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James McKey | 03 Jan 2012

(EDITED 2012-01-30: Changed to state the download is now available and highlighted the available video download)

The gold build of Backup Exec 2012 is now available for immediate download as part of the First Availability program. If you have maintenance for Backup Exec (or are a partner) then you can sign-up using the following link:

Backup Exec 2012 - First Availability

Below are some of the key new feature capabilities:

New User Experience

  • Resource-centric management, with a focus on management by exception and ease of deployment
  • Easy data lifecycle management
  • Simplified Scheduling
  • Simplified restore experience – Restore Wizards help you decide what, when, and how to restore applications and data
  • Storage Management Improvements – Graphical visibility into backup...
Amit Walia | 05 Dec 2011 | 22 comments

Today, we’re announcing the availability of a partner-only beta release of Backup Exec 2012 and Backup Exec 2012 Small Business Edition.  Open exclusively to Symantec’s 60,000 global channel partners, the beta release will provide partners early access to one of Symantec’s market leading backup and recovery solutions.  Symantec wants to work with our partners to help customers fix the new challenges on controlling data growth, unifying virtual and physical platforms, and simplifying backup.  

The partner-only beta release will help Symantec’s partners address the three major “C”s of most backup environments of their customers: Complexity, Cost and Chronically shrinking backup windows. Our partners have told us that they need to give their customers a simple, single application that protects both virtual and physical environments and that is easy to...

James McKey | 03 Oct 2011 | 14 comments

UPDATE (12/9): The VMware plug-in and Cloud Services Beta/UAT programs have ended and are now in GA (General Availability). The Kaseya plug-in is in the First Availability (FA) cycle and you can sign up for that program here:
Backup Exec Management Plug-in for Kaseya - First Availability

 

There are a few Beta programs tied to the Backup Exec product line currently in play and that still have some openings (each link provides lots more detail in addition to providing the sign-up opportunity):

Backup Exec Management Plug-in for Vmware - Auto-recovery (URL removed) Beta (integration with ApplicationHA - High Availability product line)

Backup Exec Management Plug-in for Kaseya - Beta (URL removed) - Advanced Remote Monitoring & Management for Backup Exec 2010 R3 servers

Cloud Services for...

Kate Lewis | 30 Aug 2011 | 22 comments

Today at VMworld® 2011,Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced the general availability of the Backup Exec 3600 enterprise backup appliances to help organizations modernize their backup infrastructures and accelerate new initiatives around virtualization with greater reliability. Symantec backup appliances can be deployed in as little as 30 minutes and help organizations protect information completely, in physical or virtual environments, and deduplicate data everywhere to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Backup Exec 3600: Visibility and content-aware deduplication across physical and virtual systems

Equipped with Symantec V-Ray technology, Backup Exec 3600 appliance provides the same unique visibility into virtual environments as Backup Exec 2010 software to allow...

Kate Lewis | 30 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

Today at VMworld® 2011, Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced new V-Ray technology enhancements to Backup Exec 2010 to provide organizations with greater visibility into their physical and virtual environment with a single backup solution, saving time and reducing overall complexity.  The latest version of Backup Exec 2010 will support VMware’s upcoming release of VMware vSphere® 5 and integrates with Symantec ApplicationHA to predict and trigger an application restore if ApplicationHA is unable to remediate an application failure.  This first-to-market integration helps IT administrators feel confident in expanding their VMware adoption knowing they can now eliminate costly downtime of mission critical applications within virtual environments.  Backup Exec’s V-Ray technology also includes the new virtual machine validator feature to allow administrators to...

Randy Cochran | 20 Jul 2011 | 2 comments

In February, Symantec announceda partnership with Level Platformsto develop a policy module that would give our channel partners the ability to remotely manage and monitor Backup Exec for their customers.  The Level Platform relationship is part of our strategy to provide our channel partners, particularly Managed Service Providers (MSPs), with more choice and flexibility.  A further example is the planned  roll outof a Backup Exec appliance and cloud based solution.  This diversification of Backup Exec comes to satisfy the demands of a market that requires a flexible solution to meet our customers’ individual needs.

In keeping with the Level Platforms announcement, Symantec will soon offer new...

Nick Elmer | 11 Jul 2011 | 2 comments

Hello again!

Many of you probably do not know that I started in support some 15+ years ago. I spent a number of years helping customers with various technical problems. It is because of those years I spent in support, I learned a lot about customer experience and expectations. It gave me a real appreciation for the problems our customers face. Now as I work on product features as a developer, I am always looking for ways to improve what we do for you! When I work on a feature, I want to make the functionality obvious, simple, and if possible, 100% reliable. I realize that’s not reality, but that is always my goal!

One of the features I was responsible for a few releases back, is the Active Directory(AD) install of RAWS via Group Policy Objects(GPO). For those who do not know what it is, it is a way to add an application to Active Directory, that is installed on demand or on system boot. We choose a per computer approach since RAWS is installed per machine, and...

Nick Elmer | 07 Jul 2011 | 0 comments

Hello,
It has been a couple weeks since my last post, and so I am going to make today’s post somewhat short, but hopefully still insightful. 

I wanted to quickly discuss why we have a .gz file in our LinuxUnixMac directory, on the Backup Exec DVD. This directory is where you would find the installation files for the “Remote Agent for Linux Unix Systems” (RALUS). It is in the root of the DVD media that we ship for Backup Exec 2010 R1 and above. We do not have a link to it via the DVD Browser, though maybe we should. Let us know if it would help you to add one.

For those who are familiar with Unix/Linux platforms, it should be obvious that this file (RALUS_RMALS_RAMS-5204.4.tar.gz) is simply a gunzip file. We document, and believe that the extension will lead our customers, to unpack it on a Unix/Linux/Mac platform. If you do, then life will be well. However if you try to unpack this file on a Windows machine, you will get duplicate file/...

James McKey | 17 Jun 2011 | 3 comments

See my First Availability blog as the Beta is now closed (Jan 31, 2012): http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/first-availability-gold-build-backup-exec-2012

I know at least one of my many fans out there (the fan club membership has got to at least be numbering in the high twenties by now) has been anxiously awaiting this 2nd Backup Exec 2012 trailer/teaser. My #1 fan asked when I would be posting this follow-up and whether I would clarify if this new release would include cake (I could be confusing ‘cake’ with some SharePoint functionality, they are so easy to mix up). Obviously the when is now and the ‘cake’ question is ‘Yes’.

On that note, I was attending presentations all this week on many of the new features for the upcoming release and one that really appealed to my geek nature was on the updated command line...

James McKey | 06 Jun 2011 | 33 comments

EDIT: See my Backup Exec 2012 Beta - Trailer #2 blog post for the latest on the Beta program.

The Backup Exec 2012 Beta program will be starting soon and for the rest of this month I'll be posting a new blog update each week focusing in on a different area of the product. Next week's post will target in on the updated User Experience. In the meantime, you can go ahead and sign up using the link below in order to secure a spot in the program as there will be a cap on the number of participants in order to insure a quality Beta feedback process.

Backup Exec 2012 Beta sign-up

A couple of other items I want to bring your attention to:

Charles Butler from our PM team just blogged about a new beta that started today (June 6th) for...