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Does anyone know any solution how to access tapes at the Windows Server 2008 R2, tapes written with NTBackup from earlier Windows versions ???

I appreciate free or low cost solution to access such tapes without necessity to install tape drive on second PC / Server with Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista system as Microsoft advices to Windows 7 / 2008 R2 users.

The key problem is Microsoft left developing and implementing Remote Storage Manager service starting from Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 editions. This service is no longer available in any way. Without that service, even having free Microsoft NT Backup Restore Utility - it is simply impossible to access tape device :-(

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^ That's because tape is (finally!) starting to lose ground as the premier media to backup to. –  JohnThePro May 14 '12 at 14:34
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Symantec BackupExec is able to restore NTBACKUP tapes - see the Restore old Backup Exec tapes with NTbackup question for more details. This would work on from at least BackupExec 2010 (the first BE version supported for Windows Server 2008 R2).

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