Maintenance files and schedule
Maintenance files repair product and Installation System defects, add product and Installation System enhancements, and update the BMC products that you installed through the Installation System. BMC delivers SMP/E maintenance, which is required for all products that the Installation System installs.
Maintenance file types
BMC provides the following types of maintenance files:
Recommended Service Level (RSL)
RSL files contain program temporary fixes (PTFs) and HOLDDATA for products. The PTFs have been certified by BMC against the IBM Recommended Service Update (RSU). You can obtain quarterly RSL maintenance at any time by using IBM SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER. You can obtain cumulative RSL maintenance from the BMC Electronic Software Distribution File Transfer Protocol (BMC ESD FTP) site or by requesting physical media.
Quarterly RSL images remain available for two years on Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) after the date on which they became available (RSL images older than two years can be requested on physical media).
You can obtain individual PTFs at any time by using IBM SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER (recommended method) or eFix PTF Distribution Services (eFix).
SMP/E service files (packaged with the corresponding products on the installation media)
SMP/E service files contain additional maintenance to be applied during installation to bring the product to the GA level or to a specific RSL level.
All PTFs and APARs that are required for creating the GA level of the product are added to the service files. However, if BMC incorporates an APAR into a maintenance update concurrently with the release of a new product, that APAR is not added to the service files. The service files are packaged with the installation media.
The SMP/E service files are not interchangeable with the RSL files. Use the SMP/E service files only when performing a new installation of a product. Do not use the service files in place of the RSL files.
Recommended Service Level (RSL) maintenance is available on a quarterly basis. Additionally, a six-month accumulation of RSL PTFs will be available from the electronic software distribution (ESD) FTP site or on physical media (DVD). A technical bulletin alerts you when a new RSL is available. (You can sign up for proactive alerts on the .)
RSL maintenance is labeled as RSLyyqqC:
- yy is the last two digits of the calendar year.
- qq is the two digit month representing the quarter.
- C is optional to identify a 6-month cumulative release.
The following RSL releases are scheduled or available. Click an available RSL number to list the PTFs contained on the RSL. A brief description of each PTF is included. For detailed descriptions of PTFs, go to eFix PTF Distribution Services (eFix).
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|Number||Maintenance period||Availability||IBM RSU level|
|2021 RSL maintenance|
|RSL2104||October 10, 2020 through January 8, 2021||April 1, 2021||RSU2103|
|RSL2107||January 9, 2021 through April 9, 2021||July 1, 2021||RSU2106|
|RSL2107C||October 10, 2020 through April 9, 2021||July 1, 2021||RSU2106|
|RSL2110||April 10, 2021 through July 9, 2021||October 1, 2021||RSU2109|
|RSL2201||July 10, 2021 through October 8, 2021||January 4, 2022||RSU2112|
|RSL2201C||April 10, 2021 through October 8, 2021||January 4, 2022||RSU2112|
|2020 RSL maintenance|
|RSL2004||October 12, 2019 through January 10, 2020||April 2, 2020||RSU2003|
|RSL2007||January 11, 2020 through April 10, 2020||July 16, 2020||RSU2006|
|RSL2007C||October 12, 2019 through April 10, 2020||July 16, 2020 ||RSU2006|
|RSL2010||April 11, 2020 through July 10, 2020||October 15, 2020 ||RSU2009|
|RSL2101||July 11, 2020 through October 9, 2020||January 21, 2021||RSU2012|
|RSL2101C||April 11, 2020 through October 9, 2020||January 21, 2021||RSU2012|
|2019 RSL maintenance|
|RSL1904||October 12, 2018 through January 10, 2019||April 4, 2019||RSU1902|
|RSL1907||January 11, 2019 through April 11, 2019||July 3, 2019||RSU1905|
|RSL1907C||October 12, 2018 through April 11, 2019||July 3, 2019||RSU1905|
|RSL1910||April 12, 2019 through July 11, 2019||October 3, 2019||RSU1908|
|RSL2001||July 12, 2019 through October 10, 2019||January 3, 2020||RSU1911|
|RSL2001C||April 12, 2019 through October 10, 2019||January 3, 2020||RSU1911|