XML and SQL configuration

For the past 18 months or so, I’ve been deploying Openfire servers for customers using the XML configuration file. I use a template and replace the relevant fields before I start the server, and avoid going through the configuration wizard.

Recently I’ve noticed that if I do a new setup by hand, most of the configuration is written to a SQL table rather than the XML file, like it used to be. I’m just wondering if the XML file is slated for deprecation, or if it will continue to be supported alongside the SQL config?