When installing your Sage 100 upgrade here are two planning tips for ensuring the upgrade goes as smoothly as possible.
Increasingly we have seen where Sage 100 upgrades are being performed after-hours or over the weekend. In most cases this is a great time to upgrade your ERP since there’s nobody in the system and you have
Ensure Your Pre-Requisites Are installed
Before the date of your upgrade — run the Sage install routine by clicking Autorun.exe (always run “as administrator” if possible) this program will double check for any needed prerequisite program files. These are often things such as Microsoft C++, Windows Installer, etc. It can take quite a while to load these files so some advance planning is recommended. You do NOT need to allow the autorun to complete. What you’re looking to do is have the autorun verify that all prerequisites have been installed prior to the day you are planning to actually install the upgrade.
The reason to perform this step prior to the upgrade date is you’ll be installing to your file server and in most cases the installation of prerequisite programs such as Microsoft C++ require a reboot. In some cases this will be multiple reboots which is not really convenient if you have 50 people logged into the server midday.
Tip: Run the Autorun.exe after hours when everyone is off the fileserver. The autorun will automatically prompt to install prerequisites as well as to reboot your server (if needed). Unfortunately you WILL need to continue starting the autorun after each server reboot to ensure there are no more prerequisites to be loaded.
Ensure Your Registration Keys Work
Sage updated all customers numbers a few years ago. We’ve seen instances where end users who have not upgraded in several versions (usually 4.2 or earlier) suddenly find that the new registration keys that Sage provided them won’t work. For this reason it’s a good idea to try to enter your registration keys before the day when you actually plan to install. If the keys need to be updated this provides for time to call Sage and request new registration codes.