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Where to install the Backup Exec Agent for VMware

Created: 12 Oct 2010 • Updated: 12 Oct 2010 | 10 comments
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Hi,

I'm using VMware vSphere with some guest VMs.  But I'm not sure where to install the Backup Exec 2010 Agent for VMware.  I cannot find any documents on internet.  Any one kindly know the answer?

Thank you.

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VJware's picture

Hello,

There are typically 2 ways to install the Remote Agent for Windows. (Entering the appropriate license key on the BE media server, makes it an Agent for VMware)

Push Install - http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH138271

Local Install - http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH128757

hongkong123's picture

Thanks, but I don't understand that Agent software is installed in host server (which is vSphere ESX), or installed in the VM (which would be Linux or Windows), or another machine using Windows?

I guest the software should not be installed in host server which is vSphere (Linux based).  I guess the software should not be installed in VM, since it can't backup currently using image itself. 

Am I correct?

Kiran Bandi's picture
The Agent for VMware is installed locally as a separate, add-on component of Backup Exec. You do not have to install the VMware Agent on the ESX host.
hongkong123's picture

It means that the Agent for VMware is installed in the Windows (as a guest OS), and I can use Backup Exec server on another machine to control the VM image backup.  Is it true?

VJware's picture

Refer to this KB article, which should answer quite a bit of your queries - http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO21769

Sush...'s picture

Here are the steps to be followed:

1) Install Backup Exec 2010 on a seperate Windows server. If you have Virtual Centre then you can install Backup Exec 2010 on that Virtual Center also.

2) Install the Licesne key for Backup Exec 2010 Agent for VMware in this installation of Backup Exec.

Now the ESX server and the guest VM will already be discovered in the selection list. Check out the following technotes for Requirements, Permissions, How To Backup/restore and also the GRT feature:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO12803 :  Backing up VMware virtual resources

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO23051 : Requirements for using the Agent for VMware

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH129645 : What permissions are needed to properly use the Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure (AVVI) with Backup Exec 2010

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH64306  : About Vmware ESX guest operating support using AVVI( Agent for Vmware Virtual Infrastructure).

Thanks,

-Sush...

Hope this piece of Information Helps you... and if it does then mark this response as Solution....!!!

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hongkong123's picture

Thank you!

If I've 1 separate machine, and 2 identical ESX machines. Each ESX host contains 3 guest VMs running Windows Server, and all storage are on SAN storage.  All I need are:

1 x Backup Exec for Windows System  (to be installed in the separate server)
2 x Backup Exec Agent for VMware  (license keys for the separate server)
2 x Backup Exec Agent for Oracle (for DB)  (to be installed in each VM using Oracle)
6 x Backup Exec SAN Shared Storage Option  (to be installed in each VM using SAN storage)

Am I right?

Sush...'s picture

You will not require " 6 x Backup Exec SAN Shared Storage Option  (to be installed in each VM using SAN storage"

SAN Storage option is only required if you a re sharing the Robotic Library which is connected on SAN.

To backup your Virtual Machine which are on SAN, using Backup Exec 2010 Agent for VMware you will not require the SAN Storage License.

Here is the technote which explains more about the SAN Storage Option

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO24287 : About the SAN Shared Storage Option

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO11696 : About Backup Exec's storage options

Thanks,

-Sush...

Hope this piece of Information Helps you... and if it does then mark this response as Solution....!!!

hongkong123's picture

But I'm not using robotic libraries (Library Expansion Option), but I'm using a SAN storage (SAN Shared Storage Option) to allow LAN-free backup.  If 6 VMs are sharing the SAN, do I need any license?

Sush...'s picture

No you will not need to SAN Storage License

Hope this piece of Information Helps you... and if it does then mark this response as Solution....!!!