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Remedy ITSM Suite in-place upgrade process


In an in-place upgrade, you leverage your existing hardware and Remedy environments (development, QA, and production). On the development system, you upgrade and reconcile application customizations (overlays). You can perform an in-place upgrade of your systems with an option of no outage of your environment.

While upgrading your QA system, you test the upgrade of the platform components and applications with production data and fully test the upgraded environment.

When you perform the final upgrade on the current production environment, you import your reconciled application customizations, validate the system, and go live. 




In this topic

Related topics

Remedy ITSM Suite staged upgrade process

BMC Remedy Single Sign-On upgrading

Upgrading BMC Digital Workplace Basic

Upgrading BMC Digital Workplace Advanced

Upgrading Smart IT


Before you begin

PlanCreate an upgrade plan by reviewing the section Planning an upgrade. This document covers important upgrade decisions and considerations, such as system requirements, which upgrade method to use, and which components to upgrade.
PrepareComplete the tasks in the Preparing section, which will help you prepare for running the upgrade installers.


In-place upgrade overview

The image below illustrates the task flow for the in-place upgrade process that follows.

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Zero-downtime upgrade for platform components

In an in-place upgrade, platform components are upgraded by using a zero-downtime upgrade method. To learn more about the zero-downtime upgrade, see Preparing for zero-downtime upgrade of the platform.

Note

Beginning with version 9.1.04, for both in-place and staged upgrades, you must upgrade the platform components on all the servers of a server group and then upgrade the application components.

 


Performing an in-place upgrade

BMC recommends that you perform the tasks in each environment in the order listed.

 

Note

For an in-place upgrade, it is not necessary to freeze data changes or to restrict activity on the production environment during the upgrade; however, BMC recommends that you limit changes to object definitions and to AR System configuration. If you do make changes to object definitions or AR System configuration, ensure that you make and test the changes in each of the environments (development, QA, and production) to ensure they do not impact upgrade activities.


TaskActionAdditional information
Development system in-place upgrade
1.

Capture a snapshot of server application objects.

2.Upgrade the platform on all the servers of a server group

Upgrade the BMC Remedy AR System components and BMC Atrium Core.  

 Process overview

Warning

  • While the upgrade is processing, you should not perform any Remedy AR System or Atrium CMDB administrative functions until the upgrade is complete for that system.
  • If you are using a currency format other than the default(default format is USD), you must run the currency utility before upgrading the platform and application components to 9.1.04 or later versions. Running the currency utility preserves the customization relevant to currency settings. Download the latest currency utility from BMC Communities. As a precaution, take a backup of the database before running the currency utility. The database backup might be required if a power outage or some technical issue interrupts the currency utility. 

    To run the currency utility manually, see Running currency utility before upgrading the platform components. 

OrderActionAdditional information
1Upgrade the Mid Tier.

BMC Remedy Mid Tier must be upgraded before the AR System server is upgraded. You can run Mid Tier 18.08 against the lower version of AR System Server and BMC Atrium Core CMDB.

2Prepare the server group for an upgrade.

When you are performing a zero-downtime upgrade or an upgrade with an outage window, first check the following details:

Start the non administrative servers one by one and ensure the following items:

    • Administration, CMDB, and Approval operations have the same ranking within a non administrative server.  
    • For each server in a server group, ensure that the Server-Connect-Name option is set to the local AR server name, not the load balancer name or the server group name. 
      For version 9.x or later, update the Server-Connect-Name setting on the Centralized configuration form.  For versions prior to 9.x, update this setting in the ar.cfg (Windows) or ar.conf (UNIX) file. To update the Server-Connect-Name, see Configuration settings S-Z .

To prepare a server group for upgrade, do one of the following actions:

3Upgrade BMC Remedy AR System on the primary server.

The primary server in the context of upgrades is the server that has a rank 1 for Administration operation in the AR System Server Group Operation Ranking form. You should first upgrade the server with the Administration operation rank 1, because Administration operations ownership is required to import workflows during an upgrade.

 Process overview

OrderActionAdditional information   
1Perform the BMC Remedy AR System upgrade .
 Components and plug-ins upgraded

Components
  • BMC Remedy AR System server
  • BMC Remedy Email Engine
  • BMC Remedy Approval Server
  • Assignment Engine
  • Flashboards
Plug-ins
  • AR External Authentication (AREA) LDAP
  • AR System Database Connectivity (ARDBC) LDAP
  • Web Services
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Full Text Search (FTS)

2Perform the BMC Remedy Smart Reporting upgrade.

