04-12-2015 12:27 PM
We run our BE media server on Windows Server 2008 R2. BE was recently upgraded to version 2014 with latest SP and hotfix.
I would like to upgrade the media server to Windows Server 2012 R2 as a in-place upgrade. Is that a straghtforward process and supported with Backup Exec already installed? I have two tape drives attached to the server and I assume there should be no driver issue.
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04-13-2015 01:35 PM
04-12-2015 12:59 PM
yes, no hassles. Just stop the BE services (incl. SQL) and grab manual copies of the Data/Catalogs folders before performing an upgrade of WIndows.
This just allows a fallback in case something goes wrong. Upgrade WIndows and test to make sure all is OK with BE after that.
04-13-2015 07:34 AM
I just went through this same thing and wanted to post some quick comments about my experience. My concerns were more Windows related and not BE. I have a HP Proliant DL380 G7 that was using HP network teaming. I went from Windows Server 2008 R2 to 2012 R2.
-The steps I took to experience no issues was to first upgrade all HP drivers.
-I uninstalled Exchange 2010 Management Tools which doesn't run on 2012 R2 and also is no longer needed for backup purposes according to Symantec. I haven't had any problems and GRT restores still work.
-I disabled my antivirus just to be on the safe side.
-I did what CraigV mentioned. I stopped all BE and SQL services and made a manual copy of the Data and Catalogs folders. I didn't need them but if something does go wrong you can reinstall BE and then just replace these folders and be back in business.
-I disjoined the HP NIC team and ran it on a single nic and then uninstalled the HP Network utility and then did the upgrade. After the upgrade I teamed it again using Microsoft's teaming tool.
-I then upgraded any remaining HP drivers now that it is on 2012 R2.
-I ran Microsoft updates and this actually took the longest since it was esentially a new build with no patches. This required a few reboots. Once complete I checked BE and everything was working. I did test backups/restores to both disk and tape and had no issues. Hope that helps.
04-13-2015 01:04 PM
...pretty good summary of what to do on ProLiants, and I am sure this will also work on Dell, Cisco UCS etc.
Thanks for the run-down!
04-13-2015 01:19 PM
Thanks for the summary. I'm confident to do the upgrade soon. I have a Proliant DL320 I think. What is the best way to get the HP drivers for Win2012 R2?
04-13-2015 01:35 PM