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Aidan Finley | 29 Nov 2010 | 1 comment

Hello Backup Exec Users!

Anyone looking to move backup data to the cloud?  Planning on reducing the use of tape in the upcoming months or years?  Looking to save money on tapes, tape storage, and other offsite backups?  If you are researching or implementing any of these concepts, Symantec may have solutions that can help. 

We’re partnered with Nirvanix (, a global provider of highly-available cloud storage to provide a method to backup data to the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network (SDN).  Using the freely-available Backup Exec Cloud Storage for Nirvanix plugin (available here: ), you can:

  • Use Nirvanix SDN cloud storage just like any other Backup Exec local storage device.
  • Establish the Nirvanix SDN cloud as a new storage tier or as a secondary off-...
James McKey | 25 Oct 2010 | 4 comments

UPDATE (May 5th, 2011): As per the 1st comment below, this is now ‘gold’ and it is also now included with Backup Exec 2010 R3 which you can now get via Fileconnect or as Trialware at

As part of an initiative based on feedback from various customers and partners, we are completing work on a Backup Exec plug-in for VMware (vSphere 4.x). The idea is to allow the VMware administrator to see the status of backups for all Virtual Machines in the environment and help determine if anything has been missed.

If you currently have the latest version of Backup Exec (2010) and a VMware vSphere solution, and are interested in getting a “First Look” to try out the new plugin, please send us an e-mail at james_mckey@...

Swathi Turlapaty | 12 Oct 2010 | 31 comments

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Digital Dave | 13 Sep 2010 | 2 comments

Here’s the last post in our series on common backup mistakes in virtual environments.  For a quick recap, we covered the following in the first four posts in our series:

Digital Dave | 08 Sep 2010 | 3 comments

On to two more backup mistakes in virtual environments that are all-to-common among IT professionals.  If the first five mistakes listed earlier (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) weren’t enough to convince you that backing up virtual environments is a challenge, here are two more. 
Mistake #6: Backing Up to Tape-only (or Disk-only)
Some IT professionals still take a singular approach and use only disk or only tape.  However, most analysts recommend a “balanced” strategy using both disk and tape for backups.  What you should really do is to formulate a disk and tape strategy based on stakeholder...

Digital Dave | 06 Sep 2010 | 0 comments

As I recounted in the first two blog posts in our series this week, we’re counting down a list of pitfalls IT often makes when attempting to back up data in virtual environments. We’ve already covered the first three – failing to back up virtual machines, installing a backup agent on every guest, and running two backup infrastructures
So, on to the next two. 
Mistake #4: Failing to Protect Your Applications
Failing to protect key applications is the most straightforward mistake and the easiest to solve, and yet is oddly still a common issue.  Backup is not just for files, but also key applications.  Let’s use the...

Digital Dave | 31 Aug 2010 | 2 comments

Mistake #2: Installing a Backup Agent on Every Guest
As I mentioned in PART 1 of this blog article, I’m taking some time this week to talk through the common pitfalls in backing up data in virtual environments.  Installing a backup agent on every guest in the IT environment is one common strategy – and one that can result in higher costs from backup agents and unnecessary management complexity.
According to Enterprise Strategy Group, 62 percent of companies still backup virtual machines by installing a backup agent on every guest.  This has been a common strategy because of uncertainty about the ability to recover granularly, as well as the limitations imposed by virtualization vendors. 
Virtualization vendors have improved APIs to support centralized backup with...

Digital Dave | 30 Aug 2010 | 0 comments

With VMworld this week, much of the news and attention is focused on all-things-virtualization.  Virtualization is truly a game-changing technology and one that most IT pros are already neck deep in.  The benefits are obvious: increased utilization rates, increased business flexibility, lower hardware costs, better utilization of computing resources, reduced space requirements, power and cooling requirements and improved IT staff productivity.
But, like any game-changer, virtualization can also bring new challenges to IT.  This is especially true when it comes to protecting data.  So I thought this week would be a good time to explore some of the common pitfalls IT often makes when attempting to back up data in virtual environments.  I’ve identified the ten most common mistakes, but as I discuss through a series of posts this week, I would appreciate your input on anything I missed. 
Mistake #1:...

BE-Billy | 10 Aug 2010 | 23 comments

Customer satisfaction is paramount to all things in the eyes of the Backup Exec product team.  Backup Exec 2010 R2 is a release that represents Symantec’s ongoing commitment to product quality, platform support and ease of doing business.  We have listened long and hard to the very active Backup Exec community and are delivering on both usability and overall customer experience.  Whether you are just joining the Backup Exec family or if you are just curious about why now is a great time to upgrade your existing Backup Exec installation, Backup Exec 2010 R2 is THE place to start!

So…what’s new in R2?

Backup Exec 2010 R2 focuses on three major themes:


Backup Exec 2010 R2 has taken great strides to ensure that our customers are able to not only install and/or upgrade with confidence, but to also...

Peter Imming | 01 Jun 2010 | 13 comments

This release of Backup Exec includes the following new features and capabilities:

  • Improved Backup-to-Disk support on removable hard disk devices such as USB and Firewire
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010 support
  • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 support
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 support
  • Exchange 2010 SP1 support
  • Mac OSX 10.6 “Snow Leopard”  support
  • A new, simpler wizard for installation designed for small or uncomplicated environments.
  • View and add Backup Exec and Symantec RSS feeds in the Home view on the Backup Exec Administration Console to keep up with the latest release information on Backup Exec within the Backup Exec console
  • An enhanced Backup Wizard to help make creating backup jobs easier than ever.
  • New NDMP NAS device support from leading NAS vendors
  • Deduplication Option now allows direct restores of granular data from a...