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Created: 31 Aug 2012 | 9 comments

I have SMP 7.1 SP1 installed on a Windows 2008 R2 server which is failing.  I want to create a new server with the same platform and configuration as the failing server. I would then like to migrate my options and settings from the old server to the new without losing all the configuration I put into the failing server. 

If I use the SIM installer to create a package to install on the new server, and run the installation, how do I migrate my settings from the old server to the new?  Looks like the migration tool might do that?

 

Second question is whether I can install SMP 7.1. SP2 on the replacement server and then migrate the old server (SMP 7.1 SP1) to new without losing all my clients and settings?

 

Does anyone have any documentation I can look at on how to do this?

 

 

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andykn101's picture

Where is the database held, nearly all the settings are held there?

If you install a fresh copy of NS but pointing to the existing database (or a copy of it) there are very few settings not taken across. The 7.0 to 7.1 migration guide should tell you what they are.

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SteveSmith-CT's picture

Thanks for your quick reply.

The database is on a separate sql server. 

I'm thinking I can blow away the existing server and recreate a new same named one upon which I install NS with all components I currently have on the failing server.  I'd set it up with a new named database on the sql server and after everything was installed and debugged, point the NS to the old database. 

Make sense to you for a process?

andykn101's picture

Yes. Be prepared for the database reconfig when you switch to take some time.

And don't forget to read the 7.0 to 7.1 migration guide to check what doesn't go across with the db so you can get them before you blow away the existing server - it's not much but it might be important to you.

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SteveSmith-CT's picture

I'm moving from 7.1 SP1 to 7.1 SP2.  I don't see anything in the migration guide that would apply to the existing database.  

andykn101's picture

But I think the things that have to be migrated seperately from the database in 7.0 to 7.1 will be the same if you move from 7.1 SP1 to 7.1 SP2 in the same way.

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SteveSmith-CT's picture

That makes sense.  Unfortunately I don't have the migration wizard files \program files\altiris\symantec installation manger\MicrationPackage on my failing server.  I've tried reinstalling them as an option, but with no joy to date.  Have tried installing it on a separate machine as well with no luck.  Do you know of a place where I can download the files to use for the migration?

 

andykn101's picture

They should be on your new server. Or just create a temp server and run SIM on that. There was a bug with SIM where if you didn't check the migration option every time you ran it it would uninstall them. But it won't then reinstall them.

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SteveSmith-CT's picture

Thanks.  That helped.

Do you know if the Altiris client installed my systems in the field will need to be updated with the change from 7.1 SP1 to 7.1 SP2?  I'm not seeing anything in the documentation on the subject.

andykn101's picture

Yes, I think all the agents will need updating except maybe the Power Scheme Task Agent plug-in. The SP2 plug ins all have versions ending in '80'

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