What is the Software AG Update Manager?
The Software AG Update Manager is a utility to help streamline the fix deployment process. The Update Manager will simplify the process of researching available applicable fixes, retrieving those fixes, as well as their dependencies, and applying them. The new Update Manager enables you to:
- Easily access new fixes with all their dependencies
- Store fixes locally
- Install fixes from script
- Install fixes from a shared location
Who uses the Update Manager?
Anyone involved in maintaining 7.1.x, 8.0.x or 8.2.x webMethods environments would appreciate the Update Manager, including developers, administrators and operations teams.
Why use the Update Manager?
The Update Manager will simplify the process of researching available applicable fixes, retrieving those fixes, as well as their dependencies, and applying them.
Which webMethods releases can the Update Manager support?
The Update Manager supports the 7.1.x, 8.0.x and 8.2.x releases of webMethods however not all fixes are yet loaded into the Update Manager yet. More fixes will become available over the coming months.
What fixes are available with the Update Manager?
- All 8.2 non-Eclipse fixes are available using the Update Manager.
- Most fixes that we release on 8.0 after May 31st will be available via the Update Manager with the goal to have all 8.0 fixes uploaded by mid-August 2011.
- Most 7.1 fixes that are released after June 30th will be available via the Update Manager with the goal to have all 7.1 fixes uploaded by the end of August 2011.
Will previous fixes be available via the Update Manager or only new fixes?
Yes, our current rollout strategy includes converting older fixes for 8.0 and 7.1 fixes to be installable by the Update Manager.
Are there notifications for fix releases?
We do not have a notification list yet but will take this request and consider the best way to distribute this information. Our current plan is to post a monthly Fix Roadmap on Empower later this year (targeting by end of September 2011). Additionally, we are considering including the ability to view a Fix Roadmap through the Update Manager itself.
How do I get the Update Manager?
Please download the March 2011 Software AG Installer from Empower, run it, and choose to install the Update Manager. For instructions on using the Software AG Installer, see the Using the Software AG Installer guide on the Software AG documentation Web site (http://documentation.softwareag.com).
Which operating systems does the Update Manager support?
The Update Manager supports all operating systems supported by webMethods products.
How does the Update Manager work with clustered environments?
The Update Manager has no special support for clusters. For clustered environments, we recommend that you install the fix on one node completely and then install it on the next node.
How does the Update Manager handle dependencies across products?
The Update Manager handles dependencies for all the products (MWS, IS etc) that are installed in the same directory that use the tool. For the products that are not installed in the same directory, it will provide a list of dependant fixes and ask the user to run the Update Manager against those products. We will eventually add support for the dependencies across installations and machines but this functionality will come in a future release.
Does the Update Manager provide a logging facility for traceability?
Yes, the Update Manager provides logging for traceability. For complete information, see the Using the SAG Update Manager guide on the documentation Web site (http://documentation.softwareag.com).
Does the Update Manager provide audit reports?
Audit reports are provided as text files. If you’d like to see additional outputs considered, please submit them via Brainstorm (http://brainstorm.softwareag.com)
How does the Update Manager display fixes?
If you connect to Empower and no installation directory is specified (for example, when creating an image), the Update Manager lists all of the latest fixes available for all products you have licensed.
If you connect to Empower and specify an installation directory, the Update Manager lists only the latest available fixes for the products in that directory.
If you install from an image, the Update Manager lists only the fixes that were downloaded into the image, which depending on when the image was created, may or may not be the latest fixes currently available.
For complete information, see the Using the SAG Update Manager guide on the documentation Web site (http://documentation.softwareag.com).
Will the Update Manager support fix rollback?
Currently rollback (assuming rollback means identifying checkpoints and then rolling back to that point) is not supported. In case of errors, we recommend that you uninstall/reinstall the fixes to make sure the error situations are handled.
Update Manager supports uninstalls, however, there may be some types of fixes that cannot be uninstalled. Fixes that cannot be uninstalled will be documented.
How does uninstall work?
For the current fixes, please look at the uninstall instructions in the fix readme. We automate those during uninstall.
What happens to old files after uninstall?
All files replaced by the Update Manager will be restored during uninstall.
Can the Update Manager compare across environments?
No, you cannot script/automate patch level audits to compare across environments at this time. You are able to view/export "Installed fixes" to a text file and then file compare the two text files
Does the webMethods Update Manager come with console option?
Yes. Customers can call Update Manager on command line, and this is specially used to run scripted installs.
How are circular dependencies resolved?
The Update Manager maintains the dependencies and makes sure to install the fixes in the correct order. When internal developers upload fixes to servers we make sure that the dependencies are checked for consistency.
What is the scripting language?
The scripting language for the Update Manager is proprietary.
Will the Update Manager provide information on file system or DB changes that will be affected by a fix rollout?
No, not at this time.
Will the Update Manager take care of the Database Fixes?
No, not at this time.