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CraigV | 10 Sep 2012 | 4 comments

Backup Exec 2012 was released a couple of months ago, and almost immediately people started complaining. Check the forums for some very long posts. To many it missed the mark, while to Symantec, it addressed a number of new features it introduced that people might have asked for.

People had gone from a working environment with BE 2010 for instance, to something they no longer understood using BE 2012 where the focus was now no longer on resources, but on a server-centric basis.

Fast-forward a couple of months, and the long complaint queries have died off a bit. EIther people are no longer upgrading, and waiting for Backup Exec 2012 R2, or they're learning to deal with how BE 2012 now does things. In doing so, they're essentially working through the issues and changing their mindsets.

This is where my topic is early adoption of new software worth it?

You're only as good as your last backup...or your last restore is the old adage...

Krishna Pratap Singh | 21 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

In my last post I showed you how you can configure the pre-requisites required for installing the Plug-in. This post will take you through installing the plug-in. To begin with you need to have administrator privileges on the system where you are trying to install the plug-in. Please note that there are some software prerequisites that must be installed on your computer as a part of the installation process. The installation program checks if the required software exists on your computer. If they are not found, the installation program automatically installs them on your computer. So let's begin.....

Run the setup

Run the downloaded setup file “Symantec Backup Exec Management Plug-in 1.1 for Kaseya.exe”, Click “Continue”. This will extract the package and proceed to welcome screen.


Jim Harrison | 10 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

These are my experiences with the BE 2012 upgrade:

- Lost all jobs in upgrade from 2010, had to create new sets

- Compounding on above - interface appeared easy but frustration ensued when configuring media, day 5 no backups is scary!

- DAG was recognized in server set but cannot select in edit settings - confusing. (update 8.14) It's not backing up the DAG. I had not installed the Agent for Applications and Databases. Once installed I was able to see the DAG. Also the licenses did not transfer correctly from 2010 to 2012 but I eventually got that worked out as well. Now my DAG is backing up from the wrong site. I am installing Exchange Management Tools for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on the BE Server. This was not installed with 2010 and am not certain it was required but Symantec says it will help.

- Tapes were not immediately recognized and had to inventory before backups began to work....

Krishna Pratap Singh | 06 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

What is it?

Symantec Backup Exec Management Plug-in 1.1 for Kaseya is a plug-in for the Kaseya RMM platform. It is designed for Managed Service Providers (MSP). It enables the MSPs to remotely monitor the Backup Exec media servers in the customer environments.

All right, but how does this help me?

Well for starters it helps you by collecting the following information:

  • Status of the backup tasks that ran on the Backup Exec servers. For e.g. Successful backup jobs, failed backup jobs, and so on.
  • Active alerts generated on the Backup Exec servers. For e.g. jobs completed with exceptions, Database maintenance information, etc.
  • State of the storage devices and amount of space available on the disk-based storage devices that are configured with the Backup Exec servers. For e.g. disk-based storage device has gone offline or the storage space has reached a critical limit based on the configured...
Joins05 | 18 Jul 2012 | 1 comment


After upgrading to BE 2012, I wanted to set up backups for all of our workstations.  I had previously only backed up our servers and workstations needed for our daily production at our sign shop.  The decision to backup all workstations was due to a new need for better safetyguards for our workstations going down due to me moving too far away to be onsite on a daily basis for any hardware/software failure.  Our domain controller is SBS 2003 running exchange, it also runs the backup exec.  We also have Server 2008 acting as a fileserver.  The servers that already had remote agent on them from BE 2010 had no problem ungrading.

However, when I tried to push install Agent for Windows to our other workstations (XP or 7), I recieved the status "Error connecting to the remote computer.  Ensure that the computer is available, has WMI enabled, and is not blocked by a firewall. 1603".  I checked the workstations and their...

ByronHPull | 18 Jul 2012 | 1 comment

Since October 2011, (9 months) I have had recurring issues which has now resulted in BEWS completely failing to backup.

I have a relatively simple system, primarily a file server, (no Exchange) with a backup set of 400GB, on a 1000GB HP RDX.

Initially (since Symantec withdrew cascading tape drives) and I had to change the system, it worked perfectly, then October last year the problems started.

The correction process has been appalling, with it me putting in more time in providing data and running WebEx's than the engineers.

After a number of first line engineers "played," with no success only to create more issues, I managed to get it escalated, in the hope of some intelligence being applied.

After an initial success which took about 5 months, BEWS is now down (9 hours to do 120GB, when previously that would have done the full backup)

Tech response has been reactive rather than proactive, and I get the distinct impression no-...

pkh | 16 Jul 2012 | 1 comment

Yes and no.

Increasing this question is being asked because the SAP agent is discontinued in BE 2012. Since SAP is based on either SQL Server or Oracle, can I back up the SAP database using the SQL or Oracle agent?

Yes, if your SAP database comprises one SQL or Oracle database, then you can backup the database using the appropriate agent.

No, if your SAP database comprises more than one SQL or Oracle databases.  Although you can backup the individual databases using the database agent, you might end up with a logically inconsistent database when you restore them.

Suppose your SAP database comprises database DB1, DB2 and DB3.  There might be a transaction TransA which updates DB1, DB2 and DB3.  When you use the SAP agent, it is aware of the entire transaction.  When it backs up the SAP database, it will make sure that the updates to DB1, DB2 and DB3 are backed up together.  When you do a restore using the SAP agent, it will...

SaurabhK_BE | 29 Jun 2012 | 1 comment

Enterprise Vault (EV) stores data as many small files within various directories called EV partitions. These files might be millions in number. Backing up a large number of small files results in lesser performance than backing up a single file of the size equivalent to the cumulative size of all files.

To circumvent this problem, there is a setting in Enterprise Vault that makes EV collect the stored data into a CAB files. If this collection process is executed before the backup, the backup will run faster as the data is now in some larger files rather than hundreds of small files.  Refer the following TechNote:


Vault store Partition Collection can be enabled using the below mentioned steps:

  • In the EV Admin Console, select the Vault Store which contains the...
Vikas_Jain | 26 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

As the name implies, this feature automatically recovers a virtual machine from application faults.

If you own a Backup Exec 2010 R3 or Backup Exec 2012 product and have license for Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure or Virtual Agent respectively, here is an interesting feature for you.

Your Backup Exec is becoming more intelligent and crossing the boundaries of traditional backup infrastructure and defining new set of standards by entering into high availability domain.

So here is the new exciting offering: “Backup Exec is integrated with Symantec clustering software, it can provide complete application protection that includes Application Protection as well as Business Continuity in a single offering”.

By configuring “Virtual Machine Auto Recovery” you will achieve the following automatically without manual intervention.

What all you achieve:

  • Continuous application status monitoring...
barnaby_wood | 19 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Apples weren’t my thing a couple of years ago. It was all a bit too predictable. You could tell the guy on the train who was going to get a Mac out of his laptop case – it was ‘a certain type.’ Now it seems I have become one of those types. It’s ok these days because every second person has an Apple product of one type or another. I’m hopeful that fact prevents me from being part of that once-predictable crowd.

For me it started with a phone. I had two Blackberries over a period of two or three years and they served their purpose really well. I was a huge fan. Then one day, the whole RIM-outage-no-mobile-email-reboot-it-every-so-often thing just became too difficult. It turned out that in my job (for which mobile communication is important) having to do all those extra bits and pieces you have to do when you own a Blackberry, we’re getting in the way of actually doing my job. Landing in another country for a one day meeting and...