Have you ever faced the challenge of needing to migrate the CF Admin settings (datasources, mappings, scheduled tasks, etc.) from one machine to another? You may know of a couple of solutions (the CAR mechanism and the “import wizard” which runs at the end of installation).
But what if those solutions don’t work for you? Or what if you didn’t know of them before installation, and now you have dozens of dsn’s, scheduled tasks, mappings, or other settings you want to get from one machine/release to another?
You are NOT stuck having to manually copy settings from one screen to another! (And you should be very careful about the common hack solution of copying neo*.xml files from one instance to another, which may not always work and may break things.)
In this entry I’ll discuss how you CAN indeed import the CF admin settings from ANY release of CF into ANY OTHER release of CF, in a fully supported way, and which CAN be done even after installation of a new CF release.
I’ll also mention an important potential gotcha to beware, as well as how to to get around that.