Presentation on theme: "Managing a Successful Upgrade Jonathan Field. Or The Ten Upgrade Commandments."— Presentation transcript:
Managing a Successful Upgrade Jonathan Field
Or The Ten Upgrade Commandments
Or Sermon on the Boat
Why are you upgrading? Software Fix New Functionality Support for old version is going
Unicorn Versions (98.x) (2002) 2003 Fairly up to date! CurrentVery Current!BETA Tester Fantasy!!History!
Project Planning Part of an overall SIRSI project (e.g. migration, WebCat etc.) Customer Project –Key action points –Who is actioned?
Timing How frequently do you want to upgrade? –bi-annually –annually –never if I can help it! Convenience for all –are SIRSI available? –down-time
Responsibilities Who do you need? –SIRSI? –Library staff? –IT staff? –End-users? –Contractors?
Responsibilities Whos managing it? Whos organising backups (and restores)? Whos doing the upgrade? Whos roling out new software?
Responsibilities Whos copying the live to the test server? Whos training/being trained? Whos getting the documentation? Whos getting the software?
Documentation User Group letter (upgrade notification) Release Notes (for each version) FAQs Multimedia Tour/Seminars Known issues (you have got your password havent you?)
Training Pre-upgrade training Post-upgrade training Staff/end-user
Backups 5 things to check
Backups Whos doing the backup Whos doing the restore! Verified? Completed with services down?
The Upgrade Process Software Delivery Service SIRSI vs DIY NT Upgrades Custom reports/utilities
The Upgrade Process SIRSI vs DIY – –SIRSI need a consultant need to book a time – –DIY ensure someone will be around think about getting the software think about getting advice
The Upgrade Process NT Upgrades – –Read the instructions completely prior to the upgrade – –Do not upgrade OS to Windows 2000 – –Services (including InetPub in manual – –re-boot server – –Do NOT stop the upgrade – –5100 available in firewall? – –Do NOT upgrade if you have been having hardware problems – –Disable any Anti-Virus
The Upgrade Process Custom Reports/Utilities – –Test on test server first if possible – –Run it prior to the upgrade – –Let SIRSI know beforehand if it is critical to your operations
Post Upgrade Process Who do you contact? – –Upgrade Consultant? – –Helpdesk
Test Servers Why do you want one? – –Test custom work – –BETA test – –Training
Conclusion No upgrade is ever trouble- free (well - almost never!) Can range from:- Few Problems Disaster!