First of all, I know nothing about Cold Fusion. Long ago our company had setup a few Cold Fusion web servers using Cold Fusion 8. Our Cold Fusion developer was downsized, but the web sites continued to be used. Well, now we need to upgrade those servers. What is the process for going from Cold Fusion 8 to 2016? We are planning on setting up fresh VMs and installing Cold Fusion 2016 from a fresh Windows install and just moving all the files over. Not knowing anything about Cold Fusion, will this work? These are pretty basic web pages for the most part. There are some forms. Any help to get me started in the right direction would be appreciated.
Well, that's an old version, it probably won't be a simple cut-over. Also, CF2016 won't support Windows 2016 Server until the end of the month, so you'll need to install on Windows 2012 R2 as the latest version. If you want Windows 2016 Server and IIS10, maybe wait a few more weeks.
You'll need to know what the old site has, does it have any .net or document search functionality? There will be install decisions that need to me made. You don't want to install stuff you don't need.
You'll then want to install CF2016 on the new VM and run the Code Analyzer. I'm not sure it will analyze that version, but better than nothing, "https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/developing-applications/developing-cfml-applications/debugging-an..."
You'll also want to install FusionReactor: Java Application Performance Monitor on both servers. You should have a performance baseline of the old server. It will also help identify issue on the old and new server when they arise. You can get a free trial.
You might want to read over the Migration Guide http://wwwimages.adobe.com/content/dam/acom/en/products/coldfusion/pdfs/cf2016/cf2016-migration-guid...
1. Install and configure IIS, ColdFusion on the new server.
2. Copy over all the code files from old server to the new server.
3. Login to the ColdFusion Administrator on the new server and
Your best bet is to login to the ColdFusion Administrator page on the old server and jot down the setting. Then go to the new server and try to configure with the same setting.
4. Test your applications to make sure that they work.