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DynamicWeb Cloud

Solutions hosted by DynamicWeb Cloud will follow a versionless deployment strategy based on milestone releases. As such, it will no longer be possible to remain on outdated versions of the application. You can read about out release policy here.

Inside DynamicWeb Administration, there will be a setting to choose which milestone tier to lock the solution to, e.g., Current + 2. This means that the solution will always run on the milestone in position 3 in the illustration below. When a new milestone is released, the one from position 2 moves to position 3, which means that the solution locked to Current + 2 will be updated to the version that was Current + 1.

R0 R1 R2 R3 R4
Nightly Current Current + 1 Current + 2 Current + 3

Examples

This example shows the release milestones at the time when Milestone 5 is released.

R0 R1 R2 R3 R4
Nightly M5 M4 M3 M2

This example shows the release milestones at the time when Milestone 8 is released.

R0 R1 R2 R3 R4
Nightly M8 M7 M6 M5

How to change release cycle

To find out which release cycle your DynamicWeb backend is using:

  1. Go to Settings > System > System Information
  2. Under File locations find the Bin location path - it will look something like D:\dynamicweb.net\Applications\R4\10.0.33\bin
  3. In this case you're on the R4 release cycle

If you want to change your release cycle or application version:

  1. Create a file called changeversion.txt in the files\System\CloudHosting\ folder
  2. In this file write the release cycle you want to change to; "r1", "r2", "r3" or "r4".

This change will initiate an upgrade with a delay, and the updates will be logged and can be seen using the Event Viewer.

Additionally, this function can be used to force restart an application. To do so, simply switch to the same release cycle you are already using. This action will recycle the solutions application pool.

For any questions, reach out to DynamicWeb Operations.

Database Backup

To create a database backup:

  1. Create a file named backup.txt in the \System\CloudHosting\BackupRestoreDB\Restore folder
  2. A .bacpac-file will be generated in the \Files\BackupRestoreDB\backup folder. It can take some time and you can follow the process under: "\System\CloudHosting\BackupRestoreDB\logs"
  3. All logs are saved in the \System\CloudHosting\BackupRestoreDB\logs folder

To restore a database from backup:

  1. Upload the new database (bacpac) to: \System\CloudHosting\BackupRestoreDB\Restore
  2. The database restoration process will commence, creating a log and a backup of the old database under: \System\CloudHosting\BackupRestoreDB\backup
  3. It can take some time and you can follow the process under System\CloudHosting\BackupRestoreDB\logs
  4. After completion, the website will recycle and check if the admin still returns status code 200 (OK)
  5. If everything is "ok," the old database will be removed
  6. If the website returns status code other than 200, a rollback will be initiated

To manually rollback the database to its state before the restore, copy the .bacpac from \System\CloudHosting\BackupRestoreDB\backup to \System\CloudHosting\BackupRestoreDB\Restore.

Host Headers

As DynamicWeb 10 is built on .NET Core 8, the previous method for adding host headers to a solution is deprecated.

To add domains to your Dynamicweb 10 website, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Change your DNS to point at the solutions server to ensure let’s encrypt can generate your SSL certificate
  2. Access "Edit website" and navigate to "Domain and URL"
  3. Add the desired domain(s) to the list: HostHeaders

Subsequently, a scheduler will handle the addition or removal of the domain from IIS. It is important to note that the website settings act as the master. Therefore, if a domain is added to IIS without being included under "Manage Domains," it will be removed when the scheduler executes.

Here are some additional points to consider:

  • Keep in mind that the scheduler runs every 5 minutes, resulting in a potential delay of up to 5 minutes
  • You can review the added domains under "Assets\System\Hostheaders," and the modification date of the files will reflect the last time the scheduler was triggered

SSL

After adding a domain to a website, Let's Encrypt will generate an SSL certificate for your solution. This may take up to 30 minutes.

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