This article will guide you through upgrading the Field2Base Data Integration Module (DIM) software.
Upgrade the Required Components (as needed)
1. The DIM 6.2 does require .NET Framework Version 4.5 whereas previous versions only required version 4.0.
|Note||Most PCs already have .NET Framework Version 4.5 (or newer) installed so this first component is only required if it does not.|
2. If version 1.0-1.3 of the DIM is installed, then the following components need to be installed:
|Note||If version 2.0 or newer of the DIM is installed, you do not need to install the SQL Server Compact Edition component as it is already installed.|
Backup Existing Database Files
The latest upgrade process requires that the database files be manually backed up and copied over to ensure the DIM history is not reset when the new version is installed.
To avoid resetting the history, the core files to its operation in the DIM Program Files folder should be copied to another folder (like the Desktop or My Documents). These files will be copied back into the folder later in the process.
|Note||If you have setup the DIM with the E-Mail Alerts option, then you will need to perform this backup because the E-Mail Alerts option will get reset once the upgrade is completed. The only file required for the E-Mail Alerts option to backup is F2BDataIntegrationService.exe.config.|
1. The DIM service should be stopped. The service can be stopped by using the DIM Admin Utility > Services section > click Stop.
2. Copy the following items into a backup folder location (like on the Desktop or in My Documents):
- Transformer.sdf and Log.sdf Files
- Jobs subfolder
3. If it’s not already part of a regular backup, we recommend making copies of the Forms, Jobs, and the Logs subfolders in the DIM Program Files folder before applying this upgrade.
Record DIM Windows Service Account Settings
If your DIM generates files out on a network share, then the DIM’s Windows Service may have a different Account Log On setting than the default System account.
You can determine this by opening up Windows Services > opening the F2B Data Integration Service Properties > Log On tab and checking to see if the This account option is enabled. If it is, you will need to record what account it is and make sure you know the password before starting the upgrade.
When the upgrade is completed, you will need to re-apply this Windows Service Account Log On setting for the F2B Data Integration Service.
Install the Correct Edition of the DIM
With the recent Integration Suite improvements, there are now two options to choose from when installing the DIM on a PC.
The Server Edition is intended to be run on servers and will only install the DIM service and the Administrator utility.
The Designer Edition is intended to be run on Desktop PCs and will install all utilities and the DIM service.
You can read the article Data Integration Module (DIM) 6.2 Install Guide for more details on both editions.
1. Download and extract the appropriate installation files.
2. Once it is downloaded, run the selected EXE.
3. Click Next.
4. Click Next.
5. Click Install. The status of the DIM installation will be shown for a few moments.
6. Click Finish.
Apply DIM Windows Service Account Settings
If you had a different Account Log On setting for the DIM Windows Services, then you will need to re-apply this setting before starting the DIM Service once more.
Go to Windows Services > Open the F2B Data Integration Service Properties > select the Log On tab > change it to the This account option and enter the correct credentials for the User Account recorded before the upgrade.
Restore Existing Database Files
It is now the time to copy the backed-up folders and files (i.e. Transformer.sdf, Log.sdf, etc.) back to the DIM Program Files folder from the Backup folder created earlier.
When prompted to overwrite the existing files, click Yes and overwrite the files. The DIM is now ready to resume processing Form Data where it left off.
|Note||If you need to enable the E-Mail Alerts option from your previous install, then you will also need to copy the F2BDataIntegrationService.exe.config file back into the DIM Program Files folder.|
Congratulations! The latest version of the Field2Base Data Integration Module application has been installed and is now ready for use.
Anti-Virus Software Exclusion Reminder
Since you already have the DIM installed on your PC, Field2Base just wanted to put out a reminder that we recommend you take the precautionary step to exclude the DIM application from your Anti-Virus scanning and any other security software that may alter the installation.
The reason we recommend the exclusion is that Field2Base protects the code of our software using a process called obfuscation (which essentially encrypts the code) and unfortunately in this day and age, malware creators will often use a similar method to make their viruses harder to combat. Anti-Virus and Security Companies will flag the same obfuscation profile of our software and it results in our software being incorrectly identified as a security threat.
Since there are so many different Anti-Virus scanners and security software out there, we cannot provide the exact steps on how to exclude the software, but from our experience, it is typically found in the Settings for the software. You will then need to exclude the following folder depending on the Operating System (OS) version:
- 32 Bit OS: C:\Program Files\F2B Data Integration Module
- 64 Bit OS: C:\Program Files (x86)\F2B Data Integration Module
Service Network Access
Starting with version 6.2, the DIM Service now uses the standard HTTPS Port of 443 to communicate with our server to poll and download Sent Form data. New DIM Projects created in the DIM Project Manager will use this port by default.
If you want to upgrade your existing DIM Projects to use the updated port, you can manually upgrade the DIM Project in Notepad; if you need assistance with making such an update, please contact Technical Support for assistance.
If you do not want to upgrade your existing DIM Project to use this port, please just remember to keep the previously setup HTTP (2001) and HTTPS (2443) Ports open to allow the DIM to continue to function correctly.