Backup Exec 8.6 Catalog a backup tape from an off-site location to a server

I am currently using Veritas Backup Exec for Windows 2000, version 8.6.  We had a computer tech onsite until recently who was able to take a tape created at an offsite location, using the same exact tape drive and software as is in our office, and create a "log", or "catalog" of the items on that tape to our server.  When you go into the program and click on the "Restore" tab, you see a listing of all of the previous tape logs for this particular location.  There are no files stored on the server, only a log that you would normally get during a backup procedure (your files would remain on the backup tape, but the log would include a listing of all directories and files on the tape).  

Now that our tech is no longer with us, it is my responsibility to take these tapes and create the log.  I know this is a workable procedure on our system, I just don't know how to do it.  Can anyone tell me how to do this?  I need to create the log so it shows when I click on the Restore tab of the Backup Exec program, but I do not want to copy all of the actual files onto our server.  I have spent days reading through manuals and searching online for answers, but I have not been able to create this log.  Please help.  

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I don't remember exactly what this looked like in be8.6. But open the devices in the BE program, right click the tape or drive and you should have an option that says "catalog" or "inventorise" or similar. This will read the inventory on the tape into your database. If you can't find it at that location, look for something with similar wording in the BE program.

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newburghAuthor Commented:
Thanks rindi.  I have already inventoried the tape and run the catalog (I've done it several times, actually), but I was not sure if this was what I was supposed to do.  I am starting to believe that the tape that was given to me had already been cataloged, which is why I was not seeing anything new and nothing appeared to be happening.  

This is the situation:  our tech guy got a new job and left about two weeks ago.  Backup tapes are brought into the office from an offsite location, apparently about once a month or so.  After the tech left for his new job, I was given a tape and told that the backup had been run on 03/28/06.  I did an inventory of the tape, and they system showed it as being from 03/16/06.  When I go into the Restore section to see what's there, I see a catalog for 03/31/06, which seems to be the tape I am trying to work with, but because of all of the different dates, I am just really confused.  Like I said, I am starting to suspect that this tape had somehow been cataloged by the tech before he left, but when it was given to me I was told it was a new tape.  

I came in here with my question hoping to either confirm that I was doing the right thing with the tape, or to find out what I was doing wrong.  It would appear that you have confirmed what I already believed to be the correct procedure.  However, I am going to wait a couple of days before I accept your answer.  I want to find out when I will be getting a (truly) new tape, which should be within a couple of days.  When I get that tape I will run through the Inventory/Catalog procedure and see if that does what I need it to do.  If it works, I will accept your answer.  If it doesn't, I am going to be back here asking for more help.  Meanwhile, if you or anyone comes up with anything else to try, please let me know.  Thanks again!

newburghAuthor Commented:
I was hoping that I would have a new tape to try out within a couple of days, but I've found out I will have it by next Tuesday at the earliest.  So I am going to accept rindi's answer and close this out.  If I cannot get things to work when I get the new tape - I will be back.  Thanks!

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