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Old 02-28-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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Exploring best approach to upgrading RHEL from version 5.7 to 6.x


I am relatively new to RHEL coming from the Unix world and have inherited a version 5.7 installation of RHEL. The platform is Intel x86_64. My application vendor requires that I upgrade to version 6 and I understand that it is better to do a fresh install over the V5.7 after backup. It's possible that I could hire a consultant for the upgrade/knowledge transfer. Is this a common practice and/or a good approach. We have a pretty tight deadline coming up and I need to get our Developers going on the new version. Please let me know if more information is necessary. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 
Old 02-28-2012, 06:45 PM   #2
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As long as you don't have a lot of existing programs and configurations that you need to save (which will take a significant amount of time to set up again), it will always be cleanest to wipe and install the new version fresh.

I would just grab a backup drive, and if it's larger than the RHEL drive do a dd dump to back up everything, otherwise just copy over the files you want to back up. Then wipe your RHEL drive, install 6, and copy the necessary files back over.
 
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Just extending on suicidaleggroll, you prob don't want to copy back cfg files, as they may have changed; you'll need to eyeball them carefully.
Certainly RH do not support in-place upgrades across major versiions

http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Re...grade-x86.html
 
Old 03-01-2012, 11:36 AM   #4
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Just extending on suicidaleggroll, you prob don't want to copy back cfg files, as they may have changed; you'll need to eyeball them carefully.
Certainly RH do not support in-place upgrades across major versiions

http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Re...grade-x86.html
Knowing which files to copy back to the fresh install of v6.x is the trick, I suppose. This is where, given the time constraint and having never done an upgrade, I am looking for a contractor to assist.
 
  


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