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would it be possible to restore data from tape?  the original backup files were created using old veritas and the only server that has the same hardware campatiblity witht he tape drive is an exchange.  any way to retrieve data from the tape using windows backup software?
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by:cwstad2
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you'd need to check the file format. If it is BKF then you should be ok
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by:mwauki
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that is the challenging part because i can't seem to be able to see the format or file extension of the backup files in the tape.  it was originally backedup via veritas.
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by:cwstad2
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Have you tried to restore using windows backup
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by:Gerald Connolly
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I have a vague memory that Veritas used tar format on tapes? Otherwise talk to your friendly DataRecovery company (e.g. OnTrack)
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by:TapeDude
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Veritas is a software publisher. The two tape backup products they are associated with are BackupExec and NetBackup.

If the tape was backed up with BackupExec, it will write the data in MTF (Microsoft Tape Format), which is also used by Microsoft's Windows Backup applet; so you should be able to use the latter to read the tape*.

If NetBackup was used to write the tapes, it is in a proprietary format (putatively based originally on UNIX TAR, but no longer remotely similar to TAR format) and you will need NetBackup to read the tapes... or go to a bureau to get the data converted for you.

*my understanding is that Windows will no longer natively support backing up/restoring from tape, so check your version of Windows
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by:andyalder
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TapeDude's right about the common format between BE and NTbackup, MS exchange was stored in a different format though.
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by:TapeDude
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As AndyAlder points out, if the tape's an MS Exchange online backup, things are a little different. Though BackupExec still stores Exchange data in MTF, it stores the data in a proprietary stream format within MTF that Windows Backup may or may not be able to deal with. And it will be very difficult to restore unless the target server has exactly the same setup as the original Exchange server.

If it's just flat files you're after, and it was backed up with BackupExec, you should be ok with Windows Backup.
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so sorry!  please closed this request.  I have resorted to re installed the backup software and had restored the files needed.  thank you all for you effort...
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because I didn't have to use other suggestions.
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