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Backup Exec 2012: Overview

Created: 12 Mar 2012 • Updated: 29 Mar 2012 | 30 comments
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Watch this short video and learn about the Backup Exec 2012 newly redesigned administration console and great new features like VMware and Hyper-V backup, bare-metal disaster recovery, and "no-hardware disaster recovery" via physical to virtual conversion.

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Christopher Sorel's picture

like the new covert to virutal

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Amarnath Sathishkumar's picture

Out of all the features,

Converting a Physical Server Backup to Virtual Machine Backup is the very good feature.

This helps big organizations to move on to Virtualization. 

Reducing the cost of

1. Physical Hardware.

2. Cost of Maintainance.

3. Man Power

4. Data Center Size.

Amarnath Sathishkumar

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K_F's picture

We have not purchased Back Up Exec 2012 yet, but are considering it, but need to know first if we can create back ups which are not overwritten. Keeping multiple backups to take off sight are important. That seems like a simple request, however, on all these forums & FAQs, I cannot verify this is possible.  How do I find out for sure? 

Thanks,

K_F

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Elias AbuGhazaleh's picture

Yes absolutely, this can be done with Backup Exec 2012 (or any other version previous).  We have settings in the software to help you with that.  There are a variety of settings for media protection:

Full - protect allocated and imported media
Prevents Backup Exec from overwriting media that are in media sets and the media that is imported from another installation of Backup Exec or from another product.
This is the safest option to choose because the media that is protected cannot be overwritten until one of the following actions occur:
The overwrite protection period for the media expires.
You move the media that belongs to an active media set to scratch media.
You erase, format, or label the media.
You move imported media to Scratch Media.
 
Partial - protect only allocated media
Lets Backup Exec overwrite scratch media and the media that is imported from another installation of Backup Exec or from another product. Media in a media set that has an overwrite protection period that has not expired (allocated media) cannot be overwritten.
Symantec recommends this option if you want to use media from another installation of Backup Exec or from another product
This option is enabled by default.
 
Prompt before overwriting imported media
Prompts you before Backup Exec overwrites media that is imported from another installation of Backup Exec or from another product. You must select the option Partial - protect only allocated media.
The job cannot run until you respond to this prompt.
 
None
Disables the media overwrite protection feature for media in tape and disk cartridges. With this option, you are responsible for making sure that the media in tape drives and disk cartridges are not accidentally overwritten.
When an overwrite job is submitted to a tape drive and the media overwrite protection level is None, the media is overwritten.
Note:
This option is not recommended because it does not protect data from being overwritten.
 
Prompt before overwriting allocated or imported media
Prompts you before Backup Exec overwrites allocated or imported media in tape and disk cartridges. If you selected None, Symantec recommended that you select this option to be prompted before overwriting allocated or imported media.
The job cannot run until you respond to this prompt.
 
Overwrite scratch media before overwriting recyclable media contained in the targeted media set
Lets Backup Exec overwrite scratch media first in a tape drive or disk cartridge when an overwrite job occurs.
If no scratch media are found in any of the tape drives or disk cartridges, Backup Exec overwrites recyclable media in the selected media set.
If no recyclable media are found in the selected media set, Backup Exec searches for recyclable media in any media set.
If no recyclable media are found, Backup Exec automatically searches for other media to overwrite. The media that is overwritten depends on the level of the overwrite protection that you set. If you select this option, more media may be required for the same number of jobs than if you choose to overwrite recyclable media first.
This option affects the order in which Backup Exec overwrites media. If you choose to overwrite scratch media first, the recyclable media may be preserved longer for possible recovery.
This option is enabled by default.
 
Overwrite recyclable media contained in the targeted media set before overwriting scratch media
Lets Backup Exec overwrite recyclable media in a tape drive or disk cartridge in the seelcted media set first when an overwrite job occurs.
If no recyclable media are found in any of the storage devices, Backup Exec overwrites scratch media.
If no recyclable media or scratch media are found, Backup Exec searches for media to overwrite. The media that is overwritten depends on the level of the overwrite protection that you set.
If you choose to overwrite recyclable media in the selected media set first, the same media is re-used more frequently than if you choose to overwrite scratch media first.
 
Limit Backup Exec to read-only operations on disk-based storage if it has been detached for at least
Specifies the number of days that the disk-based storage must be detached from the Backup Exec server before Backup Exec is limited to read-only operations.
This setting prevents Backup Exec from reclaiming disk space on any disk-based storage device if you re-attach the device after a specified number of days.
The default setting is 14 days.
When the number of days specified has passed for a detached disk storage device, Backup Exec is then limited to read-only operations on any disk storage device that you reattach until you manually change the setting on the disk storage properties.

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Constantine's picture

bare-metal disaster recovery - nice.

 

one question,

Is it restoring the backups made by backupexec 2010?

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Elias AbuGhazaleh's picture

I want to make sure I understand your question, so answering a few different ways here:

Backup Exec 2012 is capable of restoring media made by Backup Exec 2010.

In regards to the Simplified Disaster Recovery (SDR), Backup Exec 2012 (SDR) is different than that of Backup Exec 2010.  So the Disaster Recovery media made with BE2010 is different.

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C_Williams's picture

I was testing out BE 2012 with a trial version of the software. I wanted to test how it backups virtual machines before I suggested my company purchase the software. I have vmware virtual machines using ESXi server. I scheduled an immediate backup of one of the vitual machines but had to cancel the job before it completed. Now the virtual machine won't start because the *flat.vmdk is missing. The virtual machine was running before the backup started but after the backup was canceled the file is completely gone. Do you have any idea what happend?

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Elias AbuGhazaleh's picture

C_Williams,

The file you are referencing is part of the VM itself.  This definately does not sound good, and I'm notsure who this could have happened by simply cancelling the backup.

