Restoring data from Symantec Backup Exec 2015 after migrating from 12.5

Hello, I need to upgrade my backup software as soon as possible. However, there is one concern.

We currently are running SYM BE 12.5 on a x86 2K3 server. We want pilot and utimately purchase SYM BE 2015 on a 2K8 server. If possible and we can migrate the database from 12.5 to 2015 - which is a big jump in versions - will I be able to restore jobs from my old LTO 3 tapes which were backed up using the previous version?

I know my new LTO5 tapes can read LTO3, but I am not sure if the database/2015 SYM BE version supports legacy restores from a previous DB.

My concern is loosing legacy capabilities in case we have to exhume a decade of archives.

Many thanks,

Robert Perez-CoronaSystems AdministratorAsked:
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Scott SilvaNetwork AdministratorCommented:
This might be better asked at Symantec support...  You would be more likely to get a good answer...
Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
When you say legacy restores, your new BE will not support the old Agent, so you have to make sure the new agent is supported on your old or legacy hardware that you will be restoring to.  If you're just concerned about importing the catalogs, and restoring those backups to new hardware that supports the 2015 agent, you'll be fine.

In any event, you can always redirect to a supported host that has the agent running for offline/forensic purpose.

None  of what I've stated includes a full system restore.  If the old machine dies and the OS doesn't support installing the 2015 agent, you're in a pickle.

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Robert Perez-CoronaSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the input !

Correct, this won't be for a system restore. Simply recovering files and folders at most.

So I will be ok with the new agent and media server version correct?
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Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
Crap hang on.  You're using 2003 x86.

You have to be 64bit in order to jump to 15...

two scenarios:

1:  You have two servers 2003 x86 BE2012 and 2008 x64 BE15, and you maintain the old server to restore OR you catalog your tape data in the new server.
2:  You have two servers 2003 x86 BE2012 and 2003x64 BE2012 and you move your catalogs.  Then, you inplace upgrade the 2003x64 BE2012 to 2008x64 BE 2012 and then upgrade your BE to 2015.
Robert Perez-CoronaSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Currently x86....32bit

But wouldn't mind rolling out a Win2K8 x86 if I need to.

Otherwise, what potential issues may I come across?
Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
The Backup Exec Server can only be installed on 64 bit OS platforms.

there is no in-place upgrade to 2003x64....
Robert Perez-CoronaSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
I see, thanks again..

I thought the OS shouldnt be a big deal. Perhaps if as you mentioend the CPU architecture is different. But I believe you can install some of the earlier (yet later than mine) versions on Win 2003 and therefore possibly migrate to the latest version of Backup Exec.
Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
OK, I tested and this method works.  It's basically my suggestion 2 but a step by step.

Good ol' veritas with a fix.

After you have a working version 12 server on the 2003x64 platform, you can in-place  upgrade to 2008x64, which will then support BE15.

MIND YOU, this is a hatchet job.  I recommend after doing allllllll of that, then build a clean 2008x64 box, install BE15 and move the catalogs manually the same way you did before.  

You have to consider if doing all of this is worth the headache or if building a new server from scratch and re-creating all the jobs isn't easier.

Either way, good luck@!
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