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FAQ: Upgrading DS

Last updated Jan 12, 2023

The purpose of this FAQ is to provide answers to commonly asked questions regarding upgrading DS.

Frequently asked questions

Q. How can I find everything that has been fixed in a release?

A. The release notes list all the key fixes that have been included as well as any known issues that are still outstanding at the time of the release: 

Q. Where can I find end of support life (EOSL) dates for DS?

A. The release dates and end of support life dates for DS are available from: ForgeRock End of Service Life (EOSL) Policy and EOSL Dates

Q. Can I upgrade an embedded DS (in AM)?

A. No. Embedded DS is automatically upgraded when you upgrade AM. If you have a need to upgrade DS separately, you will need to use DS as an external repository rather than the embedded DS.

See What versions of DS are compatible with AM? for further information on which versions of DS can be used with AM.

Q. Is replication between two different versions of DS supported when I am upgrading?

A. Yes. Replication between different versions of DS is fully supported; we recommend doing a rolling upgrade of servers, which by its nature means you will have different versions of DS running for a period of time while performing the upgrade process.

See Upgrade and How do I perform a rolling upgrade of DS (All versions)? for further information.

Q. Are there any known issues when upgrading to a later version?

A. The known issues and changes to existing functionality which may affect you are detailed in the release notes, for example: Release notes. You should also review How do I avoid common pitfalls when upgrading DS (All versions)? for further pre-upgrade advice.

As with all upgrades, you should ensure you take good backups prior to upgrading and read the release notes to understand all the changes.


Binary backups taken in one version cannot be restored in a different version.

See Also

FAQ: DS compatibility with third-party products

FAQ: Installing and configuring DS

FAQ: General DS

Upgrading DS

Installing and Administering DS

Before you upgrade

Related Training

ForgeRock Directory Services Core Concepts (DS-400)

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