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Upgrade Backup Exec from 12.5 to 2010

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I’d like to start investigating and planning out upgrading our Backup Exec environment from version 12.5 to Backup Exec 2010.  
Please advice on any experience and/or documentation.

Thanks in advance
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Question by:Tiras25
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by:CraigLeslie
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We performed an in place upgrade with absolutely no issues.
Our platform is Windows Servers 2003, Sql Server 2005, Exchange Server. We also run CPS
No issues at all.
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by:Tiras25
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Does it have any db that needs to be backed up prior to the upgrade?
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I would perform a backup of the media server just in case.  Only issue we've had is with system running the Enterprise Vault Agent where support had to go back and delete a few dll files to clean up upgrade.  Also the remote agents may take a while to install.
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by:Tiras25
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Good info.  Thanks!
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by:Tiras25
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Hey guys.  How long the upgrade takes?   I need to plan the downtime.

Thanks.
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by:paulsolov
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Normally 1/2 hour and a reboot.
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by:Tiras25
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Thank you.  Also in instruction the first task says "1. Run a full backup of the local media server."

What do they mean?  Just run the full backup of the backup exec server before the upgrade?
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by:paulsolov
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Yes.  Just in case, this will backup catalogs, database, etc.. just in case
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by:Tiras25
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Got it.  So just backup the entire C drive basically.
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by:paulsolov
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Yes. If that's where the original installation is located.
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by:Tiras25
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Thanks again Paul
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by:paulsolov
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No problem. Let me know if you hit any snags
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by:Tiras25
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Will do.  Thanks again!
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by:Tiras25
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Paul, some people say updating all the server agents, as from experience they may need a reboot.  Do you know about that?
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by:gunschee
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"Paul, some people say updating all the server agents, as from experience they may need a reboot.  Do you know about that?"

Yes, I'm wondering that too as I'm about to embark on the same upgrade.
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I normally reboot in either case but from what I have seen it has required a reboot.
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by:Tiras25
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I have another question.  I understand I need to upgrade CASO server(s) first.  
How do I determine with Backup Exec server is CASO?

Also is there a utility that can scan WAN for Backup Exec servers and tell their versions, updates, etc.  Or I can do it with CASO server?
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