Backup Exec Install Blog (VC Runtimes)
Backup Exec 2014 has had a warm reception in the field, and it is so good to see the excitement around the product return! From my point of view, there were only a few customer-facing changes on the install side for this release. One of those changes was a shift in how we install Microsoft Visual C++ Runtimes with the product. This blog will attempt to explain that shift and the reasons behind it.
What is a VC Runtime and why do you care? Well, the Microsoft Visual C++ Runtimes are basically a set of files Microsoft delivers to application vendors, like Symantec, who build Windows applications on top of them. Essentially, runtimes provide the interfaces Backup Exec needs to get work done on a Windows system. They are delivered in two ways:
- As a standalone installation package that vendors can install before their application
- As a "Merge Module" that gets embedded into a Windows Installer...