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2013616 - Patching multiple BI 4.x servers in parallel in a distributed deployment simultaneously? [How-To / Parallel Patching]


This article explains the proper methodology to patch or update BI 4.x server or client software in a clustered or distributed configuration of SAP BI Platform deployment simultaneously or in parallel.

  • When installing an update on a distributed BI platform deployment, where servers and components are installed across multiple host-machines, you
    are required to apply the patches to hosts in a specific order for the system to update properly.
  • Until BI 4.0 SP04, updating servers in a distributed deployment was done by patching the servers one after the other ( sequentially ), which was time consuming ( see SAP kbase 1807514 ).
  • From BI 4.0 SP05 and above (including BI 4.1, 4.2 & above),  the deployment order has changed for distributed systems.  It is now possible to patch servers simultaneously in parallel.
  • However, this needs to be done in a specific order and some considerations which need to be taken to patch the servers in a distributed environment successfully.



  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform 4.x (BI 4.0 / 4.1 / 4.2 / 4.3)
  • Windows
  • Linux / Unix 


SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.0 ; SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.1 ; SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.2


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