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Backing up 64bit servers to 32bit

Created: 02 Oct 2012 • Updated: 04 Oct 2012 | 4 comments
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I have a workmate that insists that only a 64bit Backup Exec Media Server can backup/restore a 64bit Server, that you can't use a 32 bit BE Media server to backup/restore any 64bit systems or you will corrupt it.

Also claims that its not possible to backup/restore a 64bit Exchange 2010 with a 32bit BE Media server.

Can anyone tell me the validity of this?

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AmolB's picture

 that you can't use a 32 bit BE Media server to backup/restore any 64bit systems or you will corrupt it.

This is incorrect.

Backup Exec needs to be installed on a 64bit server for the following scenarios.

1) If you want to backup Exchange 2010

2) If you want to make use of Deduplication option.

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Steve_Trinitas's picture

thanks,

(not using dedup option)

so I only need to restrict my Exchange 2010 servers to a 64bit BE Media server, other than that I can use either 32bit or 64bit BE Media servers to backup/restor any other 64 bit OS Server

AmolB's picture

If you want to backup Exchange 2010 than installing Backup Exec media server on a 64bit server is

must. 32bit media server can be used to backup 64bit server. For better performance 64bit server is

always a good option. You can always refer to the BE software compatibility list 

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/adminguides-scls-hcls-backup-exec-all-versions

pkh's picture

The reason why you need to use a 64-bit media server to backup Exchange 2010 is that you need to install the Exchange 2010 Management Tool on the media server if you want to use GRT and the Exchange 2010 Management Tool is only available in 64-bit.