This step is required only if you have BMC Remedy Smart Reporting installed in your current environment.

If you are upgrading from a version earlier than 9.0.x, you have to perform a fresh installation of the BMC Remedy Smart Reporting component. For instructions, see Preparing to install BMC Remedy Smart Reporting.

3Perform the BMC Remedy AR System client upgrades.

(Windows) You can upgrade clients before or after the AR System server upgrade. Use the BMC Remedy AR System installer (ARSuiteKitDeveloperWindows.zip) to upgrade the following clients:

  • BMC Remedy Developer Studio (and the Localization Toolkit)
  • BMC Remedy Data Import
  • BMC Atrium Integrator Spoon

Note: The clients can be installed on Windows only; they are not available for Linux or UNIX.

4Perform the BMC Remedy Encryption Security upgrade.Installing or upgrading a product on an encrypted BMC Remedy AR System server is not supported. BMC recommends that you install BMC Remedy Encryption Security after you have upgraded all other components. Also, before upgrading BMC Remedy ITSM applications, you have to deactivate the BMC Remedy Encryption Security. For instructions, see Temporarily deactivating BMC Remedy Encryption Security.
5Install the offline documentation.

(Optional) If you are bound by a firewall or do not have access to internet, install the latest offline Help content.

4Upgrade BMC Atrium Core on the primary server.
 Process overview

TaskActionAdditional information   
1.Perform the BMC Atrium CMDB upgrade.Install BMC Atrium CMDB on the same computer on which the AR System server is installed.
2.Perform the BMC Atrium Core Web Services upgrade.If BMC Atrium Core Web Services is installed on a different computer than BMC Atrium CMDB, you must upgrade BMC Atrium Core Web Services after you upgrade BMC Remedy AR System and BMC Atrium CMDB. If BMC Atrium CMDB and BMC Atrium Core Web Services are on the same computer, they are upgraded together.
3.

Perform the Atrium Integrator upgrade.

You must upgrade Atrium Integrator server before you install BMC Remedy ITSM or BMC Service Request Management. Upgrade the BMC Atrium Integrator server on the computer where you have upgraded the BMC Remedy AR System server.

 Process overview

TaskActionAdditional information
1,

Upgrade Atrium Integrator server 

Choose the upgrade procedure based on your upgrade path:

Perform the Atrium Integrator server upgrade from 8.0 and later 

 



4. Install BMC Configuration Drift Management.(Optional) Install BMC Configuration Drift Management.

Note: The latest version of BMC Configuration Drift Management that you can install is version 8.1.xx.

5. Install the offline documentation.(Optional) If you have not already done so during the BMC Remedy AR System upgrade, install the offline Help.

5Reconcile AR customizations.

Reconcile once after you upgrade the platform on the primary server. See Adjusting customizations when upgrading.

6Upgrade Secondary Servers.Repeat steps 1 to 4 for each Secondary server. Complete the steps on one server before moving on to the next Secondary server.
7Verify platform upgrade status for the entire server group.
  1. From Mid Tier, select AR System Administration > AR System Administration Console > System > General > Server Information.
  2. On the Server Information page,  verify the AR System server version and upgrade status. The status must be Done after AR System server is upgraded on all servers.

3.Adjust customizations when upgrading.

Adjust your application customizations and assign the appropriate overlay type to the objects' granular sections before proceeding with the BMC Remedy application upgrades.

This step is mandatory for version 8.0 or earlier and optional for version 8.1 or later. If you are upgrading from version 8.0 or earlier, this operation will significantly reduce the number of objects that you need to reconcile and will reduce the difficulty of that reconciliation. This operation is optional for anyone upgrading from release 8.1 or later since the granular overlay feature is present from that release forward; however, it can still help you optimize your overlays.

4.Upgrade the applications.

Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer, BMC Remedy ITSM core products, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management.

  • If your applications are already on version 18.05, apply the deployment package to upgrade all applications.
  • If your application version is prior to 18.05, perform the following:
    1. Upgrade application to version 18.05.
    2. Complete the application upgrade.
    3. After completing the upgrade of all applications, apply the deployment package to upgrade all applications.
 Process overview

TaskActionAdditional information
1.Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer.

If BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer is installed, the installer upgrades the Process Designer Integration and Configuration Tool (PDICT) and the Process Designer server.

Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer in the following order according to your version:

  • If BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer is at version 8.3.02 or 8.3.03, upgrade it before you upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management.
  • If BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer is at version 8.3.04 or later, upgrade it after you upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management.
  • If you are performing a fresh installation of BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer along with the upgrade of other application components, you must install it after you upgrade the other application components.
2.Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM to version 18.05.

Upgrades BMC Service Desk (includes BMC Incident Management and BMC Problem Management), BMC Asset Management, BMC Change Management, and BMC Knowledge Management.

If you are using BMC Digital Workplace and/or BMC Remedy with Smart IT, it is recommended that you upgrade the BMC Remedy ITSM Suite only after upgrading BMC Digital Workplace and upgrade Smart IT only after BMC Remedy ITSM is upgraded.

Note that if ITSM is upgraded to version 18.05, Smart IT also must be upgraded to 18.05, because Smart IT 2.0 and earlier will not work with ITSM 18.05.

The upgrade sequence is as follows:

  1. Upgrade to BMC Digital Workplace
  2. Upgrade to Remedy ITSM Suite
  3. Upgrade to Remedy with Smart IT
3.Upgrade BMC Service Request Management to version 18.05.

Upgrades BMC Service Request Management and the Data Visualization modules.

4.Upgrade BMC Service Level Management to version 18.05.

Upgrades BMC Service Level Management.

5.Install the offline documentation(Optional) If you are bound by a firewall or do not have internet access, install the latest offline Help content.
6.Reconcile customizations, if any.(Optional) Reconcile the customization of objects.
7.Validate the upgrade

Ensure that the upgrade is successful. Check the application install log files for successful installation message. For example, the BMC Remedy ITSM install log file located in the (Windows) TEMP or (UNIX) tmp folder shows the following message:

BMC Remedy ITSM Suite 18.05.00 install succeeded.

If there are upgrade related errors in the log; fix the errors and then proceed to the next step. For more information, see Troubleshooting.

8.Apply the deployment packages to upgrade applicationsApply the BMC Remedy ITSM, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management deployment packages to upgrade to the latest version.
9.Apply the language deployment package(Optional) Apply the language deployment packages to install application language packs.

After upgrading the applications, perform 3-way reconciliation to reconcile changes that you made in your overlays with changes introduced by BMC during an upgrade. For instructions, see Reconciling AR customizations.

5.Perform upgrade testing.Perform functional validation and make any necessary fixes as recommended for the Development system.
6.Update the integrations.

Depending on your current deployment and whether or not you need to upgrade your integrations to the AR System server, such as BMC TrueSight Operations Management or BMC Service Resolution, decide whether you will perform a fresh installation, upgrade those products, or repoint them to the staging system. 

Refer to the documentation for those products if you need instructions.

7.

Migrate the application customizations.

Choose the appropriate method to export and import the packing list to the QA and production systems as indicated.

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QA system in-place upgrade

8.

Upgrade the platform on all the servers in a server group

Upgrade the BMC Remedy AR System components and BMC Atrium Core.  

 Process overview

Warning

  • While the upgrade is processing, you should not perform any Remedy AR System or Atrium CMDB administrative functions until the upgrade is complete for that system.
  • If you are using a currency format other than the default(default format is USD), you must run the currency utility before upgrading the platform and application components to 9.1.04 or later versions. Running the currency utility preserves the customization relevant to currency settings. Download the latest currency utility from BMC Communities. As a precaution, take a backup of the database before running the currency utility. The database backup might be required if a power outage or some technical issue interrupts the currency utility. 

    To run the currency utility manually, see Running currency utility before upgrading the platform components. 

OrderActionAdditional information
1Upgrade the Mid Tier.

BMC Remedy Mid Tier must be upgraded before the AR System server is upgraded. You can run Mid Tier 18.08 against the lower version of AR System Server and BMC Atrium Core CMDB.

2Prepare the server group for an upgrade.

When you are performing a zero-downtime upgrade or an upgrade with an outage window, first check the following details:

Start the non administrative servers one by one and ensure the following items:

    • Administration, CMDB, and Approval operations have the same ranking within a non administrative server.  
    • For each server in a server group, ensure that the Server-Connect-Name option is set to the local AR server name, not the load balancer name or the server group name. 
      For version 9.x or later, update the Server-Connect-Name setting on the Centralized configuration form.  For versions prior to 9.x, update this setting in the ar.cfg (Windows) or ar.conf (UNIX) file. To update the Server-Connect-Name, see Configuration settings S-Z .

