Upgrading a clustered Pathfinder Server system

Updated by Brett Patram


This HelpDoc goes over the process of performing a software update to Pathfinder Server, when you have dual servers running. Also known as a clustered Pathfinder Server system


In most cases, upgrading a clustered system can be done without creating disruption. We can upgrade one server at a time, letting the system failover. This guide is best suited for those that have existing Pathfinder 5.X and want to update to the last 5.X version released

If your system is not clustered - just follow steps 1-6 to complete an upgrade for a standalone system


  • On​ ​both​ ​servers​ ​make​ ​a​ backup ​copy​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Program​ ​Files​ ​directory​ ​for​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server
  • On​ ​both​ ​servers,​ ​go​ ​into​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server,​ ​File​ ​Menu​ ​and​ ​select​ ​Licensing.​ ​Note​ down ​the Request​ ​Code​ ​and​ ​License​ ​Key​ ​for​ ​both servers
  • Note​ ​the​ ​current​ ​running​ ​version​ ​of​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server​ ​before​ ​attempting​ ​the​ ​upgrade. You can find this by going to Help, About Pathfinder PC in the Pathfinder Server application. The Version number is located at the top of the splash logo that appears

Step by Step

Green Colored Steps are involving the Main Pathfinder Server

Red Colored Steps are involving the Secondary Pathfinder Server

  1. Stop​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server​ ​program​ ​on​ ​your​ ​Main​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server
  2. Uninstall​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server​ ​(Add/Remove​ ​Programs)​ ​on​ ​your​ ​Main​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server
  3. ​Install​ ​the​ ​updated​ ​version​ ​of​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server​ ​on​ ​your​ ​Main​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server
  4. Go​ ​to​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server​ ​Program​ ​Files​ ​directory.​ ​Make​ ​sure​ ​Pathfinderserver.exe properties​ ​has​ ​“Run​ ​as​ ​Administrator”​ ​option​ ​checked​ ​under​ ​compatibility​ ​tab
  5. Stop​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server​ ​program​ ​on​ ​your​ ​Secondary​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server
  6. Start​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server​ ​program​ ​on​ ​your​ ​Main​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server
​ ​ ​**​ ​At​ ​this​ ​point​ ​you​ ​have​ ​the​ ​updated​ ​server​ ​now​ ​running​ ​on​ ​your​ ​Main,​ ​the​ ​Secondary​ ​is shutdown.​ ​Check​ ​updated​ ​server​ ​and​ ​observe​ ​that​ ​it​ ​is​ ​running​ ​correct**

  1. Uninstall​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server​ ​(Add/Remove​ ​Programs)​ ​on​ ​your​ ​Secondary​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server
  2. ​Install​ ​the​ ​updated​ ​version​ ​of​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server​ ​on​ ​your​ ​Secondary​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server
  3. Go​ ​to​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server​ ​Program​ ​Files​ ​directory.​ ​Make​ ​sure​ ​Pathfinderserver.exe properties​ ​has​ ​“Run​ ​as​ ​Administrator”​ ​option​ ​checked​ ​under​ ​compatibility​ ​tab
  4. Start​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server​ ​Program​ ​on​ ​your​ ​Secondary​ ​Pathfinder​ ​Server
  5. Done. ​Pathfinder​ servers ​will​ ​now attempt​ ​to​ ​sync​ ​between each other
**Check clustering tabs on both systems, you may need to stop Pathfinder Server Main and start again if clustering state does not come up correctly the first time.**

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