Symantec released Backup Exec 2014 last month, building on Backup Exec 2012’s advances in backup technology. But in a nod to users, the newest version also reinstated some key, long-standing features that were absent, and sorely missed, from Backup Exec 2012. The changes come on the heels of an extensive beta test conducted earlier this year, and demonstrate that Symantec takes customer feedback to heart. As a former backup administrator, I can tell you that backup admins are creatures of habit, and the last thing they want to do when things are working well is to change something. To that end, the removal of Job Monitor from Backup Exec 2012 and the version’s move from policy-focused backups to server-focused backups left some long-time Backup Exec administrators unhappy.
But now Job Monitor is back in Backup Exec 2014, as is the ability to create multi-server backup policies. The look and feel of Backup Exec 2014 is similar to 2012, but the inclusion of this functionality cannot be understated. Administrators can once again see the status of all backup jobs from a single, convenient dashboard and can create policies containing multiple servers, which simplifies management. Upgrading from previous versions of Backup Exec is also easier than ever, with settings and policies from versions 12.5 and above maintained in Backup Exec 2014.
Backup Exec 2014 now also supports the latest operating systems and applications. The most recent version offers full support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as the ability to back up and restore granular items in Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013. Backup Exec 2014 also supports SQL 2014 and features deep integration with both Hyper-V 2012 and vSphere 5.5. Additionally, Backup Exec continues to promise incredible storage savings via block-level deduplication.
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