Setting catalog defaults

Catalog defaults determine how Backup Exec uses the catalog.

To set catalog defaults

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.

  2. On the Properties pane, under Settings, click Catalog.

  3. Select the appropriate options as follows:

    Request all media in the sequence for catalog operations

    Select this option to catalog media starting with the lowest known tape number in the tape family. For example, if you don't have tape one, the catalog job will begin with tape two. If you uncheck this option, the catalog job begins on the tape that you specify.

    If you uncheck Request all media in the sequence for catalog operations, then you cannot select the Use storage media-based catalogs check box.

    Use storage media-based catalogs

    Select this option to allow Backup Exec to read the catalog information from the media.

    Media-based catalogs allow quick cataloging of media that are not included in the disk-based catalog (for example, media that was written by another installation of Backup Exec). This feature enables media to be cataloged in minutes, rather than the hours required with traditional file-by-file cataloging methods.

    If you want to create a new catalog by having Backup Exec read each file block, clear this option. Clearing this option is only recommended if normal catalog methods are unsuccessful.

    If you uncheck Request all media in the sequence for catalog operations, then the Use storage media-based catalogs check box cannot be selected.

    You cannot use Granular Recovery Technology if you select this option.

    See How to restore individual items by using Granular Recovery Technology.

    Truncate catalogs after

    Select this option to retain only the header information and to remove all file and directory details after the specified amount of time. This option reduces the size of the catalogs considerably. After the catalogs have been truncated, the files and directories cannot be restored unless the media is recataloged.

    The last access date is not reset when catalogs are truncated.

    You can perform a full restore of backup sets from truncated catalogs.

    This option does not apply to synthetic backup jobs or true image restore jobs.

    Current path

    Type the path where you want catalogs to be located. This path defaults to \Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\Catalogs.

    Catalog drive

    Select a volume where you want the catalog files to be located. This is useful if you have limited disk space on your media server.

    Catalog path

    Specify a path on the volume for the catalog files. If the path you provide does not exist, you will be prompted to create the path.

  4. Click OK.

More Information

Restore jobs and the catalog

Catalog levels