From a Backup Exec product manager at Symantec: In answer to your first question on whether you can install Symantec Backup Exec onto the server from your machine. The answer is yes, you can install Backup Exec remotely from your machine. Check out the “Installing Backup Exec to remote computers” section of the admin guide. It begins on page 87. Your next question regarding if the server needs to be brought down and restarted, the answer is a base installation of Backup Exec does not require a reboot, however you may be prompted for one. Some Agents and Options require a reboot (i.e. Exchange, Advanced Open File Option, etc.) Also, for future help with Backup Exec feel free to visit the Backup Exec moderated forums and other info online at www.backupexec.com.