Veritas Backup Exec

Veritas Backup Exec

Score 6.8 out of 10
Veritas Backup Exec


What is Veritas Backup Exec?

Veritas Backup Exec is a backup and disaster recovery solution. It works in virtual, physical, and multi-cloud environments and integrates with several third-party software releases and applications.
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  • Recovery verification (18)
  • Incremental backup identification (20)
  • Multiple backup destinations (19)
  • Management dashboard (18)

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What is Veritas Backup Exec?

Veritas Backup Exec
Veritas Backup Exec is a backup and disaster recovery solution. It works in virtual, physical, and multi-cloud environments and integrates with several third-party software releases and applications.

Backup Exec is designed for small to medium-sized business, not enterprise, for streamlining data backup and recovery into one product and interface. It also does not support sending data streams from multiple parallel backup jobs to a single tape drive, called multiplexing, however, Veritas’s other backup product, NetBackup, has this capability.

Key Features

  • Virtual, physical and multi-cloud environment support
  • Full integration with Azure Site Recovery for data and application availability with minimal RTO and RPO
  • Integration with most popular third-party software releases, including Microsoft® Server, Microsoft® Hyper-V and VMware® vSphere®
  • Backup Exec can be seamlessly scaled to the cloud with a range of certified, integrated cloud connectors for various cloud environments, including AWS S3, Microsoft® Azure and Google Cloud Platform Storage
  • Users can locate and visualize their data estate to support General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other privacy regulations, using Veritas Information Map™
  • End-to-end deduplication performance to on-premise storage, as well as to public and hybrid cloud

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Veritas Backup Exec Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Veritas Backup Exec is a backup and disaster recovery solution. It works in virtual, physical, and multi-cloud environments and integrates with several third-party software releases and applications.

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Gabriel Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Accurate and seamless integration with VMware.
  • Possibility to replicate to the cloud.
  • When necessary, restoration to a specific point is quick and safe.
  • Clean and friendly interface.
  • Great Alerts and personalized reports.
  • Updates happen frequently but are not so easy to perform.
  • Providing more training for beginners.
Michael Craven | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Backing up files that are in use.
  • Backing up Exchange Server databases.
  • Backing up SharePoint Server Websites.
  • Veritas's memory usage is exorbitant - one of the most memory intensive applications running on the server.
  • Cluttered interface.
  • Slow to backup.
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Backup Exec does do an excellent job of backing up all data on both Netware (which is no longer a pressing issue) and Windows based machines.
  • As long as you are licensed correctly Backup Exec does a good job of backing up SQL instances, but the key is you must be properly licensed.
  • Restoring files back to the original server and format is done fairly easy with Backup Exec. It is actually easier than Unitrends which requires a slightly different and less logical method.
  • Backup Exec is painful regarding licensing their products and solutions especially if you are in a scattered environment with many physical servers to protect. Then through in SQL backup solutions and depending on who your sales rep is you may have a nightmare to manage. We actually purchased the product through Dell when we bought the servers, then upon renewal we used a different vendor. Backup Exec does not track these keys well when different vendors are in the mix. We lost our licenses on several servers for weeks until the issue was finally resolved. I do believe if you buy and manage your Backup Exec licenses from one vendor you will not have these types of issues. You just need to be aware that there is potential for confusion.
  • Backup Exec does have some issues when servers go offline and you no longer want to have a backup instance for that server. You need to be very thorough and follow the procedures exactly or you will have backups that simply don't go away. You can remove them but it is not logical or intuitive. Simply removing the backup process and the host being backed up does not remove the stored backups.
  • This should no longer be a major issue for people archiving and using tapes, but, tape backups have a nasty habit of not being consistent or reliable unless you manually do a verify of the tape after each and every backup. We have experienced several archival restores fail when attempting to do a restore. Restores from digital hard drive format does have far fewer issues.
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • It works sometimes.
  • Can't intuitively chain backup jobs.
  • Forever incremental backup feature is limited and basically useless, feels tacked on.
  • Storage based compression and de-duplication are awkward to manage compared to other backup solutions.
  • Convoluted licensing model.
  • Poor fault tolerance.
Christopher Stark | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • The license/agent deployment feature in Backup Exec facilitates effective and speedy population within your data center.
  • Veritas Backup Exec's feature rich job creation is intuitive and simplifies backup strategies.
  • Customizable views in the Administrator console allow you to view your backup environment to maximize visibility.
  • Could provide better license management from an inventory perspective. How many licenses do I have?.. etc.
  • When Backup Exec backs up itself it should not select iSCSI backup targets by default. The result is recursive data backup ending in the loss of storage capacity.
  • I'm struggling to come up with another con.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Symantec is probably the best known and most widely use backup software - the benefit to this is that most IT staff of a certain level usually have had some exposure to one version of the software or another.
  • Product Maturity - It is very intuitive, and because of the product's maturity the menus and options are laid out particularly well.
  • Robust & reliable - the system is a proven solution with excellent support in place also.
  • The user interface can sometimes be sluggish and hang between options.The minimum spec is 2Gb but if running on a dedicated server I think 4Gb is recommended
  • As more companies seem to be entering the backup software market, Acronis is very aggressive on pricing and even offer discounts if you are replacing other backup solutions, the Backup Exec pricing plans have become a more expensive
  • Our version is an older 2014 version and has inadequate support for VM backs
March 28, 2018


