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Backup Exec 2012 interface just horrible

Created: 21 Aug 2013 • Updated: 21 Aug 2013 | 5 comments

Hi all,

being forced to leave BE 2010 R3 due to the need to backup Exchange 2013 IS, i have migrated to BE 2012. 

Ive been using BE since version 8 and always loved it. However when it comes to BE 2012 i have only one question to ask  -

Who at Symantec responsible for this monstrosity called the user interface??  Who ever made the consious decision to leave the old, simple and solid GUI to go to this " new and improved " version should never be allowed to develop software again and possibly face criminal charges. Utterly horrible no matter what way you try to set the view settings. Better yet, WHY did the interface have to change so much?? What was so wrong with the tried and tested interface and stupid simple setup for backp and restore in all the previous versions??

Glad this is only a 60 day trial and i didnt make the mistake of wasting money on this... time to move to something like ShadowProtect or NOVAstor..

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Donald Eady's picture


Im sorry about your frustrations over the new interface. i can absolutely understand how the change in look and approach can throw a person off. Out of curiosity how many days do you have left in your evaluation?? Also i couldnt help but notice that that your main/only grievance in this posting is in the UI change "Again understandable" but how did it perform for you? was it able to successfully backup the selected resources?

I hope this posting was helpful


lmosla's picture


yes, I totally understand how much of a shock the interface change must have looked to you.   If after the trial period is over and you still dont like it, let me suggest you go back to Backup Exec 2010 R3 which has a similiar interface that worked for you in the past.  To do a fresh install the download can be found here: 

VipulK's picture


You can share your feedbacks on the Enhancements:

Here you cn tell more about the problems that your are facing with the current version.

Here are a few advantages of Backup Exec 2012 that would be beneficial for you:

1. Restore to PST: you can restore Exchange data to a PST:

2. P2V: here you would be able backup a Physical machine as a Virtual machine, that if ever the Physical machine goes down, you can get the Virtual machine up and running:

This are just a few advantages for BE 2012. I understand your reaction on the products feel, but change is constant....


SR-Admin's picture


I downloaded Backup Exec 2012 trial and all I can say is WOW THE INTERFACE STINKS! I have used Backup Exec since the days it was Veritas. I have used Backup Exec & Veritas for many years and for numerous companies. I will be uninstalling BE 2012 and going to NovaStor. Way to go Symantec, you had a great product and you changed the interface (like Microsoft) and just expect loyal users to just accept it! Not happening! The interface is a CRUCIAL part of using any product\software!

Good luck on sales, because you are not getting any from us.

Vishal Shinde's picture


The feedback about the changed GUI has already been taken seriously and we can certainly expect the consequences of the feedback in the upcoming major release.



Vishal Shinde

Sr.Learning Consultant

Symantec Education Services