Step by step installation of the Backup Exec Remote Media Agent for Linux Servers.

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Steps by step installation of the Backup Exec Remote Media Agent for Linux Servers.


Follow these steps to install the Remote Media Agent for Linux Servers on Red Hat Linux Platform:
Note: RMAL is an additionally purchased option and is enabled by installing the RMAL serial numbers on the Backup Exec media server.
It is also advisable to check the RMAL compatibility with LINUX host before installation, To check the compatibility refer to Backup Exec Compatibility Lists
To install the Remote Media Agent for Linux Servers on Red Hat Linux host:

1. On a LINUX  host, download the installation files from the Symantec support site for your version of Backup Exec.
2. Connect to the target host using a terminal session or Log On locally with super user, root, or administrator privileges.
3. Extract the contents of the installation files that were downloaded in Step 1 using the following command Figure 1a below:
Note:  Do not extract the RALUS installer files on a Windows system and copy the resulting files to the Linux/Unix host.  Doing so will cause difficult to diagnose installation errors.  It is important to copy the .gz file to the Linux/Unix host and extract the files there as shown below.
  1. From the root run the following command 

    "gunzip  BEWS_12.5.2213_LINUX-UNIX-MAC-SAP_AGENTS.tar.gz"

    Figure 1
  1. Run "tar xvf BEWS_12.5.2213_LINUX-UNIX-MAC-SAP_AGENTS.tar"

    Figure 2
  1. After the files are extracted run ./installrmal

    Figure 3
  2. The installation screen appears: 

    Figure 4
    Type the LINUX server IP address or Hostname and press Enter as shown in Figure above. 
  1. Press Enter to continue on the emerging Screens
  2. Enter the IP Address of the Media Server on the Remote Agent Media Server Configuration screen :

    Figure 5
  1. Verify the IP Address of the Media Server and hit enter to continue :

    Figure 6
  2. The installation utility will now ask to create "beoper" group as shown

    Figure 7
  3. If the beoper group is not found, the installation utility will ask to create one, press Enter to continue:

    Figure 8
  4. Installation utility will now prompt to specify any specific Group ID, Press Enter to continue "Default option is set to (n)"

    Figure 9

    NOTE: Group ID: All Linux users have a user ID and a group ID and a unique numerical identification number called a userid (UID) and a groupid (GID) respectively. Groups can be assigned to logically tie users together for a common security, privilege and access purpose. Its recommended not to assign any Group ID.
  5. Note the "beoper" group has been created successfully as shown

  6. Installation utility will now ask to add the user root  to the beoper group press Enter to continue

    Figure 11
    User root has been successfully added to the beoper group
  7. Installation utility shows successful installation of RMAL, press Enter to continue

    Figure 12
  8. The RALUS configuration has also completed successfully, press Enter to continue

    Figure 13
  9. Now it lists with a path for a few log files created during installation

    Figure 14
  1. Start the agent using the following command  /etc/init.d/VRTSralus.init start
    To stop the agent use the following command  /etc/init.d/VRTSralus.init stop
  2. Further, to configure the Virtual tape Library on the Linux Server, refer  link given below:

How to use the Remote Media Agent for Linux Servers and create a Virtual Tape Library with Backup Exec for Windows Server - 


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