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Drew Meyer | 24 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

Andrew Carnegie built US Steel using vertical integration to maximize efficiency and sideline competition. President Theodore Roosevelt concluded that Wall Street financiers and industry titans (like Carnegie) were more interested in serving themselves than their customers, and worked tirelessly to "bust" up these corporations. A century later we're still hearing the echoes.

In Singapore this week I've been talking with the APAC team and some of our top channel partners. My last blog was about a unified future, where backup is delivered as a platform and not a point product, and the feedback from this trip ties in.

This week EMC let slip plans to integrate Avamar deduplication and backup technology into VMware, raising concerns about vertical integration and vendor lock-in....

Drew Meyer | 15 Aug 2012 | 4 comments

After two weeks on this job it's plain to see there are some major industry dynamics afoot.

The backup market is in a consolidation phase, as we've seen companies dedicated to addressing virtualized environments mature and get aquired. Dell picked up AppAsure, Quest aquired VizionCore and then BakBone (then Dell aquired Quest), Quantum grabbed Pancetera.

Industry analysts are pointing out that point products are not effective for long-term data management strategies. Just like in the storage industry, a unified architecture platform is the smarter play. NetApp's championship of NAS and SAN at the same time in the same box drove EMC to aquire and integrate for years to achieve a similar solution. Dell aquired Compellent (after losing 3PAR to HP) after great success with a point product from EqualLogic to address some of the same problems....

Scott_Baker | 03 Aug 2012

For those of you that may have been looking for a blog post last week that didn’t arrive my apologies; I’m sure you all have day jobs that can sometimes prevent you from doing the things you want to do as was the case for me last week. Moving on…there are a variety of new features in Hyper-V 2012 that I want to talk about and today I’ve selected virtual machine replication. There are a number of solutions available today that offer Hyper-V VM replication and I’m sorry to say that currently Backup Exec is not one of them. Truly, all data protection solutions are going to have to transition to thinking virtual first and physical second otherwise there’s going to be no market for them to survive; virtualization is the platform of the here and now even though there will always be some physical asset presence. The Hyper-V sessions at Tech Ed NA covered the Hyper-V Replica topic quite well from a presentation of the feature to a demo. In its basic...

Jessica_BEusability | 31 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

Did you know- In Backup Exec 2012 you can customize your Backup and Restore view to fit more servers into the Servers list?

There are two ways you can customize the view under the Backup and Restore tab:

  • Collapse the toolbar
  • Modify your view to Compact

Collapsing the toolbar

By collapsing the toolbar, you free up vertical space which allows you to view more servers in the Backup and Restore view.

To collapse the toolbar, place your mouse cursor in an empty space in the tab row, and then right-click.

Select Auto Hide Toolbar and the toolbar disappears.


When the toolbar is collapsed, you can still access it by hovering over where the toolbar bar previously appeared (on the line below the main tabs). Once you...

SeanRegan | 30 Jul 2012

Team Connect, 

On March 6, 2012, we released Backup Exec 2012. This release featured major changes to the user experience that we tested in a three-month beta with 2,300 SYMC partners and end-users. Most of our customers liked the new release because it addressed changes they had been asking for around disk and virtual machine controls for VMware backup and Hyper-V backup in the main parts of the UI.

However, others were not such big fans of the new UI, which isn’t all that uncommon. Change in the early days of a new design can be difficult. For example, when Microsoft changed the ribbon, or whenever Facebook makes a change to their UI, there tends to be a level of frustration at the onset before we all adjust. But if it is a good change, we eventually...

Scott_Baker | 19 Jul 2012

Hyper-V 2012 and Backup Exec 2012

As I mentioned in last week’s entry – I’m going take a look at where Backup Exec has been in support of Microsoft’s virtual platform; from Microsoft Virtual Server to Hyper-V. It started with Backup Exec 12.5 which was released in October of 2008 and the Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Virtual Servers. It supported Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 or later as well as Hyper-V 2008.

That original agent packed quite a bit of functionality:

  1. Host-based backup and recovery of any virtual machine regardless of the operating system.
  2. Backup and recovery of the Virtual Server and Hyper-V configuration settings.
  3. Redirected restore of a virtual machine to an alternate Virtual Server or Hyper-V host.
  4. Granular recovery of individual files and folders from the image backup into the virtual machine.

Much of this was possible by taking advantage of the Microsoft VSS...

Scott_Baker | 09 Jul 2012 | 3 comments

With the upcoming release of Windows Server 2012 being one of the most anticipated events this year it seems only natural to look at Hyper-V 2012 and see what changes are coming and how they may affect Backup Exec. While researching the topics I wanted to cover it came to me that I should start by looking at when Backup Exec first offered support for virtual environments; this took me back to October of 2008 and the release of Backup Exec 12.5. That was the first release where support for virtual environments was offered via an application agent; in this case it was the Backup Exec Microsoft Virtual Agent which has since become the Backup Exec Agent for Hyper-V. That agent has matured in ways other vendors have copied and imitated: from our “agentless” VM backups to our Application Granular Recovery Technology (AppGRT) that was extended into protecting virtualized applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, Active Directory and SharePoint that allows you to recover...

Jessica_BEusability | 29 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Did you know- In BE 2012 you can back up a server by using existing settings from another backup?

When you configure a backup, you can use all the default settings in the backup definition and get up and running quickly.  However, some people spend a lot of time tweaking and refining the backup options to suit their particular needs. After your backup is set to your liking, you can save time with your other backups by using these settings again. When you reuse the backup settings, you can still edit the settings, such as when you want to select a different device, use a different schedule, etc. I’ll walk you through the steps on how to create a new backup by using the settings from an existing backup.

First, select a server that you want to back up. Then, click the Backup button. For the initial backup, select any of the backup strategies, such as backup to disk, tape, disk then tape, etc.


Nick Elmer | 21 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

This week, I offer you a guest post from my esteemed colleague, Tom Svare. Tom is a lead designer of Backup Exec patches and one really sharp talent.

Let’s hear from Tom:

Back on March 29th Nick posted a blog about the new Add Server Wizard and the patching functionality it provides.  Because our goal is to keep your Backup Exec server up-to-date with the most recent patches,   I'd like to briefly continue the patch topic from the perspective of how we prepare patches to be released for Backup Exec. 

We have two goals in mind when providing you with a Backup Exec software patch:

  1. Fix your Backup Exec issue.
  2. Install the patch successfully on the first installation attempt every time.

No one likes to schedule a maintenance window for software updates and then have the updates fail...

Jessica_BEusability | 20 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Did you know that Backup Exec 2012 has filtering capabilities that allow you to customize your views?

Sorting and filtering is not a new concept to Backup Exec, but in Backup Exec 2012 you can customize server and storage views and save them to use whenever you like.  Here’s how it works: in many of the tabs, your data is represented in a table with columns and rows. You have the ability to add, remove and change the order of the columns, and you can sort and filter your data to see what you want in the order that you want. You can save that view so that each time you switch tabs or reopen Backup Exec, your view remains the same. Backup Exec comes preconfigured with several views, and it’s easy to switch from the default view to a preconfigured view, or to one of your customized views.

I’ll walk you through how you can save your customized filter configuration and how to turn off the filters after they are applied. In this example, I’ll...