Hi, my name is Pat Hanavan, vice president of Product Management in Symantec’s Data Protection Group, and I’m pleased to share that today (September 15, 2008) Symantec announced a new Backup Exec 12.5 agent supporting Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, as well as support for upcoming releases for Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and Windows Small Business Server 2008. Backup Exec 12 and Backup Exec System Recovery 8 were the first backup and recovery products certified for Windows Server 2008 when they were released in February 2008.
Backup Exec version 12.5 introduces a new Agent for Microsoft Virtual Servers which substantially improves the speed, flexibility and simplicity of backup and recovery for Hyper-V virtual systems. Backup Exec understands the structure of the Hyper-V environment and presents the same logical structure in the backup administrator GUI, so backup administrators can manage backup and recovery functions for their physical and virtual systems via the console.
Backup policies can be defined across systems and image style backups of individual guest machines can be performed, with Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Services (VSS) being invoked prior to the backup to ensure a stable point-in-time for the entire guest machine. With Backup Exec’s patent-pending Granular Recovery Technology, individual folders and files can be restored from the image backup directly to the original guest machine. Entire guest machines can be restored, with flexible options provided to rename a server, change network configuration if desired as well as power on the guest machine following restoration.
And best of all, Backup Exec’s new agent for Hyper-V supports an unlimited number of guest machines within a host server! Previously customers would need to purchase an agent for each guest machine.
Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 expands upon its award winning physical-to-virtual capabilities by offering the ability to automatically convert from a physical backup to Hyper-V virtual format (.vhd) following a backup operation. This is especially useful for customers who are running single physical systems in branch offices but with the need to quickly switch to a virtual hosted system in the event of a system failure.
In closing, Symantec is very pleased to have delivered the new support and capabilities for Microsoft Server 2008 systems, including great power and flexibility for Hyper-V environments!