We need to perform complete restore to critical server using tape backup (Veritas). Found out that former IT director put p/w on tape and we cannot locate or figure it out. Options for recovery?
Reconnect with the old IT director and see if he remembers the password. You could also try and guess the password based on if you know any of his other passwords. Maybe he left a documentation notebook or file behind somewhere?
Otherwise, weep. Weep in anguish. :'( Oh, and let this be a lesson to you to always document your passwords. And no, undocumented passwords are not job security. Example: Would you hire this IT director if you were in the position to in the future? Didn't think so.
From what little I know about Veritas, it uses the password to encrypt the data on the tape. This is the danger of security, even you can't get into your own tapes.
The option would be to call the former IT director and hope he remembers the password, and is willing to tell you.
There is no official way to recover a lost password. The data itself is not encrypted on the tape, but Backup Exec won't allow you to read the media without the password.