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Move the Dimension Database to a New Dimension Server

You can move the database from an existing Dimension server to a new Dimension server. This procedure enables you to retain the current log messages and reports in the database. Configuration options from your existing Dimension server cannot be moved.

Move the Dimension Database in VMware

To move the Dimension database of a Dimension server installed on VMware:

  1. Power off the old Dimension server
  2. Deploy a new Dimension instance and complete the Setup Wizard.

You must complete the Setup Wizard for the new Dimension server instance before you continue. During this process the Dimension initializes the database on the second hard drive and deletes the current contents.

  1. Power off the new Dimension server.
  2. In vSphere, select the new Dimension instance from the left-side panel.
  3. In the right-side panel, click the Summary tab.
  4. In the Resources section, right-click the datastore and select Browse Datastore.
    The Datastore Browser appears.
  5. Open the folder with the name of your old Dimension instance.

Screen shot of database vmdk location in VMware

There are two .vmdk files. The file with "_1" appended to the name contains the database.

Right-click the .vmdk file that contains your database, then select Copy.

  1. Open the folder with the name of your new Dimension instance.
  2. Right-click in the folder and select Paste.
    The copying process starts and the .vmdk file appears in the folder.

Screen shot of database vmdk location in VMware

  1. Close the Datastore Browser.
  2. In vSphere, from the the left-side panel, right-click the new Dimension instance and select Edit Settings.
    The Virtual Machine Properties dialog appears.
  3. Click Add.
    The Add Hardware wizard appears.
  4. Select Hard Disk and click Next.

Screen shot of new virtual disk dialog box in VMware

  1. In the Select a disk dialog box, select Use an existing virtual disk.
  2. Click Next.
  3. In the Disk File Path section, click Browse.
  4. Browse to the folder with the name of the new Dimension system.
  5. Select the .vmdk file that contains your old Dimension database and click Open.

Screen shot of select virtual disk dialog box in VMware

  1. Click Next twice, then click Finish to complete the Add Hardware wizard.

The message "New Hard Disk (adding)" appears in the list of devices in the Virtual Machine Properties.

  1. In the list of devices, select Hard disk 2 and click Remove.
  2. Click OK to confirm the changes to the new Dimension instance.

Note If you edit the new Dimension server again, you will see the drives listed as Hard disk 1 and Hard disk 2. This is expected and the drive from the old Dimension server instance is now present as Hard disk 2.

  1. Power on the new Dimension server.
  2. From a client computer, log in to the new Dimension server and confirm that your log and report data is present. If necessary, change the IP address and other configuration options on the new Dimension server to match the configuration of your old Dimension server.

Be sure to carefully examine the contents of your new Dimension server before you delete the old Dimension server instance on your ESXi server.

Move the Dimension Database in Hyper-V

To move the Dimension database of a Dimension server installed on Hyper-V:

  1. Power off the old Dimension server
  2. Deploy a new Dimension instance and complete the Setup Wizard.

You must complete the Setup Wizard for the new Dimension server instance before you continue. During this process the Dimension initializes the database on the second hard drive and deletes the current contents. Do not add the existing virtual hard drive to your new instance before you complete the setup wizard.

  1. Power off the new Dimension server.
  2. In the Virtual Machines section, right-click the old Dimension instance and select Settings.
    The Settings Dialog appears.

Screen shot of virtual machine settings in Hyper-V

  1. Select the second Hard Drive in the list.
    The configuration for the Hard Drive appears.
  2. Select the text that appears in the text box under Virtual hard disk.

Screen shot of virtual hard disk selection in Hyper-V

  1. Right-click on the text, then select Copy.
  2. Click Cancel to close the Settings dialog box without making any changes.
  3. In the Virtual Machines section, right-click the new Dimension instance and select Settings.
    The Settings Dialog appears.
  4. Select the second Hard Drive in the list.
    The configuration for the Hard Drive appears.
  5. Select the text that appears in the text box under Virtual hard disk.
  6. Right-click on the text, then select Paste.
    The path to the original Database hard drive replaces the current hard drive.
  7. Click OK to confirm.
  8. Power on the new Dimension server.
  9. From a client computer, log in to the new Dimension server and confirm that your log and report data is present. If necessary, change the IP address and other configuration options on the new Dimension server to match the configuration of your old Dimension server.

Be sure to carefully examine the contents of your new Dimension server before you delete the old Dimension server instance on your ESXi server.

Move External Dimension Database in VMware or Hyper-V

To move an external Dimension database (such as a PostgreSQL database) of a Dimension server installed on VMware or Hyper-V:

  1. Power off the old Dimension server.
  2. Deploy a new Dimension instance and complete the setup wizard.

During this setup process, select the Built-in Database option. If you configure the new Dimension server to use your existing database, it will re-initialize the database and delete all current data.

  1. Connect to your new Dimension server and change the configuration to use your existing PostgreSQL database. For instructions, see Configure the Database Location.
  2. Power on the new Dimension server.
  3. From a client computer, log in to the new Dimension server and confirm that your log and report data is present. If necessary, change the IP address and other configuration options on the new Dimension server to match the configuration of your old Dimension server.

Be sure to carefully examine the contents of your new Dimension server before you delete the old Dimension server instance on your ESXi server.

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