Earlier this week DotNetNuke version 06.01.02 was released on DotNetNuke.com (5.6.5 was also released if you are still on DNN5). If you haven’t taken the time to upgrade your website yet, I would encourage you to do so, all of my websites are currently running 6.1.2.
You can typically upgrade to the latest release of DotNetNuke without having to perform upgrades to all previous versions, so for example, if you are on DotNetNuke 5.6.0, you can upgrade directly to 6.1.2, without having to go through each individual upgrade for releases in between.
I always recommend you test upgrades before performing them in production, that being said, I upgraded all of my sites this evening without any trouble, in production
Upgrading DotNetNuke doesn’t have to be hard! The steps are actually very easy, here’s what I do (for more detailed instructions see the Wiki). Some of these steps have videos included as well. (upgrade video from 5.5.0 to 5.5.1, the same steps apply to a 6.1.* upgrade)
- Extract the Contents of the ZIP file (unblock on the properties screen first if necessary)
- Backup your website’s file system (I just make a copy of the website’s folder)
- Backup your database
- Place an app_offline.htm file in the root of your website folder to disable the site (video)
- Copy the contents of the extracted UPGRADE ZIP file over your existing website.
- Remove the app_offline.htm file from the root of your website folder
- Access your website in a browser, if you call http://mywebsite/install/install.aspx the upgrade will fire off automatically.
It is that easy. I just performed an upgrade on 8 different DotNetNuke installations (powering over 25 websites) and the upgrades all ran flawlessly.
There are a large number of bug fixes for the release, some of them can be found in Will’s blog post over on DotNetNuke.com
Well another Movember has come and gone, we are now 2+ weeks into December, and I am finally getting the time to get this blog post together. It has been a busy 6 weeks with DotNetNuke World, holidays here in the United States, and planning for 2012 here within the DotNetNuke Corporation.
For those who don’t know what Movember is, it is the Month of November, replaced with Mustaches! Why? To raise awareness about the cancer’s that effect men. The goal is to raise awareness, and of course money, for those organizations that work to fight cancer, primarily LiveStrong and the Prostate Cancer Foundation
We had a number of people working to raise money around the world in the name of DotNetNuke this year, with both a team here in the US and a team based out of Canada, we had employees and community members around the world on those teams.
This year, the two teams raised $2400 for the Movember cause, $1,712 to the US team and the rest to Team Canada. The member who raised the largest amount was Richard English from http://great-webs.com/, a big thanks to Richard for his efforts! You can see his day 30 photo right there in the Day of DNN Nova Scotia t-shirt!
Some of those folks taking part in Movember took a before and after photo, those who sent them both to me are included here in a brief slide show. Our own Brian Vye participated in the month, but doesn’t have a starting photo, I think you’ll be able to pick him out.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in Movember, and those who donated to the cause. I am sure we will do this again in 2012, so start prepping your significant other’s for that! It takes some ground work to grow a mustache for an entire month and not get your neck wrung by family!