To take advantage of the additional functionality and improved security offered by our Enterprise Server Edition (ESE) Account, we recommend converting your SE/DL Accounts to ESE. Conversion of an Account typically takes less than five minutes. Before you begin, please read the information below.
- For conversion instructions, see Article 904.
- If your SE/DL Accounts are not compatible with conversion, you do not need to do anything. Your Accounts will keep functioning normally.
How does conversion work?
1. The Account's data is converted from SE/DL to ESE format
- Several checks are done to ensure that the SE/DL Account can be converted.
- The Account is prepared by checking the data integrity.
- Backup indexes and files are converted to the new ESE format while the SE/DL data is still preserved.
- At this point, the Account being converted is disabled and locked to temporarily prevent any other tasks, such as backups and restores. The duration of this lock depends on the number and size of files in the account, the type of data, and the level of patching (how much files changed between backups), which can vary widely, e.g.:
- less than 10GB of data - 5 minutes
- 250GB of data - 2 hours
- several terabytes of data - 24+ hours
Depending on the backup schedule, it is therefore possible that one or more backups may be missed.
- Once the conversion is complete, the data is verified with another quick IntegrityCheck.
- The Account's original SE/DL data is now deleted and the ESE Agent connects to the converted Account.
2. The Agent is automatically upgraded to ESE
- Once the Account has been converted, the SE/DL Agent is automatically upgraded to ESE at the next auto update check.
3. All applicable SE/DL settings are converted to an ESE equivalent
- This ensures that your operations can continue seamlessly.
What can be converted?
1. Operating systems:
- Windows 7: 32- & 64-bit
- Windows 8.1: 32- & 64-bit
- Windows 10: 32- & 64-bit
- Windows Server 2008 R2: 64-bit only
- Windows Server 2012 (incl. R2): 64-bit only
- Windows Server 2016 Standard
- Exchange (through VSS): 2010, 2013, 2016
- Hyper-V: Windows Server 2012
- MS SQL (through VSS): 2012 (incl. R2), 2014 (Express), 2016 (Express)
- Script Plugin
- SIMS, FMS, Discover
- SQL Dumping plugin (can be replaced by VSS or Script Plugin)
- Windows Image Backup
- System State
Note: SE System State backup maps to ESE Windows Image Backup System State only backup, which leverages the Microsoft feature and takes a long time. We recommend using the remote tunnel to turn off Windows Image Backup and turn on System State or Full System Backup instead.
- Bandwidth throttling
- Command Line Support (can be achieved with PowerShell and REST calls)
- Email notification
- Password prompt (ESE v17.5 and later)
- Proxy settings
- SE Remote Management (will be converted to Remote Access in ESE)
- SE Staged Backup (will be converted to Transfer Deduplication in ESE)
What cannot be converted?
1. Operating systems:
- Any OS which does not meet the ESE requirements on our System Requirements and Compatibility Matrix
- A 32-bit SE running on a 64-bit OS
- VSS (excluding MS SQL)
- Backup Operator mode
- CPU and disk throttling
- Enforce minimum disk space
- Find button
- Mandatory patching
- Multiple backup sets
- Payload limit and segment and cycle backup
- SE installed in Backup Operator mode
- SOCKS proxy server
- VPN/dial-up connection