NetBackup - Upgrade from 6.5.1 to 6.5.4 (a.k.a. "A Job Well Done?")
Our requirement: to ensure we have the latest available NetBackup version installed, essentially to cater for Win2008 servers but also for any other benefits with the latest release.
We initially intended to upgrade to 6.5.2 shortly after its release during the first half of 2008, however this idea was soon binned due to the number of bugs reported in the GA version & 6.5.2A (having only fixed the scheduling issue) was not deemed to be acceptable either. Deciding to monitor the release of 6.5.3 we waited & waited and to all intents & purposes it looked like this was an acceptable version to upgrade to - & then the security hotfix meant 22.214.171.124! However, we did still have every intention of upgrading to this version. But time wore on and then 6.5.4 was on the horizon so it was deemed appropriate to await developments & monitor the forums for possible issues.
There are, so far, only a couple or three new issues with 6.5.4 (e.g. VSS & system state issues and NDMP direct copy), but, as our number of 2008 servers is starting to increase & as yet no backups thereof, it was decided that it’s now time to upgrade. So, with this in mind, I thought I may as well detail what is (or should be!) a relatively straightforward process documented in the following Blog updates.
Please be patient with me as I intend to do this as best I can in a step-by-step, logical (me?) or chronological order as I get the chance to update it, but as things change, issues arise ...... ?
Also note that this is how I carried out the upgrade & it may, or may not, be correct for every (or any!!) other environment.