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Backup Exec 2010 - Missing Catalog Entries from older tapes

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I have a Backup Exec 2010 installation that I inherited.  We have tapes going back to around January '09, but when I go into the restore screens and drill down into the content, anything older than say March '10 displays as "No selections exist for this resource."

The tapes are stored offsite, and my assumption at this point is that they have not been overwritten.

If they have not been overwritten, would simply running an inventory bring back the catalog of what's on each tape?

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by:TapeDude
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You'll need to both inventory AND catalog the tapes before you'll get a catalog of their contents.

If you've got a lot of tapes, there are bureaux that will do this for you...

www.comgen.co.uk
www.tape-catalog.co.uk

at a price, obviously :-)
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by:gunschee
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So cataloging is just an additional step/job to run in Backup Exec?
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cataloging is done when backups are created, however there are settings for how verbose they are and how long they are retained. catalog files can be quite large.

cataloging a tape is how you re-create the stored catalog file for a tape that has otherwise expired.

if you want catalogs kept for a specifc period of time, you can change that in the options.
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by:gunschee
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So if I bring in an old tape that was created on this system but has a missing catalog for what now are unknown reasons, running inventory and cataloging jobs should recreate the catalog?
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@gunschee:

So if I bring in an old tape that was created on this system but has a missing catalog for what now are unknown reasons, running inventory and cataloging jobs should recreate the catalog?

Yes. And it would be a good idea to look at the catalog/database expiry options so it doesn't wind up happening all over again :-)
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by:gunschee
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Absolutely.  :-)  Thanks guys...
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