Upgrading from Simpana 8 to 9 - do MediaAgents have to be upgraded?

Last post 12-23-2010, 7:18 PM by sssstew. 4 replies.
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  • Upgrading from Simpana 8 to 9 - do MediaAgents have to be upgraded?
    Posted: 12-07-2010, 12:23 PM

    Hi,

    We're getting ready to upgrade from v8 to v9.  Does anybody know if the MA's have to be upgraded at the same time as the CommServ?  We would like to simplify the process and make it a multi stage project.

    Thanks!

    RJ

  • Re: Upgrading from Simpana 8 to 9 - do MediaAgents have to be upgraded?
    Posted: 12-07-2010, 12:40 PM

    Hello RichieRich,

    v9 provides multi-version support and will work fine with your v8 MA's. Supporting doc info for review

    MediaAgent

    General

    Version

    MediaAgent with software version 7.0.0 and 8.0.0 are supported once the CommServe is upgraded. Note the following in such cases:

    • Make sure all clients attached to the MediaAgent are in same version or lower version before performing the upgrade.
    • Upgrade the MediaAgent first, before upgrading the clients attached to the MediaAgent.
    • New features will not be available until the MediaAgent is upgraded. Additionally, some existing features may not function as expected when the CommServe is upgraded to the current release. See Backward Compatibility Issues for more information on mixed version issues.

    http://documentation.commvault.com/commvault/release_9_0_0/books_online_1/english_us/deployment/common_upgrade/imp_considerations.htm#MediaAgent

     

  • Re: Upgrading from Simpana 8 to 9 - do MediaAgents have to be upgraded?
    Posted: 12-07-2010, 7:45 PM

    Yep like stephen says.  Its ok, we did the Commserve one day, then the MAs the day after without issues.

  • Re: Upgrading from Simpana 8 to 9 - do MediaAgents have to be upgraded?
    Posted: 12-21-2010, 7:41 PM

    Hi All,

    The limitation here is that 9.0 Clients must use a 9.0 MediaAgent, so if any clients get upgraded, you will need to have at least one 9.0 MA for those backups.  8.0/7.0 can use MA's of equal or higher versions so if the Clients and MA are all still on 8.0, backups will work.

    One caveat here is that if the CommServe DR backup Phase II goes to tape, that MA would need to be on 9.0 if the CS is 9.0.  Phase I will still work, but Phase II will fail if the MA is still on 8.0.

  • Re: Upgrading from Simpana 8 to 9 - do MediaAgents have to be upgraded?
    Posted: 12-23-2010, 7:18 PM

    Ted P:

    Hi All,

    The limitation here is that 9.0 Clients must use a 9.0 MediaAgent, so if any clients get upgraded, you will need to have at least one 9.0 MA for those backups.  8.0/7.0 can use MA's of equal or higher versions so if the Clients and MA are all still on 8.0, backups will work.

    One caveat here is that if the CommServe DR backup Phase II goes to tape, that MA would need to be on 9.0 if the CS is 9.0.  Phase I will still work, but Phase II will fail if the MA is still on 8.0.

    yep correct, but you shouldnt be upgrading agents before the MAs really, best practice is Commserve first, then MAs then agents.

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