Im just wondering if it is possible to upgrade ARAS 11SP12 to ARAS 12.0 using only export/import utilities?
If it is, is there any special way/order etc, to do this in?
As a short answer, upgrades between major versions like 11.0 and 12.0 are not possible using solely the export and import tools. Before I go into more detail, I would like to say that upgrades from any version of Aras Innovator are included with an Aras subscription at no additional cost. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions about Aras subscriptions or about the upgrade process.
The ease of an upgrade is dependent on how customized your environment is and on what version you are upgrading from and to. The most straightforward upgrade would be one between service packs like 11 SP12 and 11 SP15 for an environment that included no customizations whatsoever. In this case, it would be fairly easy to upgrade the database using only the import and export tools. As a note, you would also need to upgrade the actual Aras Innovator installation as well which, assuming again that there are no customizations, would just require copying over the updates to the codetree.
Upgrades between major versions like 11.0 and 12.0 are much more difficult. The underlying data model and architecture is not subject to a lot of change between service packs, but it can change drastically between major versions. As a simple example, if a property on a commonly used ItemType is changed or removed between major versions, simply applying an import package may result in the loss of data when that column in the database is dropped.
Aras Labs Software Engineer
"if a property on a commonly used ItemType is changed or removed between major versions, simply applying an import package may result in the loss of data when that column in the database is dropped."
How does it currently work about this kind of thing?
Is the information available about the migration that is needed? Are there tools available to migrate the database between major version? Is it only available with a subscription?
If you have any additional questions about the migration process, you can contact email@example.com. I'm unfamiliar with the exact process, but I do know that our upgrade team uses an iterative process with a lot of communication with the customer to make sure that no functionality or data is lost during the upgrade. Access to our upgrade team is a subscriber only benefit.