Restoring old tapes - Arcserve for Netware

Hi

We have to restore some files from tape that were backed up using Arcserve for Netware / Novell.  We dont have that enviroment anymore so are looking for alternative methods.

Other then sending the tapes away to be professionally extracted is there a way we can do this ourselves.

I have seen on various forums that Arcserve is backwards compatable for restoring files.

 Is this true?

 and also would this also include if the files were backed up using Arcserve for Netware / Novell?

And 1 further question to through out there....... Is there any reasonably priced software that will let you read a tape and extract the data without you having to install vendor specific software?

Look forward to hearing from you.
infoplsAsked:
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infoplsConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Hi all,

We had to build a Netware environment due to only being able to restore back to a Netware server. All other attempts didn't give us access to the data.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions.
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pgm554Commented:
Been a while,but I believe if you have Backup Exec(Arcserve),it should let you catalog the tape and restore to a Windows box.

You should be able to download a demo copy and restore before it times out(60 days).
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infoplsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the answer.

My only concerns is that it was arcserve for net ware that originally backed this data up and a long Time ago.

Will the latest version of arcserve be backwards compatible to 2005? And will it handle the fact it was backed up with arcerve for net ware?

Look forward to hearing from everyone.
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pgm554Commented:
As I recall,the format of the tape shouldn't be an issue and the Arcserve database should be able to catalog the tapes and allow for a restore.

During the restore ,you just do a redirect to a Windows server instead of a Netware one.

You're biggest issue would be one of hoping the media is intact with no bad spots.
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Thomas RushCommented:
Backup Exec is, of course, a totally different product than ARCserve.

You'll need to make sure you have a recent copy of ARCserve, and it should in fact be able to read and catalog the old tapes, allowing you to restore data to a Windows box.  

If you're not still using ARCserve, you should be able to download a copy and use the built-in free 30- or 60-day eval license -- long enough to get your data restored.  The executables won't run in Windows, but as long as it's data, well, you can get that.

There is no 3rd-party universal tape format decoder that I am aware of.
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pgm554Commented:
My mistake,CA owns it and you should be able to get an eval from their site and restore.

Between BE and Cheyenne they've changed hands quite a few times.

Just old age and too much caffeine clouding my recollection.

http://rmdmdownloads.ca.com/akdlm/ARCserve_Backup_PriorVersion.pdf
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deroodeSystems AdministratorCommented:
I have restored Netware tapes with Arcserve for Windows more than once. It works only if you didn't have compression turned on on you Netware volumes. If compression was enabled, then the tape will have a compressed copy of the files. They will restore, but be corrupt.
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infoplsAuthor Commented:
What version of arcserve were you using when you managed this restore?

We have tried with r15. the tape merges fine and I can see volumes folders and files however  it fails with skip session (netware file sever).

The help info says it must be restored to the operating system it came from.
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pgm554Commented:
No ,you should be able to do a redirect to a windows server folder.
I just created a folder on a windows box I had rights to,and just restored it there.
You don't do a full restore ,just select the files and folders you want and redirect it to the new folder.

Been a while since I've done it.,but AS should let you do so
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pgm554Commented:
Restore Manager Location Options

CA ARCserve Backup provides you with two methods for selecting the location that you want to restore the data to:

    Restore files to their original location
    Restore to user-shared directories and drives

Note: The default method is to restore files to their original location. If you clear the Restore files to their original location check box, CA ARCserve Backup presents you with a list of machines, directories, and files that you can specify for the location to restore the data.

Restore Manager Window and the Destination tab is selected. Restore files to their original location is highlighted.
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infoplsAuthor Commented:
This is the solution that worked
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