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Operating System and Application Upgrades

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Overview

This section contains guidelines and procedures for upgrading the operating system or applications on a computer with CommServe, MediaAgent, Web Server, Workflow Engine, and agent software. No new or additional licenses should be required when upgrading the operation system or application.

Operating system upgrades are only supported when upgrading from one version of an OS to a different version of the same OS (for example, Solaris 8 to Solaris 9), and two methods of upgrading are supported:

  • Seamless Upgrade - For the CommServe, MediaAgent, Web Server, Workflow Engine, and Macintosh agent, it is not necessary to first uninstall the software. For other agents, this involves uninstalling the agent software, upgrading the operating system, and then re-installing the agent software.
  • Full OS Replacement - This involves performing a clean install of a new version of the OS, re-installing any application software, then re-installing the CommServe, MediaAgent, Web Server, Workflow Engine and agent software if applicable.

Whichever path you select to upgrade the OS, all backup data and histories will be preserved and available after the upgrade. For Full OS Replacement, the client computer must be configured to have the CommServe, MediaAgent, Web Server, Workflow Engine, and client software re-installed to the same location, the same Fully Qualified Domain Name or short domain name, the same partitions, disk drive format (for example, FAT, NTFS), and IP configuration as previously.

If it is necessary to remove agent software to facilitate an operating system or application upgrade, do not delete the icon for the agent from the CommCell Console or all associated backed up data will be lost.

Refer to the following topics to uninstall and install the CommServe, MediaAgent, Web Server, Workflow Engine, and agent software:

Use the following strategy to upgrade the operating system software:

  • Identify the computers you want to upgrade and the CommCell components installed on each of these computers.
  • Choose the type of upgrade procedure you want to use on each computer: seamless or full replacement.
  • CommServe, MediaAgent, Web Server, Workflow Engine, and client computers can be upgraded in any order.

Notes on OS and Application Upgrades

Notes are provided in the table below for each component where upgrade of the operating system or application software is supported.

Common Technology Engine Notes
CommServe For instructions, see CommServe - Upgrade the Windows Operating System.

To upgrade the Microsoft SQL Server software, see:

MediaAgent For instructions, see MediaAgent - Upgrade the Operating System.
Web Server For instructions, see Web Server - Upgrade the Windows Operating System.
Workflow Engine For instructions, see Workflow Engine - Upgrade the Windows Operating System.
Backup & Recovery Notes
Active Directory Active Directory is part of the Windows operating system. See Microsoft Windows File Systems.
DB2 Seamless upgrade is supported for all DB2 versions listed in System Requirements - DB2 agent.

After upgrading DB2, it is recommended that you relink the instances.

After upgrading the version of DB2, the instance properties will continue to reflect the old version of DB2 until the first backup is run.

Informix Before upgrading the Informix software, the Informix agent must be uninstalled. After the Informix software is upgraded, reinstall the Informix agent.

After upgrading the version of Informix, the instance properties will continue to reflect the old version of Informix until the first backup is run.

IBM Notes / IBM Domino Seamless Upgrade is supported for all IBM Domino versions listed in System Requirements - IBM Notes/IBM Domino agents.
Macintosh File System Seamless Upgrade is supported for all Mac OS X versions listed in System Requirements - Macintosh File System agent.

For instructions, see Macintosh File System - Upgrade the Operating System.

Microsoft Exchange Server Before upgrading the Microsoft Exchange 2000 application to Exchange 2003, the Exchange agents must be uninstalled. After the Microsoft Exchange 2000 application is upgraded, install the Exchange 2003 agents.
Microsoft SharePoint Server Seamless upgrade is supported for SharePoint Server agents.

For SharePoint Database

  • On the completion of application upgrade of SharePoint 2003 to 2007 if SharePoint Database had assigned content to different subclients all content will be auto-discovered into the default subclient. Backup for user-created subclients may fail as they are empty. It is recommended to manually discover and assign content to proper subclients after the application upgrade.
  • After gradual application upgrade of SharePoint 2003 to 2007 where both servers co-exist on the same client with the SharePoint Database, an additional Database type BackupSet with option "Force use of V2 APIs" should be created to backup the SharePoint Portal 2003 database components.

For SharePoint Document

Microsoft SQL Server Seamless upgrade is supported for all SQL Server versions listed in System Requirements - Microsoft SQL Server agent.

After upgrading the version of SQL Server, the instance properties will continue to reflect the old version of SQL until the first backup is run.

Microsoft Windows File Systems When upgrading from one version of Microsoft Windows to another version listed in System Requirements - Microsoft Windows File System agent, you must uninstall all agent software, upgrade the OS, then reinstall the agent software.

For instructions, see Windows File System - Upgrade the Operating System.

MySQL After upgrading the MySQL Server to a new version, the Instance Properties (General) tab for the MySQL agent instance will continue to reflect the previous database version until the first backup is run.
NAS Seamless upgrade is supported for all NAS file server OS versions listed in System Requirements.

After upgrading the NAS file server OS, the database will continue to reflect the previous OS version until the first backup is run, or a detect is performed.

OES File System The OES File System cannot be upgraded at this time.
Oracle After upgrading the Oracle database to a new version, the Instance Properties (General) tab for the Oracle agent instance will continue to reflect the previous database version until the first backup is run.
Oracle RAC
SAP for Oracle If you want to upgrade both Oracle and SAP, be sure to upgrade the Oracle application software first and then the SAP application software.

To upgrade the Oracle application software:

  1. Uninstall the SAP for Oracle agent.
  2. Upgrade the Oracle application software.
  3. Reinstall the SAP for Oracle agent.
  4. Relink the Oracle application software.

To upgrade the SAP application software:

  1. Uninstall the SAP for Oracle agent.
  2. Upgrade the SAP application software.
  3. Reinstall the SAP for Oracle agent.
  4. Relink the SAP application software.
Sybase Seamless upgrade is supported for all Sybase versions listed in System Requirements - Sybase agent.

After upgrading Sybase, it is recommended that you relink the instances.

After upgrading the version of Sybase, the instance properties will continue to reflect the old version of Sybase until the first backup is run.

Unix File Systems For instructions, see Unix File System - Upgrade the Operating System.
1-Touch For 1-Touch on Windows, see Microsoft Windows File Systems.

For 1-Touch on UNIX, see Unix File Systems.

Archive Management Notes
Domino Mailbox Archiver See IBM Notes/IBM Domino.
Exchange Archiver Agents See Microsoft Exchange Server.

In addition, if the Exchange application is upgraded to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Windows 2003 is required.

Exchange Compliance Archiver See Microsoft Exchange Server.
File Archiver Agents

For File Archiver on Windows, see Microsoft Windows File Systems.

For File Archiver on UNIX, see Unix File Systems.

File Share Archiver See Microsoft Windows File Systems.
ContinuousDataReplicator Notes
ContinuousDataReplicator For CDR on Windows, see Microsoft Windows File Systems.

For CDR on UNIX, see Unix File Systems