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The Lowdown On Enterprise Vault 10 Hardware Requirements and Server Migrations

Created: 30 Jun 2011 • 15 comments
Andy Nash's picture
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In this week’s post, I’d like to address a few important questions pertaining to the hardware specifications required by Enterprise Vault 10, and offer up some info on how it can help with server migrations.

What OS and hardware should I use for Enterprise Vault 10?

I’ve been asked a few times what the minimum OS and hardware specification should be for an EV 10 server. The OS is simple, EV 10 requires at least Windows Server 2008 R2. When it comes to hardware we’ve found that EV10 will continue to provide better performance the more CPU cores and memory you provide (which is great news!)

The minimum for EV 10 is a server with 4 CPU cores running at least 2.8GHz with 8GB RAM, we’re recommending a server with 8 CPU cores running at least 2.8GHz with 16GB RAM.

Does it matter what form factor the CPU cores are packaged? Nope, dual quad core, quad dual core or a single eight core CPU would be fine! The more cores the better the performance…

Does Enterprise Vault 10 help with hardware or OS refreshes?

With the new pre-requisite of running EV 10 on Windows Server 2008 R2 and our recommendation of using a server with 8 cores and 16GB RAM we’re predicting a fair few customers will want to replace their servers OS or move to new hardware.

Along with the release of EV 10 we’re making available a new 'Server Migration Wizard', which will help guide the migration. The wizard will move any server specific configuration, registry keys or log files to the new server, easing the previous DR method. If required, all data migrations i.e. SQL Server Databases, Index Locations & Vault Store partitions will need to be moved separately (although the Wizard will check that you’ve moved them correctly!) 

To run the wizard you’ll need to be running EV 9.0.1.

Disclaimer:  Any forward-looking indication of plans for products is preliminary and all future release dates are tentative and are subject to change. Any future release of the product or planned modifications to product capability, functionality, or feature are subject to ongoing evaluation by Symantec, and may or may not be implemented and should not be considered firm commitments by Symantec and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions.

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jasonh1984's picture

Thanks for the info. Are there any further prerequisites that we need to think about?

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Peter Thompson's picture

Our corporate strategy is to virtualize where possible - I'm wondering (given the hardware spec you've supplied) whether this would actually be recommended by Symantec?

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Mojorsn's picture

We are facing a similar situation, we are being asked to move EV to VM.  What is Symantec's stance with EV and 10.0?

Thanks.

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Nathan Davidson's picture

I think EV has been supported as a vm since version 8. We have been running as a vm since then with no probs. I doubt that the recommendation will be to only use physical EV servers. That would be a backward step!

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Peter Thompson's picture

8 cores and 16Gb is a bit of a beast to be running on VMWare - I'm wondering whether physical would be preferred?

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Andrew Tankersley's picture

I agree. Our server guys will choke on these requirements for a VM

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Abraham Lincoln's picture

Does the EV component of Backup Exec 2010 R3 support Enterprise Vault 10?  According to this blog, it does.  http://www.thebeline.eu/?p=417

Looking at the “Backup Exec 2010, 2010 R2 and 2010 R3 Software Compatibility List (SCL)” dated 7/6/2011(available at the link below), EV 10 is not mentioned.  EV 9.0.2 is mentioned on page 43, however it appears from the notes that BE2010 does not support EV9.0.2 on Windows Server 2008 R2, and the above post says that R2 is required for EV 10.  I'm so confused!

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH137682&key=55834

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GeoffRose's picture

Another vote here for some vmware recommendations please!

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JamaliP's picture

Where is the server wizard and documentation located? Do I need to install ev 10 somewhere first?

nevermind found this.

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO42445

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Ching-Yoong's picture

Hi,

Could someone please confirm that the minumum requirement is still "4 CPU cores running at least 2.8GHz with 8GB RAM" if we build EV 10 on VMware??

Also, Can we build EV 10 on Windows 2008 R2 SP1?? as I do remembered that EV 9 don't support SP1 on Windows 2008 R2.

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Ching-Yoong's picture

Hi,

Please read the latest EV 10 Performance Guide for all minimum and recommendation on hardware configurations. It can be found here: http://www.symantec.com/business/support/resources/sites/BUSINESS/content/live/DOCUMENTATION/4000/DOC4553/en_US/Performance_Guide_10.0.pdf

Also for OS and other software support check out the certification guide here: http://www.symantec.com/business/support/resources/sites/BUSINESS/content/live/TECHNICAL_SOLUTION/38000/TECH38537/en_US/compatibility_charts.pdf

Quick answer is very minimum is 4 cores with 8GB RAM, I'd highly recommend you go for our recommended specification of 8 cores and 16GB RAM, yes Windows 2008 R2 SP1 is supported with EV 10.

Regards,
--Andy

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John Santana's picture

Ching,

The EV performance guide document cannot be found ?

Kind regards,

John Santana
IT Professional

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John Santana's picture

Cool, many thanks man !

Kind regards,

John Santana
IT Professional

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John Santana's picture

So in this case, can EV Virtual Machine be upgraded on the fly ?

Will that cause any possible downtime if it is upgraded on the fly ?

Kind regards,

John Santana
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