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Just need to bounce an idea of some experts :-)

I will be installing SBS 2008 Premium with SQL server on another Windows Server 2008 server running on Hyper-V or ESXi. Now I'm thinking about installing BackupExec 2010 on the SQL server to backup the SBS and SQL server vmdx or vhd files in case we need to restore the entire virtual machine the restore time would be some much faster. If I install BE on the virtual host, in this case better on the SQL server I will need the VMWARE or HYPER-V agent for BE2010 which costs about $1200 and then I can backup both VMs to a NAS. Also, to have Exchange GRT recovery options I would need to deploy the Exchange agent onto SBS 2008. Does that solution makes sense? Any weak points?

Thanks so much for any input
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also, will I have granular file restore option on both servers with just the Hyper-V agent?
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Sorry I am little confused, but I think I got the jist of what you're asking. I can think of three things you need to keep in mind

1. When installing the B/E Media Server in a VM you need to make sure there is a method for the VM to connect directly to the backup device. ESXi has a SCSI pass through driver that you can add to your VM that will facilitate the connection. I do not know if this also works for SAS based backup devices.

2. In the past the Symantec VMWare agent was really nothing more than a front-end to VCB. This may have changed, but I do know that the free version of ESXi will not allow you to backup the VMDK's in realtime unless you have purchased at least vSphere Essentials. The po mans approach is to shutdown the VM and copy the VMDK's using WinSCP or FastSCP. If you decide to purchase vSphere Essentials you can also use GhettoVCB, which is free, but requires some minor skills to setup.

3. I think you might be better off purchasing the SBS version of Symantec B/E. I believe you get all the agents bundled together for a lower cost. That would mean of course you need to install B/E on the SBS server which I believe you will have an easier time with supporting over the long run anyhow.
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oztrodamus

1. it will be a Bufflo Linkstaion NAS, network attached so yes it will have UNC direct access to the backup device as if you installed on a physical box

2.If the VMs need to be pause at night during backup that would be acceptable

3.for some reason I never checked and yes you are right I can do that and eble the Hyper-V opion as well (extra $1200 license)
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I would verify with Symantec if B/E will backup to NAS across a network. It's my understanding B/E can only backup to a block storage device, so it being a network attached device it would need to be a SAN.
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yes, it can, I have many clients setup that way..but thank you for bringing this up
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