So I'm tasked with navigating the murky waters of Backup Exec and all it's glorious agents and licensing SNAFUs, so I turn to you, my friends.
For simplicity-sake, here's what I have:
1 vSphere Essentials host
1 Backup Exec 12.5 server (1TB RAID 1) with an LTO5 tape drive.
1 SQL Server virtual machine
1 Exchange 2007 Server virtual machine
1 2008R2 Domain Controller (and file server)
I have Backup Exec 12.5. Let's say I have all the agents I need. From this FAQ document (.PDF) from Symantec, I need:
Exchange: 1 VMware agent, 1 Exchange agent, since the VMware agent handles the image-level backup, the application-ware agents like SQL and Exchange ensure that the application data is in a consistent state, logs are committed, etc.
SQL: same thing.
2008 R2 DC: VMware agent and Windows Server agent(?), but essentially same thing: image-level backup and file/application-level backups respectively.
Couple of things:
Do you normally run two jobs per server here? i.e. one job for Exchange to do the image-level backup and one to do the application-level backup (or vice-versa) one after the other?
Saw this, not really sure how it fits in with what I have above (which itself was what I gleaned from the same PDF):
How do I protect and recover entire Guest virtual machines that run applications or databases like Microsoft SQL, Exchange, SharePoint, etc?
Answer- Applications that utilize the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) framework on Windows 2003 and 2008 can be protected as part of an image-level backup of the entire Guest virtual machine with AVVI using a “VSS Requestor/Provider” that must be installed inside of the Guest virtual machine running the application. There are two options for obtaining a VSS “Requestor/Provider” for your Windows Guest virtual machines running Windows 2003 or later:
• A generic version can be obtained as part of ESX 3.5 Update 2 from VMware
• A BackupExec specific version can be obtained as part of Backup Exec 12.5 AVVI on the Backup Exec 12.5 CD. Please see your Backup Exec 12.5 Administrator’s Guide for more details on how to install the VSS “Requestor/Provider”
• Each VSS Requestor/Provider should be installed separately and never on the same system at the same time. Please select one or the other.
If your application is not “VSS aware”, this information does not apply. Check with your application or database vendor to confirm its VSS capabilities.
So on top of the other two agents, I need to install the "VSS Requestor/Provider"? Umm what?