I'm migrating from a SA2000 to a MAG2600, but don't want to bring old junk into my new cluster.
Let's just say my predecessor didn't clean up much and left a lot of crap around.
So anyway... It looks like I can with the XML Export/Import settings would do the trick, so just looking for a confirmation and if anyone has experience or tips they can offer.
(and this is all pretty new to me)
If possible, I would recommend using binary configurations instead of xml. While XML data is good for a incremental update, it is not recommend for a full backup of the configuration. When import XML data there are specific dependency check which can cause more headaches than needed.
I would clean up the configuration on the SA2000, then perform a binary export and import to the MAG device.
To attest to what Kita has mentioned, XML, while more flexible, is very, very particular in terms of dependencies, so it can quickly become a headache. Binary is much cleaner, but offers no flexibility. Having done config migrations using both methods, i prefer binary, whenever I can get away with it.
If you can run the appliances in parallel,look into using Push Configuration option to selectively push configuration components to the new device. I assume the devices have to be on the same code though.
Yes, importing XML sucks because all the dependicies stuff... but it is great to know what it is in use or not... because if you import a set of roles and it didn't depends on nothing, probably they are just doing nothing in the configuration.
Just to tell the other side of the coin