How to Install the Backup Exec Remote Agent for Linux


The Backup Exec Remote Agent for Linux and UNIX Servers, or RALUS, is an optional add-on program for Symantec/Veritas Backup Exec. Use RALUS to back up files to a Backup Exec media server and then restore files to a Linux system. If you’ve bought RALUS support from Symantec/Veritas, you may install the RALUS client on your Linux computer from the Backup Exec installer DVD. The installer sets up RALUS as part of the installation process, connecting it to your Backup Exec media server.

Things You'll Need

  • Symantec Backup Exec DVD
  • Copy the RALUS GZ file located inside the “LinuxUnixMac” folder on your Symantec Backup Exec DVD to the Linux system.

  • Open a terminal window from the Linux desktop’s Applications menu.

  • Type su into the terminal window or type sudo su on Ubuntu and press Enter to log in as the root user.

  • Enter your root account password at the password prompt or type your user account’s password on Ubuntu.

  • Go to the directory to which you copied the GZ file via the cd command. For example, type cd Desktop and press Enter to enter the Desktop directory.

  • Type tar zvxf file.tar.gz into the terminal, replacing “file” with the name of the RALUS GZ file and press Enter to extract the archive.

  • Enter cd linux to open the extracted folder, and then enter ./installralus to start the installer.

  • Input the IP address or host name of your Linux server. Press Enter after the system finishes checking your system for compatibility. Press Enter twice to check the installation requirements and install the Remote Agent software.

  • Type Y and press Enter to configure RALUS, then press Enter again to continue. Type the IP address of your Symantec Backup Exec media server at the Enter a Directory Host prompt and press Enter twice.

  • Confirm the displayed media server IP address is correct and press Enter.

  • Check your system for compatibility with the beoper user group RALUS requires for the Backup Exec logon account, then type Y and press Enter twice to create it. Type Y and press Enter to add the root user to the beoper group.

  • Press Enter twice to finish the installation and finalize your configuration.

  • Input /etc/init.d/VRTSralus.init start to start the RALUS service.

Tips & Warnings

  • Each Linux system running RALUS is displayed under “Unix Agents” on the Backup Exec media server.
  • Configure RALUS by editing the /etc/VRTSralus/ralus.cfg file on your system in a text editor.
  • Symantec offers RALUS downloads for older versions of Backup Exec on its website. If you don’t see the “LinuxUnixMac” folder on the disc, check Symantec’s website for a RALUS download for your version of Backup Exec.

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