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JustTryinToGetItToWork's picture

PKH....very good.

I sucessfully doing a duplicate job.

Then I deleted the backup set and saw the .bkf files also get deleted.

Then the big test was to do a restore.

It didn't prompt me for a tape...I guess cuz it was still in the library.

But the restore was successful from tape.

Perhaps  i will cross the bridge of restoring from a tape (when I have to retrieve it from a shelf), when that time comes.

In the meantime, thank you.