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Migrating Enterprise Vault File System Archiving


I've got the following dilema and I'd like some advice on how to proceed.


I've got two Enterprise Vault servers and I want to migrate File System Archiving from one server to another, for the purpose of this explanation I will call them EVOLD and EVNEW. I've also got a file server, for this question I'll refer to it as FILE1

EVOLD is running Enterprise Vault version 8.0 and hosts our File Archiving Solution, the files it archives are located on FILE1

EVNEW is running Enterprise Vault version 9.0 and hosts our Mailbox Archiving Solution.

Both EVOLD and EVNEW are on different hardware


I want to move File System Archiving from EVOLD to EVNEW in the quickest possible way.
I have been in touch with Symantec who advise using the FSAUtility, they advised the following:

"You can use the FSA Utility Tool to recall the place holders and then add the File Server as a target on the New EV Server and run the Archiving task again"

I cannot do this as the FSAUtility -b switch does not appear to be included in my list of command line options, this could be down to me having to run this on version 8.0.

Could someone please advise on the best way to migrate FSA from my EVOLD server to my EVNEW server?

I know I can restore all the files back on to FILE1 and then re-archive them on to EVNEW but I'm concerned how long that will take and the impact it will have on my user base.

Thank You,


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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
For FSAUtillity browse out to C:\program files (x86)\Enterprise Vault..it should be there.
WPHITAuthor Commented:
I've got FSA utility and can get in to the program, however I cannot use the -b switch to recall the placeholders because this switch wasn't introduced until version 9.0

The answer i'm looking for is a broad methodology of migrating FSA between hardware and versions 8.0 and 9.0

Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Typically I use the following directions to migrate EV Servers but I usually migrate to the same version and then perform and inplace upgrade

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WPHITAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that response, i've already had a look at that guide and it does work provided using servers of the same name and the SQL server remains the same, in this case they are two seperate instances of EV, both using seperate SQL servers.
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
If that is the case I would unarchive all the files and rearchive on new server.  Give Support a call and see what the best way to do this in EV 8.  I have done this in the past, the only issue I've had was with version 7 and below which had a limit on number of files to unarchive.
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Here's what I have from my notes

fsatulity - how to restore folder

fsautility -t -s \\ffbfile\shared\directories -l 0


The -t -s will recall all your files from the specified path.


You would change Directories to your folder names.

The -l -0 will create a log file, so you can review this, or have in case of errors.


The -l is a "L" but lowercase.

The 0 is a numeric 0.

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