I have a client that has FM server V5 (20 users I believe) and they have FM V5 on the clients. They wish to upgrade most of the Macs to the lastest OS and also upgrade FMS and clients to latest versions.
They've asked me to consider a three phase project:
phase 1 - The upgrade
phase 2 - Layout cleanup
phase 3 - Additional integration of their tables
Phase 1 is the upgrade. We have a chicken-egg problem in that they cannot upgrade their macs right away to latest OS. So we want to install the server upgrade for FMS on a different, new server computer, but keep the old running until each client can be upgraded to latest OS as well as FM 13.
Here are my questions:
1) What will the upgrade process belike from FMS V5 to V13? IE is it as simple as just installing FMS V13 and opening a copy of the prior database and everything will convert? Considering that they are on V5 and really not using much other than some layouts there is not a lot of scripting or other things I would be too concerned about.
2) Assuming that #1 is as simple as I hope it is is it possible to have their older V5 clients talking to the new V13 server? Probably not but have to ask!
3) Obviously the company needs to keep working meaning their older V5 server and clients need to stay alive. Ideally after the new server is setup with FMS V13 I'd like to come up with a way that any new data added to the older FMS V5 is automatically pumped to the new server. Anybody tried to do something like this? At worst case we could export periodically and import I would guess. The hope here is that I can keep the new server up to date data-wise so a new client can be compared to the old client to see if things are working.
Any help/suggestions would be appreciated. I have to put together a proposal for this client in the next couple of days.
Thanks in advance - Mark