Upgrading RSA Authentication Manager

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The following table shows the upgrade paths from earlier versions to the current release. In most situations, you can upgrade RSA Authentication Manager with or without patches. See the table below for situations where a specific patch level is required. Click the links to see the upgrade guide for each version.


After you upgrade to RSA Authentication Manager 8.5, you can apply the latest cumulative patch. The most recent patch is available on the RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 Downloads page.


Note:  You can upgrade directly to RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 from a Windows shared folder, an NFS share, or a DVD or CD.  Applying the version 8.5 upgrade through your local web browser is not supported.


Note: The current RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 upgrade kit prevents an internal replication error that sometimes occurred immediately after the upgrade completed. For more information, see the RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 Known Issues


Initial VersionUpgrade Path

RSA Authentication Manager 8.2 SP1,
RSA Authentication Manager 8.3,
or RSA Authentication Manager8.4

Upgrade directly to version 8.5.
RSA Authentication Manager 8.2

Version 8.2 to 8.2 SP1 to version 8.5.

RSA Authentication Manager 8.1 SP1

Note:  From version 8.1 SP1 Patch 4 or later, you must apply version 8.1 SP1 Patch 15 before upgrading to version 8.2.

Version 8.1 SP1 to 8.2 to 8.2 SP1 to version 8.5.

RSA Authentication Manager 8.1

Version 8.1 to 8.1 SP1 to 8.2 to 8.2 SP1 to version 8.5.

RSA Authentication Manager 8.0

Version 8.0 to 8.1 to 8.1 SP1 to 8.2 to 8.2 SP1 to version 8.5.

RSA Authentication Manager 7.1

Version 7.1 to 8.1 to 8.1 SP1 to 8.2 to 8.2 SP1 to version 8.5.

RSA Authentication Manager 6.1

Version 6.1 to 8.1 to 8.1 SP1 to 8.2 to 8.2 SP1 to version 8.5.


Back Up Before Upgrading


Before upgrading or applying a patch, a backup is strongly recommended. Some updates, such as patches, are reversible, but major version upgrades are not reversible.


Note:  Make sure to save your RSA Authentication Manager backup file outside of the hardware appliance or virtual appliance.


If a major version upgrade is not applied successfully, you must restore from an RSA Authentication Manager backup file, an Amazon Web Services snapshot, an Azure snapshot or Azure Backup, a VMware snapshot, or a Hyper-V checkpoint. Trying to apply the major version again is not recommended.


For more information, see the Administrator's Guide.


Component Upgrade Guidelines


The primary instance and all replica instances in your Authentication Manager deployment must be on the same version and cumulative patch level. Upgrade your components in this order:


  1. Primary instance
  2. Replica instances
  3. Web tier (if necessary)


While you upgrade each Authentication Manager instance, the other instances in your deployment continue to process authentications, allowing uninterrupted access to your users.


Note:  To use version 8.5 features, such as the embedded identity router and High Availability Tokencode when the connection to the Cloud Authentication Service is not available, an Authentication Manager deployment that is already connected to the Cloud Authentication Service must connect again after upgrading to version 8.5.


For more information, see the Setup and Configuration Guide or the Readme file for your patch or web-tier update.


Applying Patches


RSA provides cumulative patches for the most recent version of RSA Authentication Manager. You need to apply only the most recent patch to obtain all of the enhancements and software fixes. Web-tier updates are sometimes provided with patches.


Each version of Authentication Manager includes most of the patches from the previous version. Any enhancements and software fixes that are not included in the new version are added in future patches for that version. The Release Notes and Setup and Configuration Guide describe which patches are in each version.








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