System requirements

The following are the minimum system requirements for running this version of Backup Exec:

Table: Minimum system requirements



Operating system

You can find a list of compatible operating systems, platforms, and applications at the following URL:

You cannot install a Backup Exec media server on a computer that runs the Windows Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008. You can only install the Backup Exec Remote Agent for Windows Systems on Server Core computers.

You cannot install SQL Express or SQL Server 2005 on a Windows Server 2008 computer that is configured in a Read Only Domain Controller (RODC) role. The Read Only Domain Controller role does not allow you to use the local accounts which are required for SQL Express and SQL Server 2005. When you install Backup Exec on an RODC computer you must select a remote SQL instance for the Backup Exec database.

Additional application support

You can use Backup Exec with Microsoft Windows Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005.

Internet browser

Internet Explorer 6.0 or later. Service Pack 1 is required for SQL Server 2005 Express.


Intel Pentium, Xeon, AMD, or compatible.


Required: 256 MB RAM

Recommended: 512 MB RAM (or more for better performance)


RAM requirements may vary depending on the operations performed, the options installed, and the specific computer configuration.

For the Central Admin Server Option: 512 MB RAM required, 1 GB recommended.

Virtual Memory Recommendations: 20 MB above the Windows recommended size for total paging file size (total for all disk volumes). Refer to your Microsoft Windows help documentation for instructions on how to view or set the paging file size.

Installation disk space

695 MB (Typical installation)

1045 MB (Includes all options)


Disk space requirements may vary depending on the operations performed, the options installed, and the specific system configuration. Backup Exec database and catalogs require additional space.

Other Hardware

The following hardware is recommended:

  • Network interface card or a virtual network adapter card.

  • CD-ROM drive.

  • (Recommended) A mouse.

  • (Optional for pager notification) Modem supported by Microsoft Windows.

  • (Optional for printer notification) Printer supported by Microsoft Windows.

Storage Hardware

Backup Exec requires at least one storage media drive or single-drive robotic library and the appropriate controller card. You can also use removable storage devices and non-removable hard drives.

You can find a list of compatible devices at the following URL:

Support for a single robotic library drive is available when you purchase Backup Exec. To enable support for additional robotic library drives, you must purchase the Backup Exec Library Expansion Option.