Business protection suite r2 includes a handy Web-based management console. This informative dashboard-style interface let us quickly find problem areas in the test network. Using the dashboard view, we could quickly see if backup jobs were running according to schedule, and we could also check to see if any new viruses or spyware pests were lurking within the systems.Using the Web console, we could also update all our products at once, to quickly download and install updated virus and spyware definition files from CA. A minor annoyance we encountered when using Business Protection Suite r2 is that it does not eliminate the need to access the management GUIs of each of the features. For example, you still have to go into the BrightStor ARCserve Backup management GUI to configure new media and relaunch failed backup jobs. The suites Desktop DNA Migrator is a useful tool because it saves key user information (such as application settings, templates and Web browser bookmarks) from a clients PC and transfers that information, along with the clients data, to a new machine. This spares users from having to reconfigure new systems to meet their work habits and gives them their familiar desktop environment to minimize user downtime and retraining. Unlike Symantec Corp.s more advanced LiveState Recovery product, which migrates the operating system and applications to the new client machine, CAs Desktop DNA Migrator requires administrators to install applications on the new PC before the migration process. To read eWEEK Labs review of Symantec LiveState Recovery, click here. That said, Desktop DNA Migrator is still an unexpected, but welcome, feature within CAs Business Protection Suite r2, and it should be a useful tool for most SMBs. Next page: Evaluation Shortlist: Related Products.
Having all that information in a single interface is very convenient, and it spared us from having to launch each application individually to see key warning messages .