OK. I sorted it out. In this case, I went through all the motions and still no ESM. I then read an article stating that on occasion following a re-install in DR mode that some dll's do not register. Guess what, I checked out exadmin.dll and it wasn't registered. I registered it and budabing - there she was. I had system management tools. I could then also see the information store in Backup Exec. I am glad to say that all is well. Thanks to all those who tried to assist with this. Regards, Mino.