This documentation supports the 18.08 version of Remedy IT Service Management Suite.

To view the latest version, select the version from the Product version menu.

Adobe Flash replacement options when upgrading Remedy ITSM to version 20.02.02

Update: December 9, 2020

BMC has tested Flash-based capabilities with the HARMAN Packaged Browser application—Electron/Chromium version. For updates regarding Limited Support, see "Alternatives for customers who want to continue to use the Flash-based BMC products."

Adobe announced the end of development and distribution of Adobe Flash Player by the end of the year 2020. Flash-based capabilities in Remedy IT Service Management Suite (Remedy ITSM Suite) will no longer work after December 31, 2020. BMC has taken proactive steps over the recent releases to manage the deprecation of the Flash-based capabilities in Remedy ITSM Suite. BMC has also been providing replacement capabilities for the majority of areas where Flash was used in the past.

BMC recommends that you upgrade Remedy platform components (Remedy AR System Server, Remedy Mid Tier, BMC CMDB, and Atrium Integrator) to version 20.02.02 before December 31, 2020 to avoid any problems as a result of the Adobe Flash Player retirement.

How can I find out if I am impacted by the end of life of Adobe Flash?

If you are using any of the capabilities listed in the table in the next section, then end of life of Adobe Flash will have an impact on the behavior of your ITSM implementation.

What Flash-related changes can I expect when I upgrade to ITSM version 20.02.02 ?

The following tables list the capabilities that are available in the ITSM components and provide a comparison between its behavior in your current installation and in version 20.02.02.

Capabilities replaced in ITSM version 18.08

ComponentCapabilityBehavior in versions earlier than 18.08Behavior in version 20.02.02
ITSM

Pre-defined flashboard charts in ITSM apps:

  • IT Home Page
  • ROI Console
  • KPI dashboard for various ITSM processes
  • Virtual Chat Dashboard
  • SRM Business Manager Console
  • SLM Dashboard
  • Change Management Dashboard
ITSM applications use Adobe Flash for rendering flashboards, such as KPI flashboard, ROI flashboard, virtual chat dashboard, SRM Business Manager, and Change Management Dashboard.

HTML rendering is enabled by default for ITSM flashboards, such as KPI flashboard, ROI flashboard, virtual chat dashboard, SRM Business Manager, and Change Management Dashboard.

HTML rendering offers a more secure flashboard display with an improved look and feel. If you choose to use HTML rendering, all your customized flashboards continue to work as before.


See Using flashboards  in IT Service Management documentation.

Capabilities replaced in ITSM version 20.02

ComponentCapabilityBehavior in versions earlier than 20.02Behavior in version 20.02.02
ITSM

ITSM UI elements

  • Rounded corners on buttons in various ITSM screens
  • Tooltips in various ITSM screens
  • Panel headers in various ITSM screens
  • Global variables in various ITSM app scenarios

You could choose to display rounded corners on buttons, tooltips, panel headers, and storage object for global variables either by using HTML 5-based rendering or Adobe Flash based rendering. HTML 5 based rendering was the default option and was the preferred choice. Flash-based rendering was not commonly used.


ITSM uses HTML standards for displaying rounded corners on buttons, tooltips, panel headers, and storage object for global variables.

The following settings for enabling and detecting Flash are removed from Centralized Configuration:

  • arsystem.flash.enable_ui_rendering
  • arsystem.flash.detect_flashplayer

See Replacement of remaining Adobe Flash capabilities in Remedy in IT Service Management documentation.

Capabilities replaced in ITSM version 20.02.02

ComponentCapabilityBehavior in versions earlier than 20.02.02Behavior in version 20.02.02
ITSM

Access Explore CI page

  • Asset Management Console > Explore CI
  • Asset CI Form > Explore CI
  • Asset CI Form > Topology > Explore CI
CMDB UI is not available when you use CI Explorer in the ITSM applications.

CMDB UI is available when you use CI Explorer in the ITSM applications.

