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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...

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...

Monica Girolami | 02 May 2011 | 0 comments

Backup Exec Redefines the Future of Data Protection …The End of Backup As You Know It:

So my guess is your business has or will experience one or more of the following backup challenges:

  • Data Growth: Is your business challenged with how to manage data explosion as more of your data moves to a digital form?  How do you protect it all?  How can you manage the increase in storage and management costs?
  • IT Downtime: Does your business have a tested plan on how to recover from a critical IT event (data corruption, onsite disaster)?  The Symantec 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey found that half of you do not have a plan in place, even though 65 percent of you live in regions susceptible to natural disasters.  This is a huge risk as the median cost of...