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Old 06-18-2007, 02:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Easiest way to Migrate BES from an old server to a new one (HW refresh)

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I believe this is a first, I tried to search for a document on the net or in this forum and the only thing I found was the cutover process. It is very complicated and required two SRPs or you will have to migrate the users restore the DB and SRP.

Having a very old server (desktop pc) 1GB RAM and more than 200 users, it was time to move forward and migrate everything to a new server.
Some of the requirmenets were to achieve minimum downtime (less than 5 minutes) and activation of client devices
After quite a lot of reasearch I was happy to find that imaging of the server might be a viable solution. The only drawback however was that due to differences in HW (ex. RAID controller, chipset) the image might not boot on the new server.
With Acronis Universal Restore it worked, but with a few hiccups. A few errors at the end when loading the image on the new server, but after a reboot in safe mode and drivers install, al goes well.
All was tested in a virtual lab several times and it worked, now it's documented.

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You could have used a knife-edge cutover ... that wouldn't have required a 2nd srp.
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You could have used a knife-edge cutover ... that wouldn't have required a 2nd srp.
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I agree. That is the easiest way to do it.
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While a knife-edge doesn't require a second SRP, what it does give you is time to test the new BES environment and ensure everything is smooth before you migrate the user base across. When I perform migrations I tend to used phased rather than knife-edge for exactly this reason. I guess it's a preference thing.
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The issue with a cut-over is that you will have to re-activate the devices...

That was not an option and the downtime was supposed to be less than 30min.
We couldn't afford more (SLAs)

Anyway, it's perfectly working and everyone's happy.
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Originally Posted by alexneo View Post
The issue with a cut-over is that you will have to re-activate the devices...

That was not an option and the downtime was supposed to be less than 30min.
We couldn't afford more (SLAs)

Anyway, it's perfectly working and everyone's happy.
This is NOT the case. The knife edge offers a way to upgrade and replace hardware WITHOUT having to re-activate.
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hdawg is correct. As long as you keep everything the same (bes server name...) and connect to a same database you do not need to do anything.
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Default Symantec's Backup Exec System Restore.

Similar to Acronis' True Image product I have used BESR to do disimilar hardware migrations in sub 30 minutes. Infact BESR is an integral part of my DR plan for my 50 servers.
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