Symantec™ System Recovery 2011
To sustain your operations, your business, and even your brand, you need to recover from a system failure as quickly as possible. However, manual system recovery processes prolong system downtime – and potential losses.
Symantec System Recovery 2011 offers a superior solution by delivering fast and reliable system recovery that helps minimize downtime and meet recovery time objectives with confidence. In just four simple steps, quickly restore physical and virtual systems to bare metal in minutes, even to dissimilar hardware, virtual environments, or remote locations with Symantec’s patented Restore Anyware technology.
Built on 10 years of research and development and with more than 787,000 protected systems, Symantec System Recovery (formerly Backup Exec System Recovery) is one of the most proven, trusted, and reliable system recovery solutions.
Built-in AES Encryption Support
Symantec System Recovery 2011 includes built-in software encryption that enables administrators to ensure the security and integrity of their critical business data when it is protected by Symantec System Recovery and stored to disk in the form of backup files known as recovery points. Backup jobs can be configured to store recovery points in 128-bit, 192-bit, or 256-bit AES encrypted format. A password of sufficient length must be provided (password length depends upon the encryption level selected) to enable this capability.
It is important to note that there is no “back door” mechanism built into the Symantec System Recovery 2011 product to enable access to encrypted recovery points when the user is unable to supply the required password. Without the correct password, the encrypted recovery point will be inaccessible.
In production environments, it is highly recommended that encryption be used when creating recovery points with Symantec System Recovery, even when recovery points are maintained on disk storage within an organizations physical boundary. When recovery points are stored to removable media for offsite transport, or stored to remote network or FTP locations outside of an organizations physical boundary, the need for encryption is even greater.
When using encryption with Symantec System Recovery, a small amount of additional time will be required for backup jobs to complete due to the additional encryption processing load.
Using Symantec System Recovery with Symantec Endpoint Encryption
Symantec Endpoint Encryption provides advanced encryption for desktops, laptops, and removable storage devices. It offers scalable, enterprise-wide security that prevents unauthorized access by using strong access control and powerful encryption.
Using Symantec System Recovery alongside Symantec Endpoint Encryption is fully supported by Symantec. Symantec System Recovery can protect systems also running Symantec Endpoint Encryption and perform bare metal and dissimilar hardware recovery operations of these systems. Please note the following considerations when using Symantec System Recovery to protect systems also running Symantec Endpoint Protection:
Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion Considerations:
Using Symantec System Recovery with Microsoft Bitlocker
Using Symantec System Recovery alongside Microsoft Bitlocker is supported. Symantec System Recovery can protect systems also running Microsoft Bitlocker and perform bare metal and dissimilar hardware recovery operations. The behavior of Symantec System Recovery when used on systems also protected by Microsoft Bitlocker is generally the same as the behavior seen on systems protected by Symantec Endpoint Protection.
Using Symantec System Recovery with Other Third-party Encryption Solutions
Other third-party encryption solutions have not been officially tested with Symantec System Recovery and as such are not officially supported. However, in most cases the behavior of Symantec System Recovery when used alongside other third-party encryption solutions should be similar to the behavior seen with Symantec Endpoint Encryption and the Microsoft Bitlocker solution.