Compilation of articles and documents related to Backup Exec and VMWare vSphere

It’s not straigthforward to find documentation in the Symantec web site about their products. Regarding to Backup Exec and VMWare vSphere there several documents spread in the site, even outside of it. Here it is a compilation of useful articles and documents.

Best practices for Backup Exec 2010 Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure

Symantec Backup Exec 2010 Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure FAQ

VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) FAQ

How to backup ESX 4.0-5.0 using SAN Transport Mode with Backup Exec 2010

Known problems with SAN based backups and BE 2012 R3 SP1:
Slow throughput for SAN based AVVI backups of virtual machines post Backup Exec 2010 R3 Service Pack 1

Deduplication methods for Backup Exec agents

VMWare documents:
Best practices when using SAN transport for backup and restore

Administrator’s guides
Symantec Backup Exec 2012 Administrator’s Guide

Symantec Backup Exec 2010 R2/R3 Administrator’s Guide

Landing page of Backup Exec Agent for VMWare Virtual Infrastructure

Video from Symantec Connect:
Protecting Virtual Environments with Backup Exec 2012


Inexpensive virtualization with VMWare ESXi

This is my recipe for an inexpensive lab with VMWare ESXi:

Enbale SSH access: use this procedure . Remember it’s not supported by VMWare, but who cares!

Install all your “base” VMs. Also known as templates

Clone VMs by copying vmdk files and using thin disk to preserve space; use this link

Extend your storage with openfiler.

VMWare ESX Timeline

08/03/2011: Updated with ESX/i 5.0 release dates!


General Availability Date

Version 5.0


Version 4.1


Version 4.0


Version 3.5


Version 3.0


Version 2.5



Version 4.0


Version 3.5


For more info about Support Life Cycle Policy go to the source: (ESX 3.0) (ESX 4.0)