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Upgrading to This Release

This section contains specific instructions applicable to upgrading to this major release. These instructions supplement Upgrading from an Earlier Version in the Installation Guide.

If you are upgrading to this release from a version prior to the last major release, you should also refer to the upgrade instructions for the last major release, as well as any other major release which your upgrade skips over:

Upgrading Containers

Because a containerized application is isolated from the host environment, it does not write persistent data; whatever it writes inside the container is lost when the container is removed and replaced by a new container. Therefore, an important aspect of containerized application deployment is arranging for data to be stored outside of the container and made available to other and future containers.

The durable %SYS features enables persistent storage of instance-specific data — such as user definitions, audit records, and the log, journal, and WIJ files — when InterSystems IRIS is run in a container, allowing a single instance to run sequentially in multiple containers over time. For example, if you run an InterSystems IRIS container using durable %SYS, you can upgrade the instance by stopping the original container and running a new one that uses the instance-specific data created by the old one. For information about upgrading, see Upgrading InterSystems IRIS Containers; for detailed information on durable %SYS, see Durable %SYS for Persistent Instance Data.


In this release, the distribution container has a nonroot default user. This improves the security of your container. If you are using a durable %SYS from a 2019.2 or earlier instance with this release, you need to change some file ownerships in the host’s durable directory before running InterSystems IRIS 2023.3. Please contact your InterSystems sales engineer or the InterSystems Worldwide Response CenterOpens in a new tab for instructions on changing the file ownerships. If you do not make these changes, the container will encounter an error starting InterSystems IRIS.

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