So my question; Is there or are there plans to create a stand-alone utility to extract VMs from a VBK file on a tape? E.G. I have a LTO-5 drive attached to my workstation and I would like to extract VMs in a one-step process (as opposed to the two-step). Am I just thick in the head or does anyone else think that would be useful?
No plans for this kind of tool at the moment. Also, I believe the described scenario can't be achieved with the use of simple commandline utility anyway, since the latter will be supposed to be capable of the following: recognizing connected tape devices, inventorying/cataloging, recreating tape catalog, restoring to both disk and infrastructure, etc.
As the re-installation usually doesn't take long, it would be easier to use the fresh backup console.