What is the error message you receive when you attempt to power on the VM?

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Vasilis Peppas's picture

I assume that the ESXi is licsenced. Under normal cirumstances you cannot backup the unlicsenced version. I have been working with vmbackups for a long time and I have never come accross a corruption caused by Backupexec on the vmware server. Obviously something when wrong when deleting the snapshot on the esxi server but that is done by the esxi server not backup exec( backupexec only  sends the request). So you should check your esxi server logs to see if you can find out what caused  the problem

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paulmsliwa's picture

I would really like to know how Backup Exec 2012 backs up Virtual Machines running from either Hyper-V or ESXi in a shared storage environment.  Does BE2012 backup the .vhds/.vmdks as a whole or does it back up only the data and applications running on those VMs?  How can I leverage Backup Exec 2012 in my virtual environment to implement a proper disaster recovery plan in a virtual environment?

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Vasilis Peppas's picture

Actually it can do both. You can do a full backup without GRT so that you have the option of a complete vmbackup as a machine. If you install a remote agent in the vm along with the appropriate  db options you can have along with the full backup the option to do a file level or application based restore. The thing that you have to be aware of is that it can be done only for windows systems and the backup has to be on disk

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fattylumpkin's picture

I have been using the 2012 version now for 3 weeks.  I HATE the new interface.  This is the most cumbersome peice that anyone could have dreamed up.  Was this interface designed by sales and marketing instead of engineers?

After using this product for 15 years, since it was Veritas, I am finally motivated to see what the competition has to offer.

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pmbgat's picture

Your comment is not the first place that I have seen such polarization about the user interface.  The new interface, which parallels the NetBackup interface, is the reason that a number of my customers have not embraced NetBackup, taking Backup Exec beyond its practical limitations.  The "improved" interface is just a different way of thinking about the same problem.  Be patient.  Every upgrade to software brings with it desirable and undesirable features.

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Vasilis Peppas's picture

Actually I find the new interface quite comrehensive. In the beginning I also hated it . It took forever to do anything. After a while though when you get aquainted with it you will find that it is quite easy to work with. What you did in the older versions you can still do just in another way and the monitoring is much better

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MissLL's picture

Can I back up entire VM's in the trial of 2012?

 

In the add servers list there is not a esxi\vmware option.

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Vasilis Peppas's picture

yes you can but you have to activete the option under options licsence keys. Then you will see the additional options to add vmware servers

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MissLL's picture

Thanks, I did eventually find that :)

Thank you

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Vasilis Peppas's picture

you're welcome

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Wheatfix's picture

What became of this?: 
https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/backing-more-one-server-job-be-2012

Still can't backup more than one server per job with the new version?

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Vasilis Peppas's picture

Actually what you can do is create a group of servers ( enable groups from the gui) , put the servers you want to backup  in the group and then create a backup job for the group. The settings will be applied for all servers included in the group. The backup will still be 1 server at a time and in the monitor view you will still see each server as an individual job.

 

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Wheatfix's picture

"Groups does not allow creating one job containing multiple servers selections."  - https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/articles/using-groups-backup-exec-2012

I want one backup job for all servers, instead of guessing the variable backup times for each server - without gaps or overlapping.

I also want different settings for each server (individual selection lists).

Symantec is well aware of this problem and promised a fix sometime around now as per my first post.

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henry shih's picture

Can I install BackupExec onto Windows 2012?

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Drew Meyer's picture

Yes and no. You will be able to back up a Windows 2012 server with the new agent coming in July, but installing the Media Server on Windows Server 2012 is still a work in progress.

Director of Marketing, NetBackup
@DrewMeyerSYMC

 

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rudzfp's picture

is the Symatec Backup Exec R3 has a feature to identify tapes already not working or not over writable and inform the IT admin on this? Can someone give me details on how Symantech works on this? Do tapes have expiration dates per manufacturer? Is it recommendable to retain the use of the tapes on the expiration dates? Is it okay to use the tapes as long as it working regardless of the expiration dates? Please advice.

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henry shih,

Keep an eye on the Blog for the Backup Exec beta. Both beta's for Backup Exec 2012 and Backup Exec 2012R3 will protect 2012 Window Servers https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/announcing-new-beta-backup-exec  It is only the media server itself that is excluded from running on Windows 2012 server.

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razi ahmad's picture

Dear Sir,

Please Guide me about New Symantec Exce 2012

1. hown can see indivisual tape backacup

2. How can do tape labling

3. Indivisual tape backup restore.

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SajidShaik's picture

individual backups can see by

 

1) click on Storage - Slots - Double Click the Tape - select the backup sets

2) Labeling :  storage -slots - right click the slot - select lable

if you have barcode lables the Tapelibrary can read it then it'll appear automatically..

3) Select the backup and Restore - select the job - select restore icon- go through the procedure..

all the best

 

Shaik Saj

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mattkuhl's picture
does Backup Exec support Oracle DB's



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JPLaie's picture

I have a Backup Exec 2012 60 Day Trial verstion installed on Windows 2003 Enterprise Server.  The installation went well.   I can backup data on the C:\Drive, but not data from E:\ volume.   Is this a limitattion of the Trial version?   I also have the Shadow copy service turned on for the E:\ drive.  Any ideas?

Thank you.

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I have a Backup Exec 2012 60 Day Trial verstion installed on Windows 2003 Enterprise Server.  It only been 2 days since the insallation finished.  The installation went well and I like the new interface, simple.   I am trying to backup data to a LTO1 tape drive.  I can backup data on the C:\Drive, but not data from E:\ volume.   Is this a limitattion of the Trial version?   I also have the Shadow copy service turned on for the E:\ drive.  Again I'm trying to do a tape backup.  Any ideas?

Thank you.

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