IBM Maximo Asset Management, Version

Readme file for IBM Maximo Asset Management feature pack

This feature pack updates Maximo® Asset Management to version

Prerequisites and supported upgrade paths

You can install the feature pack if one of the following versions of Maximo Asset Management is installed:
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What's new

No new functionality is introduced in this feature pack.

Planning to deploy

You can avoid problems that can occur during installation by ensuring that you complete planning tasks before you install the feature pack.

Before you begin

Whenever you make customizations or changes that require you to rebuild the EAR file, clear the WebSphere® Application Server cache. Learn more about clearing the WebSphere Application Server cache.

Use the MD5 checksum file with an MD5 checksum utility to confirm that the compressed file was not corrupted during the download.

Any customizations that are made to commonenv.bat are lost when this feature pack is applied. For more information, see this technote before you apply the feature pack.


  1. Open and review all the technotes that are created for Maximo Asset Management If you open to this URL and technotes were not created, you receive a browser message that says that no documents match your query. After technotes are created, they are displayed.
  2. Ensure that the middleware servers like database and LDAP servers are running.
  3. Back up your database and IM data directories.
  4. Back up the entire version 7 installation directory. Learn more about the backup process.
  5. Back up your BIRT reports. This backup is only used if a failure occurs with the feature pack update.
    1. Export all of your existing reports from your V7 database to a new report directory.
    2. Name the report directory for future identification, for example, <v7\reports\birt\DatabaseExport_Pre76010 update. Learn more about exporting reports.
    3. Navigate to the location of your existing reports directory: <v7install_dir>\reports\birt\reports
    4. Copy the reports directory and rename it for ease of identification, for example: <7install_dir>reports\birt\Reportsource_Pre76010 update

    To support the new Data Set Designer application, starting in Maximo, report object structures are updated to enable the Support Flat Structure field. Report object structures are used in various locations in Maximo Asset Management, including Ad Hoc Reporting, Result Set portlets, and Cognos metadata package publishing.

    All standard report object structures are updated, and a script is provided to update any custom report object structures that you created.

    Review your custom report object structures for alias conflicts. Alias conflicts occur when the same attribute name is used in multiple objects in the object structure. If you do not correct alias conflicts, problems might occur if you use them in the Data Set Designer features.

    Learn more about resolving alias conflicts for object structures.

Installing the feature pack

Before you begin

If you are not using the updateDBLite process, ensure that no database configuration changes are pending. Copy the Maximo Asset Management and installation manager data directories and save it to another location.

For Microsoft Windows 2012 users, log in as an administrator. If you attempt to upgrade when you are not logged in as an administrator, the installation fails. This feature pack is provided as an Installation Manager compressed file. When the feature pack is installed by using the Installation Manager program, the existing Maximo Asset Management directory structure is overwritten. The feature pack also contains database scripts that modify the existing database.

To reverse the changes, you must restore the earlier version of the Maximo Asset Management directory and database that you saved to another location.


  1. Download the compressed file and copy it to the administrative workstation.
  2. Run the Installation Manager from the following directory:
    • Windows: Start > All Programs > IBM Installation Manager > IBM Installation Manager
    • UNIX: In the /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse directory, run the IBMIM command.
  3. In the Installation Manager main window, click File > Preferences.
  4. Click Add Repository.
  5. Add the repository for the file and click OK.
  6. In the Preferences dialog box, click OK.
  7. Click the Update icon.
  8. In the Update Packages dialog box, select the IBM Tivoli's process automation suite package group, and click Next.
  9. To complete the installation, follow the on-screen instructions.
  10. When the installation is complete, exit the Installation Manager.

What to do next

You must configure Maximo Asset Management and rebuild and redeploy the .ear file. See the Configuring the Maximo Asset Management feature pack section of this readme for details on this process.

Configuring the feature pack

You can configure the feature pack by using the automated user interface (UI) configuration tool, the command line interface (CLI) configuration tool, or manually. You must shut down all Maximo Asset Management applications before you configure Maximo Asset Management, and before users use the updated software, they must delete the web browser cache on every computer that uses the product.

Configuring the feature pack by using the UI configuration tool

You can automatically configure the feature pack by using the UI configuration tool, which removes the need for manual tasks.


