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Introducing Veritas Backup Exec 20.2: One backup, for all of your data

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We are excited to introduce Veritas Backup Exec 20.2 with Instant Cloud Recovery, expanded Azure coverage and support for the latest platforms.

Instant Cloud Recovery

Instantly recover to Azure cloud with the new Backup Exec Instant Cloud Recovery (ICR).

Instant Cloud Recovery (ICR) powered by Azure Site Recovery (ASR) propels our Azure cloud integration to the next-level by leveraging the native Azure Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) to complement off-site backups.


With Instant Cloud Recovery Backup Exec customers can further minimize downtime (RTO) and data loss (RPO) even in the event of a complete disaster as data can now be instantly replicated to Azure cloud for business critical Hyper-V and VMware virtual machines. In the event of a disaster Backup Exec customers simply failover to the replica in Azure cloud to eliminate disruption.


Instant Cloud Recovery requires an Azure subscription - further details on Instant Cloud Recovery are available in the Backup Exec 20.2 Instant Cloud Recovery blog.

New Cloud Regions

All Azure (geo) Regions are now supported for Azure, Azure China, Azure Germany and Azure Government entities. More details are available in the Hardware Compatibility List.

New Windows Platforms

Backup Exec 20.2 introduces support for the latest semi-annual Channel (SAC) releases of Windows: Windows Server, version 1803 and Windows 10, version 1803.

New SharePoint Platform

The new release also introduces support for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 with farm-level granular restore.


New VMware Platforms

Backup Exec 20.2 introduces complete support for VMware vSphere 6.7 including support for VM Hardware version 14 and includes new SSL certificate trust review and validation capability for VMware vCenter and ESXi.


New Linux Platforms

Backup Exec 20.2 introduces support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5.

Backup Exec 20.2 availability

Backup Exec 20.2 is available immediately:

  • Existing Backup Exec 20.x customers can update using the manual update steps
  • Install and Upgrade media for everyone else can be obtained through the Veritas Entitlement Management System (VEMS) for new installations and upgrades from prior Backup Exec versions
  • Trialware and Automated Veritas Update for Backup Exec 20.x customers will be available soon

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