Hi - just wondering what measures people might take in the following scenario.
Multiple FM7 files are currently hosted on old hardware (running FMS11) and everything needs to be upgraded. A new server is being prepped running FMS19 but there are a number of legacy plugins which almost certainly won't play well with FM19, so before the plugins are tested and replaced, new hardware is being setup running FMS11. We need to move all of the files from the old hardware to the new hardware and test it in a safe environment which minimises the risk to the live databases. Once this has been checked out, then we can switch off the old server and start using the new hardware.
Initial plans are to verify that all external data sources are set to being local to the test copies of the DB files so that there's no risk of contaminating the data between live and test DB files. Secondly, scripts will be trawled through for any Send Mail steps so that emails are not sent via the test DBs. Thirdly, all relevant script steps need to be checked to see that there aren't any hardcoded file paths to the live server (if that's even possible).
The live and test servers run multiple schedule scripts (though the test server has these currently disabled until all of the above is verified) - the idea being to test everything out, then run the server scheduled scripts and see if we get expected (ie healthy) results.
Can you think of any areas where additional caution should be taken, items I might be missing? All help appreciated :)