Preinstallation Checklist for the SQL Server Agent on Windows

The Microsoft SQL Server Agent backs up and restores SQL system databases, user databases and transaction logs in your enterprise. The SQL Server Agent also performs both full system rebuilds and granular backup and recovery of your data. For more information, see SQL Server Agent Overview.

Use this preinstallation checklist to prepare the computer where the SQL Server Agent will be installed and to gather all the information required during the installation.

Verify System Requirements

Verify that the computer where you will install the Microsoft SQL Server Agent satisfies the minimum requirements. For more information, see System Requirements - SQL Server Agent.

Verify License Requirements

Based on the licensing mechanism used in your CommCell environment, verify that the CommCell has the required licenses to use the SQL Server Agent. For more information, see License Requirements - SQL Server Agent.

Determine the Installation Location

Based on your environment, install the SQL Server Agent on the appropriate computer.


Where to install the software


On the computer where the SQL Server resides.


On the physical nodes of the cluster where the SQL Server resides.

Gather Installation Data

Refer to the items in this section to gather the information that you will need during the installation. Record the information before you begin installing the software so that you can refer to it during the installation.

You can install the SQL Server Agent by using either the CommCell Console or the installation package created by the Download Manager. Any item that applies to only one of these installation methods is noted.

Commvault package to install

Install the SQL Server package, which is listed under the Database category.


If the File System Agent is not installed on the computer, the File System Core and File System packages are automatically installed with the package you selected. The File System Agent will not consume any license.

To gather the required information for the File System Agent, refer to the Gather Installation Data section in the Preinstallation Checklist for the Windows File System Agent.

Client computer details

If the File System Agent or another package is already installed on the computer, you are not required to gather all the computer details again. The level of detail depends on how the package you selected is installed, as follows:

  • For installations using the CommCell Console, the installation program requests only the name of the client computer.
  • For installations using the installation package, the installation program reads the details from the previous installation.

    SQL Server details

    • If the option to install SQL Server is disabled, verify that there is at least one network protocol enabled. For SQL Server 2005, go to SQL Server Configuration Manager and enable protocols for each instance.
    • Microsoft SQL Server Management Objects (SMO) is required on the client machine. SMO is installed as part of the Client Tools SDK during the SQL Server installation or you can install Shared Management Objects from the SQL Server feature pack.

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