4.0 Replacing a ZENworks Primary Server with Another Server (Windows, Linux and Appliance)

To replace a ZENworks Primary Server with another server (Windows, Linux and Appliance), depending on your first Primary Server platform, select any of the following:

If you want to retain the server identity:

  • Replacing a Windows server with another Windows server by retaining the original identity.

  • Replacing a Linux server or Appliance with another Linux server or Appliance by retaining the original identity.

    In this case, you can replace the same version of the operating system. For example:

    • You can replace Appliances with other Appliances that has the same SLES versions and same ZENworks versions.

      For example:

      ZENworks 2020 Appliance can be replaced with other ZENworks 2020 appliances.

      ZENworks 2020 Update 1 Appliance can be replaced with other ZENworks 2020 Update 1 appliances.

      However, replacing ZENworks 2017 Appliances with ZENworks 2020 appliances with the above approach is not supported. Ensure that you follow the Section 2.0, Appliance Migration.

    • You cannot replace a server with one major version with a server with another major version. However, you can replace servers with the same major version, but different minor versions.

      For example: A SLES 12 server cannot be replaced with a SLES 15 server, but SLES 12 SP 1 server can be replaced with SLES 12 SP 4.

    Perform the steps mentioned in the following document:

    Replacing an Existing Primary Server with a New Primary Server in the ZENworks Disaster Recovery Reference.

If you do not want to retain the server Identity:

  • Replacing a Windows server with another Windows server without retaining the original identity.-

  • Replacing a Windows server with a Linux server or Appliance without retaining the original identity.

  • Replacing a Linux server or Appliance with another Linux server or Appliance without retaining the original identity. In this case, you can replace SLES 11 server with a SLES 12 server.

    Replacing a Linux server or Appliance with a Windows server without retaining identity.

    Perform the steps mentioned in the following document:

    Replacing the First Primary Server with the Second Primary Server in the ZENworks Disaster Recovery Reference.

Unsupported scenarios:

  • Replacing a Windows server with a Linux server or Appliance by retaining the original identity.

  • Replacing a Linux server or Appliance with a Windows server by retaining the original identity.