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Symantec Backup Exec Agent for Exchange Server for Xen Server virtual machine

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Does anyone here have any experience using Symantec Backup Exec Agent for Exchange Server in a Xen Server environment to backup an Exhange 2010 server running on a Xen Server W2K8 server virtual machine.
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I have experience with agents on exchange running on vmware, can't be much different. What do you need to accomplish?
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Does the BE Agent for Exchange work on a Xen Server box?
What are the real life pro and cons based on experience?

I need the information to make a decision whether or not to put the Exchange 2010 Server on our Xen Server box or on a physical box. We are a Symantec Backup Exec shop, so that the backup software that I would like to use.

I see that page 5 and 11 that they supporting the server and windows agent but I am not sure that they supporing the exchange agent.

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/resources/sites/BUSINESS/content/live/TECHNICAL_SOLUTION/175000/TECH175581/en_US/be_2012_scl.pdf
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If you add the Exchange VM to backup exec as a standalone server you'll be fine. Backup exec will talk to the OS and the agent directly (which shouldn't have a problem adding the exchange component whether it's a physical box or VM).

If you add the Xen server to backup exec, and backup the exchange VM via Xen, then that's when you might run into problems.


Exchange works great on a VM,.. of course, keep in mind Microsoft doesn't like it one bit and will refuse to support your environment if they're running on Xen or VMware. If you ever had to call Microsoft for support with Exchange you wouldn't get any. That's the only downside.

Pros are everything else,.. easier backup/restore, increase/reduce resources (RAM, Disk) on demand which is golden. Always good for when mailbox databases/public folders get out of hand.
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I got through to Symantec Premier Tech Support.  They will only support it in a Xen 5.0 environment.

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