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Upgrading a PXE server on Windows

This topic provides instructions for upgrading a PXE server on Windows. This topic includes the following sections:


If the PXE Server is installed on a computer where the BMC Server Automation Console is also installed, you should perform this task only after upgrading all other components in a BMC Server Automation system.

Before you begin

  • To perform the upgrade of the PXE server, you must have local Administrator privileges.
  • If you are using Windows Terminal Services or Citrix Presentation Server to install or if you are installing on Windows 2003 or 2008, you must either:
  • On 64-bit Windows systems, confirm that the <WINDIR>\SysWOW64 directory contains a copy of the chcp.com file. The installer uses this file to set the code page of standard output (stdout). You can obtain the file from a 32-bit version of Windows.

To upgrade a PXE server on Windows

  1.  Record the following settings for the PXE server:
    • Installation directory
    • Database connectivity information
      The PXE server uses the same database as the Application Server. One way to obtain this information is to start the Application Server Administration Console (also known as the blasadmin utility) and enter the following command:
      show pxe all
    • Host name and IP address of the PXE server
    • DHCP server location (local or remote)
    • TFTP root directory
      You do not have to record the name and location of the data store.
    • If the Multi-Database mode is being used, make a note of the additional database configuration parameters found in the <install directory>\PXE\br\deployments\_pxe\pxe-data-sources.xml file.
  2. Make a backup copy of configuration files.
    If you are using the pxe.conf configuration override file, make a copy of the <install directory>\PXE\br\pxe.conf file.
  3. Uninstall the PXE server.
  4. Install the latest version of the PXE server (PXE<version>-<platform>.exe). During installation, ensure that you provide information that matches the settings that you recorded from the previous version, especially the following settings:
    • Database configuration settings, including Multi-Database mode settings
    • Any pxe.conf settings that you want to apply during installation
    For more information, see Installing the PXE server (Windows)
  5. To complete the upgrade to your installation, click Finish.

Where to go from here

Upgrade the other BMC Server Automation Application Servers, consoles, RSCD agents, and other components in your enterprise (including on any file servers or virtual servers).  See Upgrading the Network ShellUpgrading RSCD agents, and Upgrading the file server.


If the BMC Server Automation file server resides on a different computer from the Application Server, upgrade the RSCD agent on the computer on which file server resides. The file server and the database must be at the same version before you run BMC Server Automation.

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