Release High Lights

The current version of LINKS is now version 2.7.6, released in March 2022, the release is an infrastructure release and includes:

              Support for the current Version of the development environment

              Full support for Windows SQL Server 2019

              LINKS Security Enhancements

 

Implementation Considerations

To ensure LINKS can operate on the latest version of the development environment (PowerBuilder) we needed to upgrade the LINKS code line.  This recompilation of the source code will also be required for customer specific customisations (including conversions, enterprise reports, utilities etc.).  The following considerations should be given if you are upgrading to LINKS 2.7.6:

              Plan which versions of the OS and Database you wish to run LINKS on. Customers should be planning to upgrade to MS SQL 2019 if you are not already on this version.

              You can only upgrade to 2.7.6 from 2.7.4 or above, if you are on an older version of LINKS you will need to discuss your upgrade path with Dataline. The upgrade to LINKS 2.7.6 is possible however it will involve some additional steps.

              Customers, please plan carefully and consider the user acceptance testing. Dataline has completed a full regression test for the core modules of LINKS; however, it is the customers responsibility to ensure any customised solutions operate correctly. User testing is key here.

              If customers don’t have test licenses for their LINKS systems, you should consider engaging Dataline to assist with user acceptance testing or a license can be purchased. We can quote for any professional services work required.

              Dataline strongly recommends that all customers plan to move to LINKS 2.7.6 in the near term (within 12 months) to keep up to date with third party support of the development environment, operating systems, and database versions.  For those customers on LINKS2.7.3 you should be aware that the development environment used is no longer support by the third-party PowerBuilder Developer. Dataline will move LINKS 2.7.4 to extended support as of 1st July 2023.

 

As always, the Dataline professional services team can assist with your upgrade to LINKS 2.7.6 from on-site support to complete project management. Please contact your account manager or our service desk for full details.

              Dataline strongly recommends that all customers plan to move to LINKS 2.7.6 in the near term to keep up to date with third party support of the development environment, operating systems and database versions.

 

 

Upgrade Costs

              The new Version of LINKS 2.7.6 comes free under the support contract.

              Where customers choose to have Dataline perform the upgrade or assist with user acceptance testing and any upgrades from older versions then additional costs will apply.