System requirements

The following are the minimum system requirements to run 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 let you 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: 512 MB RAM

Recommended: 1 GB 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

1.44 GB (Typical installation)

2.32 GB (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. An additional 330 MB is required for SQL Express.

Other Hardware

The following hardware is recommended:

  • Network interface card or a virtual network adapter card.

  • CD/DVD drive.

  • (Recommended) A mouse.

  • (Optional for pager notification) Modem that Microsoft Windows supports.

  • (Optional for printer notification) Printer that Microsoft Windows supports.

Storage Hardware

You can use storage media drives, robotic libraries, removable storage devices, and non-removable hard drives.

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

Support is available for the first drive in each robotic library when you purchase Backup Exec. To enable support for each additional robotic library drive, you must purchase the Backup Exec Library Expansion Option.

More Information

Installing a typical installation of Backup Exec

Installing a custom installation of Backup Exec

System requirements