What is a migration?

The database format used for version 7 differs fundamentally from the MSSQL database used by version 8. The migration involves the automatic porting of all data from version 7 to version 8. In this regard, the amendments to the authorization concept make it necessary to adapt the data to the new conditions.

Fundamental changes to the operating concept

Password Safe version 8 is based on a completely new operating concept, which does not require a folder structure – records are now categorised instead. Both the division of organisational units and also the use of tags play a decisive role here. The changes make the system significantly more flexible in terms of adapting it to individual requirements, as well as offering greater efficiency when locating saved information.

Since there are no longer any folders in version 8, you must specify during the migration how the records previously saved in folders should be categorized in future. A “mapping” process is thus carried out to define the categorisation of these records. As part of the migration, it is possible for each folder to separately define whether it should be mapped as an organisational unit or as a tag. It is also possible to exclude individual folders from migration. To simplify the process, there is of course a wizard that is described in more detail in the corresponding section.

Parallel operation of versions 7 and 8

From technical point of view, it is possible to operate versions 7 and 8 in parallel. However, parallel operation is not recommended since it may cause deviations of data records. It may also cause issues with automatic login.

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