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AVVI agnent and VCB

Created: 09 Jul 2009 • 1 comment
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VCB is Vmware consolidated backup a utility from which allows backup applications to take online snapshots of running Linux and Windows Guest virtual machines hosted on VMware ESX or ESXi servers. VCB then allows those snapshots to be moved to a separate system known as a “VCB Proxy Server” to be backed up “off-host” from the ESX host server by a backup application, such as Backup Exec 12.5, without impacting the ESX host server and all of its Guest virtual machines during a backup

AVVI agent doesnot include the VCB, you cannot use the AVVI agent without VCB as that is utility which will all the backup software to take the snapshot of the VM's

If u have a VM ware server that should not cost u . u can download it using the link

How do I obtain VCB from VMware and how much does it cost?

Answer- VCB is actually free and is included in all versions of ESX 3, including Foundation,Standard, and Enterprise editions, as well as ESXi. The VCB framework package can then be installed directly on a Windows server to enable it as a “VCB Proxy Server”.

For moreinformation on VCB licensing, please visit

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Hi All,

I've tried to performs backup of my VM recently and then somehow it failed with the following error:

Job ended: Wednesday, 9 September 2009 at 10:30:50 AM
Completed status: Failed
Final error: 0xe000fe3c - Before you can back up this resource, you must purchase and install a license key for the appropriate Backup Exec agent. See the job log for details.
Final error category: Security Errors

For additional information regarding this error refer to link V-79-57344-65084

i thought only the GRT options with the AVVI that needs a license :-|
I'm ok for my backup to be like the  .BKF file as oppose to use AVVI which can give us the full VMWare directory structure .VMX and .VMDK as long as it is free.

can anyone clarify this matter please ?

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