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Backup Exec Infrastructure Manager II – The wrath of Licensing … or Not

Created: 15 May 2009
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Backup Exec Infrastructure Manager (BEIM) utilises the Altiris Notification Server (please see the press release about Altiris 7.0 - and Microsoft SQL database to store data obtained about a Backup Exec configuration. The system discovers and inventories an environment using the Altiris Notification Server (NS) Agent. It can then deploy update or upgrade to your existing Backup Exec Servers and Agents or deploy new customised installations of Backup Exec.
So, say you have a situation where you need to upgrade 15 Backup Exec Servers and 55 Backup Exec Agents, Five Backup Exec 9.1 servers and ten Backup Exec 11d servers protecting 55 remote servers all in need of an upgrade to 12.5. BEIM has automated discovery and inventory technology that enables you to auto-discover any Backup Exec components, from version 9.1 to 12.5, right across your IT environment.
BEIM will provide you with an inventory of all Backup Exec components and license keys; display an “Installation Map” of Backup Exec Servers, Agents, and Options; and provide a upgrade, or new deployment/ installation, based on a standardised configuration. Effectively, BEIM will then help simplify the process of upgrading your servers from 9.1 and 11d to 12.5, all with a single licence of Backup Exec Infrastructure Manager. In other words 1 copy of BEIM will allow you to discover, create inventory, deploy, upgrade, update, and monitor an unlimited number of Backup Exec components – job done. *.
The ideal backup solution should have capabilities that minimise an administrator’s management tasks through all the phases of a backup applications lifecycle, from installation, to updates, to upgrades, to discovering unprotected new systems and applications. BEIM offers organisations a tool to do just this, utilising the Altiris Notification Server’s Configuration Management Database (CMDB) technology to help organisations master their Backup Exec infrastructure.
Additional information on Altiris CMDB technology is available at the following link:
The need for simple, centralised, scalable management, means that BEIM together with Backup Exec Central Administration Option, gives organisations the ability to manage the backup and restore operations across a distributed organisation by automating the initial and ongoing tasks of discovery, product inventory, deployment and monitoring of your Backup Exec infrastructure.
(* Backup Exec Server, Agent, and Option licenses and version upgrade licenses are sold separately from BEIM. BEIM includes no Backup Exec licenses.)