Upgrading to Central Administration Server Option 2012

Article:TECH178278  |  Created: 2012-01-04  |  Updated: 2012-01-23  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH178278
Article Type
Technical Solution


Issue



Upgrading to Central Administration Server Option (CASO) 2012


Environment



Backup Exec 2012


Solution



When upgrading CASO, the central administration server must be upgraded first, and then upgrade the managed Backup Exec servers (formerly called managed media servers). In previous versions of Backup Exec, CASO was licensed as a separate option for Backup Exec. In Backup Exec 2012, CASO is licensed as part of the Enterprise Server Option.

When upgrading CASO, you have the choice to upgrade all of your managed Backup Exec servers at the same time or to perform a rolling upgrade, which is the process of upgrading the managed servers over a period of time. For details about rolling upgrades, see Performing a rolling upgrade from Backup Exec 2010 to Backup Exec 2012.

Note: The SAN Shared Storage Option is no longer available in Backup Exec 2012. If you used the SAN Shared Storage Option in the previous version of Backup Exec, you must follow the instructions below with your primary server and your secondary servers. The SAN primary server will be upgraded to a central administration server. SAN secondary servers will be upgraded to managed Backup Exec servers and will have the Centrally managed Backup Exec server option and the Unrestricted access to catalogs and backup sets for restore option selected.

To upgrade to CASO 2012:

  1. Place all scheduled jobs on hold:
    1. On the navigation bar, click Job Monitor.
    2. On the Job List tab, in the Current Jobs pane, click the active job for which you want to hold all scheduled occurrences. 
    3. In the task pane, under General Tasks, click Hold Schedule.
       
  2. Run the installation wizard on the central administration server:
    1. From the installation media browser, click Install Products, and then select Backup Exec.
    2. Enter the license information.
    3. On the Configure Options panel, expand the Backup Exec Options item, and then expand the Enterprise Server Option.
    4. Select the Central Admin Server Option for installation.
    5. Follow the prompts in the wizard to complete the installation.
       
  3. On the central administration server, verify that the new version is installed:
    1. Click the Backup Exec button, select Help and Documentation, and then select About Backup Exec.
       
  4. On the central administration server, run LiveUpdate to apply any critical updates that might be available:
    1. Click the Backup Exec button, select Installation and Licensing, and then select LiveUpdate.
    2. If LiveUpdate is set for Express mode, click Start. If LiveUpdate is set for Interactive mode, click Next.
       
  5. Upgrade the managed Backup Exec servers:
    1. From the central administration server, click the Backup Exec button, and then select Installation and Licensing.
    2. Select Install Agents and Backup Exec Servers on Other Servers.
    3. In the installation wizard, click Add, and then select either Add a Single Computer or Add Multiple Computers with the Same Settings.
    4. Select Symantec Backup Exec, and then click Next.
    5. In the Remote computer field, type the name of the managed Backup Exec server that you want to add, or click Browse Remote Computers to locate the server.
    6. Click Add to List. This option is not necessary if you selected Add a Single Computer in step c.
    7. Under Remote computer credentials, enter the appropriate credentials, and then click Next.
    8. Enter license information, and then click Next twice.
    9. If you want to change the directory where the Backup Exec files are installed, in the Destination Folder field, type the name of the directory. 
    10. Click Next.
    11. Provide a user name, password, and domain for an Administrator account that the Backup Exec system services can use, and then click Next.
    12. Select from the following options to determine how storage devices and data will be managed:

      Note:
      For more information about these settings, see Notes about the managed Backup Exec server configuration options for CASO 2012.
      • Centrally managed Backup Exec server - Enables the central administration server to manage this Backup Exec server, its storage devices, media, and job delegation. This option also enables this Backup Exec server to share storage devices with other managed Backup Exec servers.
      • Unrestricted access to catalogs and backup sets for restore - Enables this managed Backup Exec server to have unrestricted access to all centrally stored catalogs. This option also enables this managed Backup Exec server to restore data from any backup set on any storage devices that it shares. This option can be selected only if the Centrally managed Backup Exec server option is selected. Selecting both of these options enables the central administration server to have the greatest amount of control over this managed Backup Exec server.
      • Locally managed Backup Exec server – Enables the central administration server to monitor the managed Backup Exec server. However, the server and its devices, media, and backup jobs are controlled locally.
         
