Migration wizard in ColdFusion

Missed the migration wizard and now can’t migrate the settings.

This article will help you. In case, you skipped it and now are looking for options to run the migration wizard again, you are at the correct place.

Adobe ColdFusion allows you to migrate your settings after the installation itself. There are a lot of settings such as Data Sources, Scheduled Tasks, Web Services etc. within the ColdFusion Administrator or the CF Admin. Migration helps to preserve these settings from old CF installation to the new CF installation. This saves a lot of manual task and lot of time. If you are installing the new CF server on the same server (where you already have the old CF server), then, you will be prompted to “Migrate” the settings after the installation itself. In case the new CF server installation is on a different server then, you can create CAR file. This feature is only available in “Enterprise/Developer” version of ColdFusion 10. But, also available in Enterprise/Standard/Developer for ColdFusion 11 onward (thanks Charlie, for this reminder).

So, in case you have a ColdFusion “Standard” installation or moving to one, then you need to modify the adminconfig.xml within ColdFusion. The location for adminconfig.xml is \ColdFusion9\lib\, \ColdFusion10\cfusion\lib\ and \ColdFusion11\cfusion\lib\ for ColdFusion 9, 10 and 11 respectively.

Say for example, you would like to migrate from ColdFusion 9 to ColdFusion 11. Here are the steps to be followed:-

  1. Navigate to adminconfig.xml and open it with text editor (say notepad).
  2. Change the value from “false” to “true” at
    <runmigrationwizard>false</runmigrationwizard> and
  3. Save the file and restart ColdFusion Service.
  4. After restarting the service, you will get the migration wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to continue.

Happy Migration.

Note:- You can migrate the settings automatically through the wizard, only from two versions back of Adobe ColdFusion. Also, the migration wizard is only helpful, if you have the both (old CF installation and new CF installation) the CF installations on the same server.


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