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Roadsoft Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008R2 Ending

Friday, March 8, 2019

Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2 are reaching the end of their extended support lifecycle in July, 2019. Microsoft’s blog contains more information regarding their support termination.
Due to the timing of Microsoft’s extended support termination, the CTT has determined that our support of the affected Microsoft products must end prior to our Spring 2019 software release. In response to this announcement, the CTT ended Roadsoft and MERL support for both SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2 as of January 1, 2019.

After January 1, 2019, the creation of new Roadsoft and MERL databases will cease to function, and existing databases will not update on SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2.
The decision to discontinue support on SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2 is a necessary step to ensure the safety of the systems that operate our software, and to retain the integrity of agency Roadsoft and MERL data.  
Customers with existing databases on SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2 (including full SQL Server and SQL Server Express) are encouraged to begin discussions with appropriate parties as soon as possible, particularly if an update or purchase of a newer version of SQL Server is necessary.

Customers using the CTT-provided SQL Server Express will have the opportunity to update their 2008 or 2008R2 SQL Express instances using a CTT-provided update installer. We will announce the update installer availability in the near future.

SUPPORTED VERSIONS

The CTT is continuing support for SQL Server versions: 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017.

DETERMINING SQL SERVER VERSION

Help documentation for locating the SQL Server version is available in the Roadsoft Manual at Locate SQL Server Version.

Instructions on how to convert user data from SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2 will be posted shortly.



Windows 7 End of Service Life

Friday, March 8, 2019

Microsoft announced that after January 14, 2020, they will no longer provide security updates or support for Windows 7. In response to this announcement, the CTT will also no longer support or allow new software installations on PCs running Windows 7 starting January, 2020.

Depending on the age of the computer running Windows 7, hardware upgrades or computer replacement may be required to upgrade to Windows 10. It is recommended that all Roadsoft and MERL customers still running Windows 7 investigate upgrading to Windows 10 sooner rather than later. Chances are good that the performance gains with a new computer running Windows 10 will outweigh the cost and inconvenience of the upgrade.

Roadsoft system requirements can be found online at https://roadsoft.org/system-requirements. These suggested system requirements are for small to moderately-sized agencies running Roadsoft standalone (client & database on one PC) and Laptop Data Collector (LDC). Larger agencies may need more computer power; if this is the case, please contact Roadsoft technical support at roadsoft@mtu.edu.



Roadsoft Mobile 2018.12 Update Now Available

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

An update to Roadsoft Mobile is now available for download. Roadsoft Mobile version 2018.12 adds the ability to add, edit, and delete signs/supports, as well as culverts. In addition, a new Sidewalk module has been added to allow users to add, edit, or delete sidewalk features, as well as manage work orders and inspections. This release also includes a number of minor improvements and enhancements.

The Roadsoft Mobile application, is available at no cost for both iOS (located in the App Store) and Android (located in the Google Play store). 

Important Note: Roadsoft Mobile 2018.12 requires Roadsoft 2018.11 or later. Roadsoft 2018.11 users wishing to use Roadsoft Mobile will need to update to Roadsoft Mobile to 2018.12.



Roadsoft & LDC Update Available – 2018.11

Friday, November 30, 2018

The latest release for Roadsoft and LDC is available. This release updates Roadsoft and the Laptop Data Collector (LDC) to version 2018.11. 

The Roadsoft update includes numerous enhancements and fixes throughout the program. New features for this release include:

  • Added support for the updated Roadsoft Mobile app (iOS and Android) which adds data collection, inspection and work orders for Sidewalk as well as the ability to add, edit, and delete Culverts and Signs.
  • Added 'Asset Management Plan Reporting' to the TAMC menu to support the Michigan Pavement Asset Management Template export process.
  • Added sample filters and legends to support the Michigan Pavement Asset Management Template export process.

The Laptop Data Collector has been updated to support the Roadsoft 2018.11 update and also addresses a couple of small issues. Users can update from LDC 2018.5 or newer without losing any data. Those users on older versions (2018.4 or older) should bring data back into Roadsoft before updating.

The updates and a complete list of changes are available on the Downloads page. 

Local agencies and their consultants using Roadsoft receive information and update preparation instructions via email. Customers who did not receive this communication, but wish to receive future Roadsoft related communications, should contact us requesting addition to our mailing list.