Knowledge Collection: Migration planning for WebSphere Application Server

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A focused compilation of links to documents and resources to help you plan and perform your migration to IBM WebSphere Application Server.

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IBM extended the end-of-service date of IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) V6.1 from September 30, 2012 to September 30, 2013. This one-year extension of the end-of-service date provides more time to better plan a successful migration. Moving to current versions of WAS provides a much broader set of functions (for both developers and operations) and improves performance and total cost of ownership. See the v6.1 tab for information on special version-to-version migration incentives and assistance.

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Education and Tutorials
Forums and Blogs
APARs and Fixes
Change history


Overview

The primary purpose of this material is to provide information required to plan and execute a successful migration between different versions of WebSphere Application Server. The goal is to provide a central set of information and references to enable customers of WebSphere Application Server to do this migration themselves without requiring assistance. There has been significant improvement over time in the area of WebSphere Application Server migration, but there are still some technical aspects involved in any migration scenario. These technical aspects can be addressed easier, and with reduced risk, if understood and addressed early. The overall process will always need careful planning and execution no matter how trivial the technical aspects might become for compatibility of applications themselves.

There are different migration scenarios. Migration scenarios are defined based on what combination of WebSphere Application Server versions are being migrated. There are different factors to consider based on what the "from" and "to" versions are that are being migrated. Each migration scenario is unique.

Migration Planning and Best Practices Guide

This presentation contains Migration best practice planning recommendations


IBM WebSphere Application Server Migration Planning.pdfIBM WebSphere Application Server Migration Planning.pdf
Last updated December 05 2013

This presentation contains all currently known Migration issues that have been encountered either through internal IBM testing or external customer contacts.

WebSphere Application Server Versions Whats Different.pdfWebSphere Application Server Versions Whats Different.pdf
Last updated January 08 2014

This presentation contains an introduction to the WebSphere Application Migration Toolkit for analysis of application source code.

IBM WebSphere Application Server Migration Toolkit.pdfIBM WebSphere Application Server Migration Toolkit.pdf
Last updated December 05 2013

Webcast replay: WebSphere Application Server Migration - Best Practices and Sources
This recording is designed to demonstrate how the migration from one version of IBM WebSphere Application Server to another. Recorded: August, 2012.

http://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/websphere/techexchange/2012_08_17_0013_WebSphere_Application_Server_M.mov

WebSphere Application Migration Toolkit website
This website provides access to the FREE toolkit

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/websphere/downloads/migtoolkit/index.html

This document describes potential problems and resolutions when installing some older applications on newer versions of WebSphere Application Server
Migration - Application Installation problems.pdfMigration - Application Installation problems.pdf
Last updated December 5 2013
Overview

Planning

IBM Education Assistant
The IBM Education Assistant is a collection of multimedia educational modules designed to help you gain a better understanding of IBM software products and use them more effectively to meet your business requirements.

WebSphere Application Server Migration Planning and Best Practices Guide
The planning guide for Migration has been presented to many customers with good feedback. This presentation contains Migration best practice recommendations and Migration issues that have been encountered either through internal IBM testing or external
customer interactions.

Planning for an Iterative Migration
Planning is the key to maintaining uptime when migrating a high availability environment to a new version of IBM® WebSphere® Application Server. This article discusses key points to help you plan to successfully migrate your highly available environment, including how and when to do backups, and how to use those backups should you need to restore your environment.

WebSphere Application Server Competitive Migration Guide
This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you plan and execute the migration of J2EE applications developed for Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Application Server, JBoss, and Apache Tomcat, so that they run on IBM WebSphere® Application Server V8.5. In addition, we cover migration from earlier versions of WebSphere Application Server to WebSphere Application Server V8.5.

The Ideal WebSphere Development Environment
This article describes the ideal environment for WebSphere Application Server and closely related WebSphere products, such as WebSphere Portal. The word "environment" is used in the largest sense possible -- it includes virtually every aspect of enterprise application ownership, from development to production. This article explains why each stage is necessary, and ways of reducing costs, when appropriate.

WebSphere Application Server detailed system requirements
This list identifies the supported releases of WebSphere Application Server from which you can select specific detailed system requirements.

J2EE and WebSphere Application Server
Learn about using Java™ 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and IBM WebSphere Application Server with this list of essential reading, compiled for customers, consultants, and other technical specialists by IBM Software Services for WebSphere.

Sample Scripts for WebSphere Application Server V5.x and V6.x
These sample scripts let you automate common administration tasks and configure security in WebSphere Application Server Versions 5 and 6. Download them and run them as is, or modify them to suit your environment.

IBM Jacl to Jython Conversion Assistant
The IBM Jacl to Jython Conversion Assistant (Jacl2Jython) is a program that assists in converting WebSphere administrative (wsadmin) scripts written in Jacl into Jython syntax.

WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Migration planning
This link contains additional z/OS information that will help you plan and execute your Migration.

IBM WebSphere Migration Services
IBM Software Services for WebSphere can help you evaluate options for migrating your WebSphere applications and infrastructure to a new version of IBM WebSphere Application Server. Our version-to-version migration assessment for WebSphere provides information required to plan and execute a successful migration between different versions of WebSphere Application Server. We can help ease your migration effort by providing a plan that incorporates the best practices achieved from our past migration engagements. For more detail about our migration assessment. Download the migration assessment datasheet for more information, or contact a software services sales specialist.



Education and Tutorials

WebSphere Training and Technical Enablement
This Web site provides a comprehensive list of the formal education offerings. Additional learning resources are available to provide technical
information and help you get the most from your IBM products.

Forums and Blogs

Forums and Community
Get involved in the WebSphere community by participating in discussion forums and newsgroups.



APARs and Fixes

Fixes by version for WebSphere Application Server
A comprehensive list of recommended, generally available (GA) fixes for WebSphere Application Server releases.



Change history

Date Description
30 Jan 2007 Original draft published.
30 Mar 2007 Updated Migration Presentation under "Overview" section.
15 Oct 2007 Created z/OS tab which will contain all z/OS specific information.
15 Oct 2008 Added updates for WebSphere Application Server V7.0
08 Mar 2009 Updated WebSphere Application Server Migration PDF
26 Oct 2009 Updated WebSphere Application Server Migration PDF
14 Dec 2011 Updated WebSphere Application Server Migration PDF
18 Jan 2012 Minor PDF updates
08 Aug 2012 Added support for V8.5
17 Aug 2012 Updated both .pdf files
30 Aug 2012 Fixed .pdf icons and updated recording information for August 2012
11 Sep 2012 Added information for V6.1 service extension
04 Apr 2013 Updated the "Differences" document
26 May 2013 Updated the "Planning" document
07 August 2013 Updated the "Planning" and "Differences" documents
05 December 2013 Updated the "Planning", "Differences" and "Toolkit" documents. Added application installation problems document
08 January 2014 Updated the "Differences" document


Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Application Servers WebSphere Application Server - Express Install and migration AIX, HP-UX, i5/OS, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows 8.5, 8.0, 7.0, 6.1
Application Servers WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Migration z/OS 8.5, 8.0, 7.0, 6.1
Application Servers Runtimes for Java Technology Java SDK z/OS

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More support for:

WebSphere Application Server
Migration

Software version:

6.1, 7.0, 8.0, 8.5

Operating system(s):

AIX, HP-UX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Software edition:

Base, Express, Network Deployment

Reference #:

7008724

Modified date:

2014-01-08

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