Backup Exec 21 Readme

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Product(s): Backup Exec (21.0)

What's new in Backup Exec 21

Table: What's new in Backup Exec 21



Enhanced licensing experience

Backup Exec users get an enhanced licensing experience. Connection with Veritas Entitlement Management System will be authenticated and updated licenses will be downloaded automatically.

Backup Exec will also automatically synchronize licenses when maintenance contracts are renewed.

Instance-based Licensing

The Instance-based licensing model in Backup Exec is available in Bronze, Silver, and Gold packaging. Licensing is based on the number of physical and virtual machines that are protected.

Enhancements to Remote Administration Console

Remote Administration Console users can connect to the Backup Exec server using the logged on user's credentials as default authentication. This authentication can also be used by smart card users.

Users now have the ability to allow client connections over Kerberos only.

Enhanced Backup Exec deduplication engine

Backup Exec users get an updated deduplication engine that uses stronger hash algorithms, while backing up to the Backup Exec deduplication folder.

Enhancements to Instant Recovery and Recovery Ready

Backup Exec now allows Instant Recovery and Recovery Ready operations for virtual machines backed up to deduplication disk storage.

Enhancements to Ransomware Resilience

As part of continued enhancements in the disk storage lockdown feature, Backup Exec does not allow other non-Backup Exec processes to modify backup data via external code execution.

Backup Exec Agent for Linux

The Backup Exec Agent for Linux now supports the following:

  • RHEL 8

  • RHEL 8.1

  • Oracle Linux 8

  • Oracle Linux 8.1

Support for vSphere 7.0

Backup Exec protects vSphere 7.0.

You can find a list of the new features in earlier releases of Backup Exec in the What's new in Backup Exec document.