Questions Before Migrating from Telligent Community Server 2007 (3.1.20917.1142)

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We are a nonprofit organization running a woefully old discussion forum (Telligent Community Server 2007 (3.1.20917.1142)). We would like to migrate it somewhere and IP.Board looks very compelling.

Questions:

(1) How much time will the actual conversion take? Is it all DIY?

(2) Will everything get converted or are there limitations coming from this particular product? How seamless would it be for users/members?

(3) Is there a way to test to make sure the conversion has worked without taking the existing forum down?


Thanks in advance for your input/answers!

-Ben

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(1) This largely depends on the size of your existing database and how much data is actually converted. It is all DIY, yes. We offer free converter scripts on our website which you download and run through your browser to convert to IP.Board.

(2) It depends on the product. I am not familiar with "Telligent Community Server", however we do offer a converter for "Community Server". I am unsure if it is the same product.

You can verify what products can be converted and what data is converted from those products from here: http://www.invisionpower.com/convert/

(3) You do not need to take your site offline to run the conversion. What you can do is install IP.Board to a new location on your server, then export a backup of your current live database and import it to a new MySQL database. Then, when running the conversion, point to the new import. If you do this as a test and then start over when you are ready to run the conversion live, there will be no issues. If you attempt to do this in a staging manner, be aware that any new submissions to your live site between the time you take a backup of the database and the time you go live would not be converted.

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Thank you for the reply Brandon. I believe "Telligent Community" or "Telligent Community Server" is the new, re-branded name for what used to be called just "Community Server." I am only concerned because we use such an old version of it and I do not see any reference on this site to the versions that can be converted.

A 4th question if you have time:

(4) Can we employ some kind of single sign-on method? We will be using Umbraco CMS Version 4.7 and that could make things simpler, I think.

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You can email sales@invisionpower.com if you want to double check on the versions. Sometimes you may need to update the software you are converting from prior to conversion, but I am not familiar enough with that software to know for sure.

(4) Single-sign on support is available, yes, however you will need to write the code to integrate with the CMS you are using.

Creating a login module: http://community.invisionpower.com/resources/documentation/index.html/_/developer-resources/miscellaneous-articles/login-modules-r7
Creating an SSO module: http://community.invisionpower.com/resources/documentation/index.html/_/developer-resources/miscellaneous-articles/single-sign-on-sso-r750
Additional info: http://community.invisionpower.com/resources/marketplace/developers.html

Or you can look to hire someone to do this for you: http://community.invisionpower.com/resources/marketplace/custom_services.html

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Thank you for all the helpful information. I emailed sales about 20 hours ago and am awaiting a reply (or a phone call).

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