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Move 4.1 business objects enterprise server to another physical server

We are looking to move our 4.1 boe server to a new physical server later this year. Basically, upgrading our server OS from windows 2008 to windows 2012. Newer hardware and more memory. We are also looking to separate our tomcat server to be hosted on another server.

Sometime early next year, we would look to update our 4.1 server to 4.2 using the update process.

I have been looking for documentation on how best to move our 4.1 existing server to another physical server and have not found any documentation on this subject. As there is no more UMT tool for 4.1, I'm thinking I can utilize my existing CMC repository and only move the file store directories but not sure how best to do this or if there is another solution. I have put in a ticket to SAP but I'm wondering what others have done.


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    Posted on Aug 03, 2016 at 05:12 PM


    There is a similar document that I wrote that explains step-by-step how to that you can use as a reference.

    Doing a Full install from BI 4.0.6+ to BI 4.1.6 and Retaining FULL content & Settings



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    • Jayme,

      It is also possible to move content from SERVER1 to SERVER2 but it require BI4 to be exact version and also requires more tuning after restore.

      • Do you know approx how many Objects within CMS ?
      • Do you know approx size of FRS / CMS Db ?
      • Have you installed any other add-on to the BI Platform?
        • Are you running Explorer ?
        • Are you running Design Studio &/or Lumira BIP?



  • Posted on Aug 03, 2016 at 07:00 PM

    I would move all the content (reports, universes, etc.) via Promotion Management (formerly known as LCM), and doing this not the GUI way via CMC, but via CLI (Command Line Interface).

    This will handle graciously many challenges such as:

    • different server name of target platform
    • different architecture of target platform (dedicated Tomcat, multiple nodes, etc.)
    • different, newer version of target platform (in your scenario: Source = 4.1 and Target = 4.2)
      Note: This is important! Just coyping your FRS Files and CMS database might not be the proper way as sometimes new internal workings of the repository are introduced with a newer version of SAP BI 4.x. Search for SDN articles by Matthew Shaw for more details on this, please.
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  • Posted on Jul 21 at 07:40 AM

    Although this is an old thread, it still is of interest.. any further opinions or experiences on this, please?

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