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The Technical Services team for Backup and Recovery have produced a number of documents we call "Blueprints".

These Blueprints are designed to show backup and recovery challenges around specific technologies or functions and how Backup Exec solves these challenges.

Each Blueprint consists of:

  • Pain Points: What challenges customers face
  • Whiteboard: Shows how Backup Exec solves the customer challenges
  • Recommended Configuration: Shows recommended installation
  • Do’s: Gives detailed configurations suggested by Symantec
  • Don'ts: What configurations & pitfalls customers should avoid
  • Advantages: Summarises the Backup Exec advantages

This Blueprint is designed to help with customers who are utilising VMware technologies.

Virtualisation technology has been widely adopted by organisations of all sizes to optimise critical IT assets, such as data and application servers. As a result of this virtualisation trend, companies are looking for efficient and effective ways to back up and recover their virtual servers and the critical applications that many of these virtual machines host, such as Microsoft Exchange®, SQL Server®, SharePoint®, and Active Directory®.

Integration with the Latest Virtualisation Technology

A significant advantage of Backup Exec 2014 in virtual environments is direct integration with the VMware virtual platform. This integration enables advanced functionality built specifically for the proper and optimised protection of VMware environments.


VMware vSphere Integration

Backup Exec 2014 integrates with VMware's vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) to eliminate important challenges associated with the backup of VMware virtual machines and to provide faster backup performance with less overall storage consumption. This is accomplished through the following:

Support for the Latest VMware vSphere Environments

  • vSphere 5.5 (including update 1)
  • vSphere 5.1 (including updates 1 and 2)
  • vSphere 5.0 (including updates 1, 2, and 3)
  • vSphere 4.1 (including updates 1, 2, and 3)
  • vSphere 4.0 (including updates 1, 2, 3, and 4)

VMware VADP Integration

  • Enables backup of all virtual machines
  • Provides backup of VMware virtual machines over SAN infrastructures
  • Eliminates the shutting down of virtual machines in order to protect them

VMware Changed Block Tracking Support

  • Enables full, differential, and incremental backups of VMware virtual machines
  • Full backups: capture full point-in-time backup of the virtual machine
  • Differential backups: backup of only what has changed since the last full backup
  • Incremental backups: backup of only what has changed since the last backup

VMware Block Optimisation Support

  • Intelligent skipping of unused blocks within a virtual disk file
  • Greatly reducing backup sizes and increasing backup speed

Integrated Granular Recovery Technology

From a single-pass backup of a virtual machine, recover:

  • An entire virtual machine
  • Individual files and folders*
  • Entire applications*
  • Granular application objects*

Advanced Data Deduplication Support

  • Support for deduplication of VMware virtual machine backups
  • Advanced stream handler enables increased deduplication efficiency of VMDK files and their contents
  • Significant reduction of disk backup storage requirements

Integration with Microsoft’s VSS API

  • Leverages VSS writers within each Windows-based virtual machine
  • Enables Microsoft best-practice protection of applications such as Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint
  • Support for “VSS Full” and “VSS Copy” backup operations
  • Application quiescence and log truncation

You can use this Blueprint to better understand Backup Exec's VMware integration technologies - please download from the link below.


*For an authoritative list of platforms and applications supported by Backup Exec 2014, please refer to the Backup Exec Software Compatibility. List available here: