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Backup Agent for Linux includes the following system requirements for the Server or virtual machine being protected:


Hardware Requirements
Linux Kernels 2.6.9 to 3.11.x
Physical Memory Minimum 512 MB
Free Disk Space Minimum 256 MB
15%+ free space on protected drives is recommended to maintain point-in-time snapshots during replication.
Primary Storage Types Directly Attached Storage including:
IDE, SATA, SCSI, SAS, ISCSI, Fibre Channel, Dynamic Disks (Software RAID), Hardware RAID, Solid State Drives (SSD)
File Systems ReiserFS, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, XFS
Virtualization Citrix XenServer, VMWare, Linux KVM, Parallels Virtuozzo, Parallels Cloud Server
Beginning with Backup Agent version 5.12.0, Linux systems require a glibc version of 2.5 or greater. Backup Agents on Linux distributions with older glibc libraries should remain on version 5.10 or earlier versions of the Backup Agent software. Refer to this KB article for more information: Error - Linux cdp agent fails with "Floating Point Exception"

Linux Distributions


The following distributions are supported for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64):

  • RedHat Enterprise
  • CentOS
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux
  • Ubuntu
  • Fedora
  • Debian
  • Novell SUSE Enterprise
  • Open SUSE
  • Mandriva
  • Cloud Linux
  • Virtuozzo
  • OpenVZ


Technology Physical Server Install Guest (Virtual Machine) Install
Citrix XenServer 5, 6 No Install into guest VMs (domU)
Xen Source Hypervisor No Install into guest VMs (domU)
VMWare ESXi No Install into guest VMs
VMWare Server No Install into guest VMs
VMWare Workstation No Install into guest VMs
Parallels Virtuozzo Yes
Protects all Parallels Virtuozzo Containers with one install
Cannot be installed into individual Parallels Virtuozzo Containers
Parallels Cloud Server Yes
Protects all Parallels Cloud Server Containers with one install
can be installed into individual Parallels Cloud Server VMs
KVM No Install into guest VMs


See System Requirements - Databases.

Control Panels

See System Requirements - Control Panels.

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