[Executive summary - will new clients work with old server release?]

Hi folks - we've been so happy with Amanda backups that we've been running v2.5.2p1 for years. We're currently backing up 458 DLEs on the main Amanda server (usually around 1TB or so of backup data per data hitting the server.)

We're looking to upgrade our Linux desktops to the now current RedHat Advanced Workstation v6.1, and looking at the list of available packages to download, I don't see support for recent RedHat releases with v2.5.2p1.

Will a Amanda 2.5.2p1 server (running on a redhat AW4.9 system) support backups from newer Amanda clients, or do I need to upgrade the server first? I know the newer server will support older clients, but I wanted to use the older server with the newer clients, and wasn't sure about compatibility.

We'll be replacing the whole Amanda server system with new, high-end hardware and software in the coming months, but I wanted to see if the server upgrade needed to come before the clients. Any thoughts.

Best regards,

-Andrew