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Install Symantec Backup Exec 2012 on VMware vCenter 5.1 Server ???

Created: 18 Sep 2013 • Updated: 18 Sep 2013 | 5 comments
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Hello everyone,

  • I have an VMware infrastructure in cluster with two ESXi hosts.
  • I have a vCenter 5.1 Server installed as a VM on a Windows 2008 R2

The question is: Can I install Symantec Backup Exec 2012 on VMware vCenter 5.1 Server? Can they coexist on the same box?

Thank you all very much in advance for any help.

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pkh's picture

Symantec doesn't recommend the use of a VM as a media server

TekDeh's picture

I understand the recomendation. But cheap customers wants cheap solutions and this is one of those cases.

Let´s "imagine" the vCenter Server is NOT a VM. It´s a physical server. Could it be done?

CraigV's picture

...if you mean IF the VC is a physical server, can you install BE on it? The answer to this is yes. All the virtualised sites I looked after were set up this way.


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lmosla's picture

Yes though it is not recommended and is considered a Alternate Configuration.  If you had a problem and you called into support it would need to be proven that the problem would also occur on a physical machine.

Device connections very well could be very difficult to configure as well.

Please see this document:

TekDeh's picture

Thank you very much Imosla. Simple and straight forward. I just needed to know if YES / NO.

Like I said. Cheap customers usually don´t think and don´t to hear recomendations. Unfortunally these are disaster waiting to happen.