Reading a backup tape across different servers

Posted on 2007-12-01
Last Modified: 2009-11-10

Is it possible to create a backup tape using NTbackup (Windows server 2003 SP2) and be able to read it on any other Windows server 2003 SP2 machine under the same domain user account?

How will the NTbackup program on the new server recognises the tape.It has no entry for that in the local hard disk catalog file

Question by:Dlala
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ID: 20388718

Did  you try to do a catalog of the tape.

you can do it by going to >>computer management>>Storage>>removable storage>>Physical location>>physical device>> and do a catalog of the tape.

This will merge the information on the tape and then you can perform the restore.

by default the restore will not restore the Share Definitions To Another Server.

To get this working following this microsoft article.;en-us;141589

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by:Rahul Misra
ID: 20388816
When you inventory the tape that has been backed up on another server it will be treated as an IMPORTED MEDIA on your other server
Simply CATALOG the tape and then run a restore

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ID: 20388991
I did not find the "Catalog" option using the >>computer management>>Storage>>removable storage>>Physical location>>physical device>> option

I am selecting >>computer management>>Storage>>removable storage>>Media and then there are many tape entries there.Only one seems to be active and I can only right-click the tape entry and select eithet Eject or Deallocate but no Catalog option

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Expert Comment

ID: 20389021

ok then open ntbackup

click on Restore and manage Media

click on tools>>catalog a backup file>> this will let you catalog the tape

and you can restore the info



Author Comment

ID: 20390413
But this can onlu catalog a backup file not tape
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bhanukir7 earned 250 total points
ID: 20394496

please try the following method

Eject the tape from the drive.
Start NTBACKUP (Start/Program Files/Accessories/System Tools/Backup) and click the Restore tab.
You'll see an icon with the name of your backup tape drive -- mine's called "DLT," for example -- you'll see one or more backup sets.  Delete them all.  Note that this does not delete any tapes; it just deletes the (defective) table of contents that Windows 2000's Backup program keeps of your tapes.  When it asks if you're sure, tell it that you are indeed sure.
Reinsert the tape into the tape drive.
Backup will raise a dialog named "New Import Media," asking what to do with this "new" tape.  Choose "Allocate this media to Backup now."
In the Resore pane of Backup, you'll see a tape icon with a name like "Media created <some date> at <some time>;" right-click it an choose Catalog.
The system will run the tape a while, reading its contents and building a catalog of the tape.
Once finished cataloging the tape, you can restore any and all files from it, as you normally would.


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