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Trial: Minimum Requirements and Overview

Bacula Trial Edition combines Bacula’s enterprise-class open standards software with first-class support and professional services. The purpose of the Bacula Enterprise Trial Kickstart is to provide you with the best possible user experience whilst evaluating our industry-leading Enterprise products.

The Trial Kickstart is intended to be used as a proof of concept. It allows the testing of all Bacula Trial products and installation on the clients of all supported platforms.

It also provides an automated way to install the Linux operating system on physical or virtual machines for the purpose of testing Bacula Trial Edition in a live environment. It is based on the CentOS Linux distribution and is designed to be installed and ready to use in 30 minutes.  The resulting installation is intended to be administered using BWeb or the Linux command-line.

To be introduced to Bacula Trial Edition, you can simply play with the software by following some scenarios as described in the guide. These scenarios are designed to demonstrate the basic functionality of Bacula Trial Edition. More advanced features and plugins are available on request. Please contact us for more information.

If you are not able to complete these scenarios, or have an issue regarding any products, please contact us.
Thank you for using Bacula Trial Edition!

Introducing Bacula Enterprise

Let’s have a look at the main components of Bacula Enterprise and how the data and commands flow between them.

Bacula Enterprise is composed of five main components:

The Director which supervises all the backup, restore, verify and archive operations.
The Storage Deamon is the software that performs the storage of the file attributes and data to the physical backup media.
The File Daemon or Client is installed on each machine to be backed up.
The Catalog is responsible for maintaining the file indexes for all files backed up.

The Consoles allow the user to interact with the Director. It is available in two versions:

  • a text-based console interface, called BConsole.
  • a web interface, called BWeb Management Suite.

For more detailed information, please refer to our main manual.


With the Trial Kickstart, you will also find three White Papers related to specific features:

The Global EndPoint Deduplication plugin, to help you test the Bacula Enterprise Edition deduplication feature for both the Storage Deamon and the File Daemon (the agent). Download the technical White Paper here.
The MSSQL plugin, showing how to back up and restore your MSSQL databases. Download the technical White Paper here.
The VSS plugin, giving you instructions on how to take a snapshot of your Windows system state. Download the technical White Paper here.

Minimum Requirements

The Trial Kickstart is delivered in the form of an ISO DVD image file.  This image can be booted natively by most virtual machine systems including VMware and VirtualBox.  The image can also be burned onto a DVD for installation on a physical machine.

All CentOS updates available as of the release date have been merged into the Trial Kickstart ISO image.  Additional updates can be installed automatically if your network provides internet access.

If installing on a virtual machine, it is strongly recommended to use a single virtual hard disk that is large enough to accommodate the operating system and backup storage space

Next Steps:

Register and Download Bacula Enterprise Edition Trial Kickstart.

View Installation Guide

The Trial Kickstart can be installed on both physical and virtual servers that are compatible with CentOS Linux.  The server should meet the following minimum specifications:

  • Compatible with CentOS 6.
  • Bootable from ISO image or physical DVD.
  • 64-bit AMD64/Intel CPU supporting the x86_64 instruction set.
  • Minimum 4GB of RAM for large-scale use (2GB is ok for small-scale tests).
  • Internal hard disk greater than 100GB in capacity, or greater than 200GB to test the optional VTL or our universal deduplication capabilities.
  • At least one ethernet interface on your network.