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NetVault Plug-in for SQL Server 11.2 - User Guide

Introducing Quest® NetVault® Backup Plug-in  for SQL Server® Planning your SQL Server deployment Installing and removing the plug-in Configuring the plug-in Backing up data
Defining a backup strategy Reviewing the compression features Performing Online VDI backups Performing VSS backups in SQL Server® Example of creating a full VDI backup of an AlwaysOn Availability Group
Restoring data Troubleshooting

Installing and removing the plug-in

Installation prerequisites

The requirements vary depending on your configuration:

Prerequisites for a standalone deployment

Before installing Plug‑in for SQL Server, check that the following software is installed and configured on the machine that is to host SQL Server®:

NetVault Backup Server and Client software: At a minimum, the Client version of NetVault Backup software must be installed on the machine configured as the SQL Server.
SQL Server software: The machine must be running a supported version of SQL Server. For a list of supported versions, see the Quest NetVault Backup Compatibility Guide, which is available at
SQL Server VSS Writer Services: If you want to implement a VSS backup strategy for SQL Server databases, the SQL Server VSS Writer service must be running. The SQL Server VSS Writer is automatically installed. However, the service is not set to start automatically. To enable VSS backups, use the Windows Services utility. Quest recommends that you set the Startup Type for this service to Automatic.

Additional prerequisites for a high-availability deployment

Before installing Plug‑in for SQL Server, check that the requirements are met:

Failover Clustering is only supported with SQL Server® Standard and Enterprise Editions. For more information on installing Failover Clustering, see the Failover Clustering section of SQL Server 20xx Books Online.
Separate NetVault Backup Server machine: The machine that serves as the NetVault Backup Server must be configured and it must exist outside the SQL Server cluster. The machine must have network connectivity to the nodes (hosts) within the cluster.
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