After upgrading to Backup Exec 2014, the Deduplication Manager (SPAD) is seen to crash on startup


 After upgrading to Backup Exec 2014, the Deduplication Manager (SPAD) is seen to crash on startup.

Error Message

 Unable to start Deduplication Manager service. Error 1067: The process terminated unexpectedly.



  1. Open command prompt as administrator.
  2. Run command: "C:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\openssl.exe" rand -out "C:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\random-seed" 512
  3. Restart Backup Exec Deduplication services.
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This issue is currently being considered by Symantec Corporation to be addressed in the next major revision of the product.  There are no plans to address this issue by way of a patch or hotfix in the current or previous versions of the software at the present time.  Please note that Symantec Corporation reserves the right to remove any fix from the targeted release if it does not pass quality assurance tests or introduces new risks to overall code stability.  Symantec's plans are subject to change and any action taken by you based on the above information or your reliance upon the above information is made at your own risk.


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