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Created: 09 Jan 2013
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Banking, education, services, insurance, retail in addition to other industries in Lebanon are using Backup Exec 2012 to protect their data and consequently their business. It is widely used to backup databases, mailbox stores, files, virtual images, active directory and others platforms. It can be used to protect servers, personal computers and laptops.  Backup Exec 2012 offers an easy to use, user friendly interface with a step by step wizard to configure multiple options.  

Initially when I installed Backup Exec 2012, I was really disappointed to find out that some configurations did not work the same way that they did in 2010.  There were major changes to the interface and menus as well as the backup scheme switched from multiple selections/servers in one job to resource centric backup jobs.

On the other side, I was extremely happy to see simplified wizards to configure full and incremental jobs by using the easy add stage while configuring backup jobs. The simplified configuration settings added give you the option to duplicate to another destination in a very easy way, much easier than configuring policies in 2010.

The performance is definitely not a question here. Backup Exec 2012 is able to maintain top performance and speed for backup across different versions of their product.

So going back to the resource centric thing that is annoying some administrators, I have done multiple implementations for Backup Exec 2012 and I have a good number of satisfied customers. Many of them mentioned that they prefer to backup server by server as this will help them apply the data retention period individually and more specifically to each environment they backup instead of applying the same retention for all servers. This will definitely help in reducing storage and space over time.

In any case, the option for bundling multiple servers will return in the next update. Consequently, you will have the option to either use it or to keep utilizing the resource centric configuration methods.