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Eileen | 01 Jun 2009 | 4 comments

Here are a few tips and tricks that might come in handy as you get started on Symantec Connect.

Profile - Located under the "Me" menu item, in the upper right hand corner of the site, you can upload a photo, keep track of your rewards points  and customize your subscriptions to community newsletters.  Just select the "edit" tab within your profile and start customizing.

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LeslieMiller | 03 Dec 2013 | 6 comments

Connect Users Receive A Great Deal on Symantec Vision Registration

Register for Symantec Vision 2014 Las Vegas and Receive $100 off your Registration Fee and 500 Symantec Connect Rewards Points.*

Registration Code: V14CONNECT*

May 5-8, 2014

Caesers Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Get Ready for a More Personal and Relevant Vision Experience

Vision Las Vegas 2014 is being revamped and revitalized to give you more of what you're looking for. That starts with the in-depth technical training and popular hands-on labs for which Vision is known. But this year, Vision will feature deeper insights into Symantec's strategy, more big announcements, and unprecedented exposure to upcoming Symantec solutions—all tailored for businesses and IT professionals at every level...

NickWood | 08 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

Software-defined storage (SDS) is a term that seems to have spread like wildfire in the last few months. But what actually is it and what are the benefits of it? In this post, I share my thoughts based on current research and conversations with peers.

SDS feels very much feels like a marketing term at the moment - used by vendors to capture mindshare and attachment to the broader topic of software defined datacentre - a term popularized by VMware last year. For further reading on software-defined datacentre implementations, please review the following VMware case study that features Symantec’s recent internal transformation.

SDS, rather than being an actual product, is really an architectural outcome for next generation storage designs. Founded on storage virtualization, SDS uses abstraction to pool storage from commodity hardware to provide flexible,...

PackMatt73 | 28 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

This is a great venue to stir the imagination but the hills of San Francisco take a toll.  I was listening to the lunch session yesterday from the Hang Space.  One of the speakers said something to the effect of “as an IT guy, when you buy your first Tesla, it’s really a transforming experience.”  He…when you buy your first Tesla.  But what he was talking about was pretty interesting point.  In a Tesla, apparently, you are sitting on top of a whole bunch of laptop batteries.  The dashboard is a huge, web enabled LCD monitor.  Music is provided by whatever Internet radio stations you want.  You almost become Tron when you drive it.

But it also got me thinking about a conversation I had earlier in the day with a...

PackMatt73 | 27 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

So do to some horrific connectivity issues, what was supposed to be yesterday's introductory VMworld blog has become today's introductory VMworld blog.  Please timeshift your reading accordingly...


Today is the first day of the 10th version of VMworld.  This year, we’re back in San Francisco, which is SO much better than Las Vegas.  There’s just something about this town that puts me in a Big Idea frame of mind…maybe it’s because Star Fleet builds there Academy here in a few years…I don’t know, but there’s a lot going on.

This year’s theme is Defy Convention.  I think that is an interesting choice given the choice of venue and the presence of the major players in the IT industry, present company included (heh….see what I did there).  Lots of the big companies are being pushed into new ways of thinking by smaller, nimble new players. 

The Software Defined...

Rob.Wilcox | 09 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

I  know from experience that there many, many registry keys that are public knowledge relating to Enterprise Vault, and also from my 6+ years in Enterprise Vault Engineering there are a whole load of non-public registry keys as well. The public ones though do sometimes still have strange surprises left to be revealed. Take for example the following situation:


In Enterprise Vault 10.0.3 a user clicks on a folder, and then clicks on 'Store in Vault', in order to store the whole folder in their archive. Nothing unusual so far. But it might not work, it might fail with an error. And the issue comes about because of a server side registry key relating to fixing up orphaned shortcuts.

Odd?! Definitely. It should be something that is quite rare to happen, because of course at the end of the article that talks about orphaned shortcuts it does categorically say to remember to remove the registry key — but there will be a really small...

Alex Sakaguchi | 30 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

Is your data protection solution vCloud Director AWARE? The introduction of VMware's vCloud Director included a new IaaS offering that layers on top of the existing vSphere product suite. This means yet additional challenges for backup and recovery professionals to work around.

Symantec experts will be addressing this topic on an On Air Google+ Hangout on Wednesday, August 7th.

Tune in to this Bonus Session of our Google+ Hangout Virtual Vision series to learn more about backup and recovery challenges with vCloud Director. Our experts will share how we solve them in one of the largest vCloud Director deployments in the world and discuss the difference between vCD API and VADP in this interactive session.

Get your questions answered live by our expert panelists during the event by submitting your questions to the hashtag #SYMCHangout.

Mark your calendars:

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Alex Sakaguchi | 15 Jul 2013 | 0 comments


The Virtual Vision Google+ Hangout Series has been going strong for four weeks with Hangouts from NetBackup, Clearwell and Enterprise Vault and Backup Exec.

Couldn’t attend one of the previous Hangouts? Don’t worry, you can catch the recordings, view the supporting documents, or ask questions via the Google+ event pages.

Make sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming events throughout the rest of July and August. You can RSVP, view more details about the events and watch recordings after the events have taken place all on the Google+ event pages.

Check back here to see updates on the sessions, or follow @Symantec on Twitter, add +Symantec to your Google+ Circles...

JBordwine | 11 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

Recently, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent government agencies a 104-page instruction manual for securing government-owned commercial smartphones and tablets. Prior to this point, there was no consistency across agencies when it came to mobile device security, resulting in disparate software and policies across the board – which oftentimes was not adequate to protect against today’s threat landscape.

As part of the digital government strategy the White House laid out about a year ago, calling on agencies to “adopt a coordinated approach to ensure privacy and security in a digital age,” these guidelines are a first step in creating a cohesive mobile security strategy for the U.S. Government. The guidelines were developed by the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, along with the National Institute of...

Alex Sakaguchi | 31 May 2013 | 0 comments


Didn't get to attend a session at Vision 2013 that you wanted to? 

Or maybe this year you didn't get to attend Vision at all?  We've decided to take some of our top non-security Vision sessions and make them available through Google+ Hangouts On Air. Topics will focus on backup and recovery, archiving and eDiscovery, and business continuity and disaster recovery.

Each session will be broadcasted free to give you an opportunity to hear about the technology from the experts, get some insight into the roadmap and futures, and get your questions answered live.

Here's what you should do:

Click on the links in the Google+ Event Page column that corresponds with a session you're interested in.  The link will provide more information about the session, including participants, the date and time of the Hangout. It will also provide information so you can RSVP to attend the...