Advice for I.T. personnel in Practices using Bp Premier
Time to sit down, grab a cuppa and have a read about the “elephant in the room” that could have major implications for your Practice.
Microsoft has recently discontinued extended support for various older versions of their Windows and SQL platforms. These include:
• Windows XP
• Windows 2003 (including SBS versions)
• Windows Vista
• SQL Server 2005 (all variants)
Microsoft is no longer providing updates to technologies that may be used in Bp Premier for the following operating systems:
• Windows 8
• Server 2008
If you are currently using one of these retiring platforms, Bp strongly recommends that you discuss with your Practice the feasibility of upgrading.
Bp can only effectively support versions which are currently supported by Microsoft. And, as previously advised, Bp Premier LAVA and its service packs are the last versions of Bp Premier that will support these Operating Systems and versions of SQL.
Apart from not being able to take advantage of the latest software releases, Practices should be aware of the risks associated with using older Microsoft versions. Failing to upgrade may put your Practice at a higher risk of exposing your system to cyber-attacks - something that none of us want. For more information about the Microsoft lifecycle and policies search for your Microsoft product here.
Best Practice is releasing a new version of Bp Premier – Indigo – at the end of March this year, which will not support Windows 2008 or earlier Microsoft platforms. However, this new release of Bp Premier will support:
• Windows 7
• Windows 8.1
• Windows 10
• Server 2008 R2
• Server 2012
• Server 2012 R2
• Server 2016
NB: Each program upgrade adds new database fields and data to the database. This is particularly relevant for sites updating from a version prior to LAVA. The LAVA version introduced new functionality that significantly increased the minimum size of the Bp Premier database.
If your practice uses SQL Server Express Edition and your Bp Premier database is nearing the maximum size permitted (10GB), the installer will alert you that your database is nearing the limit and ask for confirmation to proceed.
If you receive this alert, Bp recommends you investigate the feasibility of upgrading your database edition to handle the increased data size, such as SQL Server Standard or SQL Server Enterprise Editions. If you continue with the upgrade and your database exceeds 10GB, you may not be able to add records or use some functionality until you upgrade the database edition. One option would be to perform the upgrade on a standalone trial Bp Premier server which has the latest backup of your production database and investigate the size of the database after the trial upgrade.
If it is not feasible to upgrade your Microsoft platform at this time, please note that Bp Premier LAVA and all its service packs can still be used. It makes economic and logistical sense to start succession planning so you can take advantage of the latest versions of Bp Premier with minimal disruption to your practice.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Support Team on 1300 40 1111 or email us – we are here to help you get the most out of Bp Premier.