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Which Upgrade First? OpenVMS or Advanced Server?

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The Question is:

Update needed on similar previous questions to the Wizard.
Planning to use Windows 2003 domain with Advanced Server (as a member role) I
 used on a test Alpha machine OpenVMS V7.3-2 and Advanced Server V7.3A ECO3
 combination with success. Now I want to migrate our production Alpha machine
 (OVMS V7.2-1 and Pathwork
s V6.0D) to the same successful combination. Which would be the migration path?
 First Pathworks to Advanced Server or first OpenVMS V7.2-1 to V7.3-2?

The Answer is :

  The OpenVMS Wizard would tend to disable the PATHWORKS (or
  Advanced Server) startup and then upgrade OpenVMS first, and
  then upgrade Advanced Server and re-enable the startup.
  Neither PATHWORKS 6.0D on OpenVMS Alpha 7.3-2 nor Advanced
  Server V7.3A-ECO3 on OpenVMS Alpha 7.2-1 are considered
  supported configurations.  Of these two, the former is more
  likely to function through the OpenVMS upgrade (should you
  not disable it during the uprade sequence, as suggested
  above), hence the suggestion to upgrade OpenVMS first, and
  to then upgrade Advanced Server.
  You will want to review the OpenVMS release notes and upgrade
  manuals, as well as the equivalent Advanced Server product
  documentation, of course.

answer written or last revised on ( 24-SEP-2004 )

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