9.0 Upgrading Filr

Critical Prerequisites for Successful Upgrades

Failure to comply with any of the following critical points can result in a non-functional Filr system.

Critical Points


  • (VMware) Remove all snapshots prior to upgrading an appliance

This is required to ensure that the correct disk file and the latest configuration settings get migrated.

  • Meet all hardware and software requirements

See Section 1.2, Filr System Requirements

IMPORTANT:Memory requirements for the Filr and database appliances have increased with Filr 1.2 (see Memory Requirements).

  • Ensure that each appliance has unformatted disk space available for a new /var disk

For each appliance you are upgrading, you must plan to create a third disk for storing system event log files.

  • Ensure that each Filr 1.1 system is fully patched before upgrading to Filr 1.2

See Managing Field Test Patches in the Novell Filr 1.2 Administration Guide.

  • Do Not immediately upgrade a newly patched Filr 1.1 System to Filr 1.2

After patching a previously unpatched Filr 1.1 system, ensure that all desktop clients have been updated before upgrading to Filr 1.2. Otherwise, the clients will not be able to attach to the 1.2 system because of the POODLE issue that was fixed in 1.1.

  • Upgrade all of the Filr and Filr Search appliances in a clustered deployment

All of the Filr and Filr Search appliances in a Large clustered deployment must run the same version.

Although it is possible to upgrade the Filr and Filr Search appliances without upgrading the MySQL database appliance, it is also a good idea to upgrade the MySQL database appliance to the latest version.

  • Fully patch any OES 11 SP1 target servers

Ensure that any Filr target servers running OES 11 SP1 have at least the December 2012 Scheduled Maintenance Update applied. This ensures that the NCP server can keep up with the increased service requests of Filr 1.2.

Failure to update your OES 11 SP1 servers can cause the configured eDirectory (LDAP) servers to fail.

  • You cannot upgrade directly from Filr 1.0 or 1.0.1 to Filr 1.2

You must first upgrade to Filr 1.1, apply all patches, ensure that all desktop clients are updated, and then upgrade to Filr 1.2.

  • You cannot upgrade from Small to Large

If you have a small, all-in-one deployment, and you need a large, separate-appliance deployment, you must install new appliances.

  • You cannot upgrade from non-clustered Large to clustered Large

If you have a large non-clustered deployment, and you need a large clustered deployment, you must install a new system. (The shared storage location, /vashare, must be configured during the initial installation.)

Or, contact Novell Consulting to assist you with the migration.

Complete the instructions in the following sections as applicable to upgrade from Filr 1.1 to Filr 1.2.