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LMS 2.5 upgrade from LMS 2.1?

What are your opinions regarding the upgrade of LMS 2.1 to LMS 2.5 on Windows?

I have a job to do (NMS isn't my speciality...) and the customer currently has LMS 2.1 on a HP DL360 G3. I am pretty sure the server is in bad shape and hasn't been touched for about 8-months so it is likely no patches have been applied and the disk is probably full of Syslog messages.

Anyway they have purchased the upgrade to LMS 2.5 and I am contemplating the best approach to the upgrade. I have read the migration documentation and it talks about using a 2nd server and then migrating the data over - I won't have this luxury unfortunately and will need to do an 'in-flight' upgrade if this the way I choose.

I am thinking the best way maybe to wipe the server clean (HP system erase) and rebuild everything from scratch. Is this a good idea? I have a .CSV file with all the nodes on so I can easily re-import the devices but I don't know what else is configured (not much if I recall?).

Just after your opinions?




Re: LMS 2.5 upgrade from LMS 2.1?

It's a great idea. Make sure there is a minimum of 2GB of RAM.


Re: LMS 2.5 upgrade from LMS 2.1?

Having administered Ciscoworks servers since 1998, the best bet is always to export your inventory, wipe, re-install and import. Upgrading an installation is a very problematic effort if it even works.

Re: LMS 2.5 upgrade from LMS 2.1?

I decided to wipe and re-install.....

I exported the devices to a .CSV file and as a precaution I backed up the various applications and copied them down to another PC. I used HP's SmartStart to wipe the drives and reinstall Windows 2000 with a slip-streamed SP4 CD. I then let Windows Update take care of the OS patches (about 6 reboots I think). I installed Common Services 3.0, Campus Manager 4.0, RME 4.0 and DFM 2.0. I then patched them in the same order using the latest Service Packs/updates from CCO.

After a full day of just getting the OS and software back on I was ready to import the previously exported data - I did this and went home for the evening. The following day I tweaked around with the imported data and set a few defaults (SNMP Strings, RME protocol orders etc). DNS was my only let down as all the devices (200+) are not in the customers DNS servers. A partially populated HOSTS file existed so I edited this, exported the data to a .CSV file and manipulated it so device hostnames replaced the previous IP addressed that were there for some devices. I then re-imported the data, waited a couple of hours and voila - all working....

Not bad I thought for 2-days. I didn't need the backup up data in the end. I would recommend this to anyone contemplating an upgrade from LMS 2.1/2.2 to 2.5.