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Upgrading Windows 2008 (64 Bit) & Backup Exec 12.5

Created: 01 Jan 2012 • Updated: 28 Jan 2013 | 5 comments
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Currently we are using Backup Exec 12.5. We are planning to upgrade the OS windows 2008 (64 bit) to Windows 2008 R2 and Backup Exec 12.5 to Backup Exec 2010. We need your assistance & suggestions

Thanks in advance



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AmolB's picture

1) Stop SQL BKUPExEC service and make a copy of the DATA and CATALOGS folder.

    Above folders are located at X:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec.

2) Upgrade OS

3) Install BE2010 R3 and then migrate the Backup Exec Database using BEmig.exe

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1) First upgrade BE12.5 to BE2010 R3, make a copy of DATA and CATALOGS folder.

2) Upgrade OS

3) Install BE2010R3 and then replace the existing DATA and CATALOGS folder with the above folders.

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Also refer to the below blog on server migration

Kiran Bandi's picture

Windows server 2008 R2 can't be used as BE 12.5 as media server. So following second procudere is the only way. And i don't think installing BE 2010 R3 again after upgrading the OS is required.

Upgrade Backup Exec and then upgrade media server operating system.

Keep a copy of DATA and CATALOGS folders. (Just incase of any problems with upgradation)

BE 12.5 SCL:

CraigV's picture

Hi Kiran,

Please read Amol's comments VERY carefully. He is suggesting that the OP upgrade the current BE 12.5 to BE 2010 R3 first...this brings him up to the latest level.

THEN upgrade the OS, install BE 2010 R3 and import the Catalogs/Data folders etc. He is quite correct in what he has said, and if you have done the same thing you'd know he is correct in suggesting that. By doing so, the OP can forgo any issues with importing the BEDB using bemig, specifically the incompatible schema that you do get if it isn't done correctly.


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Kiran Bandi's picture

Hi Craig,

I never said "amol is wrong". I said following the second way mentioned by amol is the way to go.

Upgrade BE 12.5 to BE 2010 R3 then upgrade OS to 2008 R2 from 2008.

Then install BE 2010 R3 and import catalog. Why? Where did the old installation go?

Hope you know that we are speaking about upgrading OS, not clean install.