See  Exploring CI relationships in Asset Management documentation.

ITSMAccess Asset CI Form > CMDB AuditCMDB UI is not available when you use Audit in the ITSM applications.

CMDB UI is available when you use CI Explorer or Audit in the ITSM applications.

See  Viewing a BMC Atrium CMDB audit of a CI in Asset Management documentation.

ITSM

View results on the Topology tab for impact simulation by navigating to Change Management Console > Atrium Impact Simulator

The Topology view in Atrium Impact Simulator uses Adobe Flash to display the CI graphs.

The Topology view in Atrium Impact Simulator uses HTML5 to display the CI graphs.

See  Creating a change request from Atrium Impact Simulator in Change Management documentation.

ITSMView results for impact simulation by navigating to Change Request Form > Impact SimulatorWhen you create a new Change Request, the Change Request form uses Adobe Flash to display the results of the impact simulation.

The Topology view in Atrium Impact Simulator uses HTML5 to display the results of the impact simulation.

See  Creating a change request from Atrium Impact Simulator in Remedy Change Management documentation.

Which features are deprecated when I upgrade to ITSM version 20.02.02?

The following table lists features that are deprecated in version 20.02.02. We have provided alternative solutions, wherever possible.

ComponentCapabilityDeprecated in ReleaseCurrent BehaviorBehavior in 20.02.02
SMPMSMPM process model - landing pageDeprecated in version 20.02.02

The Home page of Service Management Process Model (SMPM) uses an Adobe Flash-based display.
  • The Home page of Service Management Process Model is not displayed correctly when your browser stops supporting Adobe Flash after Dec 31, 2020.
  • BMC plans to stop packaging and distributing Service Management Process Model with the Remedy ITSM starting with the 20.02.02 release. For more details, see  Product announcements for BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite .
  • Information about best-practice process is planned to be made available in documentation of the ITSM apps UI in the Self-help tab of the UI.
AR SystemAgent-to-agent chatDeprecated in version 20.02.02
It works only if your browser supports Adobe Flash.
The Openfire Chat feature of Remedy AR System uses Adobe Flash. You can use the chat feature only if your browser version supports Adobe Flash.

The Openfire Chat plug-in works only on browser versions that support Adobe Flash.

We recommend to use Smart IT Openfire Chat for agent-to-agent communication.

See Chatting with other agents to resolve a ticket using Openfire .

Are there any upgrade requirements to get the replacements of Adobe Flash-based capabilities in ITSM ?

If you are a BMC Helix ITSM subscriber, BMC plans to upgrade your SaaS environments before the end of 2020 to replace the Flash-based capabilities, which will be scheduled in coordination with you.

For Remedy on-premises, BMC has delivered replacement capabilities for these remaining Flash-based capabilities via 20.02 Patch 02 (20.02.02) release for the Remedy platform components (Remedy AR System Server, Remedy Mid Tier, CMDB, and Atrium Integrator).  You must install Patch 02 on top of the Remedy platform version 20.02. This patch was made available for download from the BMC Electronic Product Distribution (EPD) site in October 2020. 

Remedy version 20.02.02 (Patch 02) contains the updates delivered in Remedy version 20.02.01 (Patch 01).

  • For information about the updates delivered in Patch 01, see Updates in Remedy version 20.02.01 in the Remedy deployment documentation.
  • For instructions on upgrading to Patch 02, see Deployment instructions for version 20.02.02 in the Remedy deployment documentation.

For detailed information about the patch and the list of issues that have been corrected in this release, see the following patch bulletins:

  • Replacement of remaining Adobe Flash capabilities in Remedy in the Remedy ITSM online documentation.
  • 20.02.02: Patch 2 for version 20.02 in the Remedy AR System online documentation.
  • 20.02.02: Patch 2 for version 20.02 in the BMC CMDB online documentation.

