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    Default Moving Alpha Applications To A New Server(s)

    After more than 10 years running on the same hardware/OS, we are in the process of upgrading infrastructure and I need to move my Alpha application.
    Here is the situation and plan of attack:

    PRESENT

    Three Separate Physical Servers:
    Server 1 - Alpha IIS Server running on Windows Server 2012 R2 Std
    Server 2 - Alpha Developer Server running on Windows Server 2008 R2
    Server 3 - SQL Sever running on Windows Server 2008 R2

    FUTURE
    Three New Separate Physical Servers
    Server 1 - Alpha IIS Server running on Windows Server 2019 Std
    Server 2 - Alpha Developer running on Windows Server 2019 Std
    Server 3 - SQL Server (unchanged for now)

    MIGRATION PLAN
    Server 1 - Alpha IIS Server
    1. Deactivate IIS server license in IIS manager
    2. Shutdown old server
    3. Startup new server with (same Hostname, different IP)
    4. Install Alpha IIS Full Install on new server
    5. Activate License on new server

    Server 2 - Alpha Developer Server
    1. Backup workspace
    2. Deactivate Developer license
    3. Shutdown old server
    4. Startup new server with (same Hostname, different IP)
    5. Install Alpha Developer Full Install on new server
    6. Activate license on new server
    7. Restore backed up workspace
    8. Publish complete project to new IIS Server

    NOTES
    Run the new IIS Server unlicensed first for testing (5 user limit) - then disable license on old server and activate on new server.
    Security is handled via Alpha Security tables on SQL server - Choose Preserve security data when publishing project to new server.
    Ensure Alpha Server and Developer are at same build.



    Some of the above is based on conversations with Alpha, but there is really no step by step guide so this can act as a starting point.
    For anyone who has done this sort of thing before, please feel free to add any comments or recommendations you may have.
    Alpha Anywhere v12.4.6.1.3 Build 6232-5386 IIS v10.0 on Windows Server 2019 Std in Hyper-V

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    Default Re: Moving Alpha Applications To A New Server(s)

    We have done this several times. Your plan seems fine to me. I would change one thing at a time though. Leave the dev machine and sql machine alone, and add in the new IIS machine (using the testing license as mentioned) and then publish to that. Make sure the app performs on that just like it does on the other one. Of course you may have firewall issues as well that need to be addressed on the new server. Good luck!

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