    13. Click Next.
    14. Follow the remaining prompts in the install wizard.
       
  6. Verify that the central administration server is communicating with the managed Backup Exec servers that were upgraded:
    1. On the central administration server's Storage tab, right-click the managed Backup Exec server and verify that the Communication Enabled option is checked.

 

Notes about the managed Backup Exec server configuration options for CASO 2012

When you upgrade a managed Backup Exec server, you must determine how storage devices and data will be managed. The following information can help you to determine which configuration options to choose when you are installing a managed Backup Exec server.
 

The following information applies if you select the option Centrally managed Backup Exec server and also select the option Unrestricted access to catalogs and backup sets for restore:

  • This Backup Exec server becomes a managed Backup Exec server.
  • A persistent network connection is required between the managed Backup Exec server and the central administration server.
  • The catalogs are centralized and are stored on the central administration server. Note that this combination of options may not be suitable if you have a low-bandwidth network connection to the central administration server.
  • This managed Backup Exec server can access and restore backup sets for all storage devices that it shares with other Backup Exec servers.
  • The backup jobs that are created on the central administration server can be load-balanced and delegated to this managed Backup Exec server.
  • A rolling upgrade cannot be performed with this configuration. This managed Backup Exec server must be upgraded at the same time as the central administration server.
     

The following information applies if you select the option Centrally managed Backup Exec server, but do not select the option Unrestricted access to catalogs and backup sets for restore:

  • This Backup Exec server becomes a managed Backup Exec server.
  • A persistent network connection is required between the managed Backup Exec server and the central administration server.
  • The catalogs are in distributed mode by default, but can be changed. The catalogs for the jobs that run on this managed Backup Exec server are stored locally.
  • This managed Backup Exec server can access and restore any backup set stored on the storage devices that it hosts, regardless of which Backup Exec server ran the backup job. However, for the shared storage devices that other Backup Exec servers host, this managed Backup Exec server can access and restore only the backup sets that were created from backup jobs it ran.
  • The backup jobs that are created on the central administration server can be load-balanced and delegated to this managed Backup Exec server.
  • This option is recommended for use with the private cloud configuration.
     

The following information applies if you select the option Locally managed Backup Exec server:

  • This Backup Exec server becomes a managed Backup Exec server.
  • A persistent network connection is not required between the managed Backup Exec server and the central administration server. Therefore, this option may be useful when a very low-bandwidth connection exists between the managed Backup Exec server and the central administration server. It may also be useful when the managed Backup Exec server cannot always be connected to the central administration server.
  • The catalogs are in distributed mode by default. The catalogs for the jobs that run on this managed Backup Exec server are stored locally.
  • The central administration server does not delegate jobs to this managed Backup Exec server.
  • This managed Backup Exec server cannot be used in a private cloud configuration


Performing a rolling upgrade from CASO 2010 to CASO 2012

You can perform rolling upgrades in the CASO environment. A rolling upgrade lets you upgrade the central administration server from Backup Exec 2010 to Backup Exec 2012 first, and then upgrade the managed Backup Exec servers from Backup Exec 2010 to Backup Exec 2012 over a period of time. You must have Backup Exec 2010 R3 with SP2 installed on the managed Backup Exec servers that you want to include in the rolling upgrade.
 

Note: Forward compatibility is not supported in rolling upgrades. Therefore, any system that runs Backup Exec 2010 cannot protect a system that runs Backup Exec 2012.

Note: After the central administration server is upgraded to Backup Exec 2012, you cannot add any new managed Backup Exec servers that use an older version of Backup Exec. For example, you cannot add a managed Backup Exec server that runs Backup Exec 2010 if the central administration server runs Backup Exec 2012.

Symantec recommends that you do not keep a mix of versions in the CASO installation for an extended time. Key functionality for administering managed Backup Exec servers is missing in a mixed-version environment, which decreases your ability to properly administer the CASO environment.
 

In a rolling upgrade situation, you cannot perform the following operations on managed Backup Exec servers while those servers use the previous version of Backup Exec:

  • Change or delete the internal disk image media set.
  • Move media into or out of the built-in disk image media set.
  • Create or change a device pool entity.
  • Move devices into a device pool.
  • Delete one of the new “any” device pools, such as Any disk storage or Any tape cartridge.
     