  1. Start the UI configuration tool.
    • For Windows, navigate to C:\IBM\SMP\ConfigTool\ConfigUI.exe or <InstallLocation>\ConfigTool\ConfigUI.exe.
    • For UNIX, navigate to the <installLocation>/ConfigTool directory and run ConfigUI. For example, /opt/IBM/SMP/ConfigTool/ConfigUI.
  2. In the Deployment Operations pane, select Update Database, Build and Deploy Application EAR Files.
  3. To complete the configuration, follow the on-screen instructions.

Configuring the feature pack by using the UI configuration tool and UpdateDB Lite

You can use UpdateDB Lite to reduce application downtime when you update the database.


  1. Start the UI configuration tool.
    • For Windows, navigate to C:\IBM\SMP\ConfigTool\ConfigUI.exe or <InstallLocation>\ConfigTool\ConfigUI.exe.
    • For UNIX, navigate to the <installLocation>/ConfigTool directory and run ConfigUI. For example, /opt/IBM/SMP/ConfigTool/ConfigUI.
  2. Open the Configuration tool.
  3. Click Update Database with UpdateDB Lite Feature.
  4. Verify the application version and current state.
  5. Select to run the pre-processing and then post-processing options, and click Finish.
  6. After the pre-processing tasks are complete, run the UpdateDB Lite post-processing tasks. During this step the Maximo application is stopped until the updates to the database are complete.

Configuring the feature pack by using the CLI configuration tool

You can automatically configure the feature pack by using the CLI configuration tool, which removes the need for manual tasks.


  1. Change to the <installLocation>/ConfigTool/scripts directory, for example: C:\IBM\SMP\ConfigTool\scripts
  2. To update the system, run the configuration tool command: reconfigurePae.bat -action configureProducts -updatedb -deploymaximoear -deployhelpear -wasuser -wasadmin -waspwd <wasadmin_password>

Configuring the feature pack manually

To manually configure the feature pack, use the updateDB utility.


  1. To use the updateDB utility to run all of the feature pack database scripts, change the directory to the <maximo root>\tools\maximo directory, for example, for Windows, change the directory to C:\IBM\SMP\maximo\tools\maximo and run the updateDB utility.
    • For Windows, run the updatedb.bat file.
    • For UNIX, run the / file.
  2. Delete the application server cache folders:
    • For Oracle WebLogic Server 10.2 and earlier, delete the cache and tmp folders in the <BEA_Root>\user_projects\domains\mydomain\servers\AdminServer directory, for example: C:\bea923\user_projects\domains\max75domain\servers\AdminServer\cache and C:\bea923\user_projects\domains\max75domain\servers\AdminServer\tmp
    • For Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3 and later, delete the folders in the C:\oracle\Middleware directory.
    • For the WebSphere Application Server, delete the cache folder in the <WebSphere_Root>\AppServer\profiles\Custom01\temp\<machinename>Node01\MAXIMOSERVER\MXServer directory.
  3. Delete the web browser cache on every computer that uses Maximo base services.
  4. Rebuild and redeploy the EAR files, and then restart the application server.

Importing report design files into Maximo Asset Management

This feature pack contains new and updated report design files. If you previously customized BIRT reports, the customizations might be overwritten when this feature pack is installed. You can also review any reports that you created to ensure that they are displayed correctly. After you install the feature pack, use the report import utility to import any necessary design file updates to your existing reports. Learn more about importing reports by accessing the 7.6 Report Development Guide.


  1. On the administrative workstation, browse to <install_home>\maximo\reports\birt\tools.
  2. Open the file. This file indicates the location that the reports are imported to.
  3. Edit the file to meet your system requirements.
  4. Run the importreports.cmd to import your report design files. You can also run variations of this command to import only a subset of reports. Learn more about reporting by accessing the 7.6 Report Development Guide.

New platform support

Platform support is updated for each Maximo Asset Management feature pack.

Learn more about platform support upgrades for Maximo Asset Management 7.6.

Resolved defects

Defects are resolved in each Maximo Asset Management feature pack. Some defects alter the behavior of Maximo Asset Management.

Learn more about resolved defects and behavior changes for Maximo Asset Management 7.6.


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