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Question about Backup Exec 2010 r3 SP2 upgrade

Created: 26 Oct 2012 | 2 comments

Hello everyone!

While we are not quite ready to make the jump to Backup Exec 2012, my company would like to rollout Backup Exec 2010 r3 SP2 as it fixes quite a few issues we’ve been having.

Our media server is a Win 2008 server which is backing up a mix of 2003, 2008 and 2008r2 boxes via agents. A few of these servers are using AOFO, most are not.

I plan to do the update via Live Update and I was curious if a reboot of the servers I’m backing up is mandatory after the update is complete? Some people have said that you need to reboot all of the servers, some say that you only need to reboot servers that are using AOFO on the agent. I’ve had 2 support calls and have read extensively on the topic however it seems there are some conflicting opinions on this.

I basically want to know if I can apply the update, backup as per usual and then update the agents/reboot as needed over time. (I know that some agents will continue to backup even if they feel they are out of date.)

Anyone care to take a stab at this? Does anyone have any prior experiences dealing with this?

Thanks so much in advance for your help,


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pkh's picture

There maybe process which prevents the replacement/deletion of modules during the remote agent process, thus the agent will not be stable.  You should always plan on re-booting the server as soon as possible after an update.  Normally, BE is compatible with agents 1 version back, so you can use this to phase your agent updates, but you should update the remote agents as soon as possible..