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Upgrading via a Cloned Environment (Recommended)

The standard and recommended method of migrating from Avalanche 5.3 to 6.0 and newer is accomplished by creating a clone of your existing Avalanche installation, migrating it to the latest version of Avalanche, and then redirecting all devices to the new server. This process ensures your data and working environment are still accessible for use throughout the migration. You can still upgrade Avalanche from your existing computer, but Wavelink recommends creating a cloned environment to avoid system downtime.

Consider this method of upgrading if one or both of the following conditions apply:

If you plan to install the enterprise server and mobile device server at one location

If your existing PostgreSQL database is local to the enterprise server

For a video tutorial of this process, visit Wavelink's YouTube page.

To upgrade through a cloned environment:

1.Upgrade your existing environment to Avalanche 5.3.1. To obtain the install files, contact Wavelink support.

2.Perform a backup of Avalanche.

3.Install Microsoft SQL Server. For instructions on setting up SQL Server, see Setting Up Microsoft SQL Server.

4.On the new computer, install Avalanche 5.3.1.

5.Copy your backup files to the new environment and restore them.

Prior to restoring Avalanche in the new environment, obtain the most recent backup.

6.Run the Avalanche 6.1 installer. For steps on performing the upgrade, see Upgrading from Avalanche 5.3.

7.Create a Network Profile or Mobile Device Profile with the new server address to redirect all mobile devices to the new mobile device server. To provision devices with a new server address, see Managing AIDC Mobile Device Profiles.

8.Create certificates for SSL encryption and enable Smart device communication via an APNS certificate and Android GCM key. To encrypt communication and enable mobile device communication, see GCM for Android, APNS Certificate for iOS, and SSL Certificates.

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