03-14-2016 11:20 AM
first, I would recommend to ask this question better in the Administration and Deploy community if you want to reach the people capable to answer your question (even though, I can understand why you posted the question here).
The procedure you are refering it is technically called "upgrade in place".
The upgrade in place normally follows a simple guideline:
- Stop your SAS services and preferably your antivirus.
- Get a good backup of your environment.
- Run the depot on the machine/s where the binaries are installed.
- The setup (SDW) will start to update the binaries (some configuration files, as sasv9 could be overwritten, so please check them if you need to restore something).
- At the end of the process the SDW normally will start updating your configuration. If not, you will need to do it through the SAS deployment manager.
- Ensure that this process has rebuilt and redeployed your web applications.
- If not, you can run this by the SAS deployment manager.
- When all is ready, again some of your customizations could be gone (specially related to themes).
Ideally, that should be all. BUT, there are many solutions and particularities to keep in mind (eg, do you have https, single sign on, do you have connection from internet, etc), and all of them have to be qualified by a professional. You can do by yourself of course since it is your system, but the general recommendation, if you don;t want the risk to corrupt your SAS VA environment, is to ask an expert (SAS Institute or an official partner) to do it for you.