About upgrading from previous versions of Backup Exec to Backup Exec 16

Description

You can use the Backup Exec installation media to upgrade from Backup Exec version 2010 R3 or later to the current version. You do not need to uninstall the previous version of Backup Exec before upgrading; the current version is installed over the previous version. Separate installations of different versions of Backup Exec cannot exist on the same computer.

Note:

You cannot upgrade to Backup Exec 16 from earlier versions of Backup Exec that run on a 32-bit operating system because installation of Backup Exec on 32-bit operating systems is no longer supported. Backup Exec 16 supports the Backup Exec server installation on 64-bit operating systems only. However, you can install the Agent for Windows on 32-bit operating systems.

Most settings, all catalogs, and all data directories from previous versions of Backup Exec are kept, unless you choose to remove them. This version of Backup Exec can read and restore data from any previous version of Backup Exec or Backup Exec for NetWare, except where Veritas has made end-of-life decisions.

Note:

Upgrading to the current version of Backup Exec from a version before 2010 R3 requires a multi-step process. For example, to upgrade from Backup Exec 2010 R3 to Backup Exec 16, you must first upgrade to Backup Exec 15 before you can upgrade to Backup Exec 16.

When you upgrade from previous versions, Backup Exec automatically converts your existing definitions, configurations, and jobs to the current version and some of your jobs may be combined or moved. After the migration completes, Backup Exec displays the Migration Report that you must review and acknowledge before Backup Exec continues the upgrade process. In this report, you can see how your jobs were migrated.

Backup Exec does not migrate the following:

  • Custom filters from versions before Backup Exec 2012

  • Customized descriptions for previous versions of Backup Exec Managed Media Servers and Remote Agents are not migrated to Backup Exec 2012 or later. If you want to add a customized description for a server after you upgrade, you can type the description in the server's Properties tab.

See Using the Migration Report to determine how existing jobs changed after an upgrade to Backup Exec 16.

Backup Exec 16 provides backward compatibility as follows:

  • Backup Exec 16 can communicate with Backup Exec 2010 R3 Remote Agent for Windows Systems and later.

  • Backup Exec supports side-by-side installations of the Remote Administration Console for Backup Exec 2010 R3 and later. For example, you can have a Remote Administration Console for Backup Exec 2012 and a Remote Administration Console for Backup Exec 16.

    For Backup Exec 16, a Remote Administration Console that uses a previous version of Backup Exec cannot be used with a Backup Exec server on which the current version is installed. For example, a Backup Exec 16 Remote Administration Console cannot manage a Backup Exec 15 Feature Pack 5 Backup Exec server.

    For Backup Exec 15 Feature Pack 1 or later, a Remote Administration Console can manage a Backup Exec server that runs a different Feature Pack.

  • Backup Exec 16 Central Admin Server Option server can communicate with Backup Exec 2010 R3 (with the most recent feature packs) for the purpose of rolling upgrades.

Before you upgrade Backup Exec, do the following:

  • Delete the job histories and the catalogs that you no longer need to shorten the upgrade window.

  • Run a database maintenance job.

  • Verify that all available updates are installed for your current version of Backup Exec.

  • Locate your license information and verify that your licenses are current. You must enter license information for Backup Exec 16 when you upgrade.

You cannot change the configuration of your Backup Exec servers or the database location during the upgrade process. For example, you cannot change an administration server to a managed server. If you want to change the configuration of your Backup Exec servers, do it either before or after you upgrade to the current version. If you want to change the database location after the upgrade, use BEUtility.

Note:

If you upgrade from a previous version of Backup Exec that uses a non-English version of Windows, you must download the SQL Server 2014 Express with SP2 setup file for that language from the Microsoft website.

See Installing Backup Exec by using the Installation Wizard

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