There is very little difference between a live environment and a test system, only the licenses need to be assigned differently. Equally, you need to make sure that services that, for example, inform users via email are deactivated or adjusted accordingly. An independent server that is configured in the same way as the live environment is ideals as a test system. This is the only way to comprehensively test changes made to applications, processes, etc. and only updates or even Intrexx version upgrades without endangering the operation of the live environment.
To create a test system, you need to prepare the server, install Intrexx and then import the portal from the live environment – as described in our Online Help. When you export/import a portal, it is important that you know that the portal authentication is always reset to the Intrexx authentication method. This means the authentication, as well as user replication, may need to be manually restored. In addition, external file storage locations, such as on network drives, will need to be made available again. A portal export comprises the entire portal structure, meaning all applications, processes, layouts, the menu and the database. Therefore, it is not necessary to export or port the database separately, the data is included in the portal export. That being said, database tables/views that were not created with Intrexx are excluded from the export. These need to be added manually.
Live environment: Windows Server “A” with IIS as the reverse proxy, SSO as the authentication method and MSSQL Server “A” as the database.
Test system: Windows Server “B” with IIS as the reverse proxy, no SSO (not required in the test) and MSSQL Server “B” as the database.
After importing the portal, you need to make sure that:
- separately created/implemented Java classes are reconfigured
- external data accesses are checked
- external file storage locations are restored
And please note that Intrexx always resets the authentication method to Intrexx authentication, meaning you need to reconfigure the portal’s authentication.
If you have any questions about the relocation, our support is happy to assist you. If you would like someone to oversee the relocation, please contact our Consulting department.