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Licencing

Created: 24 May 2011 • Updated: 02 Mar 2014 | 19 comments
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Good Afternoon.

Just q uick question regarding licencing in BKExec 2010.

I have a 2 servers, 1 of them running as the CA Server. 

Do I need to added all my licences to both servers, or do I only apply them to the CA Server?

Do I need to buy multiple licences for each BKExec server? e.g.  4x ADRA Option Licences to back up 2 DCs,   or  2x remote agents to back up 1 server remote server?

Any help would be amazing

Lee

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RahulG's picture

All the aditional licenses are installed on the Central admin server and On the other media server you just need the Base license installed .

IF you purchase a license for the CASO and you can add as many MMS (Managed Media Server ) to it . There is not any limitations like such on number of servers that can be added . But each MMS would need a base license .

License of the agent are installed on the CAS server eg if you have 4 exchange server you would need 4 exchange agent license installed on the CAS server

leeweedon's picture

By base licence I take it that is just for the actaul BKExec Server.

Regards

Lee

RahulG's picture

Yes thats right .

RahulG's picture

 2 servers with 1 acting as a CAS is overkill. Why not just use 1 server to connect to the other. BE has that ability...you'd simply select the option on the main screen to connect to another server.

The CASO license tends to be pretty expensive, and I think in an environment with 2 servers, its use is made null. It is VERY effective with more than 3 servers. To give you an idea I have a CASO server curently managing 30 servers in our environment.

You could use that money elsewhere to buy additional agents, or invest in another IT budget perhaps! Anyways thats ok .

Add this document to you favorites will help in future

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH60559

leeweedon's picture

We use the CAS at our secondary site, with the main backups taking place on the main site. All manged by 1 server. All the logs and jobs are replicated as part of our DR / BCP.

We will also be expanding with 2 more BE servers in the near future.

Thanks for the document, very useful. 

Regards

Lee

RahulG's picture

Your wellcome !! Cheers !

RahulG's picture

Please mark the post as resolved if it has answered your queires. Cheers!!

Colin Weaver's picture

I am not sure the licensing comments already given are correct - for instance if you have an Exchange server being backed up by the MMS and you only put the Exchange license on the CAS then the CAS will let you create the backup jobs because it has the Exchange settings and can browse the Exchange resources however when the CAS sends the job to the MMS to run, the MMS won't have a license and will fail the job.

Similarly if you install the Exchange License on the MMS instead of the CAS then you won't be able to create/configure the Exchange job on the CAS but if you configure the job locally on the MMS it will run (and still send logs up to the CAS if configured to do so)

As such I think you need a license on both CAS and MMS (although I am not 100% sure of this as I haven't tested that kind of setup with limited licenses)

Whether or not this can be the same license legally would probably need you to confirm with the Symantec Customer Care/Licensing teams.

leeweedon's picture

All very confusing, and getting expensive...

Regards

Lee

leeweedon's picture

Re-Raising this one as i'm still unsure on how to licence servers...

Do you need to buy agents for each MMS and CAS?  For example if I want to backup SQL, Exchange, a VMserver and SharePoint. Do I need to buy 2 of each licence, 1 for the CAS and one for the MMS?

Lee

Regards

Lee

RahulG's picture

You dont need to buy agent for each MMS server .

For agents like exchange if you want to run backups from MMS then MMS should have the exchange license

. But in any case you would not need two license i.e 1 MMS and 1 for CAS. you just need one Agent License .

leeweedon's picture

So, buy and install 1 agent for the CAS and NO licences for the MMS ?

Regards

Lee

RahulG's picture
Whichever media server you want to run the backups of the resources which requires agents that shud have the agent license installed .
EDit  so buy a license for mms which would be running the job for the resource which needs agent . Just wanted to correct myself all the license are not installed on the Cas server
leeweedon's picture

If that is the case, how do you configure jobs to use the agents on the CAS if the licence is not installed?

Regards

Lee

CraigV's picture

...let's simplify this because I think it has become very complicated...

1. To enable CASO you need to license a server = 1 CASO license.

2. To manage another server, you need the equivalent licenses already installed on that managed media server. So if you're going to manage an Exchange server, you need 1 license for the Exchange server, and 1 license for Exchange for the CASO server.

3. I suspect you need the equivalent licenses anyway if you just plan to use the CASO server as a reporting tool/single pane for support like I do.

In your case, if the license isn't installed on the CAS, it won't see the application you need to back up...so in effect you cannot configure the job to back up that application.

Alternative ways to access Backup Exec Technical Support:

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

SOLUTION
RahulG's picture

The server which would be backing up the resourse which needs the agent would need the license , so it can ce CAS or MMS. if the job is configured on CAS the cas would need the lisence.

leeweedon's picture

So yes is the Answer.  You need to have a licences for the MMS and the CAS in order for the backups and restores to work.

Regards

Lee

CraigV's picture

...as per 2 posts above, Yes is the answer wink

Alternative ways to access Backup Exec Technical Support:

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