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5/23/2017 8:16 AM

Hi Team,

What are the software requirements for DNN5.6.4



Ravinder A

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6/12/2017 4:46 AM
I am totally going from memory here, but if my memory serves me well (someone correct me if I am wrong):

Windows Vista or + or Server 2003 or + (I have 5.x.x instances working on Windows 10 and Server 2012 too)
Asp.Net 3.5 (but also works on 4 and 4.5)
Sql Server 2005 (also works on 2008 and 2012)

Basically, except for Microsoft Azure, it should run on pretty much anything.

That being said, I would at least upgrade to 5.6.8 which is the latest 5.x.x release with bugs and security fixes, etc.

Then and only then I would upgrade to 6.2.8, there are no breaking changes, what changed from 5 to 6 was mainly a switch from VB to C# + bug fixes, optimizations, better UI easier to manage sites, etc.

At this point I would analyse which modules are in use and have updates available. Dnn 7 had some breaking changes regarding the services framework, most open source modules have been updated for Dnn 7 support but there are a few exceptions. If you have paid modules, then you may have to pay for newer versions. If you decide to go ahead, then I would upgrade to 7.4.2 which is the latest in the 7 series.

If everything works fine, then you can safely update to 8, the main difference is added support for MVC and SPA, but everything that works on 7 will work on 8. I would upgrade to 8.0.4 which is the lastes 8 series release.

Now you are one step away from the latest version and you need to decide if it is correct for you. I love the way the UI is made, it is much faster to manage sites in my oppinion.
But, I haven't used 9 in productions for a couple of reasons, first I can't manage to compile from source correctly so it prevents me to make quick patches if I need to. It lacks the option of having page icons for menus that use images such as a MegaMenu. And a few more small things, Chris Hammond outlines a couple things at

You can find the older versions at:

And the newer versions at:

I have upgrade many sites all the way from version 3 and there are a couple more old timers around, so feel free to reply if you encounter any issues.
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6/12/2017 4:49 AM
Oh, and I think SQL Server 2003 is fine too. Also on a side note about SQL Server, you don't need the expensive versions, the free version of SQL is fine unless you need the additional features they provide.
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