Can VMware Date Recovery integrate with Symantec BackupExec 2010

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Hi,
We're purchasing both VMware Essentials Plus & Symantec BackupExec 2010.

VMware claims that Data Recovery can integrate with Symantec as an agent, but i wish to know a bit more about it beforehand, in order to make a decision if i should purchase an additional agents for BE (ESX) or should i use the Data Recovery.

It's important to add that since there are blades, storage and lot's of VM's involved i would appreciate your input on that matter.

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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
Top Expert 2008

Commented:
I would think the only way it would integrate is if you're imaging the VMs with VDR to a CIFS share and then backing up the images using Backup Exec as flat files.  The other piece is Backup Exec agents such as Exchange and SQL.  Since VDR is basically a "copy" job it doesn't flush the logs on SQL nor Exchange.

This may be where BE Agents come into play, otherwise I haven't seen any VDR/Backup Exec integration since Symantec Backup Exec vSphere agent is a competing product

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Hi, I think I've made it wrong.
Since VMware Date Recovery is a stanalone back product which suppose to work directly through the Virtual Center, will I need any Special setup within BE, while another issue is if I can purchase BE 2k10 without Esx agents (for the 3 hosts which included in the Vmware essentials plus package)?

Last question: does BE Esx agents are better in some way than the Vmware data recovery backup? Needless to say that we'll purchase the required agents for backing up exch, SQL etc.

Thx
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
Top Expert 2008

Commented:
If you want to just backup the VMs you will not need to purchase agents and will just use standalone BE to backup flat files (VDR backups).  On the other hand if you want to backup your SQL DBs, granular Exchange you can use NTBacup for Exchange and maintenance plan for SQL or to make it easier you can get SQL and Exchange Backup Exec agent to do this for you.

Hope this helps.

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Commented:
Dear paulsolov, your answer is not quite what i've expected..
Can you please be more precise ?

thx
Senior IT Advisor
Top Expert 2008
Commented:
What part do you want clarification on?

VDR backups to a windows share.  You can backup the windows share with a standard backup exec media server as long as it has access to the share

VDR will also backup your SQL and Exchange servers if they are virtual  but if you want to perform maintenance inside the VM (which VDR cannot do) you can use SQL Agents to do it for you or you can do it yourself through different microsoft based methods.

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