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Portal upgrade from 6.0 to 7.3 strategy

Hi Gurus,

We are currently on NW 640, EP 6.0 on Sql 2000 and windows 2003. We are planning to upgrade to the latest NW 7.3 which requires sql 2008 and Windows 2008. I am looking for best possible aproach I could take to do this upgrade.

My strategy:

I would like to first upgrade the windows to 2008 then the SQL to 2008 and finaly NW to 7.3. However, based on my research on PAM(Product Availability Matrix), I realized that NW640 is not compatible with SQL 2008 or Windows 2008. So I plan to do the upgrade in 2 phases: First upgrade the SQL to 2005, then NW to 7.0. In the second phase, I would upgrade the Windows to 2008, then SQL to 2008 and finally upgrae NW from 7.0 to 7.3

Please comment on my approach and also suggest any better approaches



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    Posted on Nov 15, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Hi Veera,

    Weeks ago, we did an upgrade on the same platform as you had.The only difference is the Source Release SQL Server Release. It was SQL Server 2005 in our case.

    So, roughly, your steps must be as follow:

    1. Upgrade SQL Server 2000 to 2005 on Source System.
    2. Upgrade NetWeaver 2004 to NetWeaver 7.0 EHP2 on Windows2003/SQL Server 2005 System only if your System is 64-bit. Otherwise make a system copy on a 64-bit platform.
    3. Export your 7.02 System from Windows2003/SQL Server 2005 platform and import it into Windows 2008R2/SQL Server 2008R2 platform (System Copy)
    4. There ,upgrade your system from 7.02 to 7.3

    This is what we've done and worked so far.


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