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Import and export for different RedDot CMS versions


Whenever you have to export a project from a newer minor version Open Text Management Server to an older one you will get

The error email

Recipient: You
Subject: Project import completed
Content: Import aborted with errors
Attachment: A logfile which contains:

Import: Start Import : 8:00:59 PM
Import: Errors occured: -40 Database version is too high. Import canceled : 8:00:59 PM

First of all, I have to tell dear RedDot CMS: You are a hypocrite – Subject and Content are not really consitent.
However you could do two things:

  1. Update your server to the same version(which takes a lot of time and is not necessary if you just want to test)
    OR
  2. If you are on the same major version and it is just a minor version gap do this
    Note: You might lose your warranty, so reassure with the Open Text support that this works for you. If you are only testing this should be ok.

Overwriting the IE.INI settings

Assuming here that you or your Open Text Management Server developer has an
export server with RedDot CMS 7.5.2.17 and the import server is RedDot CMS 7.5.0.42.
In your export folder you will find a file called IE.INI. Change the following values to your needs:
You need to change these 2 variables in the IE.INI file:

Name=7.5 - 7.5.2.17
Version=004.037

to

Name=7.5 - 7.5.0.42
Version=004.034

Works like a charme

“Name” relates to the product version, and the “Version” refers to the database schema version used.
After chaning the IE.INI your project can be imported and it should run as expected.

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Markus Giesen Markus Giesen is a Solutions Architect and RedDot CMS Consultant, formerly based in Germany. Travelling around the world to find and offer solutions for a better world (in a very web based meaning). He just found a way to do this as part of a Melbourne based online consultant house. On this blog Markus shares his personal (not his employers) thoughts and opinions on CMS and web development. In his spare time you will find him reading, snowboarding or travelling. Also, you should follow him on Twitter!

Discussion

3 comments for “Import and export for different RedDot CMS versions”

  1. Cool stuff. Here are the values for another widely used version:

    Name=7.5 – 7.5.1.91
    Version=004.037

    Can anyone please provide database version numbers for CMS builds between 7.5.0.42 and 7.5.1.91?

    Posted by Frederic Hemberger | June 3, 2009, 8:29 am
  2. Name=6.5 – 6.5.2.2
    Version=004.009

    Name=9 – 9.0.0.27
    Version=004.038

    Posted by Adrian Mateljan | June 3, 2009, 9:20 am
  3. If you don’t know the database version of YOUR server and therefore don’t have any clue what to insert in the ie.ini file of the project you’d like to import then just export one of your projects and have a look in the ie.ini of the export. There you’ll find the database version of YOUR server.

    Hint: I’ve done rthis several times and it worked perfectly, but if the steps between the version are to big then it might happen that a feature which was added in the higher version doesn’t work in the lower version…

    Posted by Manuel Schnitger | July 8, 2009, 1:06 pm

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