With the release of ArcGIS 10.1 we have been busy helping customers with licensing.
ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 provides the ability to upgrade a currently installed and authorised system from ArcGIS for Desktop 10 to ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1.
This applies for both concurrent and single use licenses. A walk-through is now available to help customers when upgrading licenses.
ArcGIS for Server 10.1 licenses cannot be upgraded and new ECP files are required to authorise the ArcGIS for Server 10.1.
I know many users are keen to upgrade and start using ArcGIS for Server 10.1 but there needs to be a plan in place before one migrates. As many of you are aware, AGS 10.1 has been redesigned and comes packed many new features that make our lives easier. These are all wonderful but users need to understand these changes.
New installations are easy and simple where as migrations are complex and time consuming.
I migrated our production basemaps last night. These are on http://services.arcgisonline.co.nz. This was an AGS running 10.04 and had ~ 4 services. One might think that this would be reasonably straight forward with a simple uninstall of AGS 10.04 and install of AGS 10.1.
~ 4.5 hours later I was still going. I was also conscious of downtime as this is a production server. No the services were not down for ~ 4.5 because I did this in parallel. They were down for ~ 10 minutes.
Why did it take so long? Well it had to do with existing data, caches and services and reconfiguring this for AGS 10.1
So I strongly suggest that existing clients with larger or complex installations of AGS 10.1 spend time planning their migrations. It’s not as simple as going from AGS 9.3.1 to AGS 10.
Perhaps a health check from a BP or our Professional Services Team might be required to understand what the impact will be and due to a typical migration being time consuming I would recommend this be done in parallel.
Here are a few technical aspects to take into consideration when thinking of migrating to AGS 10.1:
Are you working to put together a migration plan for the transition to ArcGIS for Server 10.1? Because there are significant changes in the software architecture at ArcGIS for Server 10.1 a number of hints and tips have been put together to help you through the process.
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