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Symantec Backup Exec

Backup Exec™ 15 delivers powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use backup and recovery designed for your entire infrastructure regardless of platform: virtual, physical or cloud. Advanced integration with the most recent releases of VMware and Hyper-V ensures recovery is fast and efficient. In a matter of minutes, you can recover anything including VMs, applications, databases, files, folders and granular application objects.
Backup Exec 15 Feature Pack (FP1) 1 is now generally available. Learn more.

Server Operating System

  • Microsoft® Windows 2012 Server Family
  • Microsoft® Windows 2012 R2 Server Family
  • Microsoft® Windows 2008 R2 Server Family
  • Microsoft® Windows 2008 x64 Server Family
  • Microsoft® Windows 2003 R2 x64 Server Family

Virtual Environments

  • VMware vSphere 6
  • VMware vSphere 5.5
  • VMware vSphere 5.1
  • Microsoft® Hyper-V 2012
  • Microsoft® Hyper-V 2012 R2
  • Microsoft® Hyper-V 2008 R2

Client Operating Systems

  • Microsoft® Windows 8 Client x86 & x64 (Supported by Agent for Windows)
  • Microsoft® Windows 8.1 Client x86 & x64 (Supported by Agent for Windows)
  • Oracle 12c (Supported by Agent for Windows and Linux)
  • Oracle 11g (Supported by Agent for Windows and Linux)
  • OES 11 SP2 (Supported by Agent for Linux)
  • Ubuntu 12.10 (Supported by Agent for Linux)
  • RHEL 5.11, 6.0 & 7.0 (Supported by Agent for Linux)
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) 7.0 (Supported by Agent for Linux)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 (Supported by Agent for Linux)
  • SDR for Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012 R2 (Supported by Agent for Windows)
  • Exchange 2013 CU6 & CU7 (Supported by Agent for Windows)
  • SQL 2014 (Agent and Repository)(Supported by Agent for Windows)
  • SQL 2012 (Supported by Agent for Windows)
  • Enterprise Vault 11.0.1 (Supported by Agent for Windows)
  • Lotus Domino 9.0 (Supported by Agent for Windows)
  • MacOS 10.9 (Supported by Agent for Linux)
  • Exchange 2013
  • SharePoint 2013
Note: Symantec Backup Exec™ 15 cannot install media servers on 32-bit operating systems.

Internet Browser

  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later

Installation Disk Space

  • 1.26 GB (Typical installation), 1.91 GB (includes all options)
Note: Disk space requirements may vary depending on the operations performed, the options installed, and the specific system configuration. The Backup Exec Database and catalogs require additional space. An additional 525 MB is required for SQL Express. Any disk storage that you use also requires additional space.

Memory - Backup Exec Server

  • Minimum Required: 1 GB RAM
  • Recommended: 2 GB RAM
Note: RAM Requirements may vary depending on the operations performed, the options installed, and the specific computer configuration Symantec Recovery Disk: 1 GB minimum (dedicated) for the multilingual version.

Memory - Backup Exec Central Administration Server

  • Minimum Required: +1 GB RAM
  • Recommended: +2 GB RAM
Note: RAM requirements may vary depending on the number of Backup Exec servers

Virtual Memory Recommendations

  • 20 MB above the Windows recommended size for total paging file size (total for all disk volumes)


  • Intel Pentium, Xeon, AMD, or compatible

Processor - Backup Exec Deduplication Option

  • Minimum Required: 4 Cores
  • Recommended: 8 Cores

SQL Server or SQL Express for Backup Exec Database

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2

Other Hardware

  • Network interface card or a virtual network adapter card
  • CD/DVD drive
  • A mouse (Recommended)

Storage Hardware

You can use storage media drives, robotic libraries, removable storage devices, and non-removable hard drives.
You can find a list of compatible types of storage at the following URL: http://entsupport.symantec.com/umi/V-269-2
Support is available for the first drive in each robotic library when you purchase Backup Exec. To enable support for each additional robotic library drive, you must purchase the Backup Exec Library Expansion Option.

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