Revolutionary Stuff From Backup Exec
Backup Exec 2012 introduced the first revolutionary change in its administrative paradigm in over nine years by moving to a resource-centric model that enables data protection lifecycle flexibility that was not possible in previous versions. Designed and optimized for physical, virtual, tape, disk, deduplication and the cloud, the new Backup Exec 2012 experience gives users the power to tailor the right protection paradigm in a very stepped, logical fashion.
In order to help our more established customers make the transition to the new paradigm, the Backup Exec team has quickly reacted to customer feedback on how to improve the migration experience. Available now in the Backup Exec 2012 SP1 release, is the Job View button that gives users a dedicated view of all jobs that have been configured in their Backup Exec environment.
This feature is similar to the Job Monitor feature found in previous versions of Backup Exec. The Job View allows users to view – and take action on – all backup jobs managed by their Backup Exec server through a simple “one click” button feature. Going forward we will focus on various improvements such as the ability to group servers to provide a “job” analogue, prioritize server backup order, target multiple server backups to the same tape and the introduction of the next-generation Job Monitor will be made available to all Backup Exec 2012 customers.
What does this really mean?
Well, in spite of what I might think there have been some grumblings on the ground that we have gone “A Bridge Too Far” with the new Backup Exec 2012 User Interface (Marketing would refer to this as “Exxxxxperrriance!). I love it. Loads of you do too, but it is a big leap for those hardened amongst us. However, things are not so bad as we’re introduced a “Job View” … a bit like the Job Monitor with SP1a. You can already group assets and therefore edit multiple policies (for multiple assets) at the same time – described in an earlier blog. All good stuff!
The bottom line is: When you are migrating from BE 2010 to BE 2012 make sure you read the wording in the wizzards which explains what is going to happen next. Clicking, click, click, clickerty, click through will give you a shock or two.