System requirements

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System requirements

The following table lists the system requirements for Backup Exec System Recovery to function properly.

Table: Minimum system requirements


Minimum requirements

Operating system

The following Windows 32- or 64-bit operating systems are supported:

  • Windows 7 (all editions)

  • Windows Vista Home Basic

  • Windows Vista Home Premium

  • Windows Vista Ultimate

  • Windows Vista Business

  • Windows Vista Enterprise

  • Windows XP Professional/Home (SP2 or later)

  • Windows XP Media Center (SP2 or later)

  • Windows Server 2003

  • Windows Small Business Server 2003

  • Windows Server 2008, including SP1

  • Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008

  • Windows Small Business Server 2008


The following are the memory requirements for each component of Backup Exec System Recovery:

  • Backup Exec System Recovery Agent: 512 MB

  • Backup Exec System Recovery user interface and Recovery Point Browser: 512 MB

  • Symantec Recovery Disk: 1 GB (dedicated)

  • LightsOut Restore: 1 GB

Available hard disk space

The following are hard disk space requirements for Backup Exec System Recovery and other areas:

  • When you install the entire product: Up to 430 MB is required for a full install, depending on the language of the product you select.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0: 280 MB of hard disk space is required for 32-bit computers, and 610 MB is required for 64-bit computers.

  • Recovery points: Sufficient hard disk space on a local hard disk or network server for storing recovery points.

    The size of recovery points depends on the amount of data you have backed up and the type of recovery point that is stored.


  • LightsOut Restore: 2 GB

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

The drive can be any speed, but it must be capable of being used as the startup drive from the BIOS.

Backup Exec System Recovery uses Gear Software technology. To verify that your CD writer or DVD writer is compatible, visit the Gear Software Web site.

You can look up information about your writer if you know the name of the manufacturer and model number of your writer.


The Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or later is required to run Backup Exec System Recovery.

If .NET Framework is not already installed, you are prompted to install it after Backup Exec System Recovery is installed and your computer is restarted.

If you want to be able to restore email using the Granular Restore Option, you must have Microsoft Outlook 2003 or 2007 installed.

Virtual platforms (for converted recovery points)

The following virtual platforms are supported:

  • VMware Workstation 4, 5, and 6

  • VMware ESX 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0

  • VMware ESXi 3.5 and 4.0

  • VMware Server 1

  • VMware GSX Server 3.x (replaced by VMware Server)

  • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 and later

  • Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 and 2.0


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