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Educational Software Thread, Moving Oliver Library System in Technical; We have Oliver from Softlink installed on an old Server on svr 2003. I want to move the install onto ...
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    Moving Oliver Library System

    We have Oliver from Softlink installed on an old Server on svr 2003. I want to move the install onto 2008 R2 on a new VM. How easy or hard is it to do the install and move the database? Softlink say that Oliver will run fine in a VM so that should be ok.

    Softlink have quoted 350+VAT to do this for us but I am wondering if I could do it myself?

    Anyone done this?

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    If you're going to move it onto a VM, why not capture the current running Server 2003 system as a VM? Then you don't need to bugger about with moving the database etc and all of your network settings i.e. IP and machine name stay the same

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    @themightymrp

    I did think of that originally but I thought if its easy I could upgrade to 2008 R2 and reinstall - kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
    I may do the P2V if I cant do the upgrade myself. Dont fancy paying 350+VAT

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    Which version of Oliver are you running? The newer one that runs off SQL or the older one that uses DCB files? We are still on the older one and a reinstall, from what I recall, was really easy

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    As long as your existing database is already SQL then it is really easy. I did ours in an afternoon including moving from an old physical box to new VM without an issues.

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    @themightymrp

    Not sure which version as I am not at the school but I know it uses SQL.

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    @eddyc

    Any notes on how you did it? Is it as simple as building OS in VM, installing SQL, Installing Oliver and importing DB?

    If you have any notes or guidance it would be appreciated.

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    Hi @fiza

    Yes what we did was;
    1) Install 2008 R2,
    2) Patch it up to date
    3) Install SQL Express 2008 R2,
    4) Backup the database from the old server
    5) Restore the database on the new server
    6) Check for any further Windows updates
    7) Run the oliver installer, pointing it at the sql database when it requests the location.

    It was pretty simple and just seemed to work.

    Hope this helps you!

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    Figured it would be something like that, we really need to upgrade ours to the SQL editions

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    The softlink guys have a PDF guide as to how to do a move - pressure them for it (we did and got it).
    If you have any issues at all after the move just say 'it stopped working' (again as we did) and they will fix it under your current support contract.

    Easy and simple

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddyc View Post
    Hi @fiza

    Yes what we did was;
    1) Install 2008 R2,
    2) Patch it up to date
    3) Install SQL Express 2008 R2,
    4) Backup the database from the old server
    5) Restore the database on the new server
    6) Check for any further Windows updates
    7) Run the oliver installer, pointing it at the sql database when it requests the location.

    It was pretty simple and just seemed to work.

    Hope this helps you!
    Will give that a go. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfed View Post
    The softlink guys have a PDF guide as to how to do a move - pressure them for it (we did and got it).
    If you have any issues at all after the move just say 'it stopped working' (again as we did) and they will fix it under your current support contract.

    Easy and simple
    Will try getting hold of that.

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    Might be worth asking Softlink to host Oliver, takes the onus off the school?

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    It is worth double checking all of this with Softlink as I built up a new Server 2008 R2 system last year after their sales chap telling me all would be ok. When the technician remoted in to do the move (yes I paid the money, just didn't have the time) he told me that Oliver would not run on Server 2008 R2, so I had to rebuild the server to 2003.

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    I moved our at the start of the year
    Documentation i used last year
    http://www.clarecads.co.uk/Oliver_SQL_2008.pdf
    http://www.clarecads.co.uk/Oliver_V5_Upgrade_Guide.pdf

    Sorry used my own domain to host!

    Nick

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