Best practices for migrating CA XCOM from one Windows Server version to another.

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Issue/Introduction

What are the best practices when migrating CA XCOM from one Windows Server version to another e.g. Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2016 or 2019?

Environment

Release : 11.6

Component : CA XCOM Data Transport for Windows

Resolution

1. Install the latest service pack and patch level of XCOM for Windows 11.6 that is supported for the target Windows Server version per steps below:
a. Currently, SP03 is the latest Service Pack which is supported for both Windows Server 2016 & 2019.
The XCOM "Distributed Platform Compatibilities" page can be found here: https://support.broadcom.com/external/content/release-announcements/Distributed-Platform-Compatibilities/8096
b. "CA XCOM Data Transport r11.6 SP03 64-bit for Windows Family Server" can be downloaded from the XCOM Product Download page here (login will be prompted): https://support.broadcom.com/download-center/product-download.html?subfamily=XCOM
(type windows into the search box and then the link for "CA XCOM Data Transport for Windows Family Server WINDOWS NT" will become easily visible).
c. The XCOM for Windows techdocs and specifically the installation section is here: https://techdocs.broadcom.com/us/en/ca-mainframe-software/traditional-management/ca-xcom-data-transport-for-windows/11-6/installing-and-upgrading.html
d. The SP03 release is version r11.6.20035.
After the install, install the latest patch to avoid any known problems. XCOM patches are cumulative so only the latest patch needs to be installed. The patches are available on the XCOM Solution Download page and for "CA XCOM Data Transport for Windows Family Server 11.6" here (login will be prompted): https://support.broadcom.com/download-center/solution-details-new.html?sku_code=XCOM..05500&release=11.6

2. In general, unless the old and new servers are running identical XCOM versions, the best practice advice for the migration of any configuration settings from an old XCOM server to a new XCOM server would be that the new server should not simply have its configuration files replaced with backed-up versions from the old server. Instead, the steps should be:
a. Review what is currently in the xcom.glb and xcom.cnf files on the old server and use those files as a guide to modify the new xcom.glb and xcom.cnf. The same advice applies to any other configuration files e.g. configssl.cnf.
b. If using XCOM pre-processing or post-processing scripts on the old server the versions of those equivalent scripts on the new server will need to be modified accordingly. 
c. Review the Release Notes section of the techdocs here to see what has changed: CA XCOM Data Transport for Windows 11.6 Service Packs > Release Notes