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Comparing two data store files

ITMS 6.x Migration

You can export the same type of 6.x data to a data store file multiple times. If the data on the 6.x server changes between exports, then subsequent data store files contain differences. You can use the StoreDiff utility to compare two data store files.

When you compare two data store files that are different, a data store file is created that contains the differences. You then use Store Browser to view this data store file and see the differences. You can use this information to determine the data to import. The data store file that StoreDiff creates cannot be used to import data into Symantec Management Platform 7.5.

See About the Store Browser

To compare two data store files

  1. Start the StoreDiff utility.

    By default, the EXE for the StoreDiff utility is installed in the C:\Program Files\Altiris\Upgrade directory. It is installed whenever the migration wizard is installed.

  2. On the Compare Data Stores dialog box, click Browse to select each of the data store files.

  3. In Diff Store, specify the name and location for the new data store file.

    This data store file highlights the differences between the two data stores.

  4. Click Generate Diff.

  5. On the message that appears, click OK.

    The message either states that the two data store files are identical or that a new data store file is generated. If a new data store file is generated, the Store Browser opens.

  6. In the Store Browser, on the File menu, click Open, and select the new data store file.

  7. On the Diff Store Summary dialog box, click OK.

    This dialog box lists the data store files that are compared in this new data store file.

    This dialog box also has the following color key for the differences between the two data store files:

    Green

    New data that exists only in the second data store.

    Yellow

    The deleted data that exists only in the first data store.

    Salmon

    Data that exists in both data stores but is different.

  8. In the left pane of the Store Browser, select a table that is shaded with one of the three colors.

    Only the tables that have differences between the two data store files are shaded.

  9. In the right pane, view the rows that have differences between the two data store files.

  10. If a table row has an Xml column, do the following to view the XML:

    • Double-click the row.

    • In the Data View for table dialog box, on the first Column drop-down list, click the XML entry.

      The XML appears in the Value pane.

    • On the second Column drop-down list, click View as XML.