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Upgraded to CS 2008

Posted in at Wednesday, June 25, 2008 5:38 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Today I upgraded http://blogs.sqlxml.org to Community Server 2008. Previously it was running Community Server 2.1, so since I missed a few versions the upgrade was not quite as simple as it could have been. However, it went pretty well overall I think. Let me know if you find anything that is broken.

Right now I think the only thing that I know is broken is my Silverlight add-in, which I will fix as soon as I have some time to dig into how to upgrade that. I also haven't figure out how to get the Google ads on my personal blog. Not sure where those ads go now and the new documentation is pretty difficult to navigate.

Update: That was easy. Just fixed my Silverlight add-in by updating the referenced DLLs to the new 2008 DLLs and recompiled. Works!

Thursday, June 26, 2008 11:32:44 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Hi Bryant, my blog is still on CS 2.1 and I'm just starting the upgrade to CS 2008. As you mentioned you had some problems when upgrading. Are there any special thing I should be aware of ?
Friday, June 27, 2008 3:37:20 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Well for me the upgrade didn't totally work. So I followed the steps to upgrade:

1) Backup everything (files and DB)
2) Copy new files to web directory
3) Run the upgrade tool

However, because I was upgrading from 2.1 instead of 2007.1 I was missing a bunch of files it seemed. So I did a fresh install of CS 2008 and let it create a new database and then I just pointed the new install to my upgraded database. I also had to copy over some images files since they didn't seem to get migrated (and update my SiteUrls since I don't use 'blogs' in my path).

Other than those minor issues it went well.
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Monday, June 30, 2008 12:21:11 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Hi Bryant,
Do you have any material about the migration process from CS 2.1 to CS 2008?
Do you know any site or blog that has this material?
Is it possible to migrate directly from CS 2.1 to 2008?
Thanks in advance.
Rafael Krindges
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 9:28:26 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)

I did migrate directly and it worked pretty well. As I mentioned in the comment above, there are a few gotchas to watch out for.

1) You will need to upgrade your database to 2008. There might be an additional step if your running the ASP.Net 1.1 version of CS 2.1.

2) Once you've upgraded the database, you will need to perform a fresh install of CS 2008.

3) After you have a working, blank copy of CS 2008, just change the connection string to point at your upgraded database.

Note: make sure you name your databases appropriately (and back them all up).
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