[clug] Symantec/Veritas Tapes..

Eyal Lebedinsky eyal at eyal.emu.id.au
Tue Nov 27 13:23:20 GMT 2007


A long time ago I spent some time understanding how to read backup exec tapes.
This was done when we retired the software about 10ya (I did not like it much).
I may be able to find the scripts (or programs) that I wrote then. Really maybe.

I dd'ed the files off the tape and inspected them and it was not too hard to
figure what was going on. But I am not sure if I went all the way to recover
files or just to extract the toc and hope to go further if I ever needed to.
After all we still have the software somewhere at the office.

It surely was a proprietary format. Let me know if you want me to search for
it, but you may be better off using the original software to read the tapes.
We probably have it too.


Chris Smart wrote:
> Boris wrote:
>> I am assuming you are talking about Netbackup here. Depending on how it
>> was configured it may very well have used common tar. So first off try
>> the GNU tar. But if Netbackup ran on a Solaris box then it may have used
>> solaris tar which is somewhat different to gnu. In that case see if you
>> can find a solaris box with a tape unit attached (BTW doesn't have to be
>> SPARC, x86 solaris will do just as well).
> Thanks everyone for your replies. The software is Backup Exec, either
> Veritas or the newer Symantec version. Data is written directly to the
> tape, but I don't know in what format or how to read the catalog, etc.
> I'll have a play and see what I can find.
> Cheers,
> -c

Eyal Lebedinsky	(eyal at eyal.emu.id.au)

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