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BE_KirkFreiheit | 18 Jun 2012 | 1 comment

The following blog entry was originally posted as a reply to a comment here on SymConnect.  The techniques demonstrated here are useful in virtually any PowerShell session, so I've reposted it here for the BEMCLI community:

With PowerShell, developers can provide a default 'view' for the format-list and format-table cmdlets.  BEMCLI does this a lot -- only the most important/common properties of BEMCLI objects are shown automatically.

BEMCLI> get-bejob

Name                  : Backup 00010-Full
JobType               : Backup
TaskType              : Full
TaskName              : Full
IsActive      ...
BE_KirkFreiheit | 15 Jun 2012 | 4 comments

Backup Exec 2012 ships with a new PowerShell module called BEMCLI.  I lead the development of BEMCLI, and am very excited about its role in making your Backup Exec tasks more automated and easier to manage.

30,000 foot view of PowerShell and BEMCLI in 30 seconds

PowerShell is an automation technology.  PowerShell contains a language.  The interface you'll start using PowerShell from is a command window, but it can also be scripted.

PowerShell commands are called "cmdlets".

Developers can write and package custom cmdlets that plug into PowerShell.  Such packages of cmdlets are called "Modules" and that's what BEMCLI is: a PowerShell module.

There are three main categories of PowerShell cmdlets:

  1. Get objects.  The topic of today's blog post.
  1. Do work -- create, change, delete objects.
  1. Filter or format output  PowerShell...
Rudy M | 01 Jun 2012

The Backup Exec team is happy to announce the global availability of Backup Exec 2012 SP1 to the Symantec Connect community. This service pack update to the Backup Exec 2012 product delivers updates based on requests we have received from our community.

Our products are built and designed based on the feedback from the user community. The Backup Exec team highly values the needs and perspectives of the Backup Exec user community and is committed to a continuing effort to listen – and respond – to user feedback.  The Backup Exec 2012 SP1 release contains functionality that has been implemented as a direct result of this feedback, and additional user requests will be addressed in future updates to the product this year.

View All Jobs Button

Backup Exec 2012 SP1 includes the new View All Jobs button that allows users to view and update jobs managed by their Backup Exec server. The View All Jobs button...

BillB of the BE people | 17 May 2012 | 2 comments

I've seen some comments out on the Interwebs, particularly from Government users that certain security scanners such as eEye's Retina are flagging self-signed certificates in Backup Exec installations.   Note that while these certificates are used for SSL (actually TLS 1.0) by Backup Exec, these certificates are not exposing a vulnerability.  Here are some reasons why we feel this way. 

First, the flagged certificates are used as signing certificates by the private CAs residing on Backup Exec media server's to sign SSL/TLS certificates for use by the media server and clients so that an NDMP over TLS connection can be established between them.   As Backup Exec's protocol is a closed system, trust is defined by the administrator when they install BE on a computer.  It is assumed that because the administrator knows which computer they are installing the copy of BE they possess, they trust the...

Nick Elmer | 11 May 2012 | 17 comments

When your users are mobile, protecting their data requires applications that detect a network presence and copy the data up to the network for backup during a regular nightly backup job. In Backup Exec 2010 and earlier versions (going back to the 10.x days), a Backup Exec option called the Desktop and Laptop Option (DLO) did just that. If you purchased Backup Exec Small Business Server Edition, a limited seat DLO license was provided with the product. All other Backup Exec versions provided the option of installing DLO on a trial basis, or as paid-for option based on the number of clients (seats) you needed to protect.

With Backup Exec 2012, things have changed! DLO is no longer included when you upgrade to Backup Exec 2012. Instead, DLO has now become its own product called Symantec DLO 7. As such, transitioning from the earlier DLO Option to the new Symantec DLO 7 product, along with the migration of your DLO Option data, now takes on significant importance. If you are...

Elias AbuGhazaleh | 03 May 2012 | 6 comments

My name is Elias AbuGhazaleh and I have been involved in data protection for over 20 years.  My experience with data protection started with backing data up to 3.5" floppies and QIC-80 tape drives. Yes, that was a long time ago!  I have been part of the Backup Exec Engineering team for the last 7 years.  It is quite obvious to see that over the past 5 years, dynamic changes in data protection have taken place.  I’ve been involved with more than a handful of Backup Exec releases to date, but I have to say that out of all of them, I am most proud of Backup Exec 2012.

Backup Exec 2012 encompasses support for the market’s cutting edge technologies: virtual environments (including VMWare and Hyper-V), Cloud, Deduplication, and Simplified Disaster Recovery.  This easy-to-use product can do it all. If you were to put me on the spot and ask me to choose my favorite Backup Exec 2012 feature, I would have to pick the...

BE-Billy | 25 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

Virtualization- what can I say other than it has “virtually” changed the IT world in which we all work and play?  Why is virtualization so attractive to IT administrators?  In short, the answer is easy- there are many uses and benefits that we gain through virtualization.  For starters, the thought of being able to have a single server’s physical footprint represent many servers on the network has been a boon to administrators looking to consolidate space and reduce operation costs.  Having the ability to quickly stand up a vm copy of a major application or work server for patch testing is a benefit that allows administrators to test during business hours is simply a game changer. 

So, how else can we leverage this exciting technology? about recovery?  What if I said we were talking about both physical and virtual environments?

I often speak with administrators that look for ways to...

Anker Tsaur | 11 Apr 2012 | 18 comments

Hello again!  This is my second blog.  Today, I’d like to talk about another amazing feature, “Simplified Restore Workflow“  that is introduced in Backup Exec 2012.  Over the past 15 years, we have developed many different backup technologies (for example, incremental, differential, synthetics, full, GRT enabled backup, and the Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure for virtual environment protection) to protect today’s complicated IT environment efficiently.   However, there are some side effects from providing such rich functionalities.  We made restore jobs more difficult for customers.  With versions of Backup Exec prior to Backup Exec 2012, customers must figure out all the necessary backup sets from full to incremental, make the restore selection from each backup set. and submit each one in the correct order to successfully restore data completely.    It is doable for a simple environment using a...

GregOfBE | 23 Mar 2012

In Backup Exec 2012's new server-centric Backup and Restore view, some of you may be wondering if you can see backup jobs across your environment at once since there is no "Job Monitor" anymore. The answer is that you can.

In the "Backup and Restore" view, you see a list of the servers you are backing up. This shows you the name of the system, active alerts that are related to jobs on that system, an overall backup status, the last and next backup dates and a graphic we call the "last 7 days" indicator. The last 7 days indicator gives you a visual snapshot of how the last 7 days of backups have gone - red/yellow/green. You can click on that indicator and see the list of jobs that ran and further click on those to see their job log. This view gives you a lot of information about the servers you are backing up and their status. You can also right-click on the column header to select other columns such as the agent version information and other fields.

So what about jobs...

Nick Elmer | 20 Mar 2012 | 6 comments

Hello again! Today I want to talk about a new feature introduced in Backup Exec 2012. Many will refer to it as the Add Server Wizard, but it is so much more than that. The goal was to provide users a way to perform agent installs directly from the Backup Exec User Interface. We achieved that goal and went further. In addition, we also provided a way for users to automate patch deployment to those agents via a scheduled job. Let’s see what is new and look at some screen shots below.

The New Ribbon Icons for Install

The new icons are for Add/Remove/Update Windows Server Agents. These buttons will launch our push install silently in the background. Let us take a look. Open the Backup Exec 2012 User Interface and see the following icons at the top of the screen. The icons are in our new ribbon style toolbar, which you will see when you click the “Backup and Restore” tab.