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What’s New In Symantec Backup Exec 2012

Created: 03 Feb 2012 • Updated: 28 May 2014 • 16 comments
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In December we announcedthe availability of a partner-only beta release of Backup Exec 2012 and Backup Exec 2012 Small Business Edition. The beta program was a huge success with literally hundreds of partners participating, providing valuable feedback and sharing their successes with us.

Today, we’re excited to introduce Symantec Backup Exec 2012.

Backup Exec 2012 is truly the culmination of our global team of expert engineers who spent million plus man-hours singularly focused on changing the playing field of backup software. And the result is an amazing product that is focused around three key themes: Eliminating complexity; providing virtualization-centric protection; and our offer to customers of one product, any recovery. As these themes are an essential component to the product, I’d like to expand on each of them.

Eliminate Complexity

As we worked with and listened to our customers and partners, we found that flexible delivery models were needed in the form of software, appliances and cloud-based backup solutions.  In addition, small businesses have some unique needs that should be accounted for. So, in addition to completely reworking thousands of lines of code, we have provided Backup Exec in four standard editions:

  • Backup Exec V-Ray Editionfor customers with 100 percent virtualized environments that don’t want to pay for a separate product.
  • Backup Exec Small Business Edition for small businesses with limited IT experience that want to protect their data with ease. 
  • Backup Exec.cloudfor customers who want simple off-premise data protection through a fully secure cloud-based service that is easy to setup, manage and configure.
  • Backup Exec 3600 appliancefor customers who want an all-in-one, affordable data protection solution for physical or virtual environments that reduces backup windows and storage and management costs.

In addition, we literally redesigned the user experience of Backup Exec 2012 from the ground up to offer our customers an user interface that helps them focus on the resources they are protecting, rather than solely on the status of jobs. Administrators can monitor the backup status of critical application servers, see issues and performance over the last seven days and view other key indicators that allow them to make important decisions about how to properly protect their environment. Simply put, we are enabling our customers to focus on running their business versus managing technology processes.

Virtualization-Centric Protection

Virtualization is a technology change that is growing exponentially in our segment. We have been seeing tremendous growth in the past, and in this release we are doubling down on virtualization focused products. Our customers have told us that they want one product to backup their physical and virtual infrastructure to reduce costs as well as increased visibility across their infrastructure. While Backup Exec 2012 provides the best technology for physical and virtual infrastructures, our new offering Backup Exec 2012 V-Ray edition is focused on the 100 percent virtual environment. This product supports both VMware and Hyper-V environments. It also provides all of the benefits of V-Ray technology to Backup Exec customers. Our V-Ray edition is extremely well positioning to leverage the rapid growth of the Virtualization mega-trend and drive significant growth.

One Product, Any Recovery

SMBs want complete recovery but it should be seamless as well as cost-effective to implement. Backup Exec 2012 simplifies bare-metal disaster recovery for servers. It provides hardware-free recovery with physical-to-virtual and backup-to-virtual conversions for instant restore in a virtual environment. And, recovery to the cloud makes it easy and inexpensive for SMB customers to integrate to their cloud environments.

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Christopher Sorel's picture

Is there more detail on what you consider a small business?  Like 10 physical servers and 10 Hyper-v

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L. Quarton's picture

    Oh no - B.E. scales up much much bigger than that.  I've been using it for 100 physical servers and 6 Hyper-V hosts.  I have just one B.E. media server for all of them.

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jhamadeh's picture

Can we take image backups with BE2012.

We are using a 2nd product to take image backups for VMs then we use BE 2010 to backup to tape.

Can BE backup VM image backups directly to tape?

Thanks

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Striker 303's picture

Yes, this requires the Backup Exec AVVI agent and a licensed version of ESX(i).
See:

http://eval.symantec.com/mktginfo/enterprise/fact_sheets/b-be2010_vmware_virtual_infrastructure_brief.en-us.pdf

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UFO's picture

Have downloaded and installed BE 2012 gold build. Works fine on simple file server backups. Will keep testing on SQL backups and VM.

By the way, of you're interested what hardware is compatible with this version of BE, docs are already available: Hardware Compatibility List(HCL) for Backup Exec 2012 http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH175582

All documents are here http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=landing&key=15047&searchid=1329490737883

STS: DLP

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bobbys9's picture

While I have seen that Windows 2000 Server is no longer supported, would it still work with a manual deployment of the agent? Has anyone done a Windows 2000 server in the mix?

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CraigV's picture

Hi Bobby,

IF you get it to work it will be unsupported.

There's a reason why the OS is not supported anymore, and it's because MS have taken it off their support roadmap.

Thanks!

Alternative ways to access Backup Exec Technical Support:

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/alte...

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bobbys9's picture

I have created two groups of servers--each for a separate tape drive. I would like to create one job to cover all. I have been told by the tape drive manufacturer that if the job exceeds 800 GB (LTO 4), it will invoke compression. But if the job is less (even though there are many jobs to run on the tape for that day), it does not signal compression. First, not sure that is correct. Second, BE 2012 acts differently when I try to create the job for the group. It decides what I will back up, and I don't get a choice. Do I need to create this one-size-fits-all backup and then edit each server in the group? Any answers on this?

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mhartman's picture

Hardware-free recovery is a great option. Does this work with restoring a virtual backup to physical hardware or just a physical backup to a virtual machine?

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mpoertner's picture

Unless of course you use NetWare.

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Striker 303's picture

Getting Started with the all new Backup Exec 2012:

Information and links to master the new data protection paradigms presented in the latest version of Symantec Backup Exec.

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH179977

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UFO's picture

Colleagues, I recommend you to bookmark this link by Striker 303:
Backup Exec 2012 - where to find manuals, videos and trainings

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH179977

All necessary info on Be2012 is here.

STS: DLP

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Gabble Ratchet's picture

Hi folks

Does anyone know if backup to disk performance has improved with BE 2012 ?? I currently use BE 12.5 and find that transfer rates are quicker to tape than to NAS !! Something can't be right there, surely ??

If B2D transfer rates have been improved then I will consider an upgrade.

Many thanks

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tomasz78's picture

Is this possible to schedule scan operation (to schedule the inventory was always possible)

or this feature would require another "million plus man-hours" ?

Many Thanks

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hankycheng's picture

If we changed Backup Exec 2012 but our environment must Windows 2000. Then how to backup?? or we need to use other company backup software?

Ajit Ambre's picture

Can i take backup of more than 500 GB data in tape using Back Exec 2012.

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