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Virtualize BackupExec server and restore VM

Created: 25 Mar 2014 • Updated: 27 Mar 2014 | 3 comments
jpmichelino's picture
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Hello, I am making a Contingency Site  for a customers. That site will have one or two virtual machine, won't be a big deployment. I have some questions:
1) If I have a Tape Medioa with a backup's Virtual Machine, Is possible to make a restore (only restore) of a VM VMWare without Backup Exec?
2) Is possible virtualize a BackupExec Server on VMWare?
3) Can I read from Windows Server a Tape Media written by BackupExec?
4) Is possible restore a VM in the same host that the Virtual BackupExec server is running?
Thanks a lot...

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ZeRoC00L's picture

1) Yes, you will require BE to restore a complete VM.

2) Running BE inside a VM is not recommended, and has some limitations, see

3) Since Windows 2008 the Microsoft Backup program in Windows does not support a tape device anymore.

4)Yes, but again, running BE inside a VM is limited supported.

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pkh's picture

Note that backing up to a real device from a virtualized media server is not supported. The document referenced earlier stated that backing up to tape drive is an alternate configuration. You should read carefully what an alternative configuration entails. Also note that VMware does not support tape pass-thru from ESX 5.x so that document does not apply to ESX 5.x