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Upgrading VM backup clients, Impact on Backup Jobs / Backup Exec 2010 R3

Created: 01 Mar 2013 • Updated: 04 Mar 2013 | 4 comments
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Due to application upgrades, I am retiring some Win2k3 VM servers being backed up by Backup Exec 2010 R3, and will be replacing them with upgraded VMs (new web application versions) under same NetBIOS/DNS names and also with same Win2k3 operating system.

I do not wish to be able to restore from the "old" VMs onto the the "new" VMs, but I need to retain the "old" backups due to data retention requirements.  I also need to keep the same backup job, policy, media set, and backup selection list name from the "old" to the "new" servers due to corporate requirements.  Is this possible to do?  If so, how can I best accomplish?

If it is not possible, will I still need to delete and recreate the backup jobs (job, policies, backup selection lists, media sets) when I reload the VMs, or will the jobs continue to function as normal since the VMs have the same name? 

Thank you very much in advance.  I am not primarily a Backup Exec administrator, so really appreciate any help that can be provided.

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pkh's picture

You would need to redo your selection lists because the files in the new VM's are different from the old ones.  You can continue to use the same name for the selection lists.  You may need to recreat the jobs from the new selection list.

You may need to update your policies to suit the new VM's, but you have not provided enough information for me to advise you on this.

stern41's picture

Thank you very much for the response.  The process we are using is to create Backup Selection List for each VM, then create policy using Weekly Full with Daily Backup template, and for each weekly and daily differential template to create a new media set.  I'm not sure if this provides enough additional information.

Do you have any thoughts on the Media sets - would they need to be deleted and recreated as well?  From looking into this, it looks like I might need to move the media from each media set into "retired media" prior to deleting the media set - - does this sound correct?

Thanks, I really appreciate any and all assistance  -

pkh's picture

The media sets are fine if you are going to use the same overwrite protection period for your new VM's.  Since you want to keep the existing backup sets, you don't have to do anything to them.  Just continue using the B2D folders and the old backup sets would be overwritten when the time comes.