Sun Java Enterprise System 5 Update 1 Upgrade Guide for Microsoft Windows

Upgrade Process

The Java ES upgrade process involves a number of phases, which are normally carried out first in a staging environment, before being executed in a production environment. The use of a staging environment allows you to test each phase as well as write scripts to be used by IT personnel for upgrading complex Java ES deployments.

When you have tested the upgrade process in a staging environment, and have confidence that the upgrade is working properly, you can reproduce the process in your production environment. The process involves the phases shown in the following table and documented in this Upgrade Guide. The phases apply to individual component upgrades as well as to your Java ES deployment as a whole.

Table 1–6 Phases in the Upgrade Process

Upgrade Phase  



You develop an upgrade plan. In the development plan, you specify the Java ES components to be upgraded and the sequence by which you need to upgrade those components on the different computers or operating system instances in your deployment. 

Pre-upgrade preparation 

You back up configuration and application data, perform any patching of the operating system, upgrade any required dependencies, and perform other tasks in preparation for upgrading any individual component. 


You obtain all the necessary packages, patches, and tools needed for the upgrade. You install upgraded software and reconfigure each component as prescribed, including the migration of data to the upgraded system. 


You verify that the upgrade has been successful using prescribed verification tests, including starting the upgraded software components and testing various usage scenarios. 

Rollback and restoration 

Roll back the upgrade and verify that the rollback is successful. Testing the rollback of the upgrade is important in case you have to restore the production environment to its previous state for some reason.