To prepare a server group for upgrade, do one of the following actions:

3Upgrade BMC Remedy AR System on the primary server.

The primary server in the context of upgrades is the server that has a rank 1 for Administration operation in the AR System Server Group Operation Ranking form. You should first upgrade the server with the Administration operation rank 1, because Administration operations ownership is required to import workflows during an upgrade.

 Process overview

OrderActionAdditional information   
1Perform the BMC Remedy AR System upgrade .
 Components and plug-ins upgraded

Components
  • BMC Remedy AR System server
  • BMC Remedy Email Engine
  • BMC Remedy Approval Server
  • Assignment Engine
  • Flashboards
Plug-ins
  • AR External Authentication (AREA) LDAP
  • AR System Database Connectivity (ARDBC) LDAP
  • Web Services
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Full Text Search (FTS)

2Perform the BMC Remedy Smart Reporting upgrade.

This step is required only if you have BMC Remedy Smart Reporting installed in your current environment.

If you are upgrading from a version earlier than 9.0.x, you have to perform a fresh installation of the BMC Remedy Smart Reporting component. For instructions, see Preparing to install BMC Remedy Smart Reporting.

3Perform the BMC Remedy AR System client upgrades.

(Windows) You can upgrade clients before or after the AR System server upgrade. Use the BMC Remedy AR System installer (ARSuiteKitDeveloperWindows.zip) to upgrade the following clients:

  • BMC Remedy Developer Studio (and the Localization Toolkit)
  • BMC Remedy Data Import
  • BMC Atrium Integrator Spoon

Note: The clients can be installed on Windows only; they are not available for Linux or UNIX.

4Perform the BMC Remedy Encryption Security upgrade.Installing or upgrading a product on an encrypted BMC Remedy AR System server is not supported. BMC recommends that you install BMC Remedy Encryption Security after you have upgraded all other components. Also, before upgrading BMC Remedy ITSM applications, you have to deactivate the BMC Remedy Encryption Security. For instructions, see Temporarily deactivating BMC Remedy Encryption Security.
5Install the offline documentation.

(Optional) If you are bound by a firewall or do not have access to internet, install the latest offline Help content.

4Upgrade BMC Atrium Core on the primary server.
 Process overview

TaskActionAdditional information   
1.Perform the BMC Atrium CMDB upgrade.Install BMC Atrium CMDB on the same computer on which the AR System server is installed.
2.Perform the BMC Atrium Core Web Services upgrade.If BMC Atrium Core Web Services is installed on a different computer than BMC Atrium CMDB, you must upgrade BMC Atrium Core Web Services after you upgrade BMC Remedy AR System and BMC Atrium CMDB. If BMC Atrium CMDB and BMC Atrium Core Web Services are on the same computer, they are upgraded together.
3.

Perform the Atrium Integrator upgrade.

You must upgrade Atrium Integrator server before you install BMC Remedy ITSM or BMC Service Request Management. Upgrade the BMC Atrium Integrator server on the computer where you have upgraded the BMC Remedy AR System server.

 Process overview

TaskActionAdditional information
1,

Upgrade Atrium Integrator server 

Choose the upgrade procedure based on your upgrade path:

Perform the Atrium Integrator server upgrade from 8.0 and later 

 



4. Install BMC Configuration Drift Management.(Optional) Install BMC Configuration Drift Management.

Note: The latest version of BMC Configuration Drift Management that you can install is version 8.1.xx.

5. Install the offline documentation.(Optional) If you have not already done so during the BMC Remedy AR System upgrade, install the offline Help.

5Reconcile AR customizations.

Reconcile once after you upgrade the platform on the primary server. See Adjusting customizations when upgrading.

6Upgrade Secondary Servers.Repeat steps 1 to 4 for each Secondary server. Complete the steps on one server before moving on to the next Secondary server.
7Verify platform upgrade status for the entire server group.
  1. From Mid Tier, select AR System Administration > AR System Administration Console > System > General > Server Information.
  2. On the Server Information page,  verify the AR System server version and upgrade status. The status must be Done after AR System server is upgraded on all servers.

9.

Upgrade the applications

Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer, BMC Remedy ITSM core products, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management.

