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2531264 - Best Practices for Promotion Management Wizard (PMW)


This document describes the best practices for promoting BI Platform content using the Promotion Management Wizard (PMW) tool, including:

  • What is the Promotion Management Wizard?
  • How to promote thousands of objects across between BI 4.x environments
  • Promotion Management Wizard best practices
  • Troubleshooting Promotion Management Wizard
  • Promotion Management Wizard limitations


  • Promotion:  to copy / transfer content (e.g. users, folders, reports and dependencies) between BI 4.x environments
  • Source:  content is promoted FROM this environment
  • Target:  content is promoted TO this environment
  • Life Cycle Management (LCM):  generally refers to this type of functionality
  • Promotion Management:  generally refers to this type of functionality; also, the name of a web-based tool with similar functionality (in the Central Management Console)
  • LCM CLI (Life Cycle Management - command-line interface):  a separate tool with similar functionality
  • LCMBIAR (Life Cycle Management Business Intelligence Archive Resource):  standardized archive file type, supported for use across all PM (LCM) tools.  In place of direct ("live CMS to live CMS") promotions, content can be exported to / imported from LCMBIAR files



  • Promotion Management Wizard is available starting BI 4.2 SP05+ & 4.3+
  • PMW can be used to promote across same vesion or lower BI 4.x versions [ eg: 4.2x to 4.2x or 4.1x or 4.2x to 4.3x+].
  • All supported Windows & Linux Operating environments.


SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.0 ; SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.1 ; SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.2 ; SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.3


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