BMC Software have announced the GA release of BMC Discovery 11.3 with new features and capabilities including a new OS platform – centOS v7. This change requires you to carefully plan your next steps.
Versions of BMC Discovery prior to 11.2 ran the Redhat Enterprise OS. The release of BMC Discovery 11.2 saw the underlying OS change to centOS v6 which was an in-situ upgrade – meaning that you could upgrade both BMC Discovery and the underlying OS.
However the change to centOS v7 cannot be accomplished with an in-situ upgrade. Instead a new deployment of BMC Discovery is required with existing configuration migrated over. BMC Software have released 2 versions of BMC Discovery 11.3 – with one running on centOS v6 (meaning that you can upgrade now and plan for migration further down the line) and one running centOS v7 (meaning that you need to migrate now).
Upgrade and migration overview
To summarize the upgrade paths and outcomes:
- Existing installations of BMC Discovery 11.1.x and earlier use Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
- Existing installations of BMC Discovery 11.2 use CentOS 6 as their operating system.
- New installations of BMC Discovery 11.3 use CentOS 7 as their operating system.
- Any appliance upgraded to 11.3 runs on CentOS 6.
- You cannot upgrade a CentOS 6 or RHEL 6 based appliance to CentOS 7; rather, you must migrate. Migration involves backing up the CentOS 6 or RHEL 6 based appliance (version 10.1.x to 11.3) and restoring to a new BMC Discovery 11.3 appliance running on CentOS 7.
It all starts with a free* health check
If you decide that now is the time to migrate then Tekwurx can work with you to ensure the process is a success.
This would also be a great time to assess your current installation of BMC Discovery to understand which configurations should be migrated over, whether you still need your custom TPL (based on new features in v11.3) and how generally the installation has been performing.
Tekwurx will undertake an analysis of your current deployment and discuss with you what the business requirements are from BMC Discovery. The health check concludes with a report being provided that documents current configuration and any recommendations that should be considered / implemented when moving to the next BMC Discovery version. If the current deployment is not meeting your business requirements Tekwurx will also produce a BMC Discovery configuration design that can deliver on those needs.
A health check is one thing but we need help
Our team is here for just that – from providing recommendations for the migration through to assisting with or even undertaken the migration on your behalf.
Contact us today to discuss how we can work with you to make your project a success.
*free health check subject to terms and conditions