  • If your applications are already on version 18.05, apply the deployment package to upgrade all applications.
  • If your application version is prior to 18.05, perform the following:
    1. Upgrade application to version 18.05.
    2. Complete the application upgrade.
    3. After completing the upgrade of all applications, apply the deployment package to upgrade all applications.

If you are upgrading only the platform, omit the steps to upgrade the applications.

 Process overview

TaskActionAdditional information
1.Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer.

If BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer is installed, the installer upgrades the Process Designer Integration and Configuration Tool (PDICT) and the Process Designer server.

Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer in the following order according to your version:

  • If BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer is at version 8.3.02 or 8.3.03, upgrade it before you upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management.
  • If BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer is at version 8.3.04 or later, upgrade it after you upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management.
  • If you are performing a fresh installation of BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer along with the upgrade of other application components, you must install it after you upgrade the other application components.
2.Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM to version 18.05.

Upgrades BMC Service Desk (includes BMC Incident Management and BMC Problem Management), BMC Asset Management, BMC Change Management, and BMC Knowledge Management.

If you are using BMC Digital Workplace and/or BMC Remedy with Smart IT, it is recommended that you upgrade the BMC Remedy ITSM Suite only after upgrading BMC Digital Workplace and upgrade Smart IT only after BMC Remedy ITSM is upgraded.

Note that if ITSM is upgraded to version 18.05, Smart IT also must be upgraded to 18.05, because Smart IT 2.0 and earlier will not work with ITSM 18.05.

The upgrade sequence is as follows:

  1. Upgrade to BMC Digital Workplace
  2. Upgrade to Remedy ITSM Suite
  3. Upgrade to Remedy with Smart IT
3.Upgrade BMC Service Request Management to version 18.05.

Upgrades BMC Service Request Management and the Data Visualization modules.

4.Upgrade BMC Service Level Management to version 18.05.

Upgrades BMC Service Level Management.

5.Install the offline documentation(Optional) If you are bound by a firewall or do not have internet access, install the latest offline Help content.
6.Reconcile customizations, if any.(Optional) Reconcile the customization of objects.
7.Validate the upgrade

Ensure that the upgrade is successful. Check the application install log files for successful installation message. For example, the BMC Remedy ITSM install log file located in the (Windows) TEMP or (UNIX) tmp folder shows the following message:

BMC Remedy ITSM Suite 18.05.00 install succeeded.

If there are upgrade related errors in the log; fix the errors and then proceed to the next step. For more information, see Troubleshooting.

8.Apply the deployment packages to upgrade applicationsApply the BMC Remedy ITSM, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management deployment packages to upgrade to the latest version.
9.Apply the language deployment package(Optional) Apply the language deployment packages to install application language packs.

After upgrading the applications, perform 3-way reconciliation to reconcile changes that you made in your overlays with changes introduced by BMC during an upgrade. For instructions, see Reconciling AR customizations.

10.

Import the reconciled customizations .

Import the packing list or package that you created in step 6.

11.Update the integrations.

Depending on your current deployment and whether or not you need to upgrade your integrations to the AR System server, such as BMC TrueSight Operations Management or BMC Service Resolution, decide whether you will perform a fresh install, upgrade those products, or repoint them to the staging system. 

Refer to the documentation for those products if you need instructions.

12.

Perform upgrade testing.

Perform the following kinds of testing as recommended for the QA environment:

  • Out-of-the-box functionality testing
  • End-to-end testing to validate data and to check that customized applications and integrations are working correctly
  • Performance testing to confirm system performs as expected under load.
13.Resolve issues uncovered during testing. 

Fix application customizations on the development system, and then update the packing list and re-migrate customizations from the development system. On the QA system, re-import the customizations. Repeat this process until all issues are resolved.

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Production system in-place upgrade
14.Upgrade the platform on all the servers of a server group

Upgrade the BMC Remedy AR System components and BMC Atrium Core.  

 Process overview

Warning

  • While the upgrade is processing, you should not perform any Remedy AR System or Atrium CMDB administrative functions until the upgrade is complete for that system.
  • If you are using a currency format other than the default(default format is USD), you must run the currency utility before upgrading the platform and application components to 9.1.04 or later versions. Running the currency utility preserves the customization relevant to currency settings. Download the latest currency utility from BMC Communities. As a precaution, take a backup of the database before running the currency utility. The database backup might be required if a power outage or some technical issue interrupts the currency utility. 

