What is the Backup Exec for Windows Servers System Recovery Option?
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What is the Backup Exec for Windows Servers System Recovery Option?
The Backup Exec for Windows Servers System Recovery Option (BESRO) is a "feature limited" version of Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) and the Symantec Recovery Disk (SRD).
BESRO is a disk-based system-recovery solution for Windows based servers, protecting the entire Windows system in one easy-to-manage recovery point backup. BESRO is for server operating systems only. If workstation protection is needed, then BESR Desktop Edition is available for purchase.
The SRD allows an administrator to start a computer that can no longer run the Windows operating system. When a computer boots to the SRD CD, a simplified version of Windows starts which then runs the recovery environment. The recovery features of BESRO are accessed via the recovery environment to recover the entire server.
In many cases BESRO with the SRD is considered as an alternative to the Backup Exec for Windows Servers (BEWS) Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) option.
BEWS IDR is a feature that is typically used in times of emergency when a Windows system will not boot and the server must be fully restored. With IDR an administrator can boot the server and restore the system from a tape or disk backup.
The BESRO SRD is similar to IDR in that it is used in times of emergency when a Windows system will not boot and the server must be fully restored. With the SRD the administrator can boot the server and restore the system from a recovery point backup.
The product key for BESRO will NOT be accepted when installing Backup Exec for Windows Servers (BEWS). Attempts to enter the BESRO license key during installation of BEWS will fail and produce an error message stating the product key is invalid. The BESRO product key will only be accepted for installation with a BESRO installation source. If BESRO is installed without a product key it will run as a 30 day evaluation version. BESRO can also be upgraded to a full version of BESR by purchasing and installing a full BESR product key.
Features Available with BESRO
Hot Imaging Backups
Protect the entire Windows system including the operating system, applications, databases, all files, device drivers, profiles, settings, and registry in one easy-to-manage recovery point without disrupting user productivity or application usage.
Restore Backups to Same or Dissimilar Hardware
Recover from system loss or disasters to dissimilar hardware platforms.
Extended 64-bit Support
Supports Extended 64-bit (EM64T, AMD64) environments
Physical to Virtual (P2V) and Virtual to Physical (V2P) Conversions
Convert recovery points of a physical computer to a VMWare Virtual Disk (.vmdk) or a Microsoft Virtual Disk (.vhd).
Customizable SRD Wizard
Customizable Symantec Recovery Disk automatically harvests system drivers not already included on the Symantec Recovery Disk and also allows administrators to add additional drivers for a customized recovery environment tailored to meet your unique hardware needs.
Features that are not Available with BESRO
The ability to have quicker and smaller backups based on a previous full or incremental backup.
Backup to CD/DVD
The ability to use a CDRW / DVDRW device as a backup destination.
File and Folder Backup
Copies are made of each of the files and folders that you have chosen to back up, are converted into a compressed format, and stored in a sub-folder at the specified location.
Google Desktop Integration
Search recovery points to locate and recover files using Google Desktop.
Use the Copy Drive feature to copy the operating system, applications, and data from one hard drive to another.
Backup Exec System Recovery can detect certain events and run a backup when they occur.
Lights Out Restore
Lets administrators restore a computer from a remote location.
Backup Exec System Recovery Manager (BESRM) Support
The ability to be centrally monitored by a management server.
Creates a copy of a recovery point at an external location such as FTP server, remote share, removable drive, etc.
The features listed above, among others, are only available in the full version of BESR.
While BESRO is sold as an option for Backup Exec for Windows Servers (BEWS) it does NOT get installed as a component of Backup Exec for Windows Servers; it is a completely independent application and installation.
BESRO and the SRD can be downloaded from the Symantec File Connect website, https://fileconnect.symantec.com
At the File Connect login screen input your Backup Exec for Windows Servers serial number.
Follow the on screen prompts to display the list of components available for download. If you have purchased the Backup Exec System Recovery Option be sure to download the BESRO and SRD installation sources as they are NOT part of the Backup Exec for Windows Servers installation source.
As seen in figure 2 above, three downloads have been highlighted. The first item in the list is the BESRO multi-language download; all customers with BESRO product keys should download this file. The next two items are the SRD; one is for multi-language and is appropriately named, the other is English only and is also appropriately named. It is not necessary to download both SRD files. If English only support is required then download only the English version; if support for any other language is required then download the multi-language version. In some circumstances, if another language specific SRD is available and that language is the one of choice then it would be the correct download option.
The point is only two downloads are necessary to obtain BESRO:
1. The BESRO installation source
2. Either the language specific or multi-language SRD
BESRO does NOT get installed when installing Backup Exec for Windows Servers; it is installed as a separate application. The BESRO installation window clearly identifies itself as the Backup Exec for Windows Servers System Recovery Option as seen below in figure 3.
After installation has complete the system will need to reboot; after reboot has completed and the system has started the BESRO Product Activation wizard will appear.
A prompt will appear requesting the Backup Exec for Windows Servers System Recovery Option product key to be installed. This is the window to input the BESRO product key provided when the option was purchased.
The wizard will continue with prompts for configuration and backup. For more information on configuring backup jobs please review Chapter 4 "Backing up your data" of the Backup Exec System Recovery Admin Guide located at the following link: http://entsupport.symantec.com/docs/290717
Upgrading from BESRO to a full version of BESR
To upgrade from BESRO to a full version of BESR it is necessary to purchase the full version and obtain the BESR Software License File (SLF).
Once the SLF has been obtained:
1. Open BESRO
2. Click Help
3. Select Upgrade License
A screen will appear and provide an opportunity to browse and select the SLF file providing full application activation as seen below in figure 6.
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Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers System Recovery Option is a streamlined, lower-priced version of Backup Exec System Recovery Server Edition designed specifically for Backup Exec for Windows Servers customers.
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