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Can Backup Exec restore files from an old archived tape that's not in the database?

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I have Symantec Backup Exec 12d installed on a newer server. In the past, Backup Exec had been on a completely different machine. I had to do a "clean install" on the new machine because I had some problems migrating the database to the new machine.
I need to know if Backup Exec (on new machine) can restore files from a tape that was backed up by the old database on the old machine. My current Backup Exec has no pre-existing knowledge of this tape in question.
If it is possible, I need to know the steps involved in order to restore that data.
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You have to catalog the media and then run an inventory.

You do all this uder the Devices Tab.

Run Scan and then Inventory on the tape.
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by:lundholmster
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Hmm.. Might be called catalog when you do it on a tape and scan when you do it for disk backups.
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From the Backup Exec Administrators Guide:

"Before you can restore data from media or verify it, the media, including backup-to-disk
files, must have a catalog. If the media is being used by this computer for the first time,
you may need to inventory the media first."

and

"Inventorying media

Run Inventory to mount the media in the device and read the media label, which is then
displayed in the Devices view. If this is the first time that Backup Exec has encountered
this media, the media label is also added to the Media view.
If you change the media in the robotic library or device, run Inventory so that the
current media in the device is displayed in the views; otherwise, the previous media is
still displayed as being in the device.
You should run an inventory operation when Backup Exec is started for the first time
following a new installation or a product upgrade. When Backup Exec is exited and
restarted, it saves information pertaining to the location and contents of all of the media
from the last Backup Exec session (provided the media in the devices hasnt changed).
With this information, Backup Exec can immediately begin processing operations when
it is restarted.
When media is changed in a robotic library, you can inventory all of the slots in the
robotic library or select the slots to be inventoried. You are not required to re-inventory
slots when adding media requested by Backup Exec. For example:
Table 9-5 Utility jobs that can run once
Utility jobs that can run once: For more information
Label media See Labeling media on page 374.
Format media, including WORM
media
See Formatting media in a drive on page 373.
Retension media See Retensioning a tape on page 372.
Eject media See Ejecting media from a drive on page 376.
Initialize robotic library See Initializing the robotic library on page 382.
Chapter 9, Managing tape drives and robotic libraries
About creating utility jobs to help manage devices and media
369
If you are performing a restore operation, and the data is contained on media that is
not currently in the robotic library, you are prompted to insert the media for the
restore operation. In this case, you are not required to re-inventory the slot where
the restore source media is placed.
When media that is not requested by Backup Exec is added or removed from the
magazine, you should perform an inventory operation on the changed slots. This
updates the media database so Backup Exec doesnt load and unload each media in the
magazine searching for the correct media on which to process jobs. You can select
specific slots to inventory. If you swap media often you may want Backup Exec to
perform an inventory on the robotic library magazine each time Backup Exec services
are started.
To inventory media in a device
1 On the navigation bar, click Devices.
2 Expand the server icon, click Stand-alone Drives, or if the device resides in a robotic
library, click Robotic Libraries.
3 If you want to inventory a drive or slot, select the drive or slot containing the media
you want to inventory, or select Slots.
4 If you want to inventory a backup-to-disk file, do the following in the order listed:
  Double-click the icon for the computer where the backup-to-disk folder is
located.
  Click the backup-to-disk folder that contains the file you want to inventory.
  On the Results pane, select the file you want to inventory.
5 Under Media Tasks in the task pane, select Inventory.
6 Select the appropriate options as follows:
Job name Type a name for the job or accept the default name.
Job priority Select the priority for the job.
Available options are as follows:
Æ Lowest
Æ Low
Æ Medium
Æ High
Æ Highest"
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by:HbugProject
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Thanks for the help. I'm sorry for taking up your time with such a newbie-like question. I should have read more.
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by:lundholmster
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No problem. That's why we are here.
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by:JasonJewett
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Hi all.  a side question to this.  Let me know it its bad form to poach and I'll post a separate questions.  
After a tape has been cataloged and the files restored, how do I remove the catalog from the database?  I restored from an old tape with an old server name and want that "resource" removed agaon.

thanks!
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