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BillB of the BE people | 05 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

Hello, my name is Bill Brown and I'm a software developer for the Backup Exec product team.  I've been working on Backup Exec (and its progenitor, Maynard Electronics Maynstream) for nearly 21 years.   Over the years I've spent time in just about every part of the product but lately I've been involved in improving the security of the product.  In upcoming posts I hope to give some technical insight into the inner workings of Backup Exec as well as give a peek into ideas for future enhancements.

I thought as an introduction, I'd discuss some of the usability improvements for session security in Backup Exec for Windows Systems 2012.  Last year, we introduced enhanced security between media servers and remote agents in Backup Exec 2010 R3.  I realize that it has caused some consternation among users because additional security seems to always introduce inconvenience.   In BE 2010 R3, we introduced the concept of a 'trust...

Rudy M | 24 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

I’ve been involved with Backup Exec for more than 10 years and it’s the partnership between the product and customers that makes it all worthwhile.  I’d like to offer you my personal perspective of how virtualization support has grown in Backup Exec over time and how new features are influenced by our customers.

Several years ago, it became clear that virtualization in the form of VMware and Hyper-V was fundamentally changing the way servers were deployed and managed.

During planning for Backup Exec 12.5, we believed that it was key to add support for protecting virtual machines. Given Backup Exec’s focus on Windows, we needed support for both VMware ESX 3.5 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.  Backup Exec offered protection and recovery for VMs on both platforms with the ability to restore files and folders without needing to recover an entire VM. We call this feature, “Granular Restore Technology” or GRT.  For VMware...

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...

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/...

Nick Elmer | 06 Jun 2011 | 14 comments

So, your backup server is a few years old and you find yourself in need of a newer, bigger, better, faster one. Just one problem, you want/need to keep your data from Backup Exec for compliance reasons. You have the perfect server that is ready to take on this new role. It is some new 64 bit monster with Windows 2008 R2, tons of I/O capacity, memory, disk space and more. Then you ask yourself, how do I move Backup Exec’s data from the old server to the new server and keep everything in working order? Time to check the technote database! So you head off to http://support.symantec.com and start doing some queries. You may find this technote:

How to migrate (move) Backup Exec from one system to another with the same version of BE, Windows and same or different computer names.
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content...

Nick Elmer | 17 May 2011 | 35 comments

My name is Nick Elmer and I’m a developer on the Backup Exec Install Team. I started with the company over 13 years ago in support(during the Seagate Software days), then I spent a few years after that in our quality assurance team(during the VERITAS Software days), and finally, I transitioned into a developer role. I spend time these days working on the DVD Browser, DVD media, Cluster Wizard, Install Dialogs, Push Install, and various other install related items. My best strengths are security, networking and writing secure code. I enjoy what I do immensely! 

In the upcoming weeks, I will be posting occasional blogs on install related topics for Backup Exec. If you have items you would like me to cover, feel free to contact me with those topics, and I’ll address them the best I can. Some of the topics I hope to cover would be: 

How Backup Exec 2010 R2 improves the upgrade experience.
How your participation in the user experience program...

Aidan Finley | 03 May 2011 | 21 comments

Backup Exec 2010 R3 Released Today, May 3rd, 2011 – with improvements in virtualization backup, archiving, and security

Backup Exec 2010 R3 continues with our “R” series of releases – new features, new capabilities, and continued improvement to our award-winning backup and recovery application. 

What’s New in Backup Exec 2010 R3

There’s quite a bit of goodness in this release.  Since Symantec as a company has focused heavily in the virtualization space, it stands to reason that many of the improvements in Backup Exec 2010 R3 revolve around virtualization.  But that’s not all we improved in this release!

If you backup and restore VMware with Backup Exec and the Deduplication Option, this update is for you.  We’ve made significant improvement to the...