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Configuring the AR System server to rename the server

Best Practice

We recommend that you use the Renaming the AR System server utility to change the server name of BMC Remedy AR System server.
To configure the AR System server, you must update configuration files. On Windows, you must also update the Registry. On UNIX, you must also update the arsystem script.

Updating the configuration files

ar.cfg (ar.conf) 

In the ar.cfg (ar.conf) file, update the following properties. (You might not need to update all directory and file path properties, but update any properties that point to AR System servers and the mid tier.)

Before you rename the server, make sure to do the database related changes in the ar.cfg (ar.conf) file.

Property name

Comment

Db-name

Update with newDatabaseName

Db-user

Update with newDatabaseUserName

Default-Web-Path

Update with http://<newMidTierServerName>:<portNumber>/arsys

Server-Name

Update with newServerName

Server-Connect-Name

Update with newServerName

Server-Plugin-Alias

Update every occurrence of this parameter with newServerName

armonitor.cfg 

In the armonitor.cfg file, replace the old AR System server name with the new AR System server name in the following string: -x <newServerName>
You will see several lines that contain this string. Edit each occurrence.

pluginsvr_config.xml 

In the pluginsvr_config.xml file, the server_name user-defined tag contains the server name for the following plug-ins. Adjust the server_name value with newServerName.

Typically, when you install the BMC Remedy ITSM Suite, several Java plug-in servers are installed. Be sure to replace the server_name value for each plug-in server. To find the location of these plug-in servers, look at the -classpath parameter for each Java command in the armonitor.cfg file.

server.conf

Find and replace the occurrences of <oldServerName> by <newServerName>.

Making service registration changes on Windows 

The following is the process for deregistering and registering services:

  1. Before changing the services, export the following Registry entries from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Services.
    • BMC Remedy Action Request System Server - <oldServerName>
    • BMC Remedy Email Engine - <oldServerName 1>
    • BMC Remedy Flashboards Server - <oldServerName>

      Stop the services of BMC Remedy Action Request System, Email Engine, and Flash boards before proceeding with the next steps.

  2. Create new BMC Remedy Action Request System Server service in the Registry. 
    1. Open the registry backup of BMC Remedy Action Request System Server - <oldServerName> taken at step 1.
    2. Save this file as BMC Remedy Action Request System Server - <newServerName>.
    3. In the same file, find and replace the occurrences of <oldServerName> by <newServerName>. 
    4. Save the file.
    5. Right-click on the BMC Remedy Action Request System Server - <newServerName> file and click Merge to update the Windows registry settings.
  3. Create a new BMC Remedy Email Engine service in the Registry.
    1. Open the registry backup of BMC Remedy Email Engine - <oldServerName 1> taken at step 1.
    2. Save this file as BMC Remedy Email Engine - <newServerName 1>.
    3. In the same file, find and replace the occurrences of <oldServerName 1> by <newServerName 1>. 
    4. Save the file.
    5. Right-click on the BMC Remedy Email Engine - <newServerName 1> file and click Merge to update the Windows registry settings.
  4. Create a new BMC Remedy Flashboards Server service in the Registry.
    1. Open the registry backup of BMC Remedy Flashboards Server - <oldServerName> taken at step 1.
    2. Save this file as BMC Remedy Flashboards Server - <newServerName>.
    3. In the same file, find and replace the occurrences of <oldServerName> by <newServerName>. 
    4. Save the file.
    5. Right click on the BMC Remedy Flashboards Server - <newServerName> file and click Merge to update the Windows registry settings.

Updating UNIX environments 

  1. Create a matching /etc/arsystem/serverName directory that contains the armonitor.conf file for your server.
    In UNIX and Linux environments, the AR_SERVER_ID (set in the arsystem script) is used to find the subdirectory of /etc/arsystem/ that stores the armonitor.conf file.
  2. Edit the arsystemscript to set the following parameters correctly for the new server:
    • INSTALL_DIR
    • AR_SERVER_ID
    • CONFDIR (This is where the ar.conf file is located.)
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