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Empower Upgrade Guide

Empower Upgrade Guide


Welcome to the Empower Upgrade Guide. This guide will provide all information necessary to prepare and upgrade your existing Empower environments to higher. It is highly recommended that a test instance be created for testing and validation before upgrading your production system.

Please note that the licensing process has changed from previous versions. Licenses are now available directly from the Empower App Portal. Please refer to the Licensing and Site IDs section of this manual for more information.

Empower Support is here to help you through the upgrade process. Contact us at:

Quick Checklist

The following sections will be covered in detail in this document. Below is a quick checklist of the upgrade process.

Test/Validation Process

Contact Empower Support (
Create a test instance/environment (server, database, etc.)
Create backup databases from your current Empower production environment
Restore the backups to the test instance/environment
Using the Server Home Upgrade link, upgrade your test instance.
Check IIS configurations. Please refer to the IIS configuration section below for more details.
Assign your Site ID to your test database using the License Monitor. Details on Site ID and license are available in this guide.
Review the What's New document to familiarize yourself with the new features
Log in system and enjoy all the new features.
Perform your audit and validation of new/changed functionality and existing processes
(Optional) In this v8.4 release, new UI is implemented for toolkit pages. If you have any customizations (ERP integrations, 3rd Party interfaces, custom reports, etc.), check your Toolkit and perform your testing/validation. Any problem, please contact your Empower Support.
Once all testing and validation is completed and any issues have been addressed, you can then install and upgrade your production environment.

IIS configuration

IIS installation with the feature of "Application Initialization"

It is necessary to install the module of "Application Initialization" to make sure Empower application auto start and always running.
Below is the steps for Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

  1. On the taskbar, click Server Manager.
  2. In Server Manager, Click Add roles and features from home page or Under Manage menu. server manageadd roles and features
  3. In the Add Roles and Features wizard, click Next. Select the installation type and click Next. Select the destination server and click Next.
  4. On the Server Roles page, expand Web Server (IIS), expand Web Server, expand Application Development, and then select Application Initialization. Click Next. add roles and features
    If you find that you have already installed it, ignore the following steps and just close the window. add roles and features
  5. On the Select Features page, click Next.
  6. On the Confirm installation selections page, click Install.
  7. On the Results page, click Close.

Application Pool Settings

  1. Open IIS from Control Panel.
  2. Click on the Application Pool node.
  3. Right-click on the Application Pool used by Empower Applications and select Advanced Settings.
  4. Change the Start Mode from "OnDemand" to "AlwaysRunning".

Please note that these steps are provided based on the information you provided and may vary depending on the specific version of IIS you are using.

Site Settings

  1. Open IIS from Control Panel.
  2. Click on the Sites node and expand it.
  3. Navigate to the Empower site and click on it.
  4. In the right Actions panel, click on Advanced Settings.
  5. Set Preload Enabled to True. preload
System RequirementsSystemRequirements.html
What's NewOverviewOfEmpower840.html


Test EnvironmentSetting up a test server and databases for validating in your environment
Upgrading DatabasesUpgrade database from Server Home page to upgrade databases from previous Empower versions
Licensing and Site IDsOverview of the new licensing and site setup process as well as license installation
Administrator ChangesKey changes to the Administrator, processes and schema that you should review before testing
Toolkits/CustomizationsHow to setup and deploy customizations and 3rd party interfaces

For additional support please contact Arena Empower at:

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