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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...

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...
James McKey | 12 Jun 2012 | 6 comments

UPDATE (July 25, 2013)

We have reached General Availability for the Backup Exec Service Packs for BE2010 and BE2012. More details can be found here.

Thank you for your participation and ongoing support!

UPDATE (July 11, 2013)

We are very close to the availability of the BE 2010 R3 SP3 and BE 2012 SP2 releases!  As such, the current beta program will be closing soon and new registrations will no longer be accepted.  If you have yet to register for the current beta program, please do so as soon as possible at:  Additionally, there are a few items we want to make you aware...

Jerry Gowen | 04 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Data is growing at an exponential rate and it is vital that SMBs are prepared and protected. With industry-leading Symantec Backup, SMBs can simplify backup and ensure critical data is always protected – but don’t just take our word for it.  Third-party reviewer and tech expert, David Strom, just wrapped up his review of Backup and agrees: he said, “If you are concerned with data growth and want an easy-to-use backup service that SMBs can set and forget, then consider Symantec’s Backup”

Check out the entire video review here: Using Symantec's Backup Exec.Cloud To Protect Your Small Business

And in case you missed it, CRN recently reviewed Backup Exec 2012 commenting that the new interface will “simplify and streamline the entire backup process,” and touted the new UI as “worlds away from its predecessor in ease of use.”...

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...

Jerry Gowen | 22 May 2012 | 0 comments

For more information about Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers, please contact: Jerry Gowen (503) 690-4714. For more information about, email

May 23, 2012 – Leading Microsoft Exchange Server resource site,, announced today that Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers was selected the winner in the Backup & Recovery category of the Readers’ Choice Awards. 

“Our Reader’s Choice Awards give visitors to our site the opportunity to vote for the products they view as the very best in their respective category,” said Sean Buttigieg, manager. “ users are specialists in their field who encounter various solutions for Exchange Server at the workplace....

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...