[rescue] OT: Looking for an old version of Veritas Backup Exec

Robert Darlington rdarlington at gmail.com
Wed Jan 26 11:21:02 CST 2011

I second what Dan said.  BackupExec is actually pretty darn nice when
compared to very unfriendly things like Tivoli.


On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 8:37 AM, Dan Sikorski <me at dansikorski.com> wrote:

> On 1/26/2011 9:31 AM, Mr Ian Primus wrote:
>> Honestly, before seeing this, I'd not messed with Windows backup programs.
> Now I'm glad I don't. The version of Veritas Backup Exec that I found
> (version
> 10, too new), has the most brain-dead interface I can imagine. Furthermore,
> it
> relies heavily on "media sets" and all kinds of info about what
> tapes/files/disks are available, and there is no method to "read this
> backup
> tape and restore it" unless you've already got all the metadata for all
> your
> backups already loaded. To do a restore, you have to select files from the
> internal list, and select a media that it already knows about. This
> basically
> means that there is no way to recover from a disk failure, since, even if
> you
> did have all your data backed up in the proper format for this program,
> there
> is no way to restore it, since the clean install you just did on the new
> hard
> drive knows nothing about your backup sets, or what files it's looking for.
> I'm sure there has to be some method to do it, but
>>  still. It seems really, really back-assward.
> I've used Backup Exec for many years, from version 7 to 2010R2, which is
> the latest.  I'm not going to say it's perfect, but it's not as broken
> as you think it is.
> When the media is loaded, you should be able to run inventory and/or
> catalog jobs on it to get the metadata in backup exec and then be able
> to restore.  Off the top of my head, i don't recall the process exactly
> because it's not something i do every day.  Also, in my experience,
> Backup Exec does a pretty good job with backward compatibility, so i
> would think that as long as the version you are using to restore is not
> substantially older than what was used to make the backups, you should
> be fine.
>    -Dan Sikorski
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