Import Backup exec tape to Netbackup

Hi dear all,

I have a old tape with backup exec image on it, I inserted the tape to tape library and run robot inventory and media is appeared on the robotic

I've tried to import the tape to netbackup 8 (backup exec version was 12) in phase 1 I have following error:

Apr 10, 2019 6:32:59 PM - begin Import
Apr 10, 2019 6:33:00 PM - Info bptm (pid=18404) start
Apr 10, 2019 6:33:00 PM - started process bptm (pid=18404)
Apr 10, 2019 6:33:00 PM - Info bptm (pid=18404) Waiting for mount of media id A00006 (copy 1) on server bkpserver.
Apr 10, 2019 6:33:00 PM - started process bptm (pid=18404)
Apr 10, 2019 6:33:00 PM - mounting A00006
Apr 10, 2019 6:33:00 PM - Info bptm (pid=18404) INF - Waiting for mount of media id A00006 on server bkpserver for reading.
Apr 10, 2019 6:33:00 PM - requesting resource A00006
Apr 10, 2019 6:33:00 PM - granted resource A00006
Apr 10, 2019 6:33:00 PM - granted resource HP.ULTRIUM6-SCSI.000
Apr 10, 2019 6:34:47 PM - mounted A00006; mount time: 0:01:47
Apr 10, 2019 6:34:55 PM - Error bptm (pid=18404) block read is not a NetBackup media header, len = 65536, media id A00006, drive index 0, data is BackupExec-MTF1-format
Apr 10, 2019 6:34:55 PM - Info bptm (pid=18404) EXITING with status 172 <----------
Apr 10, 2019 6:34:55 PM - Error bpimport (pid=9952) Status = cannot read media header, may not be NetBackup media or is corrupted.
Apr 10, 2019 6:34:55 PM - end Import; elapsed time 0:01:56
cannot read media header, may not be NetBackup media or is corrupted (172)

thanks

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Re: Import Backup exec tape to Netbackup

NBU does not support import of BUE tapes from NBU 7.6, this was the time when BETR was discontinued. 

If you are looking to just erase the tape and re-use it in NBU - you need to check that format in Media Server properties as by default NBU will detect and will not overwrite a foreign tape: see https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/doc/18716246-126559472-0/v40147893-126559472

 

Best regards, Mikhail.
Independent Veritas consultant in Melbourne, Australia
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Re: Import Backup exec tape to Netbackup

I agree with @Mouse  - importing BE tape will not work in NBU 8. 

Your only chance will be with NBU 7.6 (if you really need this data and cannot deploy BE server).

Herewith TN regarding BE tape import : https://www.veritas.com/content/support/en_US/article.100000926.html

Future Plans 
There are no plans to improve or expand coverage beyond the current capabilities, nor support any images after Backup Exec 12.  (There is no support for Backup Exec 12.5 images or later image versions.) 

NetBackup 7.6 will be the last release to support BETR functionality.

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Re: Import Backup exec tape to Netbackup

NBU does not support import of BUE tapes from NBU 7.6, this was the time when BETR was discontinued. 

If you are looking to just erase the tape and re-use it in NBU - you need to check that format in Media Server properties as by default NBU will detect and will not overwrite a foreign tape: see https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/doc/18716246-126559472-0/v40147893-126559472

 

Best regards, Mikhail.
Independent Veritas consultant in Melbourne, Australia
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Re: Import Backup exec tape to Netbackup

I agree with @Mouse  - importing BE tape will not work in NBU 8. 

Your only chance will be with NBU 7.6 (if you really need this data and cannot deploy BE server).

Herewith TN regarding BE tape import : https://www.veritas.com/content/support/en_US/article.100000926.html

Future Plans 
There are no plans to improve or expand coverage beyond the current capabilities, nor support any images after Backup Exec 12.  (There is no support for Backup Exec 12.5 images or later image versions.) 

NetBackup 7.6 will be the last release to support BETR functionality.

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AND - if the original tape is encrypted, you are SOL.

NetBackup 8.1.2 on Solaris 11, writing to DataDomain 9800
duplicating via SLP to LTO5 in SL8500 via ACSLS
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Re: Import Backup exec tape to Netbackup

@Mouse @Marianne 

Thanks for replies, 

I want to copy images on the mentioned media to disk and transfer to NBU 7.6 or BE server. Can I do that with netbackup? (just read and copy images) if no, do you have any suggestion?

Thanks

Re: Import Backup exec tape to Netbackup

@shahriar_sadm 

As per our replies 6 weeks ago - the BETR (Backup Exec Tape Reader) is no longer part of NBU in versions later than 7.6.


@shahriar_sadm wrote:

@Mouse @Marianne 

 

I want to copy images on the mentioned media to disk and transfer to NBU 7.6 or BE server.


This does not make any sense whatsoever.
If you have a NBU 7.6 or BE server, you can use one of those to import/catalog the tape. 
There is no way you can import BE tapes in NBU 8 (as you have experienced).

You can only import BE images on NBU version 7.6 or earlier or else catalog the tape on a BE server. 
There is no other way. 

Re: Import Backup exec tape to Netbackup

@Marianne 

Thanks Marianne for reply, I just want to read and copy images to disk because I have just one single drive tape library in my environment and as far as I know I can't attach tape library to second netbackup server(7.6).

So I have to hire a tape drive or try in other environment.

Thanks