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Installing New Versions

If you are installing a newer version of the Pro Cloud Server product then the new installer will automatically uninstall the old version. Before installing a new version, typically it is better to manually stop the 'Sparx System Professional Cloud' Windows service because the installer might have problems performing this task and will require the machine to be rebooted after the installation is finished.

Note:  The installer has been designed to retain all configuration settings of a previous installation (except Firewall rules, see Firewall Notes at the end of this topic)

Installation Steps

  1. Run the installer using the earlier installation steps.
  2. The installer will have copied the newest version of  WebEA to the location specified during installation; if this location is not being used by your web server, you need to manually copy (and overwrite) all WebEA files (except the includes/webea_config.ini file) from the installation folder to the web server folder.  See WebEA Consideration.
  3. As above, if you use the WebConfig client you should copy the contents of the WebConfig folder (specified during installation) to the appropriate location on your Web Server, overwriting the existing WebConfig files (except settings.php).

Pro Cloud Server v5 Considerations

With the release Pro Cloud Server v5 users now have the choice between 32 and 64 bit architecture, earlier versions were all 32 bit. While the majority of functionality and behavior is identical between the two architecture versions of Pro Cloud Server, there are number of minor differences that will particularly effect existing users of the 32 bit making the transition to 64 bit.  These include:

  • installation folder
  • registry hive

Installation Folder - 32 bit uses the default installation folder of:  C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\Pro Cloud Server\  while the 64 bit uses:   C:\Program Files\Sparx Systems\Pro Cloud Server\ . This difference in installation folders will effect the settings that have been saved to the configuration files, since the new installation will install new versions of these files.  This can be solved by copying the older configuration files to the new installation folder and restarting the Pro Cloud Server.  The configuration files that should be copied are:

  • .\Service\ssprocloud.config
  • .\Service\ssflsgroups.config
  • .\Service\sskeys.dat
  • .\Service\server.pem
  • .\SBPI\*.config

Registry - The Pro Cloud Server uses the registry to store a number of its settings, which include: Database Managers and Integration Plugins (partially).  This means that if you have an existing PCS v4 (or earlier) version installed and you choose to install the 64 bit version of PCS v5 then none of your Database Managers or Integration Plugins will be defined in the PCS v5 version, so steps will need to be taken to migrate them over.

Database Managers

In 32 bit Pro Cloud Server, the Database Managers are stored in the registry at:  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Sparx Systems\SQLBridge\DBManagers  while in 64 bit they are now at:   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Sparx Systems\PCS\DBManagers

Therefore while it would be possible to manually export the registry contents from the old hive and import it into the new one, an easier solution is to make use of Pro Cloud Server's Import/Export configuration functionality.  For more details see the Extended Server Properties Help topic.

Integration Plugins

The Integration Plugins store their settings in both the registry and configuration files within the installation folder, therefore to transition existing Integration Plugin definitions from a 32 to a 64 bit installation both the .\SBPI\*.config files and everything in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Sparx Systems\SQLBridge\SBPI will need to be copied transferred.

Pro Cloud Server v4 Considerations

The release of Pro Cloud Server version 4 made changes to the default installation folder and the main configuration filename. These changes require special considerations depending on your situation and whether you want to retain any of your previous configuration.

Pro Cloud Server 4's default installation path has been changed to:

      'C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\Pro Cloud Server\'

The configuration filename has been changed to:


Installation folder name change

Firebird Database Managers

If you have any Firebird-based Database Managers defined, their connection strings will contain the path of the old installation folder, e.g.  'C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\Cloud Services\Service\Models\'; work through these steps:

  1. Make a note of each Firebird-based Database Manager, the database name, Alias and extended settings.
  2. Delete each of the Firebird-based Database Managers.
  3. Shut down the Pro Cloud Server Windows service.
  4. Physically move all Firebird database files from the old installation folder to the new installation folder  'C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\Pro Cloud Server\Service\Models\'. 
  5. Start the Pro Cloud Server Windows service.
  6. Recreate each of the Firebird Database Managers.

Integration Plug-ins

If your environment has any Integration Plug-ins defined and they were created prior to PCS4.1 then the physical path of the SBPI executables will be defined in the definitions; each path will need to be updated to the new installation path.  PCS4.1 and later has removed the need to define the complete path to the SBPI executables.


Configuration File

If you wish to retain your previous configuration from version 2 or 3 of the Pro Cloud Server into version 4 or later, you must follow these steps:

  1. Shut down the Pro Cloud Server.
  2. Back up the default PCS4 configuration file by renaming C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\Pro Cloud Server\Service\SSProCloud.config' to C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\Pro Cloud Server\Service\SSProCloud-default.config'.
  3. The old configuration file 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Cloud Services\Service\SSCloudServices.config' will have to be manually copied into the new installation folder  'C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\Pro Cloud Server\Service\'  using the new name SSProCloud.config.
  4. Start the Pro Cloud Server Windows Service.

WebEA Considerations

In regard to WebEA, consider the situation in which WebEA was installed to the default location and your website is being served by Apache in C:\Xampp\htdocs\webea. This command will perform the required copy and not override your existing configuration file in the live site.

For Pro Cloud Server 32 bit:

robocopy "C:\Program Files (x86)\Sparx Systems\Pro Cloud Server\WebEA" "C:\xampp\htdocs\webea" /MIR /e /DCOPY:T /njh /ndl /nfl /xf webea_config*.ini

For Pro Cloud Server 64 bit:

robocopy "C:\Program Files\Sparx Systems\Pro Cloud Server\WebEA" "C:\xampp\htdocs\webea" /MIR /e /DCOPY:T /njh /ndl /nfl /xf webea_config*.ini

Firewall Notes

Firewall Note: The installer creates a Firewall rule for the Pro Cloud Server. This rule is removed and re-created during an upgrade. If you had previously modified this rule then you will need to apply these changes again after the Pro Cloud Server installation. 

Note: To avoid the need to manually adjust the standard firewall rule after each reinstall, you can create a complete new firewall rule using a different name.

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