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

The following table describes the types of maintenance files that BMC provides:

Maintenance file type

Description
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.

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).

PTFs

You can obtain individual PTFs at any time by using IBM SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER.

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.

Important

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.

Maintenance schedule

Recommended Service Level (RSL) maintenance is available on a quarterly basis. A technical bulletin alerts you when a new RSL is available. (You can sign up for proactive alerts on the BMC Support Central .)

RSL maintenance is labeled as RSLyymm:

  • yy is the last two digits of the calendar year.
  • mm is the two digits that represent the month.

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. 

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Maintenance is available online for two years after the date on which it was made available, which observes our rolling two-year availability policy (RSL images older than two years can be requested on physical media).

BMC RSL Maintenance periodAvailability

BMC certified IBM RSU level 

IBM RSU level
2022 RSL maintenance
RSL2204

October 15, 2021 through February 10, 2022

April 1, 2022RSU2112RSU2203
RSL2207 February 11, 2022 through May 12, 2022July 1, 2022RSU2203RSU2206
RSL2210May 13, 2022 through August 11, 2022October 3, 2022RSU2206RSU2209
RSL2301August 12, 2022 through November 10, 2022January 2, 2023RSU2209RSU2212
2021 RSL maintenance
RSL2104October 10, 2020 through January 8, 2021April 1, 2021RSU2012RSU2103
RSL2107January 9, 2021 through April 9, 2021July 1, 2021RSU2103RSU2106
RSL2110April 10, 2021 through July 9, 2021October 1, 2021RSU2106RSU2109
RSL2201July 10, 2021 through October 14, 2021January 4, 2022RSU2109RSU2112
2020 RSL maintenance
RSL2004October 12, 2019 through January 10, 2020April 2, 2020RSU1911RSU2003
RSL2007January 11, 2020 through April 10, 2020July 16, 2020 RSU2003RSU2006
RSL2010April 11, 2020 through July 10, 2020October 15, 2020 
RSU2006RSU2009
RSL2101July 11, 2020 through October 9, 2020January 21, 2021
RSU2009RSU2012
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