We have what is effectively a Sitecore XM instance that's on version 8.current, due to MongoDB requirements of functionality that was part of XP, and that we weren't actively using XP components.
We're now looking at upgrading to Sitecore 9 and want to start taking advantage of XP functionality like analytics and xDB. However, I'm confused on how we can upgrade from XM to XP, especially given how Sitecore 9 has changed the installation process.
As I see it, we could either:
- try to determine how to add XP functionality to our Sitecore 8 instances (running into the issue of not having a MongoDB environment),
- or upgrade what we have to Sitecore 9 and figure out how to add XP functionality via the SIF tools.
Does Sitecore have a recommended way to essentially upgrade an instance from XM to XP?
- Outside of core CMS database (core, master, web dbs), we have no data that would need to transition. This also means that if we have any of the XP-related dbs, they are not necessarily current.