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System Requirements

For a complete list of supported environments, refer to the Backup Exec software and hardware compatibility list.

Please Note:

You cannot install a Backup Exec server on a computer that runs the Windows Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008/2012. You can only install the Backup Exec Agent for Windows on Server Core computers.

On the computers that run Windows 2003, ensure that those computers have Windows Imaging Component installed before you install Backup Exec 2014. Windows Imaging Component is required to install Backup Exec 2014.

See the Microsoft website for more information on downloading and installing Windows Imaging Component.

You cannot install SQL Express or SQL Server on a Windows Server 2008 computer that is configured in a Read Only Domain Controller (RODC) role. The Read Only Domain Controller role does not let you use the local accounts that are required for SQL Express and SQL Server. When you install Backup Exec on an RODC computer you must select a remote SQL instance for the Backup Exec Database.

For Windows Server 2012 and later computers, you cannot install Backup Exec or the Agent for Windows on a volume that is enabled for deduplication in Windows or an ReFS volume.

Server Operating Systems

·         MS Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium/Standard

·         MS Windows Server 2003 R2 Storage Server Datacenter/Enterprise/Standard Editions SP2

·         MS Windows Server 2008 Foundation/Standard/Datacenter/Enterprise Edition SP2

·         MS Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard/Datacenter/Enterprise/Storage Servers Edition

·         MS Windows Server 2012 Standard/Datacenter/Essential/Foundation Edition

·         MS Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter/Essential/Foundation Edition

·         MS Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard/Premium Edition SP2

·         MS Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard/Premium Add-on/Essentials

Additional Application Support

You can use Backup Exec with Microsoft System Center Operation Manager (SCOM) 2007.

Internet Browser

Internet Explorer 7.0 or later.


Intel Pentium, Xeon, AMD, or compatible.

SQL Server or SQL Express

SQL Server 2008R2 SP2.


·         Required: 1GB RAM above the operating system's requirements for the exclusive use by Backup Exec.

·         Recommended: 2 GB RAM (or more for better performance)

Note: RAM requirements may vary depending on the operations performed, the options installed, and the specific computer configuration.

For the Central Admin Server Option: 1 GB RAM is required; 2 GB RAM is recommended.

Symantec Recovery Disk: 1 GB minimum (dedicated) for the multi-lingual version.

Virtual Memory Recommendations: 20 MB above the Windows recommended size for total paging file size (total for all disk volumes). Refer to your Microsoft Windows documentation

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.

Other Hardware

The following hardware is recommended:

·         Network interface card or a virtual network adapter card.

·         CD/DVD drive.

·         A mouse.

Storage Hardware

You can use storage media drives, robotic libraries, removable storage devices, and non-removable hard drives.

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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