So I have been getting this error when backing up a Server 2016(DC) from a Server 2012 R2 Server(BE/Media Server). When it backups the SystemState I do have GRT enabled but it keeps giving me the following error. Which I do understand is becasue the BE Server is 2012r2 vs 2016.
"The Agent for Windows on this backup source does not support Granular Recovery Technology because the backup source is running a later version of Windows than the Backup Exec server. A backup was run, but you will not be able to restore individual items from the backup sets"
But the real question I have is do I need to have GRT enabled for the SystemState? I had always understood the SystemState usually had to restore fully anyway and not with seperate components that GRT give
Active directory recovery feature helps to restore individual objects within active directory, example : user accounts, there attributes etc. w/o needing to do an authoritative restore. you can read about it in the admin guide
Check the note in the Software Compatibility List for the reason for that exception -
Check under Agent for application and database compatibility -> Microsoft -> Microsoft -Windows Active Directory
To perform a GRT-enabled backup of an Active Directory Application Server on Windows 2012 R2 or later, the Backup Exec server must be the same version or a later version of Microsoft Windows. Please see the following TechNote for further details http://www.veritas.com/docs/000087447.