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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...

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....