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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...

BE-Billy | 25 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

 

Virtualization- what can I say other than it has “virtually” changed the IT world in which we all work and play?  Why is virtualization so attractive to IT administrators?  In short, the answer is easy- there are many uses and benefits that we gain through virtualization.  For starters, the thought of being able to have a single server’s physical footprint represent many servers on the network has been a boon to administrators looking to consolidate space and reduce operation costs.  Having the ability to quickly stand up a vm copy of a major application or work server for patch testing is a benefit that allows administrators to test during business hours is simply a game changer. 

So, how else can we leverage this exciting technology?  Well...how about recovery?  What if I said we were talking about both physical and virtual environments?

I often speak with administrators that look...

Anker Tsaur | 11 Apr 2012 | 17 comments

 

Hello again!  This is my second blog.  Today, I’d like to talk about another amazing feature, “Simplified Restore Workflow“  that is introduced in Backup Exec 2012.  Over the past 15 years, we have developed many different backup technologies (for example, incremental, differential, synthetics, full, GRT enabled backup, and the Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure for virtual environment protection) to protect today’s complicated IT environment efficiently.   However, there are some side effects from providing such rich functionalities.  We made restore jobs more difficult for customers.  With versions of Backup Exec prior to Backup Exec 2012, customers must figure out all the necessary backup sets from full to incremental, make the restore selection from each backup set. and submit each one in the correct order to successfully restore data completely.    It is doable for a simple...

GregOfBE | 23 Mar 2012

In Backup Exec 2012's new server-centric Backup and Restore view, some of you may be wondering if you can see backup jobs across your environment at once since there is no "Job Monitor" anymore. The answer is that you can.

In the "Backup and Restore" view, you see a list of the servers you are backing up. This shows you the name of the system, active alerts that are related to jobs on that system, an overall backup status, the last and next backup dates and a graphic we call the "last 7 days" indicator. The last 7 days indicator gives you a visual snapshot of how the last 7 days of backups have gone - red/yellow/green. You can click on that indicator and see the list of jobs that ran and further click on those to see their job log. This view gives you a lot of information about the servers you are backing up and their status. You can also right-click on the column header to select other columns such as the agent version information and other fields.

So what about jobs...

Nick Elmer | 20 Mar 2012 | 6 comments

Hello again! Today I want to talk about a new feature introduced in Backup Exec 2012. Many will refer to it as the Add Server Wizard, but it is so much more than that. The goal was to provide users a way to perform agent installs directly from the Backup Exec User Interface. We achieved that goal and went further. In addition, we also provided a way for users to automate patch deployment to those agents via a scheduled job. Let’s see what is new and look at some screen shots below.

The New Ribbon Icons for Install

The new icons are for Add/Remove/Update Windows Server Agents. These buttons will launch our push install silently in the background. Let us take a look. Open the Backup Exec 2012 User Interface and see the following icons at the top of the screen. The icons are in our new ribbon style toolbar, which you will see when you click the “Backup and Restore” tab.

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GregOfBE | 13 Mar 2012

I have been part of the Backup Exec development team for over 15 years.  During that time, I have primarily focused on the user interface/user experience aspect and I have never been more excited about the product and its future. Over the coming months I intend to write about Backup Exec's product design and user experience and hopefully hear feedback from many of you.

Backup Exec 2012 was recently released, and long-time customers will notice dramatic change in the product's design. These changes run deeper than just the user interface. They represent changes in the direction of the product design itself. To understand why we changed the product, let's first take a look at where we've been. 

Backup Exec has a long successful history in the backup world. It started with NetWare and Windows NT and grew to become a dominant player in the backup space. Originally, backup was pretty simple. You installed a backup product on a computer, hooked up...

Anker Tsaur | 06 Mar 2012 | 64 comments

Let me start with some of my background first, since this is my very first blog. I have been with Symantec Backup Exec team more than 12 years.   In the past 12 years, I have been working on the development of both NetBackup and Backup Exec products. My area of focus has been on the development and design of the shared catalog components.   In the recent few years, I have been heavily involved in designing many different Backup Exec features.  In  2010, after more than 10 years of service, I was recognized as a Distinguished Engineer. This recognition was due to my overall contributions to the company.  During the development of BE 2012, I was leading the design and development of Data Lifecycle Management, Metadata Web Service and Simplified Restore Workflow features.  I was also heavily involved in the design and development of many other new features.

 

There are many new features that have been introduced in BE 2012....

Jason von Eberstein | 05 Mar 2012 | 5 comments

Hello. I am Jason von Eberstein, a Principal Quality Assurance Engineer at Symantec. I will be blogging about some of the new and exciting features in Backup Exec 2012 that relate to virtualization. First, a little background on me.  I started with Symantec (Seagate Software) 14 years ago in Technical Support. Back then, Backup Exec version 6.11 was the latest shipping product. Wow, how things change! J After 3 years in Support, I moved into Quality Assurance, where for the past 6 years I have focused on VMware and virtualization technologies.

 

                Lets face it, everyone should have a disaster recovery (DR) plan in place. For some, it might be as simple as rebuilding hardware and restoring from backups. For others, it might be a complete remote DR site. For SMBs, a DR plan can be challenging, to say the least.  Complete restores from backups can be time...

BillB of the BE people | 05 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

Hello, my name is Bill Brown and I'm a software developer for the Backup Exec product team.  I've been working on Backup Exec (and its progenitor, Maynard Electronics Maynstream) for nearly 21 years.   Over the years I've spent time in just about every part of the product but lately I've been involved in improving the security of the product.  In upcoming posts I hope to give some technical insight into the inner workings of Backup Exec as well as give a peek into ideas for future enhancements.

I thought as an introduction, I'd discuss some of the usability improvements for session security in Backup Exec for Windows Systems 2012.  Last year, we introduced enhanced security between media servers and remote agents in Backup Exec 2010 R3.  I realize that it has caused some consternation among users because additional security seems to always introduce inconvenience.   In BE 2010 R3, we introduced the concept of a 'trust...

Rudy M | 24 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

I’ve been involved with Backup Exec for more than 10 years and it’s the partnership between the product and customers that makes it all worthwhile.  I’d like to offer you my personal perspective of how virtualization support has grown in Backup Exec over time and how new features are influenced by our customers.

Several years ago, it became clear that virtualization in the form of VMware and Hyper-V was fundamentally changing the way servers were deployed and managed.

During planning for Backup Exec 12.5, we believed that it was key to add support for protecting virtual machines. Given Backup Exec’s focus on Windows, we needed support for both VMware ESX 3.5 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.  Backup Exec offered protection and recovery for VMs on both platforms with the ability to restore files and folders without needing to recover an entire VM. We call this feature, “Granular Restore Technology” or GRT.  For VMware...