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Backup Exec 2010 R3 - duplicate backup from tape to disk

Level 2

I would like to copy existing backups which are currently on physical tape to a disk folder (CIFS share), without doing a restore. The tape has created at Site A, and then physically shipped to Site B, where want to do the copy.

Can I use the duplicate job task to create a job to duplicate the backup existing backup sets on physical tape to a disk folder destination? When I try, the wizard seems to force me to select a physical tape as the destination - how can I avoid this?

Alternatively, is there another way I can easily dump the contents of the backup tape to a disk folder, without doing a restore - i just want to get the backup data onto disk.

thanks for any and all advice



Employee Accredited Certified

Duplicate jobs are based on the catalogs generated by the original job. 

When you take a backup at Site A the catalogs are on the media server of Site A so only tapes are 

shipped to Site B and not the catalogs hence you are not able to run a duplicate job at Site B.

You may try to run a catalog job on tapes at Site B and then run the duplicate job wizard ( I am not

100% sure, may be someone else can comment on this stratergy)


Level 6
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Duplicate job allows you select either disk or tape...Are you attempting the dupe job per this KB -

Also, when duplicating to disk, ensure a B2D folder is already created before the job...

Level 6

The tape has created at Site A, and then physically shipped to Site B, where want to do the copy


This is possible, but would require a fully functional media server at site B,  

You would inventory and catalog the tapes, and then create a DUPLICATE job there (no way to automate this without some SERIOUS scripting, tho)

Level 2

thanks to all for the responses - I get from them that:

1. duplicate from tape to disk is possible

2. destination must be created as a B2D target beforehand

Note that this is a CASO environment. There is a backup server in Site A and a media server, with tape drive attached in Site B.