06-05-2008 05:07 AM
06-06-2008 05:14 AM
12-08-2008 08:23 AM
12-08-2008 11:30 AM
Thanks, but BESR doesn't work with Virtual Machines, so there's no point in looking further into it.
Because I have found other Symantec Enterprise products either unreliable or difficult to configure, I wouldn't recommend BESR as a real Enterprise recovery solution, since I am unable to test it first. I am not going to buy and set up a server for the sole purpose of testing this product. That's why I have VMWare - I can set up a server in minutes, trash it with my test and not worry if it screws things up totally. BESR won't work with that...
Also, since Symantec's support is so hit and miss, it would be insane to depend on them to keep your business afloat.
12-08-2008 11:57 AM
12-08-2008 12:20 PM
Since this was posted 5 months ago, I can't remember where I found the document that stated that BESR doesn't work on a Virtual Machine. So, Jon_R, you say that I can install your BESR Trial on a SBS2003 server guest OS in VMWare, and it should work? Becasue I would love to try it, and possibly recommend it to at least two multi-server clients if it appears to work well...
Because I got a STOP 7F error every time I tried to run it, I eventually just uninstalled it and gave up.
Since the trial is only 60 days, and since it took me 5 months to get a reponse in the Peer to Peer Discussion forums (the only support option provided with trialware), the trial was not very useful.
Is it possible that BESR8.0 was not VMWare-friendly, and that support for virtual machines was added with 8.5?
Also, has Symantec published a paper, explaining how to configure Backup Exec and BESR together to provide a complete backup and recovery solution? Marketing claims that the two together work well for such a solution, but I was unable (at last search) to find any documentation that helped bring it together.
Thanks for your reply.
12-08-2008 02:05 PM
BESR has been able to work inside of VMWare from at the latest version 7.0 onward. I have not tested anything earlier than this. Did this error (STOP 7f) come up inside of a VMWare instance or was it in a physical machine?
12-08-2008 03:26 PM
The server runs Linux as a host (Centos) and VMWare 2 (OK, it was running 1.04 when I posted this).
I had installed Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 (SP2) on it as a guest, and was just using it as a platform to test things out on. (I use it more now for running my network.) After installing BESR 8 and applying whatever updates I could find, I decided to try actually using it.
It's been too long since this happened for me to know specifically what the steps were that I took, but when I tried to create the first image, it blue-screened the guest OS - every time. It was not necessary to restart the host - just the guest OS had to be rebooted. The guest ran fine otherwise - the only thing I couldn't do was run BESR.