Upgrading to Alfresco 5 – New Search Features and Solr 4

The latest release of Alfresco One introduced a range of enhancements to the search capabilities in Alfresco Share.  With these enhancements also came a significant upgrade to Alfresco’s back-end indexing and search engine, Solr.  This article will showcase some of the new search features that are available in Alfresco 5, as well as provide information for successfully upgrading from previous versions of Alfresco and Solr.

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Documentum – Upgrading to Documentum 7 in Three Weeks

Many of our clients have end of year deadlines for projects. One of our newest clients contacted us with an unprecedented challenge – could we upgrade them from 32-bit Documentum 6.5 SP1 to 64-bit Documentum 7.0 Patch 12 by early December given availability of certain funds.  This post will present the project and some best practices in regards to the upgrade.  Continue reading

Migrating From Documentum with OpenMigrate: Best Practices

OpenMigrate, TSG’s open source migration framework, supports migration to and from a number of ECM repositories, including Documentum, Alfresco, FileNet and SharePoint (and many others).

We’ve designed OpenMigrate to perform several different types of migrations:

  • Between different instances of the same ECM product (e.g., during an upgrade)
  • Out of one ECM technology into a “neutral zone” (usually a file system and database or text files for metadata)
  • From a neutral zone into an ECM technology
  • Out of one ECM technology directly into another (e.g., Documentum to Alfresco)

While the general pattern of migrating content and metadata is consistent across all of these migration types,

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D6.5 Upgrades and Complex Passwords

Recently a client that uses Documentum WebPublisher went live with a D6.5 SP2 upgrade.  All the appropriate planning was done in preparation for the launch as detailed in this prior post. The upgrade in the development environment exposed some updates that needed to be made to supporting DFC based applications, but the upgrade process itself went very smooth.  Finally, it was time to cutover to 6.5 and the green light was given to upgrade.   Right off the bat we ran into trouble installing the Content Server 6.5 wizard.

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Documentum Upgrade – Inplace or Migration

For many Documentum customers, deciding how to upgrade a Documentum system often boils down to whether or not to upgrade in-place with a clone or just leave the environment alone and upgrade it in-place on the existing hardware. This year, I worked with a client on a project to explore the differences between upgrading several Documentum systems in place versus migrating the documents straight to a new 6.5 installation. Many of the in-place upgrade complexities were due to the older database and OS.

  • Oracle needed to go from 9i to 10.2.03 as well as be converted to UTF-8
  • The Unix OS needed a significant upgrade, including the rack supporting the virtual partitions
  • The Documentum Content Server required several upgrade steps. It needed to go from 5.2.5 (some 5.2) to 5.2.5 SP5, then 5.3 SP6, and finally to 6.5. I then did a separate upgrade to 6.5 SP2.

There were several project goals that could only be achieved with a migration strategy.

  • Combine Repositories on Windows installation and move to a single UNIX installation
  • Reorganize object model by flattening object hierarchy
  • Undo custom folder configurations created many years ago

The technical complexities of upgrading in-place from 5.2.5, and the need to merge Documentum repositories, led the client to pick a migration approach for the upgrade

Based on TSG’s upgrade experience with this client and others, we created an upgrade planning guide.

The planning guide is available here.

Please let me know your thoughts below.