Backup Exec 2010/R2/R3 Agent for VMWare Virtual Infrastructure (AVVI) Licensing

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Backup Exec 2010/R2/R3  Agent for VMWare Virtual Infrastructure (AVVI) Licensing

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The following is from the Backup Exec 2010/R2/R3 Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure (AVVI) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

AVVI Licensing:

1. How is Backup Exec 2010 Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure licensed?
 
Answer:
Backup Exec 2010 Agent for VMware is licensed simply on a per-ESX server basis. There is no “per CPU”, “per terabyte”, or “per Guest virtual machine” licenses required. Simply count the number of ESX servers in the environment hosting the Guest virtual machines that need to be protected. For example, three (3) ESX servers hosting ten (10) Guest virtual machines each to be protected would require:

  • One (1) Backup Exec 2010 Media Server license
  • Three (3) Backup Exec 2010 Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure licenses


2.  How Are Backup Exec Remote Agents for Windows Systems and Linux/Unix Systems licensed with Agent for VMware?
 
Answer:
Each Backup Exec 2010 Agent for VMware license includes the licensed right to deploy Backup Exec Agent for Windows Systems (AWS) and Backup Exec Agent for Linux/Unix Servers (RALUS) to Guest virtual machines on an ESX host that has been licensed with the Agent for VMware. For example, if there are 10 Windows Guest virtual machines and 10 Linux Guest machines on an ESX server licensed with Agent for VMware, Backup Exec Agent for Windows Systems and Agent for Remote Linux and UNIX Servers can be installed in each Guest virtual machine if needed.
 

3.  How are Backup Exec 2010 Database and Application Agents licensed in Guest virtual machines?
 
Answer:
Existing Backup Exec Database and Application Agent licensing for physical systems also applies to virtual environments. Each Guest virtual machine running an application to be protected will require a separate Backup Exec Database or Application Agent to be licensed and installed in it. For example, one (1) ESX 3.5 server running three (3) Guest virtual machines each running Windows 2003 and Microsoft SQL 2005 to be protected would require:

  • One (1) Backup Exec 2010 Media Server license
  • One (1) Backup Exec Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure
  • Three (3) Backup Exec 2010 Agent for Microsoft SQL Server licenses

 
4. How does vMotion between multiple ESX or vSphere hosts systems affect licensing of the Backup Exec Agent for VMware?
 
Answer:
The Backup Exec Agent for VMware fully supports vMotion between ESX or vSphere hosts. As a result, each ESX or vSphere host system must be licensed with a separate Backup Exec Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure license as any of the hosts may be used to process the backup or restore request. 


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