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A L Johnson | 24 Nov 2014 | 1 comment

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Drew Meyer | 10 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

Symantec shipped our first version of Backup Exec software (Backup Exec 10d) nearly 10 years ago to provide small-to medium-sized businesses with fast and reliable data protection. One of our valued customers called the recent release of Backup Exec 2014 “the backup and recovery gold standard” because it delivered the critical platform support he needed to protect both virtual and physical environments. Today we’re here to share some recent milestones and important updates about the Backup Exec product line going forward.

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For Backup Exec 3600 appliance customers, Backup Exec 2014 software with requested support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is now available for you to download. You should have...

Susie Spencer - BE Product Marketing | 22 Sep 2014 | 20 comments

We’re excited to announce that Backup Exec 2014 Service Pack (SP) 1 is now globally available and includes the following enhancements:

  • Simplified Disaster Recovery (SDR) for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1
  • Oracle support
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10 (RHEL) with AOFO (Advanced Open File Option) support
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11 (RHEL) without AOFO
  • Microsoft SQL 2014 (Repository)

Customers with existing Backup Exec 2014 deployments can download the Service Pack today at Availability via Live Update is expected to follow within the next 3 weeks.

Backup Exec 2014 installation media with SP1 embedded will be available 5-7 days after the initial release of the service pack from either the trialware link on as well as FileConnect by visiting...

A L Johnson | 21 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

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Digital_Kru | 25 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

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As an IT administrator, there are few things which conjure more of a sick feeling in the pit of one’s stomach than a disastrous event which corrupts or loses company data. Data is the second currency of a business after actual currency, so losing it is not an option. These disastrous events take all kinds of forms including natural disasters, data breaches from hackers, accidental data deletion, and a myriad of others. Even something as small as an engineer spilling coffee on a system could wipe out the server and any virtual servers running on it.

However, statistically the data shows us that most organizations are not implementing a disaster recovery plan. In 2012, Symantec’s SMB (worldwide organizations with less than 250 employees) disaster preparedness survey found that despite its importance,...

Nick Elmer | 18 Jun 2014 | 2 comments

Today's blog is designed to help some of our customers with an issue they may experience during the upgrade to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express with Backup Exec 2014. We are seeing a number of failures that return the following error in the install log: "Failed to install SQL Express BKUPEXEC instance with error -2067922409". If you review the summary.txt for the SQL Server 2008 R2 Express install failure, it will have an error like this "One or more selected features for upgrade have failed the SID check."

What does this mean? Well, the SQL 2005 Express installs (which were done by previous Backup Exec installs) created a few NT security groups for managing access to the Microsoft SQL server services. You can see these groups by going into "Computer Management" MMC snap-in and expanding the "Local Users and Groups" item, and clicking on the groups item. Within that item you should see items like "...

Nick Elmer | 09 Jun 2014 | 8 comments

Hello again! Today, I want to address a question that I anticipate some customers may ask: "Why does Backup Exec 2014 install a 32-bit instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 during clean installs and upgrades?"

This topic received much discussion as we were deciding which version of SQL to use for Backup Exec 2014. There were several requirements:

  1. The Microsoft SQL Server 2005 primary instance needed to be replaced due to its age and diminishing support.
  2. We have to support legacy OS platforms like Microsoft Windows 2003 Server and support for newer platforms like Microsoft Windows 2012 R2.
  3. Customers using older releases need a migration path.
  4. Customers may experience failures when upgrading to a newer SQL instance, and they need a clean, workable rollback.

The only version of SQL that met all of those requirements and provided the best solution for our customers was Microsoft SQL Server 2008 32-bit, which:

  • ...
BE_KirkFreiheit | 02 Jun 2014 | 4 comments

Today's release of Backup Exec 2014 nearly doubles the size of BEMCLI from 222 to 395 cmdlets, with 72 of the original cmdlets enhanced with new parameters and functionality.

Here's a quick list of what's new:

- Native PowerShell v2 and v3+ support

- Full support (create/edit/rename/delete) for all backup job types (BackupDefinition, OneTimeBackupJob, and SyntheticBackupDefinition)

- All agent selection types supported for backup jobs (including virtual machines)

- Full support for mulit-server selections per backup job

- Support for centralized and managed server configuration

- Push-install of windows agents

- Support for all applications and server types

- Enhanced scheduling support

- Full support for notification recipients



Over the coming days and weeks, I'll be blogging about the new features in depth.  Stay tuned!


Brian Greene | 02 Jun 2014 | 39 comments

I am really excited to announce that Backup Exec 2014 is generally available!

What’s New in Backup Exec 2014?

  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 support: Backup Exec now fully supports Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Superior visibility into backup jobs: We heard you loud and clear. The Backup Exec job monitor is back. You can monitor the status of all backup jobs from a single view, giving you visibility into the status of your backup jobs. In addition, save time and simplify the creation of backup jobs by backing up and managing multiple servers with a single backup job.
  • Simplified upgrade/migration process: Many of you asked us to simplify the migration process to the latest version. If you are using Backup Exec 12.5, 2010 or 2012 you can upgrade and keep your jobs and settings intact...
Brian Greene | 19 May 2014 | 121 comments

We promised to keep you updated on the progress of Backup Exec 2014. Today, I am excited to confirm that Backup Exec 2014 will reach general availability (GA) on 2 June 2014!

As indicated in my last update, we closed the Beta program a little over a week ago. I wanted to share some additional customer feedback we received since that time:

  • “Love the redesign on the UI- specifically the Job Monitor.”
  • “Happy that I have so much flexibility to see what is happening, without having to navigate between screens.”
  • “Very pleased with it. Very smooth installation and it works very good.”

Thank you for your continued support.