In this document, upgrade process refers to the upgrade mechanisms that are part of every version of the Identity Manager product. Each new version of Identity Manager contains not only updated code, but also an update.xml script. This update.xml script carefully preserves your configuration settings as it updates existing repository objects to work with the updated code. Any full release of Identity Manager might also contain sample database table scripts. These sample database table scripts carefully migrate existing data and update your database table definitions to work with the updated code.
This document uses the term upgrade procedure to refer to a document that you develop and maintain. An upgrade procedure often takes the form of a checklist. Your upgrade procedure states exactly what you plan to do in each target environment to upgrade your Identity Manager application. See Task 4: Prepare Your Upgrade Procedure.