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Best way to move all objects from a BOE 4.1 SP6 system to a BOE 4.2 SP2 system

May 15, 2017 at 08:35 PM

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We will be moving from a BOE 4.1 SP6 system to a BOE 4.2 SP2 system.

The existing BOE 4.1 SP6 servers will remain in place and new servers have been created with BOE 4.2 SP2 installed on them (the BOE 4.1 SP6 servers will be decommissioned after the new production BOE 4.2.SP2 environment is considered"stable".

My question is: What is the best way to move all of the objects/data from the BOE 4.1 SP6 system to the BOE 4.2 SP2 system?

I have read the update documentation (which in this case doesn't seem to apply since the new servers will already have BOE 4.2 SP2 installed).

I have read the upgrade documentation (which in this case doesn't seem to apply since the existing BOE system is of the same major version).

So, it appears that this leaves me with two other options:

  1. The Promotion Management Tool
  2. A CMS copy from the CCM.

The issue that I have with the Promotion Management Tool is that the documentation indicates that the best performance is had by moving no more than 100 objects at a time.This concerns me because our CMC has a total of over 250,000 objects and I don't want to run the Promotion Management Tool over 2000 times in order to get all of our objects over to the new environment.

The issue that I have with a CMS copy from the CCM is the reference to the BOE 4.1 SP2 server/service names that would be copied over to the new CMS database which will be used by a BOE 4.1 SP2 system that will have different server/service names (because the actual Windows Server names will be different).

So, what is the best way to get all of the BOE 4.1 SP6 content over to the new BOE 4.2 SP2 environment?

Thanks.
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Kuldeep Ghosh May 16, 2017 at 11:51 AM
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In my opnion the best way is to do a CMS database copy and FRS copy to the new BO 4.2 SP2 server. Disable the SIA used at the time of installation and create a new one pointing to the new schema and change the cluster key before you start the new SIA.

This guide can be used for CMS database copy to the new server. Have a look, see if this can help you: https://blogs.sap.com/2013/03/23/business-objects-content-recovery-and-disaster-recovery/

P.S: This blog was created for BO 3.1 DR process, but many of the steps are similar if you are doing a database copy of CMS DB over to the new server.

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Tied for "Best Answer". However, the system only lets me choose one. :)

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you cannot use CMS DB copy when you're moving from 4.1 to 4.2, as the CMS DB will still be 4.1 and 4.2 boe will have issues working with it.
It was different in 3.1.

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Denis Konovalov

Thank you for your comment. Well, if this is the case then, I'm back to the beginning in trying to figure out the best way to move our BOE 4.1 content to a new BOE 4.2 environment. Please let me know if you are aware of a good way to do this.

Thanks.

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If you already have 2 separate environments, 4.1 and 4.2 - the only way to move content from 4.1 to 4.2 will be via promotion manager, either via GUI or CLI (CLI - for large number of objects).
If you haven't built the 4.2 yet, then you have an option of building same version of 4.1 as orig servers, CMS DB and FRS copy to it from orig 4.1 (followed by cleanup of old server references) and then upgrade to 4.2.

Any other "methods" will be back to combination of above.

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Former Member May 16, 2017 at 02:15 PM
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Thank you very much Kuldeep and Megh. I've performed a CMS copy FRS copy in the past and it looks like the process presented by both of you is a more thorough way to do it. I'll be using the process that both of you have shared with me. Thank you very much.

-George

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Please have a look at Dennis comment on my post. have it tested first in a POC/ Sandbox environment

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Megh Vora May 16, 2017 at 02:07 PM
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Hi George,
Please refer to below SAP KBA:

https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/1275068


Hope this helps you!!
Thanks,
Megh

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Former Member May 25, 2017 at 03:52 PM
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Had a "Schedule an Expert" call with SAP. I thought that I went over every option. However, I missed this one.

The LCM Command Line Interface will do exactly what I need. Information about it can be found in the Admin Guide and the "Pattern Book on Life Cycle Management - Promotion Management".

Thanks,

George Cook

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