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VMware and Backup Exec 2012

Created: 06 May 2014 • Updated: 06 May 2014 | 5 comments
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I am currently running Backup Exec 2012 in a Virtual inveronment, I need expert opinion on my setup environment. My server (Hardware) is NEC Express5800 series, i installed VMware Esx Version 5 on it then created a vertual machine and then installed win server 2008 R2 and in this server i have my Backup Exec 2012. 

 It this the best inveronment to use backup exec 2012 or should i install backup Exec directly on the hardware.

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Colin Weaver's picture

Backup Exec does not support pass-through access of a tape library (or USB disk) not a VM. As such depending on what your intended backup storage target is, you should use a physical server for the Backup Exec media server and not a virtualized one.

EDIT: Note: iSCSI, Share Level and OST connectivity do not count as passthrough (but may experience performance related issues)

Asim Hafeez's picture

Thanks for pointing that out. One more thing if i am not using any tape or USB disk as backup disk, Only Network storage then will i have any drawbacks ?

Colin Weaver's picture

Deduplication storage must be on a volume presented as local to the media server (so not a share)

if using iSCSI connectivity for Deduplication storage then it must be a physical disk array (we had a customer that used a cheap software based iSCSI target, running on a remote Windows server, as a Deduplication Storage folder which gave us loads of issues)

Do not use USB (or RDX) disks on a remote system presented as a share, as BE will not correctly detect the removal and insertion when they are physcially attached to a remote system

Asim Hafeez's picture

I really appriciate your response, For Deduplication storage is in my local server also alocated by VMware to my client server it gives me 332.00 MB/min for 721GB of data and it takes 01:13:09:21 time to complete 

If my media server was installed directly on the hardware without VMware will it give me same results or better ?

pkh's picture

As s rule of thumb, it should give you better performance, buy how much more, nobody can tell