Running an older version of Epicor Vista or Epicor Vantage and getting worried about the hardware?
Have you have decided to migrate to the latest Epicor version but worried your hardware will not last long enough?
There are a lot of companies running very old versions of Epicor Vista/Vantage. Clients First Business Solutions (CFBS) get calls from companies running Vista/Vantage back to version 4. The problem is that the old hardware is either getting unstable there is fear of its stability. Many of the new replacement server components do not have drivers for the old OS or are incompatible with the motherboard.
There are a couple choices to solve these issues:
- Upgrade to the latest hardware and the latest version Epicor. This will take time for implementation and testing. Time you are worried you do not have.
- Upgrade to the latest hardware and create a virtual server. Temporarily move the old Vista/Vantage system to the new server on a virtual partition. This move can happen to ways:
- The Perform a “Physical to Virtual (P2V)” to copy the old Vista/Vantage system to a virtual machine on the new hardware. This P2V copy works most of the time but if it does not there is option two.
- If the P2V did not work, the old system will need to be manually rebuilt on the virtual server.
- Install old OS and patches
- Install old Vista/Vantage and patches.
- Copy database from old server to new.
- Install all other software and drivers needed
With both options be sure to test before moving live transactions to the virtual server.
This solves the unstable old hardware issues. This also gives you the time to implement correctly the latest version of Epicor and do all testing needed for a successful upgrade. Moving to a VM system should be considered a short term (12-18 months) solution while implementing the latest version of Epicor.
Even moving to a virtualized environment on new hardware still can leave you significantly exposed. If your current Epicor system is running on a version of Windows server before Windows 2008 R2, Microsoft no longer is supporting it or patching it against security vulnerabilities which leaves it open to potential hacking. We strongly suggest getting your system upgraded to a new version of Epicor on a Windows Server 2012 operating system as soon as possible to avoid potential security breaches.