Backup Exec 2010 R3 Released Today

Backup Exec 2010 R3 Released Today, May 3rd, 2011 – with improvements in virtualization backup, archiving, and security

Backup Exec 2010 R3 continues with our “R” series of releases – new features, new capabilities, and continued improvement to our award-winning backup and recovery application. 

What’s New in Backup Exec 2010 R3

There’s quite a bit of goodness in this release.  Since Symantec as a company has focused heavily in the virtualization space, it stands to reason that many of the improvements in Backup Exec 2010 R3 revolve around virtualization.  But that’s not all we improved in this release!

If you backup and restore VMware with Backup Exec and the Deduplication Option, this update is for you.  We’ve made significant improvement to the Deduplication engine regarding VMware backups – you should see significant improvement in the Deduplication rates with Backup Exec 2010 R3 compared to previous versions of Backup Exec.  In our environments we’ve seen 30%, 50%, or higher data reduction rates with the Backup Exec 2010 R3 compared to previous versions.  If you use Backup Exec and you want better Deduplication ratios with VMware backups, then this is the update for you.

(And don’t worry, Hyper-V users – we haven’t forgotten about you – we’ll have good news for you in the next major release of Backup Exec.  So be patient, and we’ll get Hyper-V Deduplication into Backup Exec as soon as we can.) 

We’ve added a new plug-in – the Backup Exec Management Plugin for VMware – to the mix, too.  This utility allows you to monitor backups made with the Agent for VMware from within a vSphere Client or vCenter installation.  Administrators can get all sorts of insight into Backup Exec jobs, including a status view of all VM’s, last backup run, next scheduled backup, what type of backup occurred, and allows administrators to drill down into Backup Exec backup job logs.  This is a completely free update that is very useful for VMware administrators who use Backup Exec.

Backup Exec Management Plugin for VMware – Monitor Backup Exec from within vCenter

Plus, we’ve improved a number of other areas involving deduplication in virtual environments since Backup Exec 2010 R2 was released.  If you protect VMware, use Deduplication, or use Application GRT for SQL, Exchange or Active Directory, this update also a great fit  for you.

Archiving has seen some love, too - especially the Exchange Mailbox Archiving Option.  We now support Archiving from Exchange 2010 SP1!  So those administrators who have been looking to move or have moved to latest and greatest messaging platform from Microsoft, we support backup, recovery, and storage management through Archiving with Backup Exec 2010 R3. In addition to new platform support, we've also introduced Virtual Vault for the Exchange Mailbox Archiving Option.  This Outlook Plug-In allows end users to see Archived emails directly from within Outlook - meaning that users never need to leave the familiar Outlook interface to search, view, and reply to Archived emails.

The Agent for Enterprise Vault has seen some improved platform support.  We now support backup, recovery, and migration from Enterprise Vault 10 installations.  Enterprise Vault is the flagship Archiving product from Symantec, and we are committed to supporting the latest and greatest releases of the Enterprise Vault application.

We’ve also done some work with our underlying security infrastructure.  Backup Exec 2010 R3 now provides TLS/SSL support from the agent to the server, providing an extra layer of security for customers that transmit backup data across the WAN or to a private cloud.  Essentially, the Backup Exec Media Server becomes its own Certificate Authority (CA) with the power to sign certificates, establishing identity and trust.  This now encrypts the control and data connections between the media server and remote agents.  This added security features will help ensure that backed up data sent over any network or Internet connection is secure.  

New Network Security Layer

And last but not least, Backup Exec 2010 R3 brings support for the latest versions of Microsoft Small Business Server 2011.  Both SBS 2011 Essentials and SBS 2011 Standard, along with the SBS 2011 Premium Add-On, are supported with Backup Exec 2010 R3. 

To sum up, we’ve done a lot of work to make Backup Exec more effective in VMware environments, more secure, and even better suited to backup and protect your environments.  We’ve produced a short “What’s New in Backup Exec 2010 R3” webcast that you  can find that on– with an introduction to Backup Exec 2010 R3.  If you already own Backup Exec 2010 or Backup Exec 2010 R2, this is a no-cost upgrade for you.  If you are interested in evaluating Backup Exec 2010 R3, you can download trialware from


Aidan Finley

Backup Exec Product Management


...looking forward to implementing this across my landscape in the next 4 - 6 weeks!

Hi Team,


Just want to ask if this version  support installing backup exec 2010 to a virtual machine under ESXi 4.1 update 1?

We have tried installing backup exec 2010 R2 to a virtual machine using ESX 4.1 but we can only backup flat files. We encountered error when we tried to backup the virtual machine even the VMware agent isn installed.


