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[CLOSED] Upgrade from 8201M to 8206

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August 06, 2019, 09:36 AM
Shingles
[CLOSED] Upgrade from 8201M to 8206
Hello Folks,

I would like to do my first WebFOCUS upgrade. Currently we are running 8201M and we will move over to 8206. Have any of you done this upgrade (specifically 8201M to 8206)?

And more generally, I've read IBI's suggestions regarding upgrading versions, but is there anything else I should be considering?

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WebFOCUS 8201, SP 0.1, Windows 7, HTML
August 06, 2019, 10:27 AM
FP Mod Chuck
Shingles

That is the perfect document to use, it has links to the more detailed release notes and installation guides.


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WebFOCUS 7x and 8x, Windows, Linux All output Formats
August 06, 2019, 11:13 AM
MartinY
quote:
Originally posted by Shingles:
but is there anything else I should be considering?

Time to test back every single options that exist in your report/dashboard.

It happens, "sometime", that a working functionality on a previous release, does not on a newer one.
IBI cannot always test all possible options from the tool. So, "sometime" one falls into the crack and have a bug.


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August 06, 2019, 11:25 AM
Hallway
quote:
Originally posted by MartinY:
Time to test back every single options that exist in your report/dashboard.


Agreed. Every upgrade we've done, we've had numerous existing reports break (IMHO IBI relies on us to do a lot of its beta testing).

Also, watch the forums for issues. There have been a lot of post recently that are specific to 8206.


Hallway

 
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August 06, 2019, 11:59 AM
Shingles
Thanks for the replies...

Would anyone care to share their 'Upgrade Plan'? I'm doing my best to pull one together, but if there was a template I could follow that would help.

Thanks again folks!


WebFOCUS 8201, SP 0.1, Windows 7, HTML
August 06, 2019, 12:31 PM
CoolGuy
Hey Shingles,

If I were in your shoes, I would create a test environment, if you don't already have one, and test all your content and all product features you think you'll be using in that environment before upgrading your production environment. Then, you'll have an idea of what you should do next....

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8.2.02M (production), 8.2.02M (test), Windows 10, all outputs.
August 06, 2019, 01:04 PM
Shingles
quote:
Originally posted by CoolGuy:
Hey Shingles,

If I were in your shoes, I would create a test environment, if you don't already have one, and test all your content and all product features you think you'll be using in that environment before upgrading your production environment. Then, you'll have an idea of what you should do next....


Ok, thank you...

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WebFOCUS 8201, SP 0.1, Windows 7, HTML
August 06, 2019, 01:17 PM
Shingles
quote:
Originally posted by CoolGuy:
Hey Shingles,

If I were in your shoes, I would create a test environment, if you don't already have one, and test all your content and all product features you think you'll be using in that environment before upgrading your production environment. Then, you'll have an idea of what you should do next....


Um... thanks again...

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WebFOCUS 8201, SP 0.1, Windows 7, HTML
August 06, 2019, 06:36 PM
CoolGuy
...and now I think I might know why Francis Mariani and a few others have disappeared from the forums as well... RIP...


8.2.02M (production), 8.2.02M (test), Windows 10, all outputs.
August 06, 2019, 06:48 PM
Hallway
quote:
Originally posted by CoolGuy:
...and now I think I might know why Francis Mariani and a few others have disappeared from the forums as well... RIP...


IMHO...
It's almost like FocalPoint is slowly wading away from being a platform with a fixed set of rules and heading toward taking on the legal liabilities of being a publisher.


Hallway

 
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August 07, 2019, 12:29 PM
FP Mod Chuck
Shingles I got the following reply from product management...

We are glad to hear of your interest in upgrading to the latest release and want to support you in doing so. In addition to the upgrade map that you noted earlier, I can provide the following information here and we will be reaching out to you directly to follow-up on how we can support your upgrade query.

In 2019, Information Builders has been working to improve the migration and upgrade experience for all customers, largely based on the experiences and feedback we’ve received from our community. With Release 8206, we offer the ability to upgrade in place from 8.1.05 and higher, with all security, config files and application content respected, i.e., no need to migrate or modify this content. Upgrade customers typically perform the upgrade-in-place in a Test environment, run through regression testing of their applications and content, and then roll the environment into production. You can view the upgrade steps for your release, using the WebFOCUS and ReportCaster Installation and Configuration guide for your platform ( Windows or Unix ).

Additionally, our new WebFOCUS Agile development model targets incremental, cumulative releases approximately every two to four weeks, and includes both maintenance enhancements and new features that customers can consume as they become available or in a timeframe that works best for their organization. To learn more about the latest release WebFOCUS 8206.03, see Release Notes . You can also send additional questions to Customer_Success@ibi.com, and one of our representatives will follow up with you.

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August 08, 2019, 04:58 PM
MReeder
I would hold off a bit. I went from 8.2.02M 3 weeks ago in my Dev environment and I still have not got things running. My filter pages have stopped working and my radio buttons do not show their values it just blank grey or white buttons with no text right now. I have working diligently with IBI to figure out why and no solution yet to the filter issue. I am planning on rolling back to 8.2.02M and going to 8.2.04 instead at the end of the week.


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August 08, 2019, 06:04 PM
CoolGuy
Preach, bruh. Wink

I wasn't whistlin' Dixie in my original post. I promise. Music They're on attempt 19 for 8205 as we speak. Probably aren't getting enough free beta feedback from their paying customer base is the problem.

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8.2.02M (production), 8.2.02M (test), Windows 10, all outputs.
August 09, 2019, 08:15 AM
jgelona
We are running virtual SUSE Linux servers on and IBM mainframe. We are having issues upgrading to 8206 because of Tomcat. From what I understand, all of the mainframe software is current and up to date but the version of Tomcat that 8206 wants is not supported, it is too new.


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