Are other CMS versions supported by the 7 Import Data function?
I got an error message trying with a *.epi4 file.
Might be mistaken but I don't think importing/exporting between versions is supported. Sure a CMS 6 R2 will probably take a CMS 6 R1 import file, but not between major versions.
That one states that 4.62 files works for CMS 5 SP1. I heard that someone had successfully used a 4.62 file for CMS 6 R2 as well.
But maybe 7 is too altered for any older export package to work...
I successfully imported a 4.61 package into CMS 6 R2 today.
CMS7 does not support *.epif4 files, that was handled in EPiServer.Legacy4 assembly which is not compatible with CMS 7.
However .episerverdata packages from for example CMS6R2 should work fine to import to CMS7. So a workaround for you if you need to get data from a 4 site to 7 is to have cms6 as an intermediate site/state.
OK, thanks for the info!
Is there somewhere where I can read about how to import a 4.61 package into CMS 6 R2? Or can you perhaps explain in more detail of how to do it?
Use Import/Export to migrate to a newer version if you're mainly interested in migrating the content. Be aware that this method won't migrate your VPP/file archive (only files that are referenced in content - and sometimes they aren't even migrated correctly).Export packages from 4.61 can be imported into both CMS 5 and CMS 6 (but not CMS 7, as mentioned above).
TIP: If you want to look inside an .epi4 file to see or modify contents, use this tool.
Importing 4.61 data to CMS 6 R2 requires you to have the same pagetypes, tabs and categories on the target site as the source site.
In 4.61, go to Admin > Export data and select the following:
NOTE: If you choose to export everything at once, you should end up with a .epi4 file. But actually, I would make a separate export of each of the bullet points above (pages.epi4, pagetypes.epi4, etc), so you have better control over what's imported later. Then import them in CMS 6 R2 in the following order: Categories, Tabs, Dynamic Properties, PageTypes, Pages.
In CMS 6 R2, go to Admin > Import data and point to your .epi4 files ("Select page destination" is only applicable when you're importing Pages).
TIP: Use the "Upload and verify" button first to see if the importer finds any problems.
Very useful, thanks! So I don't need to install anything other than the CMS 6? Someone mentioned a legacy dll?
Is it only 4.61 and upwards that works to export and import? No other versions of EPiServer 4 supported? I'm currently working with 4.51
@JS: The EPiServer.Legacy4.dll file that Johan mentions above is shipped with CMS 5 and 6 (in your bin folder) to give support for some legacy functions from EPi 4. You don't have to add anything.
I am not sure if the export package from 4.51 will work (only tried 4.61) - you'll just have to test yourself.
Also please note that you can't export forms (XForms) using the built-in export/import tool.