...did you go ahead and add in a license to enable AVVI? If not, the agents don't automatically turn them on.

Video overview was interesting. One note: the sound volume was very low, so I could barely hear the voice with all volume controls up. Thank you anyway

Will try it as soon as possible

Hey Jetdbest - you can certainly install Backup Exec into a virtual machine if you like. Just to be clear, were you talking about installing the media server into a virtual guest or were you looking to protect the guests from an external Backup Exec media server? Also, are you using the free version of ESXi or do you have a purchased version of Vsphere essentials? Aidan

Just installed it today, so no real impression on performance yet. I did read the following in the readme though: "The ability to store a deduplication storage folder and its related database on separate volumes is no longer available". That might create problems later on, since right now that is the way it was configured on my R2 installation. I hope I never have to delete/recreate the dedup folder (like I hhad to several times in the past). Why restrict the flexibility?

Just installed and teststed on file backup.

There is often a trade-off between flexibility and complexity. In this case we felt it was more important to reduce the complexity.


Why in backup exec there is no P2v or V2P Backup and Dissimilar Hardware like Symantec System recovery 2011 "BESR2010"


FYI, I also got some more detail from a developer on the team when I asked what happens if someone has to re-install BE where they already had a split Dedupe config DB (i.e. the config DB is in a separate location from the actual Dedupe folder, which we no longer allow on a clean setup)?

Response: It’s magic Smiley Happy After the re-install, they would create a dedupe folder and give the path to existing dedupe folder. We troll through the config files stored in that folder to determine the location of the separate DB. We will then preserve the split config of the existing dedupe storage.

We have VMWare VSphere 4.0 U1 - it's the free version.  It's installed on a decent Dell PowerEdge R710 with lots of space and an attached MD1000 - about 2 TB of useage storage space.

In it, I have 7 Virutal machines - mostly Windows 2008 (not R2) and a couple Windows 2003 Standard servers.

We also run Exchange 2007.

Backing up this environment is BUE 2010 with SP1, installed on a Dell R310 with a LTO4 tape attached.

We own the following licenses and maintenance is up for renewal:

-1 Exchange Agent

-3 Windows Agents

-1 Main Server (installed on R310 - a physical box)

So we need to buy renewals for the licenses we own and we need to buy 2 new Windows Agents.  But because this is a VMWare environment, I thought that it might be better to buy the VMWare agent.  I am a bit confused though and have two questions:

1) Can the VMWare Virtual agent backup all my virtual machines even though this version of VMWare is free?

2) Should I consider upgrading to BUE 2010 R3 to reduce the amount of redundant data that is being backed up (or do I need to buy a separate Agent/Option that allows me to do the deduplication that is noted in the above article)

3) I have another 3 sites that all have VMWare installed (VSphere - Free version) and each site has 2 or 3 virtual machines on a single physical host.  They all run SBS 2008 and have BUE 2010 installed together on one of the virtual O/S's.  In these environments, there is a LTO3 tape drive connected to the actual VMWare server and it's associated with the SBS Virtual O/S - where we have BUE installed.  If I buy the VM Agent, can it work in this configuration or will it only work when the backup server is installed on it's own physical box?

Sorry for the stupid questions - I've used BUE for a number of years, but I don't backup the actual VM's themselves, instead I backup just the Operating Systems with the backup exec agents as the VMWare opiton is a bit expensive and not always justified when there are only 1 or 2 actual servers installed on one physical box.


Hi Omar - P2V, V2P in BESR/SSR are features on which we worked with VMware to deliver the method of conversion for the BESR/SSR format. We are looking at such a conversion process for Backup Exec for a future version for BE backup format. The dissimilar hardware recovery is also something we are looking at for a future version considering its popularity. The best thing to do would be to particiapate in the Backup Exec beta programs to get an early look at upcoming features.

+1 for dissimilar hardware recovery! Would make my life (and DR tests) so much easier...

> Symantec as a company has focused heavily in the virtualization space Where's the Xen support?

Hi guys can i get the link to see the video..

+1 for XenServer support

If this were available, we'd be able to use Backup Exec to backup our 14 XenServers and 150VMs

Is there a date for the release of Hyper-V Deduplication that support Hyper V's CSV?


can i have a quotations on the following:


1) Exchange 2010 open License, with 50 users.

2) Backup exec 2010 R3 with 1 sql agent and 1 remote agent.

3) SQL 2008 - 5 users


thank you.


product list and pricing

For online price quote refer to the below link. Click on "View Agents and Option"

Hi ,


Kindly give the specific details on how to and to avoid  pitfalls ...