Upgrade your existing K2 environment to K2 Five to get the latest tools and feature available to K2 customers. This article discusses what you need to know before, during, and after upgrading. Please note the deprecated functionality to figure out if you need to make changes to your environment before upgrading.
Before upgrading your environment, refer to Third-party support with K2 Five article as a number of supporting product versions are no longer supported. If certain versions of third-party software are detected, you cannot proceed with the upgrade.
Refer to the K2 Five Compatibility, Integration and Support matrix to ensure you have the correct vesion of supporting software installed.
Please note the following behavioral changes that could affect your environment after upgrade:
Please consider the following information when planning your upgrade:
Q: Will my upgraded workflows continue to be supported?
A: Yes, except for K2.net 2003 workflows. The K2 blackpearl designers themselves (K2 Studio and K2 Designer for Visual Studio) remain in place but are no longer eligible for code fixes but you can still use them to maintain existing workflows and design new ones. However, any issues you find in the designers or the workflow wizards that are only available in those designers will no longer receive code fixes. It is recommended to rebuild your workflows using the new Workflow Designer in K2 Five.
Q: Once I've upgraded to K2 Five, if I want to build a new server or add one to the farm, how do I get the 4.7 features enabled that are not installed with K2 Five?A: If you want features that are not available in a new install, you must first install 4.7 and then upgrade. Keep in mind that the deprecated designers are features in 4.7 and earlier, so you must install it first to get those features. If you have 4.7 and want to maintain and use SharePoint 2010 integration, you must first install 4.6.x to get that feature enabled, and then you can do an upgrade. Also keep in mind that you cannot upgrade to K2 Five and keep your SharePoint 2010 integration. If you are on SharePoint 2010 you must remain on K2 blackpearl 4.7.
Q: So if I have a new developer who is setting up his or her machine and needs K2 for Visual Studio to support legacy workflows built on 4.7, what do they need to install?A: They must first install and configure K2 4.7 to get the Visual Studio Designer on their machine. Then they can upgrade to K2 Five.
Q: What about a new K2 connect developer who is setting up his or her machine and needs Visual Studio to design SAP service instances, what do they need to install?A: They must first install K2 4.7 to get the Visual Studio Designer on their machine. Then they can upgrade to K2 Five and then install K2 connect.
Q: What if my SharePoint environment is still on SharePoint 2010? A: Go back to your workflows and forms, remove all SharePoint 2010 integration points, uninstall the K2 for SharePoint 2010 component on K2 4.7, and then upgrade to K2 Five. This means that if you cannot do this, you must remain on K2 4.7.
Q: If I upgrade to K2 Five, will I be able to edit or create new v4-based workflows using the 4.7 designers?A: Yes.
Q: If I upgrade to K2 Five, will my 4.7 based workflows continue to work?A: Yes, except for K2.net 2003 workflows. All workflows continue to run and new instances can be started. You can maintain those 4.7 based workflows using the 4.7 designers and the workflows are supported.
Q: If I upgrade to K2 Five, will I be able to open 4.7-based workflows in the new v5-based workflow designer?A: No. You can open 4.7-based workflows in the designer in which they were built, i.e. K2 Studio, K2 for Visual Studio, or K2 Workflow Designer (Silverlight)
Q: Can I import or migrate my 4.7-based workflows to the new K2 Five workflow designer?A: No. You must use the designer in which you created the workflows to maintain them. Q: Are there any updates to the 4.7 based designers?A: No. If you upgrade to K2 Five, K2 Studio and K2 for Visual Studio remain installed but are no longer supported.Q: If I perform a clean install of K2 Five, will it install any of the 4.7 K2 Designers? (K2 Studio, K2 for Visual Studio or K2 Workflow Designer (Silverlight))?A: No. You must first install K2 blackpearl 4.7 and then upgrade to K2 Five.
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