Backup Exec Options

There are various options available for BE to add more functionality. This page summarises what the options do. Agents are not included in this list.

Applies to BE10Applies to BE11Advanced Open File Option

What does it do?

This option allows you to backup files that are locked and in use.

Do you need it?

Only if you need to back up files that are in use, eg. a database for which no agent is available, or if users frequently have files open during backups.

Applies to BE10Applies to BE11Library Expansion option

What does it do?

Out of the box, BE allows you to use unlimited standalone tape drives, or one autoloader containing one tape drive. This option allows you to use multiple autoloaders, or autoloaders with more than one tape drive.

Do you need it?

If your autoloader has more than one tape drive, or you want to use more than one autoloader, you need this option

Applies to BE10Applies to BE11SAN Shared Storage Option

What does it do?

Allows you to share a tape drive between multiple BE media servers

Do you need it?

Only if you have multiple media servers, your tape library is on your SAN, and you know what you're doing.

Applies to BE10Applies to BE11Intelligent Disaster Recovery

What does it do?

Creates bootable startup disks with information to restore straight from a backup, without having to reinstall the OS and BE first. Works on similar hardware only.

Do you need it?

Only if you want to speed up recovery to similar hardware, and can test your backups – IDR is a common cause of problems.

Find out more about the Intelligent Disaster Recovery Option  

Applies to BE10Applies to BE11Desktop and Laptop Option

What does it do?

Allows desktops and laptops to back themselves up, and users to restore their own files.

Do you need it?

If you want to provide protection for user data, or users don't save their data to the server.

Applies to BE10Applies to BE11Central Admin Server Option

What does it do?

Allows multiple BE media servers to be managed collectively, and backups to be distibuted between servers.

Do you need it?

If you have multiple BE servers, it's beneficial.

Applies to BE10Applies to BE11Advanced Disk-based Backup Option

What does it do?

Enables synthetic backup functionality, to speed up backups, and enables off-host backups.

Do you need it?

If you want to use synthetic backups, or if you have the prerequisites for off-host backups.

Applies to BE11NDMP Option

What does it do?

Allows you to backup and resore NDMP v.4/NetApp filers.

Do you need it?

Only if you have NDMP v.4/NetApp filers and want to back them up.