The IBM® WebSphere® Application Server Migration Toolkit is a suite of tools and knowledge collections that enables your organization to quickly and cost-effectively migrate to WebSphere Application Server V7.0 through V8.5.5, whether from a previous version of WebSphere Application Server or competitive application servers including Apache Tomcat Server, JBoss Application Server, Oracle® Application Server, and Oracle WebLogic Server.
New and noteworthy: The toolkit team has refreshed all six of the WebSphere Application Server Migration Tools to version 8.5.5. See the New and Noteworthy in the Announcing: Migration toolkit for WebSphere and Liberty V8.5.5 article for details on what's new and changed.
You can now scan your application for differences between the WebSphere Application Server full profile and the Liberty profile by using the newly available WebSphere Application Server Migration Toolkit – Liberty Tech Preview.
The WebSphere Version to Version Application Migration Tool enables organizations deploying WebSphere Application Server V7 through V8.5.5 to more easily migrate applications from WebSphere Application Server V5.1 through V8. Upgrading to a more recent version of WebSphere Application Server is of course less time-consuming than migrating from another application server, given that IBM has made significant investments in upward compatibility, configuration, and management process upgrades, as well as API preservation and consistency between versions. However, in some cases, applications must be changed in order to support or exploit new levels of industry standard specifications delivered with new versions of WebSphere Application Server. The Application Migration Tool enables you to quickly and easily identify and implement any application changes required when upgrading to WebSphere Application Server V7 through V8.5.5.
The Application Migration Tools use the scanning capabilities of Rational Software Analyzer to locate application elements that should be updated in order to ensure optimal compatibility and performance with WebSphere Application Server V7 through V8.5.5, as well as unique editing features to review and appropriately change the code. The Application Migration Tools are packaged as features that can be installed into an Eclipse or IBM Rational Application Developer or IBM Rational Software Architect IDE. Figure 1 illustrates one of the Application Migration Tools.
Figure 1. Application Migration Tool
Visit the WASdev.net download page to start using the version to version migration tool.
Complete prerequisite and installation instructions are included in the WebSphere Version to Version Application Migration Tool documentation.
Getting help and providing feedback
If your organization has a support agreement in place for WebSphere Application Server V7, V8, or V8.5, IBM will provide support for the Application Migration Tools as part of that support agreement. Support is provided for the tools and the included migration rules. Assistance with application coding or design issues would require a Services engagement.
You can use the Migration Toolkit Forum to ask questions, search for solutions, and provide feedback to the development team.