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Can Backup Exec 12 Media Server be installed on XP Pro system instead of Windows Server

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I am a current user of Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Server 10.0 Rev 5520.   The BE
Media Server is installed on a Windows XP Pro SP2 computer, with attached Quantum Superloader 3
robotic library.  It is used to perform traditional nightly/weekly/monthly backups to disk and tape for 4 computers attached to the local (gigabit) network.  The local network also contains a single Windows SBS 2003 server which acts as the domain controller and little else.  The SBS domain controller is an older computer which would not be suitable for running high performance backups so that is why BE is installed on one of the client systems, not the SBS.  The client system is a late model high performance system with SAS drives and is used for Photoshop during business hours.

I am considering upgrading to BE 12 and would like to know whether I can continue in this configuration.  I do not want to upgrade the SBS and install BE on that computer.  I just want to upgrade the existing installation on XP Pro.  The Symantec documentation does not list XP Pro as a supported system for running the Media Server.  However, it didn't list XP Pro as supported for 10.0 and it works just fine.

I am considering doing the upgrade from 10 to 12 simply for the reason that I am uncomfortable running old software and not because I want to use any new features like continuous protection etc...
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Possible, but not supported by Symantec, i suggest you download a trial and see how it performs
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I was considering downloading the trial but I was loath to do this because
I was worrying that it might screw up my existing installation, which of
couse would be more difficult to recover since the backup software would
not be working.  Since this a production system I don't want to have a lot
of downtime.

I would think that this is not that unusual a configuration for a small shop
and would think that someone out there has a similar configuration.
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