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netbackup migration from 7.0 to 7.1

Created: 21 Aug 2013 • Updated: 13 Sep 2013 | 4 comments
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I am planing to migrate our Netbackup master/media/clients from the version 7.0 to 7.1.

The Netbackup system is installed on a Windows Server 2003 Standard edition 32bits with 4G of RAM.

I have some questions:

  • Is it prefered to make the upgrade on a seperate server or it could be done on the same server?

I found on internet, while searching for a road map of the migration, the following steps:

  • Building a new server with the same name, same IP address as the first one,
  • Install the same version (the old version, 7.0) on it,
  • Perform a hot catalog backup to disk from the old server, and restore it to the new one, then take it offline,
  • Upgrade the netbackup to 7.1

I would like to know now, if these steps are correct? if there's something missing?

And how to upgrade the media server and the clients?

And is there any patches that i have to install later?


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Thiago Pereira's picture

I suggest follow the steps that you posted, but its more easy if you do the migration on the same machine, but first run a Full or offline backup catalog and save the DR files in a save place, because you will need if anything goes wrong in the process.

Remeber, you will lost the job ID numbers, because netbackup starts counting again jobs ID after migration.

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Lotfi BOUCHERIT's picture

Hello Sir. thanks for your reply,

I've found the steps of doing the migration on the same server too, and here they are:

  • Full or offline backup of the catalog database
  • Test with the NBCC utility
  • Migrate with the 7.1 binaries

Don't know if you have any comments about those steps,


Marianne's picture
  • Is it prefered to make the upgrade on a seperate server or it could be done on the same server?

The migration to new server is only needed when you want a more powerful master server with 64-bit processor and possibly W2008 R2.

This is the TN:

You will notice that the TN has been around since NBU 6.5 and that migration must be done using the exact same NBU version on old an new server.

PS: 4 GB ram for a master server is a bit low... We have been buying laptops with more memory for a couple of years now....

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Mark_Solutions's picture

As it looks like NetBackup 7.6 will no longer support Windows 2003 then now seems like a good time to move to a new server on Windows 2008

Steps pertty much as you said but i would prefer to use tape for the hot catalog backup as the media is easier to locate when you come to do a catalog restore on the new server.

I would also suggest going straight to 7.5 (give you new server plenty of power - CPU and RAM) so that you are fully future proof - doesn't seem worth going to 7.1 - go straight to 7.5 then patch to

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