In addition, the following types of jobs cannot be delegated to a managed server that is using a previous version of Backup Exec:

  • Conversion to virtual jobs.
  • Update server job.
  • Backup and restore validation jobs.
  • Jobs that use the new Dynamic Inclusion feature.
  • Jobs that use the new Simplified System Protection feature.
     

After you upgrade the central administration server to Backup Exec 2012, the following operations are supported on managed Backup Exec servers that run Backup Exec 2010:

  • Backup
  • Restore
  • Inventory
  • Catalog
     

Note: After the central administration server is upgraded, the managed Backup Exec servers that are not upgraded may show "FIXEDDSK 000x" devices or "Unconfigured disk storage 000X" devices for the central administration server that were not there before the upgrade.

To perform a rolling upgrade:

  1. Place all scheduled jobs on hold:
    1. On the navigation bar, click Job Monitor.
    2. On the Job List tab, in the Current Jobs pane, click the job for which you want to hold all scheduled occurrences.
    3. In the task pane, under General Tasks, click Hold Schedule.
       
  2. Run the installation wizard on the central administration server:
    1. From the installation media browser, click Install Products, and then select Backup Exec.
    2. Enter the license information.
    3. On the Configure Options panel, expand the Backup Exec Options item, and then expand the Enterprise Server Option.
    4. Select the Central Admin Server Option for installation.
    5. Follow the prompts in the wizard to complete the installation.
       
  3. On the central administration server, verify that the new version is installed:
    1. Click the Backup Exec button, select Help and Documentation, and then select About Backup Exec.
       
  4. On the central administration server, run LiveUpdate to apply any critical updates that might be available:
    1. Click the Backup Exec button, select Installation and Licensing, and then select LiveUpdate.
    2. If LiveUpdate is set for Express mode, click Start. If LiveUpdate is set for Interactive mode, click Next.
       
  5. Determine which managed Backup Exec servers you want to upgrade at this time, and then follow these steps to perform the upgrade:
    1. From the central administration server, click the Backup Exec button, and then select Installation and Licensing.
    2. Select Install Agents and Backup Exec Servers on Other Servers.
    3. In the installation wizard, click Add, and then select either Add a Single Computer or Add Multiple Computers with the Same Settings.
    4. Select Symantec Backup Exec, and then click Next.
    5. In the Remote computer field, type the name of the managed Backup Exec server that you want to upgrade, or click Browse Remote Computers to locate the server.
    6. Click Add to List. This option is not necessary if you selected Add a Single Computer in step c.
    7. Under Remote computer credentials, enter the appropriate credentials, and then click Next.
    8. Enter license information, and then click Next twice.
    9. On the list of features to install, expand Backup Exec 2012, and then select Managed Backup Exec server.
    10. If you want to change the directory where the Backup Exec files are installed, in the Destination Folder field, type the name of the directory.
    11. Click Next.
    12. Provide a user name, password, and domain for an Administrator account that the Backup Exec system services can use, and then click Next.
    13. Select from the following options to determine how storage devices and data will be managed:

      Note:
      See the section titled Notes about the managed Backup Exec server configuration options for CASO 2012 for more details about these settings.
      • Centrally managed Backup Exec server - Enables the central administration server to manage this Backup Exec server, its storage devices, media, and job delegation. This option also enables this Backup Exec server to share storage devices with other managed Backup Exec servers.
      • Unrestricted access to catalogs and backup sets for restore - Enables this managed Backup Exec server to have unrestricted access to all centrally stored catalogs. This option also enables this managed Backup Exec server to restore data from any backup set on any storage devices that it shares. This option can be selected only if the Centrally managed Backup Exec server option is selected. Selecting both of these options enables the central administration server to have the greatest amount of control over this managed Backup Exec server.
      • Locally managed Backup Exec server – Enables the central administration server to monitor the managed Backup Exec server. However, the server and its devices, media, and backup jobs are controlled locally.
         
    14. Click Next.
    15. Follow the remaining prompts in the install wizard.
       
  6. Verify that the central administration server is communicating with the managed Backup Exec servers that were upgraded:
    1. On the central administration server’s Storage tab, right-click the managed Backup Exec server and verify that the Communication Enabled option is checked.
       
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each set of managed servers that you want to upgrade until all of your managed servers have CASO 2012 installed.

 




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