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Performing pilot upgrade

Introduced in 2022.1

Pilot upgrade is a stress-free upgrade scenario that allows you to test-drive and customize the new version in a pilot environment, while still using your existing system in production, and move to the new version when ready. Pilot upgrade is available to all our customers, no matter what version you currently use.

Pilot upgrade is a two-step process:

  1. Create a pilot database. This initial step migrates all the data from your productions database to the new pilot database. Then you use the pilot database to preview, test, and customize new functionality, while still using your existing system database in production.

  2. Switch your fully configured and synced pilot database to production. The final switchover step migrates all data records from the production database to the pilot one once again and replaces the original production database with the pilot database.

To perform pilot upgrade:

  1. Create a pilot database:

    1. Run the Database Management wizard and choose Upgrade Existing Database on theTask page.

    2. On the Source Database page, specify your existing Alloy Navigator you want to upgrade.

    3. If the Upgrade Scenario page is available, choose Pilot Upgrade.

    4. On the Pilot Upgrade page, choose Create Pilot Database.

    5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the wizard.

      NOTE: This step imports all your data (i.e. the configuration information and inventory data records) from the production database to a new pilot database of the latest version.

  2. Use the pilot database for configuring and initial testing while still using your existing system in production.

  3. Switch the pilot database to production:

    1. Run the Database Management wizard and choose Upgrade Existing Database on the Task page.

    2. On the Source Database page, specify your production Alloy Navigator database you want to upgrade.

    3. If the Upgrade Scenario page is available, choose Pilot Upgrade.

    4. On the Pilot Upgrade page, choose Switch to Production.

    5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the wizard.

      NOTE: This step does not import any configuration information, only data records. If you have made any configuration changes to your existing production system after the pilot database creation, they will not be reflected.

  4. Congratulations! Your upgrade has been completed, and you can begin the production use of the new version.