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Symantec Backup Exec 2012 Review

Symantec Backup Exec 2012 Review

Symantec Backup Exec 2012 is one integrated product that protects virtual and physical environments, simplifies both backup and disaster recovery, and recovers data or systems at any scale, from an individual item to an entire server. Backup Exec 2012 restores entire servers, critical Microsoft applications, and VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments to dramatically minimize business downtime.

Backup Exec 2012 is truly the culmination of Symantec’s global team of expert engineers who spent million of man-hours singularly focused on changing the playing field of backup software. In addition to completely reworking thousands of lines of code, Symantec offers Backup Exec in four editions.


  • Backup Exec 2012 — Standard Edition
  • Symantec Backup Exec 2012 Small Business Edition — for small businesses with limited IT experience that want to protect their data with ease.
  • Symantec Backup Exec 2012 V-Ray Edition — for customers with 100 percent virtualized environments that don’t want to pay for a separate product.
  • Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance — for customers who want an all-in-one, affordable data protection solution for physical or virtual environments that reduces backup windows and storage and management costs.


Symantec Backup Exec 2012 delivers centralized management to easily extend your backup infrastructure across distributed environments and remote offices so physical or virtual server protection is easily managed as your business grows. With a sleek and streamlined administration console, Backup Exec 2012 makes it easier than ever to efficiently manage backup and recovery operations across your physical and virtual infrastructure. Backup Exec 2012 efficiently delivers advanced capabilities for VMware, Hyper-V, Windows, Linux, and Mac backup and recovery, for both simple and complex IT environments.


New Features


Enhanced administration console

New innovative and modern administration console makes it easier than ever to set up backups, manage backup policies, perform disaster recoveries, and convert backups of servers to virtual machines for instant disaster recovery.

  • Quickly and easily configure and monitor backup and restore jobs
  • Easy to manage alerts, view server status, and monitor disk storage utilization, as well as grouping servers or applications into logical containers for easier monitoring


Discover unprotected data

  • Easily browse the network and discover servers and application data that have not been backed up using the easy to use user administration console.
  • Easily identify unprotected data and ensure it’s always protected


Integrated bare-metal and dissimilar hardware recovery

  • Rapidly recover an entire server, to the same hardware or dissimilar hardware in minutes, not hours or days.
  • Reduce downtime and disruption.
  • Replace time consuming, error prone manual system recovery process with fast, efficient, automated system recovery.


Convert Backups to Virtual Machines

  • Convert Backups to Virtual Machines for instant recovery so that if a server fails, you can get that server back up and running in a VMware or Hyper-V environment in the time it takes you to turn on a virtual machine.
  • Drastically shrink the amount of time your business-critical services are down.
  • Simultaneously back up a physical machine and convert it to a virtual machine or virtual disk.
  • Convert an existing backup set to a virtual machine.


Guided restore

  • The Restore Wizard guides you through restoring an entire server, files, folders, volumes, and application data.
  • Restores are initiated by Restore Wizards that guide you through a process that is designed specifically for the type of data that you want to restore.


Client/source deduplication for Linux servers

  • Source deduplication for Linux servers enables significant LAN/WAN bandwidth and backup storage savings while protecting Linux servers.
  • Reduce data storage by up to 10:1.
  • Significant LAN/WAN bandwidth savings.


Virtual Machine Validator

  • Easily validate the recoverability of full VM backups via the vSphere client console.
  • VMware and Backup Exec 2012 administrators can now easily validate the recoverability of full VM backups.
  • The vSphere client console not only provides administrators an easy to view window to see the validation of full VM backups recoverability but also easy to manage backup and recovery operations.


New storage handling

  • A wizard helps you configure all types of storage, including disk, deduplication, network, and cloud storage, as well as storage pools.
  • Disk storage is easier to create now that Backup Exec chooses the best location to store your backups.
  • Backup Exec now provides storage trending, and capacity monitoring and reporting.


New and improved notifications

  • Configure Backup Exec to notify people by email or text message when alerts occur.
  • Backup Exec uses SMTP for email notifications and supports SMTP authentication.
  • Notification email messages can be sent to any email address, including: Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, and Web-based email applications such as Gmail or Yahoo mail.


Key Benefits

  • Award winning data protection and disaster recovery designed for physical and virtual environments in a single unified solution.
  • Agentless backup of virtual machines
  • Protect an unlimited number of virtual machines per host.
  • Dramatically minimize downtime and data loss by rapidly recovering what you need, when you need it with a single click.
  • Resource centric management, with a focus on management by exception and ease of deployment.
  • Recover an entire system to the same hardware, entirely different hardware or virtual machine in the time it takes you to turn on a virtual machine.
  • Eliminate point solutions, backup complexity, unnecessary storage growth, costs and risk with a single unified scalable solution.


Symantec Backup Exec 2012 has just been released. It’s simpler, more intuitive, and much easier to navigate. It presents a greatly simplified experience and provides easier access to its power and capabilities than ever before.


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Article Contributor: Satish Kumar

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