Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) 2010


Symantec’s Backup Exec System Recovery has always been a pretty great product. Allowing admins to snapshot systems to give them a quick restore of OS, Apps and settings as well as dissimilar hardware restores, restore to virtual machines and more has made it a very popular tool :-) This month of Novemeber sees the release of BESR 2010 with new versions and new features, so let’s take a look.

Different Editions

BESR 2010 comes in the following flavours:

  • Server Edition: RRP = $795
  • Windows Small Business Server Edition: RRP = $495
  • Desktop Edition: RRP = $69
  • Linux Edition (available December 2009): RRP = $495
  • Virtual Edition: RRP = $2495
  • Starter Kit: RRP = $3495

An optional add-on is “BESR Management Solution” which allows you to centrally manage BESR jobs across your network. Perhaps surprisingly, this is available to all BESR customers free of charge!

FAQs:

What is the Starter Kit? The Starter Kit includes 5 Server Licences (with Granular Restore) and 10 Desktop Licences)

What is the Virtual Edition? A single Symantec BESR Virtual Edition licence allows you to protect all Windows VM’s on a single physical server. Companies should realise some definite savings here.

What is the Linux Edition? This gives image level backup of Red Hat & SUSE linux systems through a CMD-line interface.

What does it support?:

Symantec BESR 2010 fully supports:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 7
  • Exchange 2010
  • Hyper-V 2.0
  • vSphere 4.0
  • XenServer 5.5

Full Windows Support:

• Microsoft Windows Server 2008, including SP1 and
Server 2008 R2
• Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008
• Windows Small Business Server 2003 and 2008
• Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family including SP1 and R2
• Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 (SP1)
• Windows Vista Ultimate, Business and Enterprise
• Windows XP Professional/Home (SP2 or later)
• Windows XP Media Center
• Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise and Professional

Full Virtual environment support:

• VMware vSphere 4.0
• VMware ESXi 3.5 and 4.0
• VMware ESX 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0
• VMware Server 1.0 and 2.0
• VMware Workstation 4, 5, and 6
• Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
• Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 and later
• Citrix XenServer 4.x and 5.x

Full Linux Environment Support:

• SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, SP1 and SP2 (x86) 32-bit
• SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, SP1 and SP2 (x86_64 not ia64) 64-bit
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 (x86) 32-bit
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 (x86_64 not ia64) 64-bit

Note: SUSE Desktop & RedHat Desktop are NOT supported and BESR f Linux is a 32bit app..so it you’ve disables 32bit runtime, it won’t work.

All in all, BESR 2010 is a pretty good bit of kit and will definitely make things easier should there be a disaster with the servers :-)