    To run the currency utility manually, see Running currency utility before upgrading the platform components. 

OrderActionAdditional information
1Upgrade the Mid Tier.

BMC Remedy Mid Tier must be upgraded before the AR System server is upgraded. You can run Mid Tier 18.08 against the lower version of AR System Server and BMC Atrium Core CMDB.

2Prepare the server group for an upgrade.

When you are performing a zero-downtime upgrade or an upgrade with an outage window, first check the following details:

Start the non administrative servers one by one and ensure the following items:

    • Administration, CMDB, and Approval operations have the same ranking within a non administrative server.  
    • For each server in a server group, ensure that the Server-Connect-Name option is set to the local AR server name, not the load balancer name or the server group name. 
      For version 9.x or later, update the Server-Connect-Name setting on the Centralized configuration form.  For versions prior to 9.x, update this setting in the ar.cfg (Windows) or ar.conf (UNIX) file. To update the Server-Connect-Name, see Configuration settings S-Z .

To prepare a server group for upgrade, do one of the following actions:

3Upgrade BMC Remedy AR System on the primary server.

The primary server in the context of upgrades is the server that has a rank 1 for Administration operation in the AR System Server Group Operation Ranking form. You should first upgrade the server with the Administration operation rank 1, because Administration operations ownership is required to import workflows during an upgrade.

 Process overview

OrderActionAdditional information   
1Perform the BMC Remedy AR System upgrade .
 Components and plug-ins upgraded

Components
  • BMC Remedy AR System server
  • BMC Remedy Email Engine
  • BMC Remedy Approval Server
  • Assignment Engine
  • Flashboards
Plug-ins
  • AR External Authentication (AREA) LDAP
  • AR System Database Connectivity (ARDBC) LDAP
  • Web Services
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Full Text Search (FTS)

2Perform the BMC Remedy Smart Reporting upgrade.

This step is required only if you have BMC Remedy Smart Reporting installed in your current environment.

If you are upgrading from a version earlier than 9.0.x, you have to perform a fresh installation of the BMC Remedy Smart Reporting component. For instructions, see Preparing to install BMC Remedy Smart Reporting.

3Perform the BMC Remedy AR System client upgrades.

(Windows) You can upgrade clients before or after the AR System server upgrade. Use the BMC Remedy AR System installer (ARSuiteKitDeveloperWindows.zip) to upgrade the following clients:

  • BMC Remedy Developer Studio (and the Localization Toolkit)
  • BMC Remedy Data Import
  • BMC Atrium Integrator Spoon

Note: The clients can be installed on Windows only; they are not available for Linux or UNIX.

4Perform the BMC Remedy Encryption Security upgrade.Installing or upgrading a product on an encrypted BMC Remedy AR System server is not supported. BMC recommends that you install BMC Remedy Encryption Security after you have upgraded all other components. Also, before upgrading BMC Remedy ITSM applications, you have to deactivate the BMC Remedy Encryption Security. For instructions, see Temporarily deactivating BMC Remedy Encryption Security.
5Install the offline documentation.

(Optional) If you are bound by a firewall or do not have access to internet, install the latest offline Help content.

4Upgrade BMC Atrium Core on the primary server.
 Process overview

TaskActionAdditional information   
1.Perform the BMC Atrium CMDB upgrade.Install BMC Atrium CMDB on the same computer on which the AR System server is installed.
2.Perform the BMC Atrium Core Web Services upgrade.If BMC Atrium Core Web Services is installed on a different computer than BMC Atrium CMDB, you must upgrade BMC Atrium Core Web Services after you upgrade BMC Remedy AR System and BMC Atrium CMDB. If BMC Atrium CMDB and BMC Atrium Core Web Services are on the same computer, they are upgraded together.
3.

Perform the Atrium Integrator upgrade.

You must upgrade Atrium Integrator server before you install BMC Remedy ITSM or BMC Service Request Management. Upgrade the BMC Atrium Integrator server on the computer where you have upgraded the BMC Remedy AR System server.

 Process overview

TaskActionAdditional information
1,

Upgrade Atrium Integrator server 

Choose the upgrade procedure based on your upgrade path:

Perform the Atrium Integrator server upgrade from 8.0 and later 

 



4. Install BMC Configuration Drift Management.(Optional) Install BMC Configuration Drift Management.

Note: The latest version of BMC Configuration Drift Management that you can install is version 8.1.xx.

