Components of Backup Exec System Recovery Manager

Article:HOWTO13750  |  Created: 2008-01-05  |  Updated: 2013-10-17  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO13750
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Components of Backup Exec System Recovery Manager

An installation of Backup Exec System Recovery Manager consists of several main components for managing recovery points on computers. It also gives you the ability to create and update Easy Installers of Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (and other components, such as LightsOut Restore and Management Control) on client computers.

Note:
Backup Exec System Recovery Manager requires the installation of a Symantec license key for full product activation.

The following table describes these main components.

Table: Components of Backup Exec System Recovery Manager

Component

Description

Backup Exec System Recovery Manager console

The Backup Exec System Recovery Manager console, which can be installed on any computer (Windows 2000 or later), lets you remotely run and manage backup and recovery tasks on client computers from a central location. It serves as the main interface to the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager server. The console requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 to run.

About using the console

Backup Exec System Recovery Manager server and database

A dedicated Windows 2003 server class computer that provides the support files that are needed to integrate with the console.

Among other things, the database that is installed on the server stores backup jobs, client computer information, job history, recovery point information, and configuration details.

Management Control

Management Control is a necessary component of Backup Exec System Recovery and must be installed on each computer that has backups you want to manage.

Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 must be installed on client computers before the installation of Management Control.

This component publishes a variety of event information to the console (by way of the server), such as the following:

  • The drives on the computer

  • A list of recovery points and their storage locations

  • Backups that are assigned to the computer

  • License status

  • Backup Exec System Recovery version

  • Management Control version

  • Any configuration changes that are made to the computer

Management Control periodically reads the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager database on the server and pulls down jobs or licenses as needed by the client computer.

If Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery is already installed on a computer, you can install or update the Management Control component separately.

A computer is considered "managed" by Backup Exec System Recovery Manager when Management Control is installed on it.

About adding computers to the console

Easy Installers

Backup Exec System Recovery Manager lets you create and update Easy Installers. Easy Installers are used to deploy software such as Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery and Management Control to one or more computers across your local area network or wide area network.

Backup Exec System Recovery Manager ships with several Easy Installers including the following:

  • Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 (with and without a user interface)

  • Management Control 8.5

  • Indexing Server (optional; for Windows Server 2003 only)

Easy Installers are made available through the Backup Exec System Recovery Download Center Web page. The Web page location is https://<server_name or IP_address>:8443/DownloadCenter. This page gets created when you install Backup Exec System Recovery Manager. Users access the Web page to download and install the software onto the computer. Or, you can deploy the software onto client computers through a logon script.

About adding computers to the console

Backup Exec Retrieve

Backup Exec Retrieve is installed at the same time you install the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager server.

Backup Exec Retrieve communicates with the Indexing Server component on client computers to let users recover their own files from the Backup Exec Retrieve Web page.

Indexing Server

The Indexing Server maintains a folder of files that allow users to search file names, file versions, and recent activity for recovery by way of the Backup Exec Retrieve Web page. The service is an optional feature that can be installed on Windows Server 2003 by way of an Easy Installer. The Indexing Server includes an index control component that communicates with Backup Exec System Recovery Manager and adds the indexer to the database.

You must enable indexing support in a backup job and a backup destination in order for remote users to take advantage of file retrieval.

Note:
You must install Backup Exec System Recovery on client computers before you install the Indexing Server.

About configuring Backup Exec Retrieve

LiveUpdate

LiveUpdate is the Symantec technology that lets any installed Symantec products connect to a Symantec server automatically and receive program and virus definition updates.

This ensures that you have the most current software updates associated with your version of the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager console.



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