knife edge question (SPs)
I'm currently running 4.1.4 MR4 on my BES, and I need to do a knife edge cutover to transition over to a new server. I understand the basic process, but I have a question. My server is running BES Express, and I will have to run the base install of 4.1, and then install SP4, and then install MR4 patches. The knife edge installation instructions state that I should backup/recover MSDE to the new server before installing BES. But ... my initial install will be 4.1 (i.e. won't have SP4 or MR4), and if I have already recovered the DB, then the DB will be from a newer version than the BES (temporarily). Is this OK? Or should I do an install of BES 4.1, then install the patches, and then recover the DB from the old server (once the versions are in sync)?
Thanks in advance...
If you call RIM you can get a 4.1.4 full install file. You can restore the db first. The installation will not downgrade the db.
Yup. Just follow the documentation.
You could also do the database restore afterwards, to be perfectly honest. Just stop the BES and SQL services, copy the MDF/LDF files and overwrite the ones created during the installation process on the new server, and restart your services (SQL first, obviously). The only thing a BES installation is doing for you in this process is creating the system tables and some other stuff - the database created can be overwritten once you're up to SP4 (the MR releases won't make database updates, I don't believe).
Thanks in advance!
I decided to go ahead, and did the installation as follows:
1. Stop all services on old BES
2. Backup BESMgmt database on old BES
3. Install 4.1.0 on new BES
4. Install 4.1.4 (SP4) and SP4/MR4 on new BES
5. Stop BES and MSDE on new BES
6. Restore BESMgmt database on new BES
Pretty much up and running on new server now, with the exception of MDS Connection Services, but I'll post another question on that one...
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