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Verifying Windows host system requirements

In the most basic configuration, SnapManager is installed on the same Windows host system as SQL Server. In addition to this, you can install SnapManager on one or more remote Windows hosts for remote administration of the SQL Server computer or for remote verification of the databases contained in SnapManager backup sets.

Windows host system requirements

See the Interoperability Matrix for the required versions of Windows Server and Windows SQL Server. The following table lists other requirements of the Windows host system:

Windows host component Requirements
Microsoft Windows hotfixes See the SnapDrive software system requirements.
SQL Server Browser service If the host system is running SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, or SQL Server 2012, the SQL Browser service is configured to start automatically.
SQL Server components The SnapManager installer automatically installs these components:
  • Microsoft SQL 2005 backward compatibility components
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 CLR types
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 R2 Management Objects
SnapDrive See the Interoperability Matrix.
Note: For a remote administration server, SnapDrive is optional unless you intend to use the remote administration server to remotely administer SnapDrive. For a remote verification server, SnapDrive is required.
SnapDrive preferred IP address If your storage system has multiple IP addresses, configure the SnapDrive preferred IP address. See the SnapDrive Installation and Administration Guide for your version of SnapDrive. If you do not configure a SnapDrive preferred IP address for a storage system that has multiple IP addresses, SnapDrive times out when attempting to simultaneously create multiple Snapshot copies on a storage system.
SnapManager licenses If SnapManager is licensed per-server, a SnapManager license is required on the Windows host system.
Note: For per-server SnapManager licensing, you can install SnapManager without specifying a server-side license; after SnapManager has been installed, you can apply the license from the License Settings dialog box.
Microsoft .NET Framework The SnapManager installation package installs Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 if it is not present in the host system.
Microsoft Management Console (MMC) MMC 3.0 is required to launch the SnapManager snap-in console. MMC 3.0 is included in versions of Windows Server 2008 and later.
Microsoft Visual C++ The SnapManager installer automatically installs the Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable Package (x64).
Windows PowerShell PowerShell 3.0. This is a prerequisite before you run the SnapManager installation.
Other hardware and software

See your SnapDrive documentation for complete details about the following system requirements:

  • Host hardware operating system
  • LUN access protocol (FC or iSCSI) software

The preceding requirements do not apply to remote administration servers.