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Pointers to consider when upgrading to OfficeScan 10.6

    • Updated:
    • 2 Feb 2016
    • Product/Version:
    • OfficeScan 10.6
    • Platform:
    • Windows 2003 Enterprise
    • Windows 2003 Enterprise 64-bit
    • Windows 2003 Standard
    • Windows 2008 Enterprise
Summary

This article enumerates the lists of items that you need to consider when upgrading the OfficeScan server and clients. These are:

  • IPv6 Support
  • Unsupported Operating Systems
  • OfficeScan Settings and Configurations
  • Scan Method Deployment During Upgrade
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The IPv6 requirements for the OfficeScan server and client upgrades are as follows:

  • The OfficeScan server to be upgraded must be installed on Windows Server 2008. OfficeScan servers on Windows Server 2003 cannot be upgraded because Windows Server 2003 only supports IPv6 addressing partially.
  • The OfficeScan server to be upgraded must be version 10.x or 8.0 SP1.
  • The server must already be using an IIS web server. Apache web server does not support IPv6 addressing.
  • Assign an IPv6 address to the server. In addition, the server must be identified by its host name, preferably its Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). If the server is identified by its IPv6 address, all clients currently managed by the server will lose connection with the server. If the server is identified by its IPv4 address, it will not be able to deploy the client to pure IPv6 computers.
  • Verify that the host machine’s IPv6 or IPv4 address can be retrieved using, for example, the “ping” or “nslookup” command.

OfficeScan no longer supports Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, or the Itanium architecture platform. If you plan to upgrade to this version from OfficeScan 10.x/8.0 SP1 and you have OfficeScan 10.x/8.0 SP1 clients that run these operating systems:

  • Do not upgrade all OfficeScan 10.x/8.0 SP1 servers to this OfficeScan version.
  • Designate at least an OfficeScan 10.x or OfficeScan 8.0 SP1 server (parent server) to manage clients running unsupported operating systems.

Before upgrading the other servers:

  • Open the web console and click Networked Computers > Client Management on the main menu.
  • On the client tree, select the clients that you want to move and then click Manage Client Tree > Move Client.
  • Specify the parent server’s computer name/IP address and server listening port under Move selected client(s) to another OfficeScan Server.
  • Click Move.

Back up the OfficeScan database and important configuration files before upgrading the OfficeScan server. Back up the OfficeScan server database to a location outside the OfficeScan program directory

To back up and restore the OfficeScan database and configuration files:

  1. Back up the database from the OfficeScan 10.x/8.0 SP1 web console by going to Administration > Database Backup.

    For detailed instructions, see the Administrator’s Guide or Server Help for these product versions.

     
    Do not use any other type of backup tool or application.
  2. Stop the OfficeScan Master Service from the Microsoft Management Console.
  3. Manually back up the following files and folders found under ..\PCCSRV.

     
    Back up these files and folders to roll back OfficeScan only if you encounter upgrade issues.
    • ofcscan.ini: Contains global client settings
    • ous.ini: Contains the update source table for antivirus component deployment
    • Private folder: Contains firewall and update source settings
    • Web\tmOPP folder: Contains Outbreak Prevention settings
    • Pccnt\Common\OfcPfw*.dat: Contains firewall settings
    • Download\OfcPfw*.dat: Contains firewall deployment settings
    • Log folder: Contains system events and the connection verification logs
    • Virus folder: Contains quarantined files
    • HTTPDB folder: Contains the OfficeScan database
  4. Upgrade the OfficeScan server.

    If you encounter upgrade issues, copy the backup files from step 3 to the ..\PCCSRV folder on the target computer and restart the OfficeScan Master Service.

In this OfficeScan version, you can configure clients to use either of the following:

  • smart scan
  • conventional scan.

If you upgrade OfficeScan from an earlier version, you can retain or customize the scan method for each domain depending on the upgrade method chosen. Consider the following:

Upgrading from OfficeScan 10.x:

  • If you plan to upgrade the OfficeScan 10.x server directly on the server computer, you do not need to make scan method changes from the web console because clients will retain their scan method settings after they upgrade.
  • If you plan to upgrade OfficeScan 10.x clients by moving them to an OfficeScan 10.6 server:
    • In the OfficeScan 10.6 server, choose manual client grouping. This client grouping method allows you to create new domains.

      If you plan to use automatic client grouping, enable it only after all clients have upgraded to ensure that all scan method settings are retained during client upgrade

    • Duplicate the domain structure and scan method settings in the OfficeScan 10.x server into the OfficeScan 10.6 server. If the domain structure and scan method settings on the two servers are not identical, some clients that move to the OfficeScan 10.6 server may not apply their original scan method settings.

Upgrading from OfficeScan 8.0 SP1

  • If you plan to upgrade the OfficeScan 8.0 SP1 server directly on the server computer:
    • All Clients Use Smart Scan:
      1. Prevent automatic updates and upgrade on clients.
      2. Upgrade the OfficeScan server.
      3. Change the root level scan method to smart scan.
      4. Upgrade clients.
    • All Clients Use Conventional Scan:
      1. Upgrade the OfficeScan server.
      2. Upgrade clients.
    • Most Clients Use Smart Scan:
      1. Prevent automatic updates and upgrade on clients.
      2. Upgrade the OfficeScan server.
      3. Change the root level scan method to smart scan.
      4. Upgrade clients (All clients will use smart scan).
      5. Change the scan method of clients that you want to use conventional scan.
  • If you plan to upgrade clients by moving them to an OfficeScan 10.6 server:
    • All Clients Use Smart Scan:
      1. In the OfficeScan 8.0 SP1 server, move clients to the OfficeScan 10.6 server.
    • All Clients Use Conventional Scan:
      1. In the OfficeScan 10.6 server, change the root level scan method to conventional scan.
      2. In the OfficeScan 8.0 SP1 server, move clients to the OfficeScan 10.6 server.
    • Most Clients Use Smart Scan:
      1. In the OfficeScan 8.0 SP1 server:
        • Identify which domains will apply smart scan and those that will apply conventional scan. For example, Domains A1, A2, and A3 will apply smart scan, and domains A4, A5, and A6 will apply conventional scan.
        • Ensure that OfficeScan 8.0 SP1 clients that you want to use smart scan are grouped under Domain A1, A2, or A3.
        • Ensure that OfficeScan 8.0 SP1 clients that you want to use conventional scan are grouped under Domain A4, A5, or A6.
      2. In the OfficeScan 10.6 server:
        • Choose manual client grouping. This client grouping method allows you to create new domains.
        • Create Domains A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, and A6. Use the exact domain names.
        • Change the scan method of domains A4, A5, and A6 to conventional scan.
      3. In the OfficeScan 8.0 SP1 server:

        • Move clients to the OfficeScan 10.6 server.
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