Bigfix Server Migration

We need to migrate our server OS from 2008 R2 to 2016. I have a remote database that is going to be migrated several weeks ahead of the root server migration. The database migration seems to be straight forward. The root server not so much.

The directions don’t mention setting up the ODBC connection on the new server. I know it has to be done, but when? Should it be done before or after Bigfix is installed on the new server. I assume that ODBC should be installed before the installation of Bigfix.


Here is the migration documentation for both the root server and database server.!/wiki/Tivoli+Endpoint+Manager/page/Server+Migration

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For the database migration, you’ll naturally have to change the ODBC configuration on the Root Server to point to the new database.

Subsequently, for the new Root Server, the ODBC to the new database server can be configured either at installation time, or afterwards as well.

If after you review the migration documentation you have any questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask questions!

I am being advised by L2 to set the ODBC setting to point to the existing database prior to the installation of Bigfix. Will that work, or do I have to wait until installation to set the ODBC settings?

It should work either way really. One way or another, I’d recommend validating the ODBC configuration after both the database migration, and the new Root Server installation.

Thanks Aram! I will go with defining and testing the ODBC connections prior to the server installation.

I need to find out what questions are going to be asked during the server install. The instructions simply say, install the Bigfix server using the existing masthead. Does using the existing masthead eliminate a lot of questions?

I was pointed to this document for the step-by-step questions for the server installation.
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Am I going to have to answer all of the questions regarding remote database? Even though I already have a remote database? The questions are in the following link:

The answer is yes all of the original install questions need to be answered regarding the remote database. The instructions talk about initializing the database which made me a little nervous that the database was going to be wiped out, but it wasn’t.