Upgrading Security Center from 5.2, 5.3, or 5.4 to 5.8 - Security Center

Security Center Installation and Upgrade Guide

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To maintain backward compatibility while upgrading Security Center 5.2, 5.3, or 5.4 to 5.8, you must follow a two-step upgrade process.

What you should know

Security Center 5.8 is backward compatible with the three previous major versions. A server or workstation that is three major versions behind can connect to the 5.8 Directory, but one that is four major versions behind cannot. To retain backward compatibility when upgrading your system in stages, no part of Security Center can be more than three major versions apart. For systems that are three to six major versions behind, use a two-step upgrade process that maintains backward compatibility.


  1. Upgrade your system to the latest Security Center 5.5 release.
    You need a temporary license and the latest Security Center installation package. Ask your representative of Genetec Inc.
    1. Upgrade your main server to Security Center 5.5.
      Follow the upgrade instructions found in the Security Center Installation and Upgrade Guide 5.5 SR5.
    2. Turn your system on.
      All servers and workstations that are not yet upgraded run in backward compatibility mode. This is the first stage.
    3. Upgrade the rest of your system (servers and workstations) to the latest 5.5 release.
      Your entire system runs in version 5.5. This is the second stage. You can split this step into as many stages as necessary, depending on the number of machines you need to upgrade.
  2. Upgrade your system to Security Center 5.8.