Two Scenarios for Database Migration

There are two possible scenarios for database migration.

  • If you want to review the new version and try out new features in a test environment, perform a two-step migration: first Migrate to a new database, and then Upgrade the production database.
  • If you are ready to immediately begin the production use of Alloy Discovery 8, use a single-step migration: Upgrade the production database.

We recommend consulting with our Professional Services team before making a choice. You can contact Alloy Professional Services team at

IMPORTANT: The two-step migration is available when you are upgrading from version 7 or 6. In order to migrate production data from Alloy Discovery Express, use a single-step migration.

Migrate to a new database

This optional step imports all your data (i.e. the configuration information and data records) from the production database to a new Alloy Discovery8 database. After that you use this new database for testing while still using your existing system in production.

Upgrade the production database

When you are ready to begin the production use of Alloy Discovery8, upgrade the production database. All data from your existing production database will be imported to a new Alloy Discovery8 database. Your existing database will be taken offline, renamed, then the new database will take the name of the original database.

IMPORTANT: Any changes made to your test database will be discarded. You will have to re-apply them in the upgraded production database, if needed.

FOR VERSION 7.2 OR LATER: Upgrading the production database also turns on the Automatic Upgrade feature, which helps distribute client components of the Alloy Discovery8 among your technicians.