Symantec BackupExec PowerShell Job Report

Script Info

This script will connect to Symantec BackupExec server and using PowerShell, it will collect the following  information about the backup jobs:

  • Job Name
  • Selection Summary
  • Storage
  • Start Time
  • Elapsed Time
  • Job Status
  • Media Label
  • Total Data Size Bytes
  • Job Rate MB Per Minute

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17 comments on “Symantec BackupExec PowerShell Job Report

    • Problem that they are not listed in same line but seperated in multiple it is hard to find a terminator where the tape list ends.. this is because im doing substring on the job log xml which is not easy and not object based.

  1. Ammar: Great Job on this. Pulling values like All Media Used and other useful metrics is not trivial, even when using the BE reporting tool. I do agree that multiple tapes / storage B2D files is valuable, but it also makes a bloated report. A consideration if you revise the script might be to add a hyperlink in the job name that would open the job log XML file. (Of course assuming read access to the Backup Exec log files). The script does work on BE2012 too.

  2. Ammar
    Thanks for looking into it. I wonder if Symantec just takes all the media labels from a given job log then just removes the duplicates and displays that output as All Media Used?

  3. Ammar, first of all, congrats for the fantastic script you’ve developed! I would like to ask why the report gives me the last ran jobs plus the queue jobs stated as N/A?

  4. Thank you very much for this script Ammar!

    When I run this script, I’m having many N/A jobs as output, Can I exclude this?
    If possible and you don’t know what I mean with N/A. I can send the output to you?

  5. Hey Ammar,

    I’m not all that familiar with powershell so I was wondering if you could tell me how to filter for two different job names at once? I’ve got it to filter for one but when I add a second one like this: “job 1”, “job 2” it just crashes and won’t run

  6. Hello Ammar,
    Very good script, I use it everyday
    Could you please add an option for TotalDataSizeBytes in GB ?
    I’m think it’s more practical.


  7. Hi Ammar

    Im wondering if you can help. I am writing a BEMCLI report tool for a customer. I want to Get the Server Names for each job schedule that has run in the last 24 hours.
    When you pipe Get-BEjob into Get-Bejobhistory the property SelectionSummary does not appear to flow through the pipeline. I want to output this SelectionSummary

    therefore i wanted to create 2x Variable for Get-BEJob & Get-BeJob | Get-bejobhistory and then create a custom function to pull the data from each variable and merge together in one output.

    I hope I have explained this well enough.

    here is a non working example of the code i have been attempting with varying success :

    $GetBESCHED = Get-BEJob | Where-Object {($_.JobType -eq “Backup”) -and ($_.Status -eq “Scheduled”)} | Select SelectionSummary
    $GetBESCHEDjob = Get-BEJob | Where-Object {($_.JobType -eq “Backup”) -and ($_.Status -eq “Scheduled”)} | Get-BEJobHistory | Where-Object {$_.EndTime -gt (Get-date).AddDays(-1)} | Select Name
    foreach ($SCHED in $GetBESCHED)
    $ServerName = @{‘Server(s) in Job’=$GetBESCHED}
    New-Object -TypeName psobject -Property $ServerName
    Foreach ($job in $GetBESCHEDjob)
    $JobName = @{‘Job Name’=$GetBESCHEDjob}
    New-Object -TypeName psobject -Property $JobName
    Write-Output $ServerName,$JobName | Format-List

    This kind of gives me what i want, but there is no way i can work out which servers failed for the last 24 hours for example. I can find out which job failed. but not which servers were in those jobs.

  8. Hello Ammar,

    We have around 130 Standalone servers in different locations, and almost all servers are installed BE 2014, shall we get all servers backup report in one excel? Please suggest.

  9. Does Symantec System Recovery have the same capabilities? I want to be able to query the backup status like it shows in the SSR console (i.e. Backed Up, Failed, etc)
    If so, how do you write a script for that?

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