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Installing BE 2012 V-Ray

Created: 18 Sep 2013 | 9 comments


I download and install Backupexec 2012 v-ray as a trial befor I buy

My system is as follow:

1 x ESXi 4 with 2 hosts:

SBS 2011

Server 2008 R2


1 x Server with server 2008 R2 and SQL

I want to backup both server

My supplier recommand me to buy Backupexec 2012 with V-ray + SQL agent

where is the best way to install the backupexec

BTW Itried to install the software on the sbs

Please advised

Operating Systems:

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CraigV's picture


If the server running Server 2008 R2 with SQL is physical, put it on that. Symantec does not support running Backup Exec on a virtual media server.


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Nir_l228's picture

can i install it on a workstation??

I prefer not to touch the pysical SQL

lmosla's picture


see this SCL for Backup Exec's operating system compatibility. 

Nir_l228's picture

did it but can't see the VM

how to add it

CraigV's picture

You don't need to use SQL. BE will install SQL Express which won't impact SQL.
To see the VMs, you need to point it to the ESX host, or the Virtual Center server. The VC would need a RAWS agent installed on it.

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lmosla's picture


I apologise for the confusion, It is not recommended to install Backup Exec on a virtual machine.

I put the SCL link so you could find out what operating systems could be installed on the workstations that would support the install of Backup Exec.  

Nir_l228's picture

ok I succesed to install and it worked fine but I have problems to backup my Esxi server

it give me an error about VSS and I checked on the esxi it setup correctly

please help me



CraigV's picture

...if you have a VSS error, check which server this is happening on.

Open a command prompt on that server, and type:

vssadmin list writers

These writers must be stable and running. If not, a server restart will fix this. You need to run the backup job after that.


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Rahul Kumar1's picture


        You can not backup Esxi host machine using Backup exec 2012. You can only backup the guest machines.