Working in a staging environment
Using an example scenario, this topic explains how to operate in a staging environment. The following topics are provided:
The following diagram illustrates how to operate in a staging environment if you are upgrading from version 7.6.04 or later. In this scenario, the staging environment comprises separate staged development, QA, and production servers.
Types of servers in the the staging environment
The following table lists the types of servers that can be used during the parallel (with staging server) upgrade process.
|Type of server||Description|
|Production||Your current production environment.|
|Staging development server||Staging server on which you will perform the actual upgrade.|
|Staging QA server||Staging server on which you will perform QA testing and UAT.|
|Staging production server|
Staging server that will go live.
Depending on your upgrade strategy, you can also use the staging development or QA server to go live.
The following table lists the stages in the upgrade process in the staging environment:
|Prepare the staging environment|
During this stage, you set up your staging servers duplicating the installations of the current production server. To duplicate the installations, choose one of the following methods:
|Perform the actual upgrade|
You perform the actual upgrade on the staging development server. During this stage:
Typically, you perform the validation on the staged QA server. During this stage:
During the deployment stage: