Perform the upgrade on the test system following the instructions in the installation guide. Be sure to perform all steps so that the test upgrade is a walkthrough of the real upgrade. Make the memory and disk space changes you determined that you needed in Chapter 6, “Implement: Making Database Administration Changes”. However, do not change your Adaptive Server configuration to use new features at this time.
Your first objective after upgrade is to test Adaptive Server’s out-of-the-box performance. Wait until later to try new performance tuning features.
Resolve all problems and note them for reference. The installation guide gives detailed troubleshooting information.
After the upgrade:
Perform dbccs on all databases.
Back up all databases, including master and sybsystemprocs. You will need backups to restore the test system to a known state between timed benchmarks.