[CentOS] How to upgrade from 5.8 to 6.2

Sat Jun 23 15:32:07 UTC 2012
ken <gebser at mousecar.com>

On 06/23/2012 08:45 AM Leonard den Ottolander wrote:
> Hello Eric,
> On Sat, 2012-06-23 at 09:52 +0200, Eric Kom wrote:
>> Please am new on CentOS, may you help me with the upgrade from 5.8 to
>> 6.2 using?
> http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/6/html/Installation_Guide/sn-upgrading-system-x86.html
> "Red Hat does not support in-place upgrades between any major versions
> of Red Hat Enterprise Linux."
> Regards,
> Leonard.

That's redhat's way of saying that an upgrade to a major version is like 
a new install, meaning you should back up your data etc. before 
installing 6.2.  In short, it takes some planning ahead of time to 
upgrade from 5.8 to 6.2, especially if you've never done such an upgrade 

 From prior experience I've found major upgrades easier if, in the 
current setup, instead of having just one volume/partition and so 
everything under root (/), there are separate partitions or volumes for 
(at least) /home and /var because redhat (and so too centos) has always 
recognized that those partitions contain data and will ask if I want to 
leave them as they are or, instead, overwrite them.  If you currently 
have just one volume/partition, then you *must* backup any data you want 
to save and then re-install it you have 6.2 running.  If you already 
have separate volumes/partitions on your 5.8 system, you still will want 
to note which are which so that when you install 6.2 you will be able to 
make the correct assignments.

There will likely be configuration information you will want to have 
during the 6.2 install, e.g. your network configuration.   So look 
around under /etc for that and have readable copies of what you will 
need during the install.

That's some of what's involved.  It would take more than just a couple 
paragraphs to explain everything.  Much will depend upon what you are 
currently running and what you plan to run on 6.2.  Hope this helps a bit.