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Licensing for two Backup Exec Servers

Created: 07 Aug 2012 | 5 comments

Hello,

I have a question how to license a enviroment with two Backup Exec Servers.

We have the following licenses installed on the first Backup-Exec Server:

Now we have installed the second Backup-Exec Server and licensed it with another Backup-Exec Server License.

My Question is what about the licensed Clients. Could i also activate the listed Agent-Licenses on the second server? I don't want to use one license twice, but i would share backup-jobs between the two backup servers.
For example:

I want to backup virtual machines from our Hyper-V Failover cluster which consits out of 6 hosts. As you see in the license list we have licensed 6 agents (bought in a four agent and a two agent license package). To communicate with every of the 6 Hyper-V Hosts a backup server needs 6 remote agent licenses. In our scenario we want to realize that both backup servers are able two backup the vms. So i think i must activate the 6 licenses on both backup-exec servers...

Is it okay two activate agent-licenses twice when the use is limited to the bought range?

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Backup_Exec's picture

Hi

I want to backup virtual machines from our Hyper-V Failover cluster which consits out of 6 hosts. As you see in the license list we have licensed 6 agents (bought in a four agent and a two agent license package). To communicate with every of the 6 Hyper-V Hosts a backup server needs 6 remote agent licenses. In our scenario we want to realize that both backup servers are able two backup the vms. So i think i must activate the 6 licenses on both backup-exec servers...

Ans

As you have 6 Hyperv Host you need to decide from which server you will be doing backup of which Host ,as same license will not be taken on other Backup exec server. So either from one server you can protect all the 6 Hyperv host running virtual machine .

Also with one one hyperv host license you can backup N number of virtual machines on that server with remote agent installed for it , for which you will not require any license ,but then to backup any application on virtual machine you will require that particular application license to protect it

Thanks

Sameer

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pkh's picture

You cannot apply your licences on both media servers.  You need another set of licences if you want to be able to back up all the VM hosts and applications from the other media server.

If you do not want to purchase more  licences, you can do some of load balancing by uninstalling some of the licences from the old media server and installing them on the new media server.  For example, you can put 2 of the Hyper-V licences on the new media server, so that one media server has 4 Hyper-V licences and the other media server has 2 Hyper-V licences.

Marcel G.'s picture

The main problem consists out of the cluster configuration. The backup-job for the vms is configured to backup machines connecting to the hyper-v hosts over the clustername. so if i backup machine xy the backup-job connect to the clustername and then to the host were the specific vm resist. the vms can change the hosts so that a vm reside one day on host, next day on host 3 and so on (because of host reboots for patching etc.).

We have a big number of virtual machines on the cluster and we need a fixed configured share of the backup-job on the servers to backup the vms in time. So our prefered configuration will be half virtual machines would be backuped from backup-server1, the other half from backup server two.

So is the scenario 4 hyper-v licenses on server1, 2 hyper-v licenses on server2 valid in my described case?

ZeRoC00L's picture

Not sure if your setup will be legal by the view of Symantec.

As you have a pretty unique setup, I would recommend to contact Symantec Licensing Support to get (written) validation that the configuration you are trying to setup is legal in Symantec point of view.

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH113612

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pkh's picture

So is the scenario 4 hyper-v licenses on server1, 2 hyper-v licenses on server2 valid in my described case?

Yes, but you cannot install all the Hyper-V licences on both media servers without paying for the second set of licences.