About the Agent for VMware

The Symantec Backup Exec Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure (Agent for VMware) lets you back up and restore virtual machines that use the following VMware products:

  • ESX Server

  • vCenter Server (formerly VirtualCenter)

  • vSphere 4.0 and 4.1

Backup Exec performs a single-pass backup to protect all Guest virtual machines and VSS-aware applications that are installed on the Guest virtual machines. Backup Exec’s Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) is enabled by default for backup jobs. You can use a GRT-enabled backup to restore individual files and folders from a Windows Guest virtual machine without restoring the entire virtual machine. In addition, you can restore individual items from Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and Active Directory applications that reside on Guest virtual machines.

Additional features of the Agent for VMware let you do the following:

  • Redirect the restore of data from a Guest virtual machine to an alternate folder, datastore, host, or network.

  • Back up to a disk device or to a tape device.

  • Perform policy-based incremental and differential backup jobs (If your virtual machines are configured with hardware version 7).

More Information

Requirements for using the Agent for VMware

How Backup Exec protects Exchange, SQL, and Active Directory data on virtual machines

About backing up VMware resources

About restoring VMware resources

About the Agent for VMware