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Old 10-30-2007, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We're building a new Blackberry server in a VMWare ESX environment. We intend to decommission the existing once we've successfully migrated everyone over to the new server.

We've already installed a Windows 2003 server along with BES 4.0.7. The host server was configured with a different name to the current BES server and obviously has a different network address. The BES services have been set to manual so that they don't start and cause a lockout of the SRP.

Both the current and new BES servers have been configured to use MSDE for their database. The new BES server database has been given a different name.

We regularly backup the existing database and we know that this can be restored on the new BES server, but my question is how do we restore the database into the new database? If we simply perform a restore, this simply restores the existing BES servers database / configuration and subsequently attaches to that database over the network because the original BES server is still an active host on the network.

After we perform a backup of the current BES server, do we have to shut this server down, rename the new BES server to be the same name as the current BES server and then perform a restore? Do we need to create a database of the same name on the new BES server?

Are we overcomplicating things because there's an easier way? Essentially all we want to do is to create a new Blackberry server and get all existing users on that with minimal disruption to the users.

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After we perform a backup of the current BES server, do we have to shut this server down, rename the new BES server to be the same name as the current BES server and then perform a restore?
Shutdown all BlackBerry services on the current server then do what you said.
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You want to perform a knife edge cutover (at least that is what you've explained)

If you're going to rename the new server so it has the same hostname along with the same BES Server Name (which has to remain the same), then you simply stop the services on the original server, backup the database, turn off the original server, reset the computer account of the original server in active directory, rename the new server to the name of the old server (ip address can be different), install BES on new server (do not start services), restore database to new server, start services.
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Thanks for the help - appreciated.
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... rename the new server to the name of the old server (ip address can be different)...
I had a problem with the IP address part. Originally left it different until I realized that we could not send e-mails to the outside world. All of them were being bounced back. Domino had the IP listed in the "whitelist" of servers allowed to contact the outside world. Since the new BES was a different IP, no access. Once I swapped it to the IP of the original BES, the planets aligned and peace was restored to the Republic.

(Okay... that's stretching it a bit; but you get the point.)
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