Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Migration" from 5.1.0 (JBoss 4.2) to 5.2.2 (Tomcat 5.5) - general steps

Hello everybody,

finally I did it: I managed the "migration" from 5.1.0 to 5.2.2.

As some of you might now the change to 5.2. is quite a major change for liferay.
Funnily the final reason for me to migrate was a quite small change: In 5.2.2. finally Blog-Entries get a HTML Title and a friendly URL. This is quite important from an SEO perspective.
(By the way: Big thanks to the liferay community - I triggered this feature by myself by writing a forum post about it - and it has been implemented quite quickly afterwards!)

Why do I write "Migration" in quotationmarks?
After some bad experiences while trying to migrate from 4.3.5 to 5.1.0 (over 4.4.2) I came up with a new "migration" strategy: I install a fresh new bundle and make the necessary changes in the file system. This seems to work with much less problems to me.

Here are the general steps I use to follow:

Step 1: The new installation

  1. point to database (+ potentially install driver) - now in portal-ext.properties
  2. config mail service - now in portal-ext.properties
  3. configure the start script (for tomcat: setenv.sh)

Step 2: Do the post installation steps

  1. Transport additional webcontent (In my case I had some html and applets in a folder. This needs to go into the ROOT folder)
  2. Finalize the portal-ext.properties file (Normally you have to take everything that is in the _legacy_ properties provided by liferay. This goes especially for authorizations - you can't login if you are migration from an old version due to some algorithm changes)
  3. (optional) In my case I have to change the port to 9080 - so I have to modify the web.xml file of tomcat
  4. provide "authentication"files for google or yahoo webmastertools

Said and done. :)

No honestly: Of course it cost my about two days again - but this time especially due to some tomcat specific things I wasn't used to - and some changes in 5.2.2.
But I will describe this in the next post.

3 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I already migrated from LR5.1.1.1 to LR5.2.3, but the problem is javascript function not work for the new version.

    Did you have any suggestion?

    Thanks.

    Naimisa

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