We are currently running CICS Explorer v5.1 and would like to upgrade to v5.1.1. On the CICS Explorer Download site there are 7 scenarios for upgrading where Scenario 7 is applicable for Upgrading CICS Explorer to the latest release. There is a warning note, however, stating - 'This scenario can be used for upgrading CICS Explorer V5.1.1 to any subsequent V5.1.1.x release, but not for upgrading CICS Explorer V5.1 to V5.1.1.' What then is recommended method for upgrade for 5.1 to 5.1.1 - I don't see that any of the other Scenarios apply? Is this then considered a fresh install for upgrading v5.1 to 5.1.1?
DaveN 06000069E885 Posts
Re: Upgrade to v5.1.1 from v5.12013-07-10T09:21:09ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I think the download pages need a ilttle bit of clarification.
Explorer 5.1.1 is based on Eclipse 4.2.2, Explorer 5.1.0.x was based on Eclipse 3.6.2. Because of this we are unfortunately unable to support a direct upgrade from Explorer 5.1.0.x to 5.1.1.
You are correct that the best approach is a fresh install. Do please make sure that you back up your existing workspace because there are some migration steps that will mean you can't move back to 5.1.0.x very easily once you have used 5.1.1.
HBruchey 060000SVGB43 Posts
Re: Upgrade to v5.1.1 from v5.12013-07-10T17:47:40ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
- DaveN 06000069E8
Thank you for the response. Based on what you have said then, we can continue to use the same workspace from v5.1 to v5.1.1, correct? Also, I read some more on the v5.1.1 installation. Going forward then, is the intention that this would be more of a seamless upgrade if we are using Installation Manager?
DaveN 06000069E885 Posts
Re: Upgrade to v5.1.1 from v5.12013-07-11T08:02:16ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
- HBruchey 060000SVGB
You can continue to use the same workspace - but please do take a back-up first.
The "laws of Microsoft Windows physics" mean that we can't upgrade some components of CICS Explorer (the JRE and some parts of Eclipse) very easily because when CICS Explorer is open some files are locked. Installation Manager should allow us to do much more seamless upgrades. Inevitably there will be times when a reinstall is required, but we would like to reduce them over time.
Note that with an Installation Manager install, you will stand the best chance of seamless upgrades if you install all tools via IM, rather than using Help, Install New Software from within CICS Explorer. Using IM exclusively for the installations will be the best option - if you must install tools that don't have IM packages then the traditional p2 approach (Help, Install New Software) is available, but carries a risk that upgrade simplicity might be compromised.
Hope that's helpful rather than confusing,