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Creating TEST ePO server

Hi,

looking for some advice as to whether this scenario would work for creating a TEST ePO server?

1. VMware clone ePO server into test environment

2. rename new server

3. copy exiting ePO database into test environment

4. point the new test ePO server to the copy of the databse in the test environement

I'm not looking to manage clients as our test environments are already covered by out Production ePO server.

Just looking to use the test server as an upgrade process test.

many thanks.

 

 

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Re: Creating TEST ePO server

You may end up with cloning issues verse just stand up a new VMWare Test ePO server:

1) Same server specs as production ePO server

2) Install ePO on the VMWare Test ePO

3) Confirm same ePO versions/extensions between Prod <<>> Test

4) Share ePO policies from Prod <<>> Test

How to share policies across multiple servers in ePolicy Orchestrator
https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB81771&actp=null&viewlocale=en_US

This will also enable you to transfer systems from prod <<>> test. and back to prod. Allowing for testing of tasks or policies on a test group; transferring back to prod when testing / desired results are achieved. 

How to transfer computers from one ePolicy Orchestrator server to another https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB79283

Not a big fan of cloning prod; would rather start from scratch confirm versions and operation (which rules out cloning issues).  Then proceed with testing.

 

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Re: Creating TEST ePO server

many thanks for the reply.

I'd only be looking to test the upgrade process from 5.3.2 - 5.3.3 or to 5.9/5.10.  This is so i can replicate the exact same scenario in Test through to Prod.

so was just wondering if it'd work from a ePO-SQL communication point of view.

regards,

Stuart

 

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Re: Creating TEST ePO server

You can also use the snapshot recovery method, which is what we recommend.  So you would copy your db over to test environment, then run setup pointing to that copied db and choose restore from snapshot.  You would need to know your disaster recovery passphrase.

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Re: Creating TEST ePO server

Same setup works forany upgrade 5.3.2 - 5.3.3 or to 5.9/5.10. .... Essentially, you are testing policies and tasks after the upgrade .... For me, not a big fan of cloning a production system just too completely reconfigure it to a test system; there is usually something forgotten in the reconfiguration. Save time, standup a new VM ePO - it will reduce the amout of troubleshooting.  

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