This morning, when I went to upgrade the Identity system in my MVC application from NuGet, I ran into issues. When I ran the application that attempted to access roles, I got an error that the model backing the dbContext had changed and that I needed to run a code first migration.
I have very little experience with code-first EntityFramework as I have always used database-first. I just find it easier to set up my database with all the foreign keys and then create my data model from that. I haven’t yet learned the benefits of code-first.
So, to continue, I found the following two resources on the web that pointed me in the right direction:
Within those articles, I found the following package manager console commands that helped me:
Enable-Migrations –EnableAutomaticMigrations Add-Migration Nuget-Update-ASPNet-Identity
Since I had two contexts, it gave me a message that I needed to choose one or the other and even told me the exact command to use to do it. I just copied and pasted the command in the console and ran it.
Once I told it which context was my identity context, I then had to update the database. That was simple enough as all I had to do was use the following command:
That updated the identity database and allowed me to run my application again.
Now, whenever the identity system changes, I can easily update the data model. Though, I’m not quite sure what to do in situations where the changes are destructive (I could lose data). I need to learn more about this.