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Upgrade from SEP 11.0.5 to SEP 12.1 AND move to new server...

Created: 15 Aug 2011 | 7 comments

Good afternoon,

I'm currently preparing to upgrade SEP 11 AND move it to a different server. I'm hoping someone can guide me through this scenario. Here are the basics:

We're currently running SEP 11 (v11.0.5002.333) with embedded database on an aging Win 2k3 Domain Controller. In the end, I want to have SEP 12.1 with embedded database running on a new Windows 2008 R2 vsphere VM server that is not a DC. We have about 125 client PC's with very few remote systems.

I see a few options. I'm wondering which is recommended:

  1. upgrade the installation on the existing 2k3 server to SEP 12.1, then move the installation to the new 2k8 server.
  2. move the installation from the existing 2k3 server to the new 2k8 server, then upgrade it to SEP 12.1 after it's moved.
  3. remove it from the old 2k3 server and start over from scratch on the new 2k8 server.
  4. any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Steve

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Rafeeq's picture

This would be my suggestion, Upgrade current Setup to SEP 12.1 , once you have the new server follow this document and then move it to new server

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1: Best Practices for Disaster Recovery with the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager

 

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH160736

Or less time consuming, you have just 125+ clients; starting from scratch will be less time consuming, you have export the policies and later import it to SEP 12.1

whatever is comfortable for you :) 

Wizzzilk's picture

Thanks Rafeeq,

I'm usually in favor of a starting fresh whenever possible. But I have a couple questions about that process...

  1. what is the overall process to do that? (remove SEP 11 completely and then install 12.1?)
  2. what about the clients? Do I need to remove SEP 11 from all 125 clients, thereby leaving them unprotected until 12.1 is rolled out?
  3. If I leave the v11 client installed on the PC's how will I get them to report to the new server once it's up and running with 12.1?

At this point, I'm leaning towards moving 11 to the new server right now, then upgrading it to 12.1 after all the clients have started reporting to the new server. The problem with upgrading to 12.1 on the old server first (forgot to mention this in my original post) is that the old server only has <2.5 GB of free space on the system partition. So I'm not sure I'd even be able to successfully complete the upgrade with that little free space.

Thanks for your input. It is very much appreciated!

Steve

Rafeeq's picture
  1. what is the overall process to do that? (remove SEP 11 completely and then install 12.1?
  2. Yes REMOVE SEPM AND INSTALL NEW ONE ON NEW SERVER
  3. what about the clients? Do I need to remove SEP 11 from all 125 clients, thereby leaving them unprotected until 12.1 is rolled out?
  4. YOU CAN RUN THE INSTALL ON TOP OF EXISTING ONE, NO NEED TO UNINSTALL MANUALLY
  5. If I leave the v11 client installed on the PC's how will I get them to report to the new server once it's up and running with 12.1?
  6. CREATE  A NEW PACKAGE AND PUSH IT; THEY WILL START REPORTING TO NEW SERVER

If is Less, then , In that case, lets follow the disaster recovery for SEP 11 and install SEP 12, then follow this document

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=tech162071

this will have your current setup with all policies configured; once you upgrade the maanger to SEP 12.1

You can use the autoupgrade feature to update all the clients to SEP 12.1

Wizzzilk's picture

Ok, so lets go the start from scratch route.

  1. Export the policies from the old server
  2. Remove SEPM 11 from the old server
  3. Install SEPM 12 on the new server
  4. Import the policies from the old server to the new server
  5. Create a new install package and push it to the clients to get them to start reporting to the new server

In this scenario, I wouldn't need to backup the database right? Starting from scratch like this should just create a new database.

Hear4U's picture

Here's some info from our support dB that may be helpful:

http://bit.ly/rhlXfS  - upgrading and migrating to SEP 12.1

http://bit.ly/o5LTnR - upgrading to a new release of SEP

http://bit.ly/peVT7X  - upgrade resources for SEP

Let us know how things are going!

Eric

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