ColdFusion 8 Trial Period is more than 30 days
June 1, 2007 ·
My company, Scazu, is in the process of switching from hosted to colo as we prepare to launch our service this Summer. Because we're going to have fairly close control over our initial user base and because our site runs much, much faster on ColdFusion 8 than it does on CFMX 7, I requested permission from the ColdFusion team to go to production on the Public Beta build which they graciously allowed. A question then occurred to me about the trial period. You have the option to install ColdFusion 8 as Developer Edition, Serial-licensed Edition or Trial Enterprise. The former won't work for a public site (IP address restrictions). The middle option won't work either - ColdFusion 8 is not yet on sale so you can't buy serial-license keys (and, as you may have discovered, it won't accept CFMX 7 serial-license keys!). So that meant going to production on a trial license which the installer says will last 30 days. Since I didn't want to run the risk of having my production servers revert to Developer Edition unexpectedly, I asked whether the 30 day trial was really a 30 day trial. Damon Cooper said that the ColdFusion 8 Public Beta Trial Period actually extends to July 31st, despite what the installer says. He also asked me to blog this (since it's likely to be a common question). We at Scazu are very excited about launching our service on ColdFusion 8 as it means that certain "Phase II" features can now be part of our initial release (leveraging image manipulation and AJAX integration specifically - as well as server monitoring functionality). Remember: you need to get explicit permission from the ColdFusion team to take a site to production on the Public Beta build!