How to install Backup Exec components through the Additional Options feature

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How to install Backup Exec components through the Additional Options feature


Specially licensed options are required to back up specific applications or to add additional functionality in Backup Exec (. These are add-on components that work in conjunction with the core Backup Exec application.

Examples of Backup Exec options are:

  • Backup Exec Advanced Open File Option
  • Backup Exec Intelligent Disaster Recovery Option
  • Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft SQL Server
When Backup Exec is already installed, these components can be added through Additional Options.

To install an option on a local Backup Exec server, do the following:

1. Start Backup Exec for Windows Servers

2. On the Tools menu, click Install options and License keys on this media (Figure 1)

Figure 1

3. Click Next when the Welcome window is displayed

4. Type the option's serial number and click Add, or click Import from file to import the serial number from an existing besernum.xml file, and then click Next (Figure 3)

Figure 2

5. Review the local features to be installed, and then click Next (Figure 4).

Figure 3


Note: All features that are not to be installed have an X displayed in the feature icon.

7. If prompted, enter information or select settings for the additional options being installed. Click Next after each selection.

8. Read the Backup Exec installation review, and then click Install. When the installation is complete, choose to register Backup Exec online, view the readme, create a shortcut to Backup Exec on the desktop, and restart the computer.

9. After making the desired selections, click Finish. If a Restart System dialog box appears, a restart of the computer will be required for the new configuration to take effect. If the installation fails, an installation job log named bkupinst.log is created in the C:\Documents and settings\All users\Application data\Symantec\Backup Exec on the system where Backup Exec is installed; this file lists any errors that may have occurred during installation. If prompted, click View Installation Log, and check this log.

10. After the system has restarted, start Backup Exec for Windows Servers



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