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CUCM switch version for test and then go back

Hi everyone.

 

I want to do some tests on a old version of CUCM, my Active Version is 11.5.1.10000-6, that version has been working for a while now (7 or 8 monts) and have a lot of configuration, the Inactive Version is 9.1.2.10000-28. If I perform a switch version to 9.1 and then return to 11.5, I'll lost the configuration of the 11.5? The double switch is possible?

 

Thanks.

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Re: CUCM switch version for test and then go back

You could cause problems with database replication. I would not take the risk in a production environment. Take a backup of the server and then revert in a lab environment. Or install the previous version in a lab. Switching versions to previous is meant for rolling back an upgrade which would require reverting all servers in the cluster to the previous version and resetting DB replication.

 

Brandon

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Re: CUCM switch version for test and then go back

There are lot of risks associated with this scenario as your environment is running on 11.5 version for more than 7 or 8 months. If you revert back to 9.1 version, you will have to revert all CUCM servers in the cluster and you may face following issues:

  1. Database replication 
  2. VMware environment incompatibility 
  3. You may break integration with other UC applications or 3rd party applications due software incompatibility
  4. The phones may try to downgrade to lower software version and may fail to register.
  5. The 9.1 inactive partition will not have any MACD information performed in 11.5 version. The phones that are configured in 11.5 version will not register to 9.1 version. You may face configuration mismatch issues.

If you revert back from 9.1 to 11.5 then you may again face following issues:

  1. Database replication
  2. The phones may try to upgrade again to higher software version and so on...

You will have to consider many things before doing such activity. The best option would be to copy CUCM virtual machine and restore it on lab VM environment and do the testing. See the best practices for copying virtual machine:

https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/td/docs/voice_ip_comm/uc_system/virtualization/virtualization-software-requirements.html#copy_vm

 

 

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Re: CUCM switch version for test and then go back

I concur with Brandon, doing it after running in production for months is asking for trouble. If you really need to get back to the old version and I assume the old config I would attempt to copy/clone the virtual machine of the production CUCM Pub onto a lab host, bring it up there in isolation and do what you need to do.  Also, if you don't mind us asking what are you looking for on the 9.1 in particular perhaps there are other options to get your answer?

Beginner

Re: CUCM switch version for test and then go back

Thank you for your help,

I want to go back to an older version because I have a bunch of 8941 phones that are trying to upgrade to 9.4(2)SR2 but first, they need to downgrade to 9.3(4) in order to work. The problem is that CUCM 11.5 does not support the "cmterm-8941_8945-sip.9-3-4-17.cop", it says "error encountered: the selected file is not valid. please ensure that the cop/iso file is intended for this release" I read before right here that CUCM 11.5 does not support this files, that's why I'm trying to downgrade. I tried to install a new CUCM in a lab enviroment with an .ova and a bootable iso of CUCM 8.6, but that didn't work. I will try to copy the VM as you mentioned before, I will apreciate any other suggestions or comments.

 

Thanks!

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Re: CUCM switch version for test and then go back

All you need to do is download the .zip file and upload the files manually

HTH

java

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Beginner

Re: CUCM switch version for test and then go back

I did it before, still not working.

Please find attached the evidence.

 

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Re: CUCM switch version for test and then go back

Those are the same files the .cop file would have installed, I'd suggest you review the TFTP and phone logs to find out if it's actually trying to download the FW or not.

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java

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Re: CUCM switch version for test and then go back

What I do if I have sulky phones that don't want to load their firmware is to create a test VLAN with DHCP pointing to my desktop PC as the TFTP server.  Then you can make sure the correct load files are offered, and if it comes to it you can Wireshark to see what the phone's doing.   It might be worth trying that for one of your problem phones, then make the appropriate changes in CUCM to get the others to behave.

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