Friday Sep 14, 2007

Software Upgrades: Feeling the Pain

Our internal Sun Java System Calendar Server hosts (yes, we do use our own products) recently went through an upgrade, but alas, an error was encountered where email reminders were not getting sent out. As a Calendar Server end user, I was left to my own devices to discover this: and along the way, I found out just how much I've come to depend on this seemingly trivial technology to help drive my corporate life. Yes, I need those email reminders about upcoming meetings and events!

Now, granted this was a fairly trivial post-upgrade situation, and our IT folks quickly remedied the situation. Nevertheless, for all those who have had an upgrade bite you in the \*\*\*, I feel your pain.

Wednesday Jun 06, 2007

Communications Suite: Confirming That Upgrade Procedure from 5.2

re: upgrading directly from iPlanet Messaging Server 5.2 to Communications Suite 5 (that is, Messaging Server 6.3), the Sun Java Communications Suite Upgrade Guide is clear on the upgrade path:

http://docs.sun.com/source/819-7561/planning.html

To quote:

While it is possible to upgrade all previous releases of Communications Suite software to Communications Suite 5, the only certified upgrades are from Java Enterprise System 2005Q4, Java Enterprise System 2005Q1, and Java Enterprise System 2004Q2. Upgrades from earlier releases are not documented in this Upgrade Guide.

Thus, upgrading directly from iPlanet Messaging Server 5.2 is not a certified way to go. From 5.2, you're supposed to go to 2005Q1 and then from 2005Q1 you can upgrade to 6.3. It's a two-step process. Headache, yes. But that's the certified route to take.

Wednesday May 16, 2007

Messaging Server Upgrade: The Missing Link

Heads up: For those of you patiently awaiting the Messaging Server 6.3 upgrade patch (that is, the patch that will take you from pre-6.3 releases to 6.3), there is news: it should be appearing on SunSolve in the next few weeks. Once it is made available, I'll be sure to alert the Comms community, as well as update the Comms Hub Updates tab.

One other heads up: The patch number will be a different revision than the one initially specified in the C5 Upgrade Guide.

Monday Apr 23, 2007

Patches?!? - We Don't Need No Stinkin' Patches!!

Cool development on the Communications Suite BigAdmin Hub: I'm readying the Downloads > Updates tab to include actual patch numbers. (Which means, of course, I'll have to keep this up-to-date going forward.) I'm starting with the upgrade patches for Communications Suite 5, for each component. As base patches become available for Comms 5, I'll start listing those as well. Note that for Messaging Server:

Upgrade patches will be available in May, 2007. If you need to upgrade sooner, please contact Support. Support will contact Engineering and work with your schedule to see if early access to the upgrade patch is feasible.
I just this morning requested to have this hub tab updated by the BigAdmin gatekeeper, so it should be visible to the external world in a day or so.

Sidebar, per Wikipedia:

"Badges? We ain't got no... stinking badges!" is one of the most frequently quoted, misquoted and parodied movie quotations in history. In 2005, it was chosen as #36 on the American Film Institute list, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes.

Monday Mar 19, 2007

Messaging Server News: Telstra Completes Upgrade

Interested in improving your mail system, and refreshing your aging software and hardware. (Man, if that doesn't sound like a marketing intro, I don't know what is.)

Read about how Telstra (with a 300,000-strong ISP customer base) consolidated onto Messaging Server, T1000/T2000 servers, and Solaris 10 OS:

Sun completes TelstraClear mail upgrade
TelstraClear completes successful email systems consolidation

As I understand it, the Sun Groupware Migration Toolkit played a large part in this upgrade. You can read more about SGMT here:

Escaping Vendor Lock-in: Life After Microsoft Exchange

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