Thursday, November 28, 2013

Livelink Upgrades Through the Years

After having attended last week's OpenText Enterprise World 2013, I though it would be fun to take a look back at the upgrade path of the various versions of Content Server.

Content Server wasn't always "Content Server."  It has also been known as "Enterprise Server", or for us old timers, "Livelink".



I started with Livelink 3.1.16.  The software was delivered on 3.5" 1.4MB floppy disks in 16 and 32-bit flavors.


For the next upgrade, Livelink 4.0.1, I made the jump to CD media.  Life was good back then - no more floppy disks!  Check out that OpenText logo.  This version of Livelink was pretty heavily customized and we skipped Livelink 5 and 6.


For Livelink 7.0.1 I shifted technology platforms from Digital's OpenVMS and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) to Windows NT Server 4.0 and SQL Server 6.5.  For the upgrade to Livelink 7.2, I started pulling out the customizations.


Next up as Livelink 8.0.1, 8.0.2, and 8.1.5.  This would be the last media set that would sport the old Odesta "sun" imagery as seen on the right side of the CD media.


Next up was the Livelink 9-series.  Shown here is Livelink 9.0.0, 9.1.0 SP1, and 9.1.0 SP3.  Yes, there was something before Livelink 9.7.1!


Here's Livelink 9.2.0.  Did anyone actually convert to UTF-8 for this release?  I tried it and couldn't get it to work with the command line tools.


For Livelink 9.5, the name changed to Livelink ECM, or Enterprise Content Management.  The logo and corporate imaging also changed.  This would be the last physical disc I would receive from OpenText.

After Livelink 9.5, it became trendy to call Livelink "Enterprise Server" for the Livelink 9.7.1 release.  Livelink 9.7.1 was the first all digital release for me, and I downloaded all of the software from the OpenText Knowledge Center.  And that UTF-8 conversion?  Much easier with the UTF-8 conversion module.

With Livelink 9.7.1 installed and patched up, a year later the Records Management modules were installed.

A year ago, I completed the upgrade from Livelink 9.7.1 with Livelink Explorer 4.8.6 to Content Server 10.0.0 Update 7 and Enterprise Connect 10.2.1.  There were lots of problems with Enterprise Connect, so earlier this year, I upgrade to Content Server 10.0.0 SP2 Update 9 and Enterprise Connect 10.3.0 Patch 1.

For 2014 I'm working on the Content Server 10.5.0 and Enterprise Connect 10.5 upgrade and a rollout of ECM Everywhere 10.0.0 for iOS and Android clients.

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