Backup Exec 11d restore from old B2D-files

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We're using a Backup-to-Disk Folder called "B2D-sql".
A few months ago, we copied the B2D00xxxx.bkf-files to another location for safe keeping (probably not best practice).
We continued to use the "B2D-sql" Backup-to-Disk Folder as before.

Now, a few months later, of course all of the B2D-files has been overwritten many times, and we need a restore from the old B2D-files we kept for safe keeping.

I've created a new Backup-to-Disk Folder called "B2D-temp", and specified the location for the old B2D-files. I got an error "The backup-to-disk folder "B2D-Sql" was found at the specified path. It is already a device on this machine and cannot be added as a shared device.".
Then, I moved the Changer.cfg and Folder.cfg files and tried again. Success. :-)

I ran an Inventory on the "B2D-temp" folder, and the strange thing is that the Media (which has the smae names as the ones in "B2D-sql") has also the same dates. Probably due to some caching somewhere. I have tried renameing the Catalog-folder in c:\program files\Symantec\Backup Exec\, and restarted the services, but after a Inventory the same (new) dates appear - not the old ones. When i check in Explorer, the last changes dates are OK.

When I try to run a new Catalog on the "B2D-temp" Folder, the Catalog for the first bkf-file is Successful, but all the others failes with "e0000900 - The requested media is not listed in the media index and could not be mounted. To add the media's catalog information to the disk-based catalogs, run an inventory operation on the media and resubmit the Catalog operation.". All though I get a byte count on everyone, it seems like it "overwrites" the previous Catalogs, so I cannot get a complete overview in "Restore, View by Resource".

I understand that this is because I allready have the same files in "B2D-sql", and that the way we copied it some months ago obviously isn't the way to do it.

*** The Question *** : how can I make Backup Exec "forget" about the "B2D-sql" Folder files, and just concentrate on "B2D-temp" so I can do a restore?

Btw, I've tried using "ntbackup" for the .bkf-files, but it just restores 0 files and 0 bytes.
I've also tried OpenBKF.net, but I got the error "no data found in backup file".
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Jackie LiuPrincipal Technical Support Engineer

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Try these steps as below.
1. Create a new folder on disk.
2. Create a new B2D folder with this folder just created.
3. Rename the original BKF files and move or copy them to the new B2D folder.
4. Refer to http://support.veritas.com/docs/280822 to clear the check box for "Use storage media-based catalogs", there is a little different for your BE if you are running 12.5.
5. Catalog your new B2D folder.

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Thanks for your answer.
I've tried this, and at first glance it seems OK, but a closer look indicates that BE has stored some information, probably with the Media ID.
- The accosiated dates are still the same as the newest B2D-files - not the old onces, even after Inventory and Catalog.
- Each Catalog will "overwrite" the previous catalog - so can only see contents of one file at a time.
- In Restore, View by Resource, I can only see the servername, and not any contents.

I was thinking of copying the old B2D*.bkf-files to another installation of Backup Exec, which have not seen these Media IDs before. Hopefully a inventory & catalog will work better here... :-)
Jackie LiuPrincipal Technical Support Engineer

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You don't have to try it in a fresh installation.
You may refer to http://support.veritas.com/docs/272886 to manually force BE to re-index the B2D catalogs.
BTW, you still need to clear the check box for "Use storage media-based catalogs".
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Thanks.
I'll give it a shot. :-)

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hmm.. what am i missing here..?
In reference to Note2 (http://seer.entsupport.symantec.com/docs/272886.htm), how do I start the re-index?

benigne.exe seems to just idle on 0%.
Jackie LiuPrincipal Technical Support Engineer

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Hi, re-catalog the b2d files and it's just possibly up to 100%...
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I was not able to use the old B2D-files, but it worked just fine on another installation of Backup Exec (which had never seen the Media IDs).

Thanks for your input. :-)
Jackie LiuPrincipal Technical Support Engineer

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Anyway, good to know the files can be use in another installation.
But you may refer to http://support.veritas.com/docs/330318 with "Drop existing database and reload from base" and refer to http://support.veritas.com/docs/272886, you can have a fresh configuration in the existing installation.

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