Okies, I know I am very far behind on this one, but having taken over SIMS FMS support last year, it took me long enough to migrate it to a new server before looking into the upgrade path. We do not use SIMS.net for our MIS so it is not installed on the server.
I've logged things with Capita to whom we do pay annual support for FMS but they are not exactly helpful given support on 6.83 is no longer available.
I obviously have a working 6.83 installation on a Windows 2003 SP2 Server with SQL Server 2005. I have replicated this installation on a test server to sort out the upgrade process before upgrading the live system.
I have the 6.85 upgrade CD and the 6.91 CD. If I run Solus.exe from the 6.85 CD I am told:
The SIMS.INI file does not contain a setting indicating the location of the SIMS.net Progam Files. Please indicate where SOLUS can find the SIMS.net Program files by setting the SIMS.INI file correctly.
If I download the latest Solus is tells me:
This machine could not be validated as a SIMS/FMS workstation or SQL Server. This installer requires valid entries for SIMS or FMS to be present in the SIMS.ini located in the system folder e.g. C:\Windows
i was having problems with setting up a test fms install, at some point you need to run fms applications set up and also surprisingly sims applications. maybe they are linked in some way. do you have access to run sims applications setup, even though you don't run it and have no sims server it might put some files in place you need.
I just bit the bullet when we had to do it - and paid them to come in - and I was very glad too - as the guy couldn't get it to play nicely and had to move all the data off onto a clean laptop to do the upgrade and then move it back - yeuch!
No idea why no-one at Capita told me this before, but the 6.85 upgrade CD has a '6.85' folder on. Within it are a number of exe's but most of these give an error when run - if you go through all of them the last 5 or so all run correctly and you can then run the DBUpgrade exe, then FMS Module which upgrades the FMS files to 6.85.