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BMC Server Automation Console Automatic Upgrade: Windows only

The BMC Server Automation Console version needs to match the Application Server version for the console to function correctly. In versions earlier than 8.3 SP3, the console displays an error when it detects a version mismatch, but it does not provide any option to automatically upgrade the console. However in version 8.3 SP3 and later, the console provides an option to automatically upgrade itself.

Limitations

  • Note that the automatic upgrade does not work for the scenarios marked with in the table below. For these upgrade paths you will have to manually upgrade the BMC Server Automation console.

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    Base version

    Upgrading to 8.5 SP1
    Patch 1 or 2
    Upgrading to 8.5 SP1
    Patch 3 or 4
    Upgrading to 8.5 Patch 5
    8.5N/A
    8.5 SP1N/A

    8.5 SP1 Patch 1 or 2

    N/A
    8.5 SP1 Patch 3 or 4N/AN/A
  • BMC Server Automation Console Automatic Upgrade does not work in a pure IPv6 environment if the console is version 8.3 or earlier. BMC recommends that you enable pure IPv6 only after all components have been upgraded to 8.5 or 8.6.
  • BMC Server Automation Console Automatic Upgrade supports all types of upgrades, including minor releases, service packs, and hotfixes.

To use the BMC Server Automation Console Automatic Upgrade, you need to install the BMC Server Automation Upgrade Service and configure the installer path in blasadmin. See the following sections for steps on installation, configuration, prerequisites, and uninstallation:

Installing the BMC Server Automation Upgrade Service

The BMC Server Automation Upgrade Service can be installed while you are installing or upgrading to BMC Server Automation Console 8.5. To install the BMC Server Automation Upgrade Service, perform one of the following actions, depending on the type of installation or upgrade that you are performing:

Type of installation or upgradeTo install the BMC Server Automation Upgrade Service along with the console

Using the GUI to install or upgrade to BMC Server Automation Console 8.5

On the User Inputs screen, select the BMC Server Automation Console Upgrade Service check box, if it is not already selected.

For more information about installing or upgrading to BMC Server Automation Console 8.5, see the following pages:

Using silent mode to install or upgrade to BMC Server Automation Console 8.5

In the options file, add the -A featureRCPUpgradeService option for the installation or upgrade that you want to run.

For more information about installing or upgrading to BMC Server Automation Console 8.5 using silent mode, see the following pages:

Prerequisites

Before you use the BMC Server Automation Console Automatic Upgrade feature, ensure that the system meets the following requirements:

  • The server on which the BMC Server Automation Console is installed has sufficient free memory (at least three times the size of the console installer file used for upgrade).

  •  An RSCD agent must be installed on the server on which the console installer file is stored.

    Note

    Ensure that the RSCD agent is configured so that the console has read access to the location on which the console installer file is saved.

Configuring the blasadmin utility

The administrator must set the ConsoleInstallerLocation parameter in the blasadmin utility to point to the location of the BMC Server Automation Console installer. You must also set the level up to which you want to compare the version numbers of the Application Server and Console.

  1. Download the BMC Server Automation Console installer file that is used to upgrade the console. See Downloading the installation files for steps on downloading product files from the BMC Software Electronic Product Distribution (EPD) site.
  2. Save the BMC Server Automation Console installer file on a host that has an RSCD agent installed on it.

    Note

    Do not change the name of the installer file after downloading it from the EPD because this may cause an error during the upgrade of the console.

  3. Start the blasadmin utility. See Starting the Application Server Administration console for more information.
  4. Use the set <Component> <Parameter> <NSH path URL> command in the blasadmin utility to set the location of the BMC Server Automation Console installer in the ConsoleInstallerLocation parameter. See the following example:


    set ConfigManagerUI ConsoleInstallerLocation //File_Server/Repositories/BSAConsole_Installers/

  5. Use the show <command> <parameter> command in the blasadmin utility, to check whether the ConsoleInstallerLocation parameter setting is correct. See the following example:

    show ConfigManagerUI ConsoleInstallerLocation
    ConsoleInstallerLocation://File_Server/Repositories/BSAConsole_Installers/
  6. You must also set the level up to which you want to compare the version numbers of the Application Server and Console. The version number level maybe set up tominor, micro, or build. In the version number 8.1.0.125, 8 is the major level, 1 is the minor level, 0 is the micro level, and 125 is the build level. The level you set depends on the type of upgrade you are performing.

    Use the following command to set the level up to which you want to compare the version numbers:
    set appserver VersionCompatibilityCheck minor|micro|build

    minor — Sets the check to compare the major and minor parts of the version numbers
    micro — Sets the check to compare the major, minor, and micro parts of the version numbers. This setting is the default.
    build — Sets the check to compare all four parts of the version numbers

    For example, suppose the Application Server version is 8.1.0.125 and the client version is 8.1.0.123.
    If you specify:
    set appserver VersionCompatibilityCheck micro
    The check would find that the version numbers are the same and allow the connection between the Application Server and the Console.
    If you specify:
    set appserver VersionCompatibilityCheck build
    The check would find that the version numbers are different, and upgrade the Console.

Uninstalling the BMC Server Automation Upgrade Service

The BMC Server Automation Upgrade Service is automatically uninstalled when you uninstall the BMC Server Automation Console. For more information about uninstalling BMC Server Automation Console, see Uninstalling on Windows.

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