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Consolidating and upgrading two NBU Servers

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Ok, here's the scenario. We currently have two Master NBU 4.5 Server running on Windows 2k SP4 on Dell PE 2650's. Each server has two PowerVaults (220S) connected to it. We've decided to upgrade the servers to Win 2k3 Ent Srv and NBU 5.1 . During the process, they decided to do away with one of them, but keep the backups.

Moving the arrays from server to the other will be a piece of cake seeing they have the same PERC controllers. Moving the policies are also simple. Now, I know where the catalogs are, but will simply moving them from one server onto the other be sufficient? Is their a special process? After that, I'm just upgrading the OS and then to NBU5.1 .  When I upgrade to 5.1, will it 'edit' the catlogs to where they can be used for restores?

Am I up **** creek without a paddle? Concerning the process, Veritas said, and I quote (read: paste):

I can understand your frustration here, but consolidating 2 master servers into 1 can be a challenging process depending on configuration circumstances and there is a chance for corruption to occur if the process does not go smoothly.
To be frank, this is a procedure that only a few of our most skilled consultants are usually engaged with due to the "what ifs".

They wanted us to pay for another consulatant! We already hired a team of them for a future project. Ohh ewll, sorry for the above fluff.

Any ideas appreciated.
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How many tapes are in the databse of the decomissioned server?

Might it not be easier and take less time to simply catalogue the tapes on the 5.1 server? Not that that is a particualrly palatable solution...
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I have no opinion on this one :(
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by:nihimetal
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Took a diffierent route and phased the server out by upgrading one and letting it do backups of all server until the retention period of the other server was past.

Thanks for at least responding :)
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