If you are using Remedy ITSM on-premises, we recommend that you upgrade to 20.02 Patch 02 before December 31, 2020 to avoid any problems as a result of the Adobe Flash retirement. Based on the capabilities you require, upgrade as follows:

  • To replace all remaining Flash-based capabilities, upgrade the Remedy Mid Tier or the Remedy platform (Remedy AR System Server, CMDB, and Atrium Integrator) to version 20.02 Patch 02. You need not upgrade the Remedy ITSM applications. 
  • To replace the Approval Process Visualizer and the SRM Process Designer and Visualizer capabilities, upgrade only the Remedy Mid Tier. You need not upgrade the entire Remedy platform.

What other enhancements can I expect when I upgrade to ITSM version 20.02.02?

The following table lists other enhancements in AR System and CMDB.

ReleaseAction Request System EnhancementCMDB Enhancement
18.08

18.08 enhancements

18.08 enhancements

19.02

19.02 enhancements

19.02 enhancements

19.08

19.08 enhancements

19.08 enhancements

19.11

19.11 enhancements

19.11 enhancements

20.02

20.02 enhancements

20.02 enhancements

20.02.02

20.02.02 enhancements

20.02.02 enhancements

How do I upgrade to ITSM platform version 20.02.02?

If you are a BMC Helix ITSM subscriber, see BMC Helix Upgrade policy in the BMC Helix Subscriber Information documentation.

If you are a Remedy on-premises customer, see Planning an upgrade in the Remedy deployment documentation.

How can I simulate and test the product behavior without Adobe Flash?

Turn off the Flash plug-in in your browser and test your product behavior without Adobe Flash. 

Alternatives for customers who want to continue to use the Flash-based BMC products

HARMAN International Packaged Browser solution

HARMAN International has an exclusive agreement with Adobe to provide extended licensing and support agreements for the enterprise Adobe Flash Player until the end of 2023. For details, go to https://services.harman.com/partners/adobe .

BMC Software provides Limited Support for Adobe Flash-based capabilities in Remedy version 9.1.03 or later when used in combination with the HARMAN Packaged Browser application—Electron/Chromium version. Limited Support is provided temporarily until Dec 31, 2021, to cover the time period until customers upgrade to the latest BMC product version that has replaced the Flash-based capabilities.

Important: For known issues, go to the "HARMAN International Packaged Browser solution known issues" section in the "Known and corrected issues" page for the Remedy component and version you are running.

Adobe Enterprise Enablement for legacy browser versions

Important

The ability to run Adobe Flash Player depends upon the browser vendor's support. Running BMC Software products with outdated browser versions requires you to turn off automatic updates. This approach should be carefully considered and should be in alignment with your company's security group recommendations.

With Adobe Flash Player 32.0 Enterprise Enablement, companies can allow Flash Player content to be loaded from a set of trusted URLs by performing these actions:

  1. To allow Flash to run for a BMC product, in a mms.cfg file, enable the AllowListURLPattern option and add the list of trusted URLs as follows:

    Example AllowListPattern configuration

    EnableAllowList=1

    AllowListUrlPattern=http://<TSIM-Server-FQDN>

    AllowListUrlPattern=https://<TSIM-Server-FQDN>

    AllowListUrlPattern=http://<MidtierServer>:<port>

    AllowListUrlPattern=https://<MidtierServer>:<port>

    For details about the AllowListUrlPattern options, the location of the mms.cfg file for different platforms, and other recommendations from Adobe, see the Adobe Flash Player 32.0 Administration Guide .

  2. Push the mms.cfg file to all browsers that need to continue to use Flash.
  3. Prevent automatic updates of newer browser versions that will not allow Flash Player to load.
    For information about Flash Player automatic updates, go to https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/flash-player-background-updates.html .

BMC Software has validated the Flash Player will continue to run with Flash Player Enterprise Enablement on these browser versions:

Tested browser versionVendor support
Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/announcements/update-adobe-flash-support
Mozilla Firefox 83 https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/end-support-adobe-flash
Google Chrome 86 https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/7084871?hl=en


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