Access It! Universal Version 1 to Access It! Universal.NET Version 6 Upgrade


Overview

This document outlines the steps needed to upgrade an existing Access It! Universal v1 system to an Access It! Universal.NET v6 system. The upgrade process requires that a backup of the Access It! Universal databases be performed prior to any upgrade*.

Upgrade Precautions

  • After the upgrade is performed, all SCP panels will be set as Uninstalled. This is done so that the dealer may install the SCPs one at a time allowing for a controlled system-wide reset. While uninstalled, the Access It! Universal.NET service will continue to process all panel events. Any database updates made while uninstalled will be processed after the panel completes the firmware download and reset.
  • Due to User Permission enhancements, it may be required that User Group properties be updated.
  • The Badge Designer has been redesigned and may require parts of the badge type to be adjusted. With the enhancement of the Badge Designer, legacy support for printing to full sheets of paper such as labels has been removed. 
  • The Report designer has also been modernized and requires all custom reports or reports saved with custom search criteria to be recreated.
  • Legacy Biometric integrations require the biometric type to be redefined within the SCP screen. See device specific KB articles for configuration information.
  • Regional Server installations must use the Database Configuration Utility and drop all SQL replication Publications and Subscriptions. These should be rebuilt after upgrading.
  • Bosch G, GV2 and GV3 v8.05 intrusion detection panels are no longer supported. Bosch panels should be updated to Bosch GV3 v8.13 or greater.

Use the Backup Utility, found by clicking Start | Programs | Access It! Universal | Utilities | Database Configuration Utility, to backup the Access It! Universal databases before continuing any further!

Pre-Installation

The following steps should be complete on the Server machine (computer with dongle attached).

  1. Within Access It! Universal, perform a status request of the SCPs making note of the active card counts of each SCP
    It is important that this step be performed as it will be used to compare the card downloads in the Post Installation.
  2. Exit all Access It! Universal workstations
  3. Right click My Computer
  4. Select Manage
  5. Expand Services and Applications
  6. Select Services
  7. Right click on the Access It! Universal service
  8. Select Properties
  9. Click the Stop button, if the Access It! Universal service is currently running
  10. Select the Log On tab
  11. Make note of how the Log on as: is configured
    If configured to use ‘This account:’, the exact Username and Password will be needed in the Post Installation.
    This account:                                                                          
    Password:                                                                                      
  12. Using the Backup Utility, perform a backup of the system.

The Backup Utility can be found by clicking Start | Programs | Access It! Universal | Utilities | Database Configuration Utility.

Installation

The following steps should be complete on the Server machine (computer with dongle attached).

  1. Install Access It! Universal.NET v6 over the existing Access It! Universal v1.0 installation on the computer with the dongle attached
  2. Click the Finish button within the Access It! Universal InstallShield form

Post Installation

The following steps should be complete on the Server machine (computer with dongle attached).

  1. Update the dongle via the RS2 website Dongle Update page.
  2. Right click My Computer
  3. Select Manage
  4. Expand Services and Applications
  5. Select Services
  6. Right Click on the Access It! Universal service
  7. Select Properties
  8. Setup the Access It! Universal service to match the old Access It! Universal service
    From Pre- Installation – Step 11.
  9. Start the Access It! Universal service
  10. Adjust UserGroup permissions as needed
  11. Launch the Access It! Universal workstation
  12. Enable each SCP one at a time
    Access It! Universal will automatically upload any stored transactions and then reset the SCP and download new firmware. During this time, the readers will run in Offline mode which by default is Facility Code. After the firmware has been successfully updated, the SCP will reset and begin downloading the system information and cards data resulting in some cards not functioning for up to 5 minutes or so.
  13. Perform a status request of the SIOs to verify each is online
  14. Perform a status request of the SCPs and compare the active card counts of each SCP to the active card counts recorded earlier
    From Pre-Installation – Step 1. If the card counts do not match, choose to Download All Files as needed.
  15. Review Badge Type designs and adjust as needed
  16. Recreate Custom Reports
  17. Install Access It! Universal.NET v6 over the existing installations on client workstations using Client Only Installation
  18. If required, recreate custom saved search criteria

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