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XMB 1.9.9 and 1.9.10 Alternative Upgrade Utility for XMB 1.9.11

We recommend the Alternative Upgrade in certain situations:

* Advanced webmasters
* Large boards
* Modified boards

This utility has the following advantages over the normal upgrade system:

* Fault tolerant and non-destructive.
* Does not delete any columns you have added to existing tables.
* Less resource-intensive.  Uses only one ALTER query per table.
* Integrated authentication.  Super Admins only.

IMPORTANT:  You must follow these steps in the correct order.
You must be logged in to your board before making any changes.
If you are not logged in you will be unable to use this utility.


1. BACKUP YOUR DATABASE - This script cannot be undone!

2. Copy your config.php settings into the new file.

3. Confirm your forum database account is granted ALTER, CREATE, and LOCK privileges.

4. Disable your forums using the Board Status setting.

5. Upload the XMB 1.9.11 files.  Do not upload the install, upgrade, or upgrade-alternative folders.

6. Upload the upgrade-alternative/upgrade.php file to your board's root directory.
   This upgrade.php file must be in the same place as header.php.

7. Run this script by hitting the upgrade.php URL, for example:  http://www.example.com/forum/upgrade.php

8. When finished, remember to delete upgrade.php and enable your forums using the Board Status setting.

If it doesn't work, restore from backups and come see us at


Good luck!
XMBForum Team
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