3. Migration

The Migration Process

A. During Migration

School staff can use computers in the school for email, Internet, MS Office access but must not use SIMS, FMS or related applications on the days of the migration until Scomis confirm completion of the migration to the hosted environment.

The migration to Scomis Hosted Applications Service will normally take up to 2 days to complete assuming all pre-requisites are complete and no Internet downtime or other unforeseen technical issues arise. Scomis will advise the school of any delays which arise during the migration process. Scomis will require exclusive remote access to the server containing the SIMS data, if it is hosted locally at the school.

Scomis will encrypt and upload the following data to our servers:

  • SIMS, FMS, other relevant SQL databases
  • SIMS folder, DOCSTORAGE folder, Exams data
  • If technically possible, any other data which integrates with SIMS ie 3rd party software databases / folders

On the schools original SIMS server, folders / databases that have been migrated will be moved to a folder named MOVED TO SCOMIS in a suitable server location.

Scomis will create 2 User accounts* in SIMS .net for testing, user management, backup, patching and upgrade purposes.  The technical account must have complete access to SIMS .net modules at all times.

Scomis will create a User account* in each of the FMS databases for backup, patching and upgrade purposes.  This account will require the highest level of access in FMS.

* The Scomis user accounts will have a secure password and are only used to for management and support purposes in order to operate the Hosted Service.

B. Third Party Applications Configuration

Scomis will migrate any third party software which we can host on our platform (ie products using Groupcall Xporter for data extraction ie Wisepay, CPOMS, Eclipse MLS or other currently hosted products such as Teachers2Parents, ParentPay, CallParents, LookedAfterCall, Truancy Call) or provide an External Connector set up for any 3rd party applications which integrate with SIMS .net such as KeepKidsSafe, Alice, AlfieSoft.  Configuration/Connection details will be provided at this stage.  In some cases, in order to speed up the migration process, an External Connector will be used to provide connections for established Groupcall Xporter and other third party products.  Note that there can be up to 7 days lead time for Groupcall to complete setups.

A list of Scomis Hosted Application – Supported VLE’s and Third Party Applications can be found here http://faq.scomis.org/kb2170/



1. Service evaluation: Is this suitable for your school

2. Pre-migration Preparation

3. Migration

4. Post Migration 

5. Completion


reviewed 16/10/2019

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