The basic procedure for upgrading to AEM 5.6.1 is straightforward: Simply stop your existing AEM nstance, replace the jar file (for standalone instances) or the war file (for application server instances) and restart.
This in-place upgrade is described in the next section. It applies to the upgrade from the following version to AEM 5.6.1:
- CQ 5.2.1
- CQ 5.3
- CQ 5.4
- CQ 5.5
- AEM 5.6
For the upgrades from the following version to AEM 5.6.1 an in-place upgrade is not available:
- Communiqué 3
- Communiqué 4
- ADEP WEM
For details about these scenarios, see Upgrading From Other Versions of CQ.
Even though the upgrade process has been designed to be as simple as possible, any upgrade of a production environment is a significant task. For this reason, we recommend that you invest time in planning your upgrade throroughly. For guidance on this, see Planning Your Upgrade.
For information about upgrading Social Communities (SoCo) components, see Upgrading CQ Social Communities.