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BackupExec & SSR

Just curious, is backup exec and ssr are merged into a single product?

 

Previously for folder backup I was using backupexec using backup agent and for image recover SSR using another agent.

 

What is the recent change in the product line?

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No, Backup Exec (BE) and

No, Backup Exec (BE) and System Recovery (SSR) still remain different products.

Latest version of BE is BE 15 - https://www.veritas.com/product/backup-and-recovery/backup-exec

And latest version of SSR is SSR 2013 R2 - https://www.veritas.com/product/backup-and-recovery/system-recovery

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No, Backup Exec (BE) and

No, Backup Exec (BE) and System Recovery (SSR) still remain different products.

Latest version of BE is BE 15 - https://www.veritas.com/product/backup-and-recovery/backup-exec

And latest version of SSR is SSR 2013 R2 - https://www.veritas.com/product/backup-and-recovery/system-recovery

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To my understanding Backup Exec only supports Data (Folder/File) backup and the SSR supports only the image backup, requiring two separate backup agents running on the client systems.

Is there a roadmap to achieve both data nad image backup with single product?

Re: BackupExec & SSR

The SRD recovery feature of SSR is similar to the SDR recovery feature of BE. BE backs up at a different level than SSR, but BE has more agents & options. BE backs up not only files & folders but also the complete system in addition to VMs, DBs etc.

No roadmap as of now to merge these two products into single one.

My requirement is for

My requirement is for data/folder backup and also image backup for bare metal recovery.

BackupExec with Simplified Disaster Recovery fully supports both data and image backup. Am I right?

When do we need Symantec System Recovery? Is it exclusively for image recovery? Please explain me the product selection criteria BE VS SSR.

Re: BackupExec & SSR

The selection criteria depends mainly on the type of environment and what are the RTO, RPO objectives.

See this post - http://www.techsoup.org/support/articles-and-how-tos/guide-to-symantec-backup-and-recovery

If you have a large environment with physical, virtual systems running various OS and applications such as Sharepoint, SQL, Lotus Domino and have the need to backup to various types of storage media such as Disk, Tape, Cloud, DedDupe and/or have the need to centrally administer, centrally restore (any many more options), then BE is the recommended choice.

SSR backs up only to Disk. It doesn't offer the variety of Agents and Options which BE offers. As an example -

Enterprise Server Option - Offers centralized management, centralized restores. Offers synthetic backups.

BE offers more options in terms of recovery such as full machine recovery, recovery of files & folders at a granular level.

 

 

 

 

Re: BackupExec & SSR

Thank you for the clarification. Is there something that cannot be achieved by BE but available in SSR?

As per the document, is it true that BE does not support SDR on 32bit OS?

SDR works on 32-bit OS,

SDR works on 32-bit OS, though SDR Disk Creation does NOT work on 32-bit OS since BE 15 requires a 64-bit media server only.

SSR is comparatively quicker than BE in terms of backup/restore.

Few things which SSR does, but not BE -

1) Ability to assign a drive letter to a recovery point. This allows one to simply copy off the files.

2) Sector based backup & hence it is faster especially when lots of smaller files are involved. This also allows to bypass bad sectors if any.

Re: BackupExec & SSR

SDR works on 32-bit OS, though SDR Disk Creation does NOT work on 32-bit OS. Please ellaborate this sentence.

Does it mean that I can take only the data backup and not the image of 32 bit OS?

Re: BackupExec & SSR

To perform SDR, you would first need a SDR Disk which is used to boot up the computer.

This disk is created on the Backup Exec server which has to be 64-bit. However, you can use this disk to restore a 32-bit server.