WebSphere Commerce Version or later

Migrating the staging server

The following section outlines the high-level steps that must be followed to migrate your staging server from version 7.0 to version 8.0. The sequence of these migration steps is specific to version 7.0 environments that are configured with a staging or authoring instance.

  • Do not run the stagingcopy utility while you migrate this staging migration process. This migration process assumes that you have a fully functioning version 7.0 staging server to migrate.
  • If you ran stagingcopy on your version 7.0 staging environment, you cannot migrate your version 7.0 staging environment to version 8.0. As an alternative, you can create a new staging server from a migrated runtime environment. For more information about this, see Creating a staging server on a migrated environment.

Before you begin

  1. Upgrade your WebSphere Commerce Version 7.0 database to one of the following levels:
    • DB2DB2 10.5 Fix Pack 5 or later
    • OracleOracle 12c
  2. Install WebSphere Commerce Version 8.0.
    Note: Install WebSphere Commerce Version 8.0 on a separate machine from your WebSphere Commerce Version 7.0. The two installations cannot coexist on the same machine.
  3. Install the latest Mod Pack and Fix Pack.
  4. Create a staging or authoring instance.
    • When you create a version 8.0 staging or authoring instance for migration, the following instance properties must match your version 7.0 instance:
      • Instance name
      • Merchant key
      • Database name
      • Default language
      • Web server configurations
        • Web server type
        • Local web server / remote web server
        • Installation path
    • To verify your version 7.0 instance properties, review your createInstance.properties file, which is located under your WC_installdir/instances/instance_name/properties/ directory.
  5. Verify your WebSphere Commerce Version 8.0 installation.
  6. Deploy the search server in standard configuration.
    Note: You can cluster your search server while migrating search.