[Guide] List backups on a Tape

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2017 08:26PM CEST

Create List of backups on a Tape via command line

Case

Command server died, backing up to a tape library with multiplexing.
 
No idea what tape is what, and need to recover some files at this point.
 
Need to list all the backups done to a tape to go through and get the stamp needed to recover via command line.
 

Procedure

If you have nothing but a fresh DataCenter install and some tapes (and a drive of course), you are doomed.
But there is a commandline to help you list tape by tape.
 
The general way is that you mount a tape, run the commandline which outputs the metadata for each backup on that tape (client, timestamp, date).
 
The commandline is Hiback.exe and it is called like this: (Hiback reads all SVs on the tape from all nodes. Otherwise it just scans for the backups of current executing node and therefore does not find any.)

CMD TIP: Ctrl + C is used to kill a process, by other words it is a polite kill and will allow you to exit the current command.

C:\Program Files\NovaStor\DataCenter\Hiback> hiback –cross *
 
Which Fileset ? *
Function ? ci
Device ? $server*tape|somename|A1B2S3L0

 
To obtain the AxBxSxLx form name of the tape device, use (from another cmd window, or before starting hiback):
C:\Program Files\NovaStor\DataCenter\Hiback\tape> hiscsi –scan
 
This will give you a list of backups on that tape, list is written to:
C:\Program Files\NovaStor\DataCenter\Hiback\tmp\SCANDEV.MSG
 
The list has Hiback.log format.
 
This would need to be done for each tape.
 

See Also

[Guide] Direct Restore from sv file
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