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Created: 26 Aug 2014 • Updated: 27 Aug 2014 | 3 comments
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Hi Everyone,

We have an ongoing HW refresh project, need to move from old environment to new one.


1 Windows 2003 R2 enterprise edition SP2; Netbackup; IBM TS3200 tape library


Windows 2012;  Netbackup 7.6; DataDomain 2500

New „A” and „B” datacenters.

A: 1 Master server, 1 media server

B: 1 failover master server, 1 media server

My question:

  • how can we migrate all the catalog data from the old environment to the new one?
  • what possibilities do we have for master server failover?
  • how can we copy all data from old tape environment to DataDomain?



Operating Systems:

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Marianne's picture

Firstly - migration to NBU 7.6 and W2012 needs to be a 2-step process.

NBU 7.6 no longer supports W2003 as master server and W2012 is only supported as master as from NBU 7.6.

This TN can therefore not be used for a 1-step migration: 

You will have to provision a W2008 server with NBU to migrate to, then upgrade to 
You will now be able to migrate to W2012 server. Follow steps in above TN for 2-step migration.

About your reference to 'failover master' - do you want to cluster the master server? 
If so, please note that only brand-new master server can be clustered. 
To convert a current standalone master to cluster, you need a consultant:  

You may want to consider AIR to replicate DD images to remote master.

To copy tape data to DD, you will need to start a lengthy process to duplicate all backups to DD.

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
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Michael G Andersen's picture

By catalog backup/recovery, but there are some caveats when changing from one to two master. Probably still need to be done by somebody certified by Symantec to do catalog manipulation.

Possibilities for master server(s) at two sites are clustered master and Auto Image Replication, depending on what you want to accomplish and the distance between the sites. From your description I guess you want a clustered master.

Duplication the way to move data from tapes to new storage media

Gergely B.'s picture

thank you for your quick answers!

I've contacted Symantec account manager