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Decommission First SEPM server in site

Created: 21 Jan 2010 • Updated: 21 May 2010 | 5 comments
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I inherited a slightly poor design for an installation of SEPM with several sites and with failing replications. I've simplified this configuration from 7 sites down to 2 which works perfectly fine.
However I currently have a site which has 3 servers in it. The first server installed needs to removed, the other two will remain. Is there anyway to change the 'primary' server of a site? If I decomission the first server what issues will I run into?

I assume this has to be possible as servers get replaced and I'm really hoping this isn't dependant on a restore of some kind.

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Vikram Kumar-SAV to SEP's picture

 If the 1st SEPM/Primary database sepm goes down it will break the complete replication.

Vikram Kumar

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Rafeeq's picture

create  management server list
as per this doc
Creating and assigning a management server list for a Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-security.nsf/2326c6a13572aeb788257363002b62aa/e2ac3b646ae21969882573c20063533f?OpenDocument
assing priority to your second server
let your cleints move to other server
then uninstall this server
let me know if you have any questions.

Xafinity's picture

I've changed the management server list already so I'll give it a try early next week. I find it worrying that when I try to force replication from a newer server it states "Only the first server of the site can perform the replication".

AravindKM's picture

With the help of new   management server list you can connect the clients to another server,But if you remove the first server all replications will break for ever.
Ref:How do I move Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager from one server to another with a different IP address and host name?

I think the best option in your case is remove one of the partner server and keep the master server as it is .You can move the client of this server to master server with the help of a new management server list.
If you are worried about the poor H/w configuration of your server. You can install it in a new server which is having sufficient hardware,keep the same name (case sensitive) and IP address ,follow the disaster recovery procedure
Best Practices for Disaster
Recovery with Symantec Endpoint Protection

Please don't forget to mark your thread solved with whatever answer helped you : ) Thanks & Regards Aravind

sandeep_sali's picture

This is working as designed - multi-server(s) cannot be added.
 
Replication is initiated from the first server in the list.  In the second site, replication fails because the only contact it has in the "Replication Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager List" is off-line.

Check this

How to temporarily substitute a Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM) that performs Replication with another SEPM within the same Site

http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-security....

Thanks & Regards

Sandeep C Sali