Do I need to upgrade McAfee ePO 4.6.6 to 4.6.8 in order upgrade laptops with EEPC 7.0.3 to DE 7.1.3?

We will migrate laptops from our current ePO 4.6.6 to 5.1.1. We have about 150 laptops to migrate over. I was told that in order to migrate our laptops that have EEPC 7.0.3 to ePO 5, we must upgrade the laptops to DE 7.1.3. Support told me that in order to upgrade it to DE 7.1.3, I must upgrade our ePO 4.6.6 to 4.6.8, do the upgrade to DE 7.1.3, then i can migrate the laptops to ePO 5. Has anyone encounter this scenario before? Do I need to upgrade ePO 4.6.6 to 4.6.8 to make this happen? It just seems redundant that I need to upgrade ePO from 4.6.6 to 4.6.8, especially if I am upgrading to ePO 5.1.1.
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Formally required is ePO v4.6.7
btanExec ConsultantCommented:
Yes for proper upgrade, but you can go to 4.6.7 and 5.1 if you want to go from EEPC 7 into DE 7.1.x. See supported EEPC to DE upgrade paths - for your case
If you have a system installed with EEPC 7.0.x, you can upgrade to DE 7.1. However, you must first upgrade the EEPC extension to either EEPC 7.0 Patch 2 (7.0.2) or Patch 3 (7.0.3), upgrade the EEAdmin extension to 7.0.4, and follow the procedure described in PD24867.

in the PD24867, pg 16 states EPO need either 4.6.7 or 5.1. The document is for the former only, so applicable as long as you go into 4.6.7

otherwise, suggest you see this sharing in forum
- if with EPO 4.5.1, you need to upgrade to 4.5.3 before upgrading to EPO 4.6 or later.
- if with existing EPO 4.6.6 need to make sure you have minimially windows 2008 R2 64bit with SQl 2008 sp2 or later
- lastly, do the recommended backup and follow 5.x checklist ( MANDATORY), to perform the in-place upgrade of epo 5.1.0. Thereafter into the next 5.1.1

But best to go with new install of epo 5.1 and redeploy the agents to all the machines with forceinstall switch. But the only thing is that if using vse 8.7, the epo 5.1.0 won't support vse 8.7, hence you can't export and import the policies until you upgrade VSE to 8.8 version.

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