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System Recovery the Easy Way

Created: 11 Jan 2012 • Updated: 12 Jan 2012 • 10 comments
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Have you ever experienced a complete system failure and then realized that you don’t have the correct hardware to be able to recover the failed system to? Or have you ever experienced a system failure and found yourself scrambling to get that system up and running when time was of the essence?

System failures are an unfortunate yet all too common occurrence, and they always seem to happen at the worst possible moment. To make matters worse, if a physical server hosting multiple critical virtual machines goes down, all the virtual machines go down too and the severity of downtime dramatically increases. Some of the more common reasons systems fail include hardware failures, user errors, malicious attacks, and natural disasters. Regardless of the cause of system failure, downtime and business interruption can cost your organization thousands and even millions of dollars in lost revenue and productivity if you don’t have the proper backup and recovery solution in place.

Recovering a system manually has many significant and inherent challenges. The foremost is the time it takes to rebuild a system or host machine from scratch. Depending on your environment it may take hours, days, or even weeks to restore a system. This is because replacement hardware needs to be sourced before rebuilding each layer of the computing stack, both of which are time-consuming activities. At a time when every second counts, manual system recovery is slow and inefficient.

What if you could recover a failed server without worrying about the type of hardware that failed, without the need to format or partition the local server disks or install an operating system, or better yet without worrying about hardware altogether?

The next release of Symantec Backup Exec enables you to do exactly that. With new integrated disaster recovery technology built into Backup Exec, you will be able to easily restore business critical servers from bare metal or to dissimilar hardware from a tape or disk backup in minutes. During the backup process, Backup Exec ensures that the backup set contains all the critical operating system components needed to perform a bare metal or dissimilar hardware recovery. In the event of a disaster, whether your hardware is reusable or not, Backup Exec has you covered.

And that’s not all. Also, in the next release of Backup Exec come two more exciting features. The first is physical to virtual conversions, known as P2V, and the second is the ability to backup directly to a virtual format, known as B2V. These two new features enable you to get that server backup and running in a VMware or Hyper-V environment in the time it takes you to turn on a virtual machine! Disaster recovery is now truly hardware independent and Backup Exec is now truly a solution that offers any recovery – an entire system down to granular objects in minutes.

Overall, Simplified Disaster Recovery technology integrated into the next release of Backup Exec will deliver dramatically faster, simpler, and pain-free disaster recovery for all. The result is rapid recovery that significantly reduces downtime and service interruptions. This is another great example of how Symantec is helping organizations modernize backup, and one great reason to learn more about the future of backup with Symantec.

Be one of the first to find out what other new groundbreaking backup and recovery features are coming soon in Backup Exec. Visit the “Countdown to Better Backup” here: http://bit.ly/yenx3z.

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vamsivaddi's picture

The above things will be possible in which version of BE

Thanks & Regards,

Vamsi Krishna

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Kate Lewis's picture

Hi Vamsi,

Backup Exec 2012.

Thanks, Kate

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vamsivaddi's picture

Hi Kate,

If System recovery can be done in BE 2012, a customer with BE 2012 doesnt need System recovery 2011.

Is there any difference between BE 2012 sys revocery and SSR. 

Thanks & Regards,

Vamsi Krishna

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Kate Lewis's picture

Hi

Backup Exec (BE) and Symantec System Recovery (SSR) are very different under the cover, even though they share similar benefits.

Symantec System Recovery is an image based backup and recovery solution that can only backup to disk. In terms of recovery options, SSR can restore a complete system to the same or dissimilar hardware, files, folders and granular objects in minutes. When it comes to granular object restores, SSR only supports Exchange and SharePoint. SSR is known for its fast imaging technology. Plus it's  incredibly easy to use and it's disaster recovery capabilities are unsurpassed. SSR also offers P2V, V2V and V2P.

Backup Exec is a file based backup and recovery solution that can backup to tape, disk or cloud. In terms of recovery options, BE provides all levels of recovery:

  • Entire machines
  • Applications
  • Databases
  • Files
  • Folders
  • Granular objects (Exchange, SharePoint, AD, SQL and other support databases and apps)

Backup Exec is an enterprise class solution that provides the industry's best recovery options, all from a single pass backup. Backup Exec also provides a single solution for virtual and physical machines.

I am happy to provide more insight and further details in needed. Just let me know.

Kate 

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LilManTait's picture

Will SSR still be available as a standalone product with the release of BE2012?

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Kate Lewis's picture

Yes - Symantec System Recovery will still be available as a standalone solution.

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gallagcs's picture

I have backup exec. 11d on my Server now.  The existing hard drive needs to be replaced.  I have an existing backup of the entire drive on an external hard drive.

I will be replacing the existing drive with a new SATA 3TB hard drive.  I think that I can unplug the existing hard drive and plug in the new and then run the recovery to point to the external hard drive which holds the backup of the existing hard drive.  Then the new hard drive will mirror the Server and I will end up with more space. 

Q: Does this sound like it will work, if not, please let me know what the best way to replace the existing hard drive with a new hard drive?

Thanks,

Gallagcs.

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Sergio_Maroni's picture

It`s will be realy importants update! specially physical to virtual conversions.

It`s will  free update from BE 2010 R3 to BE 2012  if we have support untill june 2012 ?

I`m sorry for my bad eanglish.

If you find this is a solution, please mark it as such. Thx

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Kate Lewis's picture

yes - if you are an existing customer with an active support contract you can upgrade to Backup Exec 2012 free of charge.

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Sergio_Maroni's picture

tnx for answer.

I`m sorry for my bad eanglish.

If you find this is a solution, please mark it as such. Thx

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