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Backup Exec 2012 update – vSphere 5.5 support and R2 Beta registration!

Latest blog from Symantec Information Mgmt Group VP Blake McConnell

From:  Blake McConnell, vice president of Product Management, Backup and Recovery, Symantec Corp.

It’s always a good day when we can share product updates and progress with Symantec’s Backup Exec community. This is one of those good days.

Thank you

First I want to thank all of you for your continued loyalty to Backup Exec. I realize that today’s update may not address every question, wish or concern, but still want to communicate the significant progress that is being made.

vSphere 5.5® support

Platform support is our top priority. Targeted for release in mid-November, Backup Exec 2012 Service Pack 3 will include support for VMware vSphere 5.5®. Our team will deliver this support within 60 days of vSphere 5.5 general availability (GA). Once the Service Pack is released, it will be available for download from our Support website or you can watch for the patch to be available via LiveUpdate in early December.

Backup Exec 2012 R2 Beta – now open for registration

Today also marks a milestone for the Backup Exec 2012 R2 release, Beta registration is now open! The Beta version includes the functionality you’ve been asking for - media server support for Windows Server 2012, the jobs view and the ability to assign multiple servers to a single backup job. You can learn more about what’s included in the Beta and sign up for it on our official registration page -

While we’re on the topic, I want to set proper expectations around the date for Beta availability, which is scheduled for early 2014.

 ✽ First and foremost, our goal is to ensure customer delight, which means we will not compromise on quality to ship a product before it’s ready, even for a Beta release. We are taking the time necessary to ensure our Beta code is production-level quality. While this means it takes us a bit longer to reach this milestone, it allows us to get Beta feedback in real world environments, providing data beyond what we can get in a lab environment and yielding an overall higher quality product.
 ✽ Second, we expect this Beta will be in high demand so we are opening up registration early to allow enough time to process as many applications as possible before it is available for download. Opening registration now means that those accepted into the program will have access to the Beta download as soon as it becomes available in early 2014. More on that soon!
Windows Server 2012 R2 support – what’s the plan?

Congratulations to the Microsoft team on the GA of Windows Server 2012 R2! Naturally, you want to know if Backup Exec 2012 R2 will support it. What I can tell you right now is that this platform is on our radar and without question, a top priority for our team. My plan is to provide you with an update on Windows Server 2012 R2 support in the next 5 to 6 weeks.

In the meantime, please register for the Beta. We look forward to hearing your feedback!


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Join Senior Leadership from Symantec Information Management Systems in a conversation on this Google+ Hangout.  There has been a lot of talk swirling around Symantec over the past year and we will address many of these topics in this live Q&A session.  Joining the hangout will be

Pablo Stern - Sr Vice President Information Mgt Systems
Blake McConnel -  Vice President Product Mgt IMS
Jagdish Pavan - Director Enterprise Support Svcs
Piero DePaoli -  Sr Director, Global Product Marketing
Matt Stephenson - Community Mgr, Symantec Global Brand

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Validate existing environments before you install with the Backup Exec Partner Toolkit and discover more satisfying, more confidence-boosting deployments. Join Symantec Backup Exec Product Managers for a Google Hangout On Air—Pre-Deploy. Post–Delight. New Backup Exec Partner Toolkit—on  16 August at 1.00 p.m. ET. See how the generated reports in this free toolkit reduce the time to deployment and deliver post deployment delight. 

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Symantec Backup Exec was in a video call with 5 people. <a class='ot-hashtag' href=''>#hangoutsonair</a>Matthew Stephenson, Elias AbuGhazaleh, Tom Begehr, Susie Spencer, and Amy Dugdale

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Backup Exec 2012 & 2010 now officially support Windows Server 2012 & vSphere 5.1.  Check out the link for details & download

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Come and hangout with experts from the Backup Exec Product Management and Engineering teams as we announce the general availability of two service packs bringing support for Windows Server 2012 (via an agent), vSphere 5.1 and a host of quality improvements.  

This release marks the largest step to date in our plan to restore delight in Backup Exec customers.   We had over 3500 participants in Backup Exec’s largest beta ever.  This hangout will talk about what you can expect from the Service Packs and details of the beta.

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Are you a Backup Exec user?  Do you ever have wild ideas about how you could better use this solution?  Ever run into a technical issue?  How would you feel about Hanging Out for an hour with a Systems Engineer & a Technical Support Engineer to go through whatever is on your mind regarding Backup Exec?

Backup Exec is pleased to announce a series of Google+ Hangouts beginning Wednesday 12 June at 1.00 pm EDT/10.00 am EDT  
These hangouts will be open forums with customers, partners, and employees addressing any questions or concerns regarding Backup Exec 2012.  Our featured technical experts will be Systems Engineer Travis Larson and Technical Support Engineer Michael McNally.  They will be here to take your questions and suggestions and talk with you about all things Backup Exec.

Come Hangout with us.  Like Bill Cosby said “if you’re not careful, you may learn something before it’s done.”

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The Backup Exec 3600 Appliance mitigates the problems of complexity, cost, and risk associated with traditional backup solutions by delivering a combined hardware and software solution in a single package.

This Google+ Hangout is intended to assist partners, service providers and end-users as they design and implement a data protection strategy. Building a traditional backup solution can result in a high level of complexity. Our experts will discuss the turnkey advantages of the BE 3600 Appliance.  It provides a Backup Server, 5.5TB of back end storage as well as “all-you-can-eat” Backup Exec 2012 Agents and Options, including the Deduplication Option, all in one pre-configured box.  

Join our Hangout along with members of Product Management and Engineering.  We will take a good hard look at the Backup Exec 3600 and answer your questions about the technology, implementation and best practices.

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In today’s business environment IT Professionals need to adapt to changes and opportunities faster than ever.  Increasingly so, they rely on their data to run their business functions.  The loss of access to that data would not only cripple, but could ruin a company.  More IT Pros are interested in virtualization as a way to improve business efficiency, but have legitimate hesitation due to concerns about its impact on the speed of access and recoverability they have to their data.  

Today’s landscape is littered with niche products for protecting virtual machines and their data, but Symantec Backup Exec delivers a unified solution for backup and recovery of virtual environments.  It protects virtual and physical servers and data with industry leading granular recovery.  Join virtualization experts from Symantec, Task Force Tips and NAC Solutions as we answer your questions and discuss best practices for transitioning to virtual environments and protecting your virtual data.
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