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Hyper-V with Linux guests

Created: 29 Oct 2012 | 4 comments


I've recently inherited a number of virtual servers where I work. These all run Server 2008 R2 and use Hyper-V to host several VMs. These include a number of Server 2003 and Server 2008 guests (one of which is an Exchange 2010 server), plus 2 guests which run CentOS.

I'm trying to plan the best backup strategy for these, using our existing Ultrium-5 tape library for now. Which Backup Exec agents would I require other than the Hyper-V agents? Would I need anything extra for the Exchange server and for the Linux guests?

Many thanks for any advice,


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el cuadro de los AmolB

To backup Exchange you would require Agent for Exchange license per Exchange server.

Unfortunately BE2010 does not support CentOS

Refer to BE2010 SCL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH137682

el cuadro de los DaveKnightCosalt

Hi, thanks for your reply.

So I would need the Exchange agent in addition to the Hyper-V agents I take it.

Regarding the CentOS VMs, is BackupExec 2012 able to handle these at all? And are you aware if any additional agents would be required other than the Backup Exec 2012 Hyper-V agent?



el cuadro de los AmolB

To perform GRT backups and restores of Exchange you would require Exchange Agent license.

Regarding CentOS, You may try installing RALUS and take backups, it may or may not work.

Symantec will not provide support if you come accrss any issues for any Unsupported OS.

Hyper V agent allows to install RAWS on VM's hosted by the Hyper V server, If you want to backup

any application within the VM than you would require additional licenses. 

For eg; To backup SQL you need Agent for SQL and so on.

el cuadro de los pkh

You can backup your CentOS as a VM, i.e. backup the whole machine at once.  You would not be able to restore individual files, etc. from this backup, so to recover a file, you have to restore the entire CentOS VM.