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Remember while Migrating To Improved ColdFusion

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ColdFusion 10 is the latest release of the Adobe application and has successfully caught the attention of both developers and users. The launch of the latest version has made everybody consider running the application in their website. Now, the big question that stands in this aspect is how to upgrade or migrate to the latest version from the existing one. Well, a lot depends on the version that you have been using presently. If you are a user of ColdFusion 9 and want to switch to the new release, then it is important for you to remember some key aspects for securing a successful switch and upgrade.

Understanding ColdFusion 10

The latest release from Adobe witnesses the launch of a huge number of features helping in enhancing the productivity, seamless incorporation with the platform of Java™–EE, and smart integrated solutions involving HTML5 support. This particular feature enables the development of enterprise-ready web applications at a fast speed.

Moreover, such improved features also enhance the security bar of your website maintaining a standard of the same. Additionally, it also allows the creation of interactive and dynamic web applications for your organization. The integration of Tomcat and improved caching further enables a performance boost in applications.

Updating to ColdFusion 10 - Top Tricks to Follow

The introduction of an updated version in any application often triggers the use of the same and the story is no different for ColdFusion 10. However, it is not always easy to execute an upgrade process, as you need to remember certain facts ensuring a successful migration for businesses. Here is a quick look at things you need to remember while, migrating from ColdFusion 9 to the enterprise version of CF10:

1. Download the latest version: Primarily, you must download the installer of the newest version from the official site of Adobe. Following the download, you need to transfer all the live traffic to Web 1-v as it would allow you to note down Web 2-v without any interruption of the service. Now, you need to open the CF9 administrator and export all the settings to a CAR file. In the process, avoid including the JVM/ Java settings as these tend to differ in CF 10. Also remember to convert all the Verity collections to SOLR.

2. Disable the Previous ColdFusion Version: To disable the version 9 of ColdFusion from a website, make use of the JRUN Web Server Configuration Tool. However, you must avoid uninstalling the existing version as both the 9 and 10 versions can run separately owing to the use of tomcat by CF10 against JRUN. This would allow you to shift back to the previous version, if anything goes wrong. Shut down all the services of CF9.

3. Run the ColdFusion installer: To do this successfully, you need to follow all the steps underlined in the wizard.

4. Addition of ASP.NET, CGI, ISAPI: These items are all fundamentals for CF10 and apply to IIS installations. For a successful feat, you might need to leave the installer and then add the elements to IIS. To add them properly, go to the Windows sever manger and integrate them in the ‘Add Role Services’ under the ‘Web Server’ followed by ‘Roles’. If you seem to encounter any sort of error for the fundamentals of ASP.NET, CGI, and ISAPI, you need to continue running the installer following the addition of the services.

5. Take care of the post installation process: Go for a check with the Web Server Configuration Tool to confirm that CF10 is added to your website. In case, your CFIDE folder involves custom mapping, you must ensure updating the same pointing to the new folder of CFIDE under CF 10. Restore your instances under the latest version of ColdFusion. Remember, it is not possible to connect the latest instances to your website by making use of the connector tool in the start menu of the Windows. It needs to be run from the folder of the instance that you are connecting.

6. Import the CAR file: Import the file from the ColdFusion 9 to the instance of CF10. Restart the application and confirm the settings. This is to confirm that there is no interference with the startup.

7. Update the JVM/Java settings: Memory needs generally pertain to your instance/application. It is advisable to re-add specific type of class path essential for your application.

Following the above-mentioned approach is sure to help you migrate successfully to ColdFusion 10 from the previous version of CF9. This would help you leverage the benefits of
ColdFusion development.

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