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How does Backup Exec licensing work for Virtual Machines?

Created: 15 Jan 2013 • Updated: 16 Jan 2013 | 4 comments
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I am currently using Backup Exec 2012 to backup 2 physical servers.  One is running Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 and the other is running Windows Server 2012.  Now I realize that Server 2012 is not supported yet, but it is currently working for me.

I have Backup Exec installed on the Win2k3 server and it has an LTO-3 tape drive that I'm using.  I am using a RAWS to backup the 2012 server.  What I am wondering is, if I create several other virtual servers on the server 2012 machine, do I need to purchase a remote agent for each virtual server?  Or is there some other option to purchase for virtual environments?

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Backup_Exec's picture

Hi

If you are talking about hyperv environment then once you purchase the virtual agent license you would be able to backup N number of virtual machine on that hyperv host ,additionally if you want to application GRT backup then you would need desperate license like exchnage ,SQL etc to backup application hosted on virtual machine

Finally though your backup are working fine now on win2012 that will still not be supported configuration as you never know it can stop working or you may have issue with restore or something else

Finally I presume you would have checked the link below for win2012 support if not please check and subscribe to it so that when Symantec officially supports it you would be notified 

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?pag...

Thanks

 

Sameer

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Tactical N8's picture

So with the virtual agent, you would pay per virtual machine? Or is it just one virtual license?

Backup_Exec's picture

Hi

It is just one virtual license so in case for hyper v it is one per host...

Additionally check main page of virual agent for BE 

 

http://www.symantec.com/theme.jsp?themeid=backupex...

Thanks

Sameer

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pkh's picture

If you are planning to have many VM's, you might want to get the V-Ray edition licence.  You will be charged on a per socket basis and you can have as many Agents for Applications and Databases licence that you need to backup your applications and databases on your VM's.  See this

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/what...

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