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How to convert existing media server from BackupExec10 to Netbackup7.0

Created: 17 Jul 2012 • Updated: 30 Jul 2012 | 4 comments
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Hi there,

Anyone have experience to convert media server currently install in BackupExec10 to NetBackup7.0 using the same box.

Can advice on this matter, and how the client catalogue can transfer into new NetBackup7.0 database.

Many thanks.

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AmolB's picture

There is no way you can convert a BE media server to NBU media server.

You will have to uninstall BE and install NBU from scratch.

However you can use BE tapes in NBU, first inventory all tapes in NBU and then run a catalog job.

Marianne's picture

You can import BE tapes into NBU as per the TN's that you have found in NBU2010's post:

To do physical inventory of tapes in NBU:

Statement of Support for Backup Exec Tape Reader (CL):
To answer your question in above thread:
What happen if my existing BackupExec10 already run for some time with multiple client. Any way i can transfer the entire schedule/policy from existing BackupExec10 to my new NetBackup7 and continue my backup operation at this new NetBackup7 server.
This is not possible. You cannot transfer/import BE policies and schedules to NBU. You need to create new policies from scratch.
BE software need to be uninstalled on clients and NBU client software installed.
Unfortunately there is no 'conversion'. You need to learn a brand new product that differs greatly from BE...

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
Handy NBU Links

EricStone's picture

Hi Marianne,

Very thanks for your info, my last question is, after i import the media into NBU volume database, will the original media retention remain or i need to re-create/extend?

Thanks you very much and your advice is very much appreciate.

Andy Welburn's picture

I'd double check once imported.

Never found any specific documentation, but from a test I did about a year ago it appeared that a 2 week retention was applied to our imported BE images/media: