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WLC upgrade to, WCS & Location Appliance to upgrade - Building maps location


We recently upgraded about 24 WLCs (4402s and 5508s) from 6.x to In order to support these WLCs through WCS, we also need to upgrade the WCS to 7.0.164 which is currently running at (Linux OS). Same is the case with Wireless Location Appliance 2700 to be upgraded as well. Wireless Management system has number of building maps with AP locations.

Prior to upgrade the WCS / Location appliance we need to take the backup of these building maps, already stored to export after the upgrade. Kindly let us know the directory where all these maps are being stored, as during upgrade we will loose all the stored data / maps.

Thanks for your kind assistance.



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Re: WLC upgrade to, WCS & Location Appliance to upgrade

Hi Shuja:

Who says you're going to lose all your maps and stored data during a WCS upgrade?  The installer for WCS will see the installation and upgrade it in place, modifying the existing data to work in the new 7.0 format.  The installer for WCS will even ask you if you want to make a backup of this data before the upgrade process even starts, although it would be a good idea to pull a backup of everything before you start.  (One can never have too many backups, right?)  The backup application in your existing install should be at /opt/WCS6.0.132.0/backup .  Run that application and it will prompt you for a location to put the .nmsbackup file.

The .nmsbackup file that results from a WCS backup is what gives WCS its portability across platforms (physical/virtual) and operating systems (Windows/Linux).  It's essentially the lifeboat of WCS, containing the database, the maps, the licenses and other supporting files.

Performing Maintenance Operations chapter of the WCS Configuration Guide:


Rollin Kibbe

Network Management Systems Team