5. Install the offline documentation.(Optional) If you have not already done so during the BMC Remedy AR System upgrade, install the offline Help.

5Reconcile AR customizations.

Reconcile once after you upgrade the platform on the primary server. See Adjusting customizations when upgrading.

6Upgrade Secondary Servers.Repeat steps 1 to 4 for each Secondary server. Complete the steps on one server before moving on to the next Secondary server.
7Verify platform upgrade status for the entire server group.
  1. From Mid Tier, select AR System Administration > AR System Administration Console > System > General > Server Information.
  2. On the Server Information page,  verify the AR System server version and upgrade status. The status must be Done after AR System server is upgraded on all servers.

15.

Upgrade the applications

Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer, BMC Remedy ITSM core products, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management.

During the application upgrade, you will need to schedule downtime.

  • If your applications are already on version 18.05, apply the deployment package to upgrade all applications.
  • If your application version is prior to 18.05, perform the following:
    1. Upgrade application to version 18.05.
    2. Complete the application upgrade.
    3. After completing the upgrade of all applications, apply the deployment package to upgrade all applications.

If you are upgrading only the platform, omit the steps to upgrade the applications.

 Process overview

TaskActionAdditional information
1.Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer.

If BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer is installed, the installer upgrades the Process Designer Integration and Configuration Tool (PDICT) and the Process Designer server.

Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer in the following order according to your version:

  • If BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer is at version 8.3.02 or 8.3.03, upgrade it before you upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management.
  • If BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer is at version 8.3.04 or later, upgrade it after you upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management.
  • If you are performing a fresh installation of BMC Remedy ITSM Process Designer along with the upgrade of other application components, you must install it after you upgrade the other application components.
2.Upgrade BMC Remedy ITSM to version 18.05.

Upgrades BMC Service Desk (includes BMC Incident Management and BMC Problem Management), BMC Asset Management, BMC Change Management, and BMC Knowledge Management.

If you are using BMC Digital Workplace and/or BMC Remedy with Smart IT, it is recommended that you upgrade the BMC Remedy ITSM Suite only after upgrading BMC Digital Workplace and upgrade Smart IT only after BMC Remedy ITSM is upgraded.

Note that if ITSM is upgraded to version 18.05, Smart IT also must be upgraded to 18.05, because Smart IT 2.0 and earlier will not work with ITSM 18.05.

The upgrade sequence is as follows:

  1. Upgrade to BMC Digital Workplace
  2. Upgrade to Remedy ITSM Suite
  3. Upgrade to Remedy with Smart IT
3.Upgrade BMC Service Request Management to version 18.05.

Upgrades BMC Service Request Management and the Data Visualization modules.

4.Upgrade BMC Service Level Management to version 18.05.

Upgrades BMC Service Level Management.

5.Install the offline documentation(Optional) If you are bound by a firewall or do not have internet access, install the latest offline Help content.
6.Reconcile customizations, if any.(Optional) Reconcile the customization of objects.
7.Validate the upgrade

Ensure that the upgrade is successful. Check the application install log files for successful installation message. For example, the BMC Remedy ITSM install log file located in the (Windows) TEMP or (UNIX) tmp folder shows the following message:

BMC Remedy ITSM Suite 18.05.00 install succeeded.

If there are upgrade related errors in the log; fix the errors and then proceed to the next step. For more information, see Troubleshooting.

8.Apply the deployment packages to upgrade applicationsApply the BMC Remedy ITSM, BMC Service Request Management, and BMC Service Level Management deployment packages to upgrade to the latest version.
9.Apply the language deployment package(Optional) Apply the language deployment packages to install application language packs.

After upgrading the applications, perform 3-way reconciliation to reconcile changes that you made in your overlays with changes introduced by BMC during an upgrade. For instructions, see Reconciling AR customizations.

16.

Import the reconciled customizations .


Import the packing list or package that you created in step 6 or that you might have re-created in step 10.

17.Update the integrations.

Depending on your current deployment and whether or not you need to upgrade your integrations to the AR System server, such as BMC TrueSight Operations Management or BMC Service Resolution, decide whether you will perform a fresh install, upgrade those products, or repoint them to the production system. 

Refer to the documentation for those products if you need instructions.

18.

Perform upgrade testing and go live.

Perform some basic sanity tests to ensure the system and applications are ready for access and go live.

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