This how to article will go over how to restore files from Norton Backup Exec. I know non-techies have a really hard time grasping backup tape drives. This How to will go over a very basic setup where the server is doing a FULL backup every night. Based on that scenario I will go over how to restore the files from the tape.
Open Norton Backup Exec
You first need to select the backup and then catalog the media. To find the backup you have to look at the date of backup. Next Right click the backup and select “catalog media”.
This process normally takes around 5-10minutes. You will notice that the icon for the media if selected propperly will turn to a green play icon. The name of the Media Location will also be shown. On the server I am working at the Media location is just called IBM1. The backup tape drives normally make a bit of noise when it is going through the tape. This is to be expected.
You can monitor the Catalog task by clicking on the “Job Monitor” list.
When it is done the task will no longer be in the Job Monitor section:
Near the bottom of the page there the logs of the Catalog. As you can see for it took 4:51 minutes to catalog the tape.
Click on the devices tab. There should now be a tape you can select. Right click it and select “Restore Data…”
Select the files that you need to have restored.
If you want to restore to another location click “File Redirection” and then click the “…” box in Restore to drive. Select the path. Both the Restore drive and Restore path will be filled out for you.
Click run at the bottom of the page.
Click on “Job Monitor” to monitor the restore job. Much like the Catalog you’ll see a log at the bottom of the screen letting you know if the restore was successful.
You will notice that when restoring to say even the desktop\restore folder.
Keep in mind that the folder structure is kept like you restored it to the root of the partition from which the backup was done.