Can Backup Exec be installed & run from a VM?
I have been tasked with redesigning our backup systems and I'm looking for a little guidance. We have our central Backup Exec 2010 R3 server in our data center backing up to an Exagrid system and several Backup Exec servers in our remote sites on servers which backup to varying types of LTO. Some are single tape drives and some are autoloaders. All the remote sites are running different versions of BE ranging from version 10d to 2012. I have suggested building out a completely new Backup Exec server in our data center due to the fact that our current server is also running vSphere and is the central manager for our ESX environment. We have a spare blade server but I'd hate to waste something that powerful just for backups so I'm wondering if it is against best practices to run Backup Exec 2012 from a VM inside our ESX environment? In other words I'd like to build out a Windows 2008 R2 x64 virtual server on our ESX environment and install Backup Exec on it and run it from there, rather than using a whole blade server or having to order an additional server to install it on. Additionally I'd like to install the CASO option on this server and have it be the hub for all the remote sites. Any help, advice, criticism, etc., would be greatly appreicated.