Mandatory IBM Software Knowledge Base Toolkit Fixpack 1.2.0.3 upgrade

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Abstract

Mandatory IBM Software Knowledge Base Toolkit Fixpack 1.2.0.3 enabling support for CIT XML registry signatures on 64-bit Windows operating system.

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Starting from September 2011, the published canonical software catalogs can only be applied to IBM Tivoli Software Knowledge Base Toolkit 1.2.0.3. Importing the catalog through older versions of IBM Tivoli Software Knowledge Base Toolkit will fail.

SwKBT 1.2.0.3 fixpack is available for download here


Affected products:
IBM Software Knowledge Base Toolkit 1.2
IBM Software Knowledge Base Toolkit 1.2.0.1
IBM Software Knowledge Base Toolkit 1.2.0.2
IBM Tivoli Asset Discovery for Distributed 7.2
IBM Tivoli Asset Discovery for Distributed 7.2.1
IBM Tivoli Asset Discovery for Distributed 7.2.2
IBM Tivoli Asset Management for IT 7.2
IBM Tivoli Asset Management for IT 7.2.1
IBM Tivoli Asset Management for IT 7.2.2

Cause:
CIT XML signatures based on Windows registry key(s) are not supported on Windows 64-bit operating systems.

Problem symptom:
Software item (IBM or ISV) covered by CIT XML signature containing at least one Windows registry key may not be discovered on 64-bit Windows OS.

Problem background:
By default Windows registry operands use 32-bit part of registry. Until IBM Software Knowledge Base Toolkit 1.2.0.2, it was not possible to launch CIT XML signature within 64-bit part of registry.

Customer impact:
Final report may not properly reflect software items that are actually installed on 64-bit Windows operating system.

Solution:
To enable running CIT XML signatures on 64-bit Windows registry, support for the <section> attribute was introduced for Windows registry based operands.

'Section' attribute indicates which part of the registry the search should be performed. Allowed values are {32|64|32or64|64or32} where:

32 - the search is only performed on the 32 bit part of registry
64 - the search is only performed on the 32 bit part of registry
32or64 - the search is performed on the 32 bit part first, then on the 64 bit part of registry
64or32 - the search is performed on the 64 bit part first, then on the 32 bit part of registry

Default value is still "32".

To correct behavior all CIT XML signatures using Windows registry operands will be updated to include ‘section’ attribute set to „64or32”.

Until Software Knowledge Base Toolkit version 1.2.0.2 ‘section’ attribute is not supported thereby starting from September 2011 there will be a requirement to have Software Knowledge Base Toolkit version 1.2.0.3 installed to be able to import IBM Canonical Software Catalog.

Please plan applying 1.2.0.3 fixpack for your current instance of Software Knowledge Base Toolkit and assure you have it completed before September, 30th 2011 otherwise you will not be able to use September 2011 IBM Canonical Software Catalog.

Keep in mind that IBM Canonical Software Catalog updates for older versions of Software Knowledge Base Toolkit will not be published.

Cross Reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Systems and Asset Management Tivoli Asset Discovery for Distributed AIX, Windows, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris 7.2.1, 7.2.2 All Editions

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More support for:

Tivoli Asset Discovery for Distributed

Software version:

7.2.1, 7.2.2

Operating system(s):

AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Software edition:

All Editions

Reference #:

1502625

Modified date:

2011-06-21

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