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Migrating SQL Anywhere version 9 to a new version

Nov 29, 2016 at 05:42 PM


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I'd like to migrate from SQL Anywhere version 9 to a new version of SQL Anywhere, version 17.

Before I do that I'll need confirmation that the database can be migrated.

I can't find a document in the product availability matrix that clearly says it is, but common sense would dictate migrating form old versions to new versions should be possible. Is there anything I should to prepare for this?

Or can I just buy this product?

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Volker Barth Nov 30, 2016 at 07:44 AM

SQL Anywhere 9 databases can not directly run be on a SQL Anywhere 10 and above database server, so you will have to rebuild these databases.(*) That certainly can be done with v17. There's also a free developer edition available for v17, so before you buy, you might give that a try.

The docs do handle upgrades/rebuilding in detail, here's a starting point:

Upgrades of version 9 and earlier databases.

Besides that, when migrating to a newer version, I would highly recommend to read the according "What's New" sections of each version, particularly the "Behaviour Changes and Deprecated Features", as that may often relate to features you are using.

For v17, look here:

There's also an overview for the previious versions here.

Given that v17 is several versions ahead of v9, that will be quite an intensive read...

(*) In contrast, databases built with v10 and above can be run with v17 unmodified (though a rebuild is nevertheless recommended to have all new features available.

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