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Moving Backup Exec 2010 R3 to another Server

Created: 03 Oct 2011 • Updated: 20 Oct 2011 | 4 comments
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At the moment we have Backup Exec 2010 R3 installed on our Mail Server. We upgraded from v.12 including the agents as well.

My question is basically I want to build a new virtual machine that will be called 'Backup Server'. I want to install Backup Exec 2010 R3 on this new virtual machine and take it off the existing server (Mail Server).

Would the licenses we purchased be ok to install on another server? Is there is a specific way to follow to ensure smooth transition?

Once I got the answers I need, I can go ahead and do this but want to make sure this is ok first?

Thanks in advance.

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AmolB's picture

Refer to (explained in detail)

    (explained in simple way)

You will not face any issue with the licensing.

Before installing BE on a VM, make sure tape drive is detected by the VM

CraigV's picture

Hi mo,

What Amol didn't mention is that there are very specific requirements for running BE as a VM on ESX. If you don't have an Adaptec SCSI card, don't expect the solution to work.

Refer to the Symantec TN below which itself is a reference for a VMware technote:

We're facing this issue now with an HP SAS card, where, in spite of warnings that this wasn't supported, was still purchased...and doesn't work.

So, what is mentioned in the post above about Windows seeing the drive/library etc...if it isn't supported by Vmware, don't expect Windows to see it, and therefore BE won't either...

If you're migrating to the same OS version and same BE version, follow the TN below:

The other alternative is to keep your current physical server as a backup server, in which case you don't face the contraints of ESX.


Alternative ways to access Backup Exec Technical Support:

Mo_Chowdhury's picture


Thanks for that info, didn't know the above but that has helped a lot and made me aware of that.

I will read those links and plan my next attack.

Thanks again guys.


pkh's picture

It would be better to install BE on a physical server.

If you are planning to have a few VM's on the same physcial host, you might want to buy either an AVVI or an AMHV licence and backup your VM's as VM's rather than physcial machines.