Michael Hylek | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Veritas Backup Exec's interface is very easy to use for a beginner to Disaster recovery.
  • The storage targeting is very easy to set up and manage. It is very user-friendly to make changes to the preferences of each job or all of the jobs at once.
  • The single file restores are very easy to set up and complete.
  • Job completion times could be improved. It sometimes takes a while to inventory a tape.
  • Veritas Backup Exec requires you to install clients on all of your servers. A client less option would be appreciated/helpful.
  • Sometimes jobs will fail for no particular reason. For example, we have an application server that will always get hung up unless we omit certain folders from the backup job.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Manage agent based backups - It is easy to schedule and monitor backups. Verifying backups is done for all jobs. Backup performance is excellent.
  • Provide a wide ranging contingent of backup options - Despite providing a dizzying array of backup options, it is easy to schedule individual or recurring jobs.
  • Integrates well with our Active Directory - Restoring even individual Active Directory objects is possible.
  • Backup Exec was recently spun off from Symantec and is now back under the Veritas umbrella. Since the transition I have noted an increased number of anomalous errors occurring during backups. I think most of these have to do with an increased level of security built into the product, but attention needs to be paid by Veritas to eliminate these problems.
  • Backup Exec has always had an annoying habit of making it very difficult to cancel a job in progress. This should be an easy thing to fix. For some reason they are unwilling or unable to correct the problem, making it frustrating for the user.
  • Veritas has a rather confusing licensing scheme and it seems to cover up what is an expensive product.
December 21, 2017

Backup Rolls

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Backup Exec is good for defining backup strategy across multiple supports (external hdd and tapes for us).
  • Backup Exec is good at backing up all data including files with open handles.
  • Restoring a single file to a previous version is very easy.
  • Finding the most performant driver for our tape recorded in Windows Server environment was not easy.
  • It took several years with help of the Symantec support to find the appropriate driver.
  • Symantec support service was not so responsive and did not really provide a permanent solution to our problems, but it really improved in the last few years.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Design jobs with unique schedules and times, with exceptions to avoid or run one-time jobs.
  • Backup any type of database across Windows servers, including granular restoration of mailboxes or SQL databases.
  • Customized retention of data to keep backup jobs depending on age or automatic overwrite of older data.
  • Overwrite and retention does not always work as efficiently as it should, leading to manual deletion of older jobs on the media.
  • Occasional glitches with backups to external disks, needing to recreate device folders and redirect jobs.
  • Licensing is based on server and database count, no total data. If you have numerous servers and SQL databases and Exchange databases, you will have to buy licenses for each individual machine and instance of database.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Physical server management
  • Virtual server management
  • Centralized management through a single interface
  • Some paid agents
  • Simple interface but needs a minimum of study about functionality before having full control
  • The interface could be al litte bit more attractive
Michael Jipping | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Backup Exec has done a good job programing and managing the Physical Tape Libraries. This is always a tricky feature to provide great service on.
  • Backup Exec continues to do a great job Backing Up and Restoring Simple File Server Shares and Directories. This is all I would recommend using Backup Exec to accomplish.
  • Backup Exec needs to improve its Virtual /HyperVisor Backup Feature. We always had low success rates on the Virtual Server Backups and continual needed to troubleshoot the root causes.
  • Backup Exec needs to get away from the AGENT based Backup Software. Modern Backup software utilizes VSS and APIs to leverage efficiency and not create additional load on the systems.
  • Backup Exec needs to get better license management. It is always too confusing and difficult to upgrade your licenses or find details. Specifically they need to streamline their Var Re-sellers to not create a new customer account every time you order something new. The UI in the license portal has always been too complex or confusing.
Todd Frazier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • You are able to do a full system restore as long as you monitor and make sure you are getting good full backups
  • Is a great product for doing down to a single file level restore for users who may have accidentally deleted a file of their shared drive for department
  • Is good product to use to backup your Exchange Server, I know we had server crash last year and lose data base and I was able to restore and get email back online with in 4 hours!
  • Their Customer support for SBE is great had issue two years ago that maintenance had lapsed and I was able to renew and get support need all with in two hours!
  • Big area is now time to do a restore and since it is also limited by tape drive they could work on speeding up this process
  • Would like to see a more user friendly dashboard setup for SBE
  • Could add some more options to current setup like reporting and trouble shooting for issues with backups!
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Great name in the industry and and very effective security and backup products.
  • Easy to work with support staff at Symantec.
  • As a reseller, the resources that were dedicated to us were best in the industry making it easy to lead with them.
  • Sometimes difficult getting to the correct support staff. A more clear way to contact the right people for support would help.
  • As a reseller, the engagement process can sometimes be confusing. This happens very infrequently but it has happened.
  • Also as a reseller, there have been complaints that there is no uninstall tool when replacing another product with Symantec. Not sure if this has been fixed though.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Email Security
  • Backup and recovery
  • Malware protection
  • Archiving
  • Symantec has a very competitive product. I never hear customer complaints around functionality or protection.
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