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Meetingplace 8.6 upgrade

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Jul 12th, 2014
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Hi All,

We have planned to upgrade the meetingplace from 8.5.4 to 8.6 . In our setup only one node application server with express media.

What are things should taken to the consideration. In addition to that i have some of the queries.

 

1) New license file should be upload for 8.6  or existing 8.5.4 license is sufficient ?

2) What is the procedure to rollback ?

3) New Conference Manager has to be installed for 8.6 ?

 Thanks in Advance...

Correct Answer by dpetrovi about 3 years 1 month ago

Hi,

 

To upgrade from 8.5.4 to 8.6, you have to follow this upgrade order:

1. 8.5.4 to 8.5.5 (MR3)

2. 8.5.5 to 8.6

The rest, is a standard upgrade process. Make sure your DNS server can resolve MP App server's hostname and IP address and that you have enough disk space for the upgrade.

As for your questions:

1. No change in licenses. Your existing installed licenses are staying intact and there is noting you need to do on MP8.6 in regards to the licenses. 

2. When you are doing Maintenance Release upgrades, there is no roll-back procedures.

You have to ensure you take a full backup before you start the upgrade (and archive it off the box just in case), and ensure you have a base 8.5.2.8 installation DVD and 8.5.4 upgrade file (and any hotfix if you already installed any on your system).

If an upgrade to a major maintenance release fails and corrupts the system, you will have to rebuild the system to the exact version you were on before you started the upgrade, and then restore from backup that you took right before the upgrade attempt. 

As a best practice, take a backup before upgrading from 8.5.4 to 8.5.5. If that upgrade is successful, take another backup before 8.5.5 to 8.6 upgrade. That way, if something fails there, you don't have to go back to 8.5.4 version, but you can go to 8.5.5 and restore from that second backup.

3. 8.6 does introduce the new Conference Manager, so it would be recommended to use the new one with your upgraded system.

 

I hope this information will be of help.

-Dejan

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dpetrovi Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:01
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Hi,

 

To upgrade from 8.5.4 to 8.6, you have to follow this upgrade order:

1. 8.5.4 to 8.5.5 (MR3)

2. 8.5.5 to 8.6

The rest, is a standard upgrade process. Make sure your DNS server can resolve MP App server's hostname and IP address and that you have enough disk space for the upgrade.

As for your questions:

1. No change in licenses. Your existing installed licenses are staying intact and there is noting you need to do on MP8.6 in regards to the licenses. 

2. When you are doing Maintenance Release upgrades, there is no roll-back procedures.

You have to ensure you take a full backup before you start the upgrade (and archive it off the box just in case), and ensure you have a base 8.5.2.8 installation DVD and 8.5.4 upgrade file (and any hotfix if you already installed any on your system).

If an upgrade to a major maintenance release fails and corrupts the system, you will have to rebuild the system to the exact version you were on before you started the upgrade, and then restore from backup that you took right before the upgrade attempt. 

As a best practice, take a backup before upgrading from 8.5.4 to 8.5.5. If that upgrade is successful, take another backup before 8.5.5 to 8.6 upgrade. That way, if something fails there, you don't have to go back to 8.5.4 version, but you can go to 8.5.5 and restore from that second backup.

3. 8.6 does introduce the new Conference Manager, so it would be recommended to use the new one with your upgraded system.

 

I hope this information will be of help.

-Dejan

gpsriramdc Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:55
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Hi Dejan,

I would like to know one more detail. How can i get the MCS Serial number of Meetingplace using the CLI or GUI ?

Thanks in Advance

dpetrovi Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:27
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Hi,

 

You would need to SSH to MP Application Server, log in as 'mpxadmin', change to 'root' ($ su   and enter 'root' password), and run:

# cat /etc/hwprofile 

 

You should get an output that will give you hardware information like in an example below:

# cat /etc/hwprofile
Vendor= HP
HWModel=7845H2
CPUCount=2
CPUType= Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU            5140  @ 2.33GHz
CPUSpeed=2330
MEMSize=4096
BIOSVer=11/01/2008
ObjectId=1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.586
OSVersion=UCOS 4.0.0.0-44
SerialNumber= BUS716N1HJ

 

 

-Dejan

 

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