How to Transfer Settings From Your Older InDesign Server System to Your New InDesign Server System

This article describes how to transfer all of your DesignMerge Server software and settings from an older version of Adobe InDesign Server to a newer version of Adobe InDesign Server.

The fastest way to transfer settings in this fashion is to transfer the entire Meadows folder. The Meadows folder exists inside of the Adobe InDesign Preferences folder.

For this article, we will reference the current/old system as the Old System, and the new system as the New System. Follow the steps below to transfer all DesignMerge settings.


A) Use the link below for instructions about how to locate the Meadows folder. Scroll down on the page to the Server section.

B) Delete the Config folder. Inside of each Meadows folder will be a Config folder. Delete this folder.

C) Next (optional), if you want to reduce the size of the Meadows folder you will be transferring, look for a folder called DesignMerge that is inside of the Meadows folder. Inside of the DesignMerge folder, you will see a folder called Index Files. This folder can sometimes contain large, temporary files. You can safely delete the Index Files folder if you want to.

D) Make a copy of the entire Meadows folder. For example, place a copy of this folder in an easy-to-find location that you can share with the other location where you will be transferring these settings. We strongly advise making a Zip file of the Meadows folder to ensure the integrity of the files during the transfer.


A) Now you can simply place the Meadows folder into the identical location on the New System. Follow the instructions presented in step 1A above to find the appropriate location for the Meadows folder on the New System (for different versions of InDesign, this will be represented by a folder with a different version number). If a Meadows folder already exists in this location, simply delete it and then place the Meadows folder you copied from the Old System into this location on the New System.

B) For InDesign Server systems, if you are running multiple instances of InDesign Server, you will have a Meadows folder for each instance. If you want all instances to be running identical DesignMerge settings, copy the same Meadows folder into the same location for each instance of InDesign Server.

C) Launch Adobe InDesign Server. This will re-create the Config folder in each of the Meadows folders. This completes the transfer. All of your activation settings, DDF settings, TransTables, and any SQL Fragments have been transferred from the Old System to the New System.


If you are using any custom Scripts with your Meadows software on the Old System, then you will also want to copy these Scripts to the New System. To do this, please follow these steps:

A) Go to the following folder on the Old System

Adobe InDesign/Scripts/Scripts Panel/Meadows

B) Make a copy of the Meadows folder that is inside of the Scripts Panel/Meadows folder on the Old System.

C) Transfer this Meadows folder and place it into the same Scripts Panel/Meadows folder on the New System.

NOTE: If you do not have a folder called Meadows in the Scripts Panel folder on the Old System, then it is very likely that you are not running any custom scripts.

If you have any difficulty at all, we are here to help. Please feel free to open a support ticket by going to the Meadows Online Support Center: