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DanielBickford | 25 Jan 2011 | 29 comments

The Symantec Connect community asked us to list the known issues so every end user could see what we are aware of and what fixes are in progress. Here’s the original Idea post that got a boatload of votes.  Well, the day many of you have been hoping for has finally come. The "Known Issues" feature is now LIVE!

To access the new feature, browse through the Community dropdown menu and click on the Known Issues link as in the screenshot below..


For now, the utility is limited to Backup Exec and Backup Exec System recovery products only.  Its very important that you make sure to tell us if you are experiencing any of the known issues by clicking the "Me Too...

James McKey | 05 Jan 2011 | 17 comments

(April 8th EDIT: The Beta cycle is now ending. Please see my First Availability blog here on how to get the gold code early)

A Beta program has started for Backup Exec but is ending soon and will then be moving into the RC (Release Candidate), phase. Only users already signed up for the Beta and active (i.e. providing feedback) will be invited to the RC phase where we support users installing it in production setups. Some of the new features include:

  • Deduplication performance improvement
  • Deduplication optimization for VMware specific backups
  • Exchange Virtual Vault for the Archive Option (makes recovering vaulted items much easier for end users)

If you are interested, just click on the link below to sign up:

PackMatt73 | 29 Nov 2010 | 3 comments

Do you need to compress one or more files or folders into a single file for backup?  Are you stuck with inconvenient quotas on your Exchange mailboxes just to keep the size under control?  Do your full backups take an entire weekend because you are backing up the same four year old annual report you backed up last week?  Do you need to retain data in a secondary location for backup and historical purposes?  Then you want to archive.  But probably already knew that.

What you may not know is that Backup Exec Archiving Options (BEAO) offer features that will perform all of these functions for you.   Think of BEAO as the attic over your garage.  It is the least valuable space in your house, yet you can use it to store stuff you are not ready or allowed to throw away.  Your house is now cleaner, you can move through it quicker, still get to all your favourite and necessary stuff, but your old stuff is still available when...

Aidan Finley | 29 Nov 2010 | 1 comment

Hello Backup Exec Users!

Anyone looking to move backup data to the cloud?  Planning on reducing the use of tape in the upcoming months or years?  Looking to save money on tapes, tape storage, and other offsite backups?  If you are researching or implementing any of these concepts, Symantec may have solutions that can help. 

We’re partnered with Nirvanix (, a global provider of highly-available cloud storage to provide a method to backup data to the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network (SDN).  Using the freely-available Backup Exec Cloud Storage for Nirvanix plugin (available here: ), you can:

  • Use Nirvanix SDN cloud storage just like any other Backup Exec local storage device.
  • Establish the Nirvanix SDN cloud as a new storage tier or as a secondary off-...
James McKey | 25 Oct 2010 | 4 comments

UPDATE (May 5th, 2011): As per the 1st comment below, this is now ‘gold’ and it is also now included with Backup Exec 2010 R3 which you can now get via Fileconnect or as Trialware at

As part of an initiative based on feedback from various customers and partners, we are completing work on a Backup Exec plug-in for VMware (vSphere 4.x). The idea is to allow the VMware administrator to see the status of backups for all Virtual Machines in the environment and help determine if anything has been missed.

If you currently have the latest version of Backup Exec (2010) and a VMware vSphere solution, and are interested in getting a “First Look” to try out the new plugin, please send us an e-mail at james_mckey@...

Swathi Turlapaty | 12 Oct 2010 | 31 comments

Symantec is giving away 1 Flip Ultra or 1000 SymConnect points every month through December, 2010. To enter the drawing, simply answer one simple question. Tell us how likely you are to recommend Symantec to a colleague or friend.

Enter to win today!

Digital Dave | 13 Sep 2010 | 2 comments

Here’s the last post in our series on common backup mistakes in virtual environments.  For a quick recap, we covered the following in the first four posts in our series:

Digital Dave | 08 Sep 2010 | 3 comments

On to two more backup mistakes in virtual environments that are all-to-common among IT professionals.  If the first five mistakes listed earlier (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) weren’t enough to convince you that backing up virtual environments is a challenge, here are two more. 
Mistake #6: Backing Up to Tape-only (or Disk-only)
Some IT professionals still take a singular approach and use only disk or only tape.  However, most analysts recommend a “balanced” strategy using both disk and tape for backups.  What you should really do is to formulate a disk and tape strategy based on stakeholder...

Digital Dave | 06 Sep 2010 | 0 comments

As I recounted in the first two blog posts in our series this week, we’re counting down a list of pitfalls IT often makes when attempting to back up data in virtual environments. We’ve already covered the first three – failing to back up virtual machines, installing a backup agent on every guest, and running two backup infrastructures
So, on to the next two. 
Mistake #4: Failing to Protect Your Applications
Failing to protect key applications is the most straightforward mistake and the easiest to solve, and yet is oddly still a common issue.  Backup is not just for files, but also key applications.  Let’s use the...

Digital Dave | 31 Aug 2010 | 2 comments

Mistake #2: Installing a Backup Agent on Every Guest
As I mentioned in PART 1 of this blog article, I’m taking some time this week to talk through the common pitfalls in backing up data in virtual environments.  Installing a backup agent on every guest in the IT environment is one common strategy – and one that can result in higher costs from backup agents and unnecessary management complexity.
According to Enterprise Strategy Group, 62 percent of companies still backup virtual machines by installing a backup agent on every guest.  This has been a common strategy because of uncertainty about the ability to recover granularly, as well as the limitations imposed by virtualization vendors. 
Virtualization vendors have improved APIs to support centralized backup with...