I would like to bring to your attention a very useful page released by the ILMT/BFI Dev Team regarding the migration from TAD4D 7.5.x to BFI 9.2.x, available below:
End of support
Tivoli Asset Discovery for Distributed 7.5 will withdraw support in April 2017. After this date, IBM Support will not provide assistance with the application nor deliver new patches. To have access to the latest features, certifications and the assistance of IBM Support, migrate your environment to the latest version of BigFix Inventory.
BigFix Inventory is based on the BigFix technology - a high performance management platform that offers great flexibility and deep insight into your infrastructure.
The 9.x environment is a combination of BigFix Inventory and the IBM BigFix platform that provides the infrastructure elements, such as clients that are installed on all computers that you want to monitor. The platform is responsible for the flow of data between endpoints and BigFix Inventory. It is also a tool used for configuration.
To learn what are the advantages of migrating to BigFix Inventory 9.x, click here.
Due to a change in the underlying infrastructure, a simple upgrade from Tivoli Asset Discovery for Distributed 7.x to BigFix Inventory 9.x is not possible. Migration of data is required instead. The migration does not transfer raw data or scan results from version 7.x, but information that is specific to your environment. The data about software and hardware that is collected from the endpoints does not need to be migrated. While preparing the new environment, you install new clients that must be located side-by-side with the existing 7.x agents, at least until you complete the migration. This allows the new software and capacity (hardware) scans to scan the endpoints and discover the inventory in the same way as it would be discovered in a new installation of 7.x.
Items that are transferred during the migration include:
- Software bundlings that you created and confirmed by assigning software instances to certain products
- Software exclusions that represent software instances that are excluded from pricing calculations, and directories that are excluded from scanning
- VM managers that are needed to discover complete capacity of the computers in your infrastructure
- Scan groups and scan schedules (optional)
After all this information is migrated, it is applied to the raw inventory that is discovered by the new scans. It allows for re-creating your specific software inventory in the new environment. As a result, the same software inventory is managed with a new infrastructure.