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We recently had some data corruption that is forcing me to pull backup from tape.  I am running into a snag and it is probably just my lack of knowledge that is getting in the way.  Backup run like this...

Starting on Friday evening 1700, our full backups of 10 servers kick off to backup-to-disk folders on my backup server.  These full backups take the entire weekend to complete.  Early Monday morning our Incremental backups begin and continue every morning thru Friday.  On Friday we do a full backup to tape of all the data on the backup server including all the backup-to-dick folders from the week.  So far after about 5 hours, I have been unable to restore data from a tape to a place recognized by Backup Exec as a valid resource with our over existing data in backup-to-disk folders.  I think I may need to create separate devices, media sets and backup-to-disk folder specifically for restore but not really sure if that is the correct way to go.

If this make any since to anyone and you think you might have a solution please help.

thanks.
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As you meanwhile found out, backing up Bkf files to tape is a very bad idea if you want to be able to restore the individual files that were backed up in the B2D jobs.
It makes restoring a nightmare.

Check my answers in http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Backup_Restore/Q_23059539.html and http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Backup_Restore/Backup_Exec/Q_23099170.html to get the contents of the bkf file restored. I believe that's what you want to achieve.
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"As you meanwhile found out, backing up Bkf files to tape is a very bad idea"....DOH!!

I removed that the existing media from the database and am not in the process of cataloging the backup set I want to restore from.  Time to think of something different for my backup solution.
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If you want to write B2D backups to tape, you should use what is called a "duplicate job".
Although your current scenario may not be very good for duplicate jobs. They really only run fine when you do them right after the B2D job finishes.
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Thanks for the help.  Hopefully you are available when I start re-thinking my backup procedures.
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