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This set of Release Notes pertains to version 9.0 of BMC Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping (BMC Atrium Discovery).

Important information about this release

BMC Atrium Discovery 9.0 is a major change from version 8.3.x. You should be aware of the following changes which cause major behavioral changes in the product.

  • Moving from BMC Atrium Discovery 8.3.x to version 9.0 is not the same as previous upgrades. While the upgrade is straightforward, there is an important decision to be made. You must read the Installation, migration, and upgrade overview to determine which path to take.
  • Customer installed software on the appliance may no longer work as the number of packages in version 9.0 on RHEL 6 has been reduced.
  • Consolidation does not work between versions 8.3.x and 9.0.
  • Some root node kind subtype attributes have been deprecated, for example, device_type on Printer. You should start using type instead. A summary is provided here.
  • Some non-TKU patterns must be reviewed due to model changes. These are highlighted in the upgrade.
  • Some custom reports must be reviewed due to model changes. These are highlighted in the upgrade.
  • Regular expressions in credentials are no longer supported, with the exception of '.*'. Any you have of this type must be fixed manually. An example is shown here
  • Support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 has been deprecated.
  • 32 bit kickstarts, virtual appliances, and upgrades are no longer provided. The migration tools provided will enable you to migrate to a 64 bit appliance.
  • The following features do not work fully in version 9.0 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (all features work fully on RHEL 6). Thus, if you choose to upgrade your BMC Atrium Discovery 8.3.2 appliance to version 9.0 (as opposed to deploying a new version 9.0 and migrating your data to it), the following features will not be available:
    • Scanning over IPv6.
    • Running in FIPS compliant mode.
  • The CMDB export adapter in the exporter has been removed after being deprecated in version 8.2. You should use CMDB synchronization instead. All other export adapters (JDBC, CSV) are still present, working, and supported.
  • The Virtual Appliance is now supplied in OVF format. Note, however, that only VMware virtualization products are supported.
  • Windows workstations are now excluded by default, even after an upgrade. You need to change an option to revert to the previous behavior.

Note that we recommend you migrate rather than upgrade. Migrating is required, either in version 9.0 or in the next version of BMC Atrium Discovery. Future releases will only provide an upgrade from version 9.0 running on RHEL 6.

Version history

BMC Atrium Discovery 9.0 was released on 31 October, 2012.
BMC Atrium Discovery 9.0 SP1 was released on 13 March 2013.
BMC Atrium Discovery 9.0 SP2 was released on 6 September 2013.

Release Notes

These Release Notes detail the following information:

BMC Atrium Discovery OS and application software have been tested and found to be free from susceptibility to date/time issues which may occur as the result of the additional day in a leap year.