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How to restore an entire tape?

Post by rreed » Jun 03, 2016 4:28 pm

Morning, everyone. I'm looking around and googling; I want to select a tape and restore everything on it, a particular tape. We do file to tape, and I need to evacuate a given tape on occasion (backups sent to wrong pool/tape, etc.). I don't find an easy way of doing this in Veeam. Help?
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Re: How to restore an entire tape?

Post by v.Eremin » Jun 03, 2016 4:52 pm

Do you know the content of this tape? If so, the easiest option might be to launch "Files from tape restore" and chose the required backup set explicitly. Thanks.

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Re: How to restore an entire tape?

Post by Dima P. » Jun 03, 2016 4:55 pm

Might be tricky.

1. Go to tape properties to get the clear picture of what files are kept on this tape.
2. You need to know the media set name for this tape. Check the tape media properties as well
3. Next, go switch from tape infrastructure to files view. Find the desired files in the catalogue
4. Selecting the file (or root folder in the left pane) and hit restore files from tape. Once done go to Backup set and select the restore point of the file that is associated with your tape media set.

Realized that due the lack of information regarding tape media/backup set process might be a bit ugly but hope it helps.

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Re: How to restore an entire tape?

Post by rreed » Jun 03, 2016 6:38 pm 1 person likes this post

Thanks guys, I think Files, Tape, <folder>, right-click/restore might get me what I need. It was in a test pool, set to never change media set, so only one shows up, which may also mean all these files just fit on the one anyways? Choosing Backup Set, only one shows up so I presume that might make this easier if I only have one choice regardless.

This one tape might be 1 of 2 in a set, I see it loading one of the two tapes in this pool, and when I looked at the tape properties I did see the same stuff in this other tape. I'll let it run through its gyrations and see what it does.

All the same, a feature request of right-click a tape, "Regurgitate" or otherwise "Restore all of this tape somewhere for me, i don't care what's on it," would be awesome. :wink:
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Re: How to restore an entire tape?

Post by Dima P. » Jun 05, 2016 4:08 pm

Glad to hear you nailed it. The request has been noted :wink:

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