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Moving of Netbackup 6.5 from a master server to a new master server

Created: 27 Nov 2012 • Updated: 03 Dec 2012 | 5 comments
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Dears , 

  I have a project in which we will move the netbackup 6.5 from a master to a newly installed master server and both servers are running windows 2008 

and it's needed to be moved with all the same configuration , policies and everything except that the tape library will be replaced by an HP VTL

Also he had just bought new agents that will be needed to installed 

so what I thought of as a solution is just to install the netbackup 6.5 on the new master server and then restore the catalog backup and then change the master server to the hostname of the newly installed master server and then reconfigure the new VTL and delete the tape libraray and install the new agents 

is that right ? or there are any other more professional solution 

your help and support is highly appreciated :)

Thanks in advance ,

  Mahmoud Moussa El-Tanbouly

  Senior Technical Support Engineer 

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revarooo's picture

You cannot change the hostname of the master server.

You will need a partner who specializes in this to do this. Changing the name of the Master server is not supported.

Also NetBackup 6.5 is EOSL since 3rd October.

Marianne's picture

You can follow these steps to migrate to new hardware:

Please note the requirements, such as hostname and installation path that needs to remain the same.
Please also take note of NBU 6.5 compatibility with W2008 - only non-R2 is compatible with 6.5.x.
W2008 R2 
As per revaroo's excellent post, please schedule upgrade before you migrate or else soon after you've migrated to new hardware.
If keeping same hostname is not an option, you will have to get assistance from Symantec consulting partner.
Compatibility Guides:

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

Mahmoud El-Tanbouly's picture

Thanks so much for your reply :)

You helped me a lot in understanding the beginning steps that I should plan for before going on with the hardware refresh 

I'd like to ask you more questions if you don't mind please 

What if after I completed the migration successfully to the new hardware and I want to configure new HP D2D appliance to be my main backup library ? Is there any recommendations and what are the steps or docmunets that shows the steps of configuring the new D2D appliance to be my main destination instead of the old tape library which will be decomissioned 

Second question :

I have a new tape library as well which I want to take an offsite backup to 

so what do you recomment for me : to have a seperate backup job which take the same backup afterwards to the tape library so having two seperate jobs for the same backup one to the D2D and the other to tape library ?


there is an option on the netbackup which enable me to juct copy the backup from the D2D directly to the tape library without having an impact on the client and having the same backup twice on each same client ? and if so is there a specific license needed for such feature?

Thanks again for your help 

Thanks so much and Best Regards,

Marianne's picture

New questions need new forum discussions.
If your original question in this thread has been answered, please close this dicussion by selecting the post that has helped you most and Mark as Solution.

Please start a new discussion for each of your new questions.
I can move your last post to a new discussion, but part of it belongs to this thread.

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

Mahmoud El-Tanbouly's picture

ok thanks a lot Marianne 

I will do it right now

Thanks again :)