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Docs latest icon.png Welcome to the latest SEP sesam documentation version 4.4.3 Beefalo/Beefalo V2. For previous documentation version(s), check Updating SEP sesam in earlier versions.


This article provides information on available update options and procedures that were introduced in 4.4.3 Beefalo and fine-tuned in 4.4.3 Beefalo V2. As updating SEP sesam is version-related, some of the described update options and procedures may not be available in earlier versions. If you are running a version ≤ 4.4.3 Grolar, see 4 4 3:Updating SEP sesam in earlier versions.

Once you have set up your SEP sesam environment, SEP sesam provides free updates from previous to new versions and features of SEP sesam within the maintenance period. During this period, you can download bug fixes, patches, service packs, and the latest SEP sesam version(s) if you have a valid license.

Manual and auto update

SEP sesam software update feature provides an easy way to control your updates. It can be used to either automatically or manually check for and install updates. The following options are available for updating SEP sesam software.

  • You can set your preferred update mode in GUI Install/Update as explained in section Setting preferred update mode. Depending on your selected mode, the displayed status details and the options available from the right-click menu in the Topology or Clients view may vary, see below Checking update status.
  • Alternatively, you can use the CLI sm_update_client command, as described in Updating SEP sesam Using CLI.
  • You can also update your clients manually by copying the required package to the client and update directly on the client.

Update process

SEP sesam software update functionality is designed to check the SEP sesam versions currently in use against the latest versions available from SEP and propose updates when a newer version is available. The process can handle everything needed to update SEP sesam environment, including installing service packs for SEP sesam Server, SEP sesam Server UI update and clients update. The process of auto updating SEP sesam consist of the following:

  1. First, the index.txt file is checked to get the list of all available packages at SEP sesam repository.
  2. The file index.txt contains the list of all available packages. It is normally downloaded from the SEP Download Center. If you want to update your clients with the locally stored packages (e.g. if your SEP sesam Server has no access to the internet), you have to provide the index.txt file to the update manager manually, as described in Use custom package source. In case more than one package in the index.txt matches a given client, the update routine will always take the last match in the file.

  3. Depending on the selected update mode, SEP sesam packages may be downloaded and installed automatically or manually later by the administrator. Software packages can be downloaded from SEP Download Center.
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The automatic creation of the index file takes place only once. The file is created when you enable a local folder as package source (you normally do this only once). Then all packages in this folder are added to the index file (and only the files that are present in the folder).

If you decide to stick to manual updates, you can download and install the relevant Windows- or Linux-specific distribution, as described in SEP sesam Quick Install Guide. For Linux systems, SEP provides special service pack (SP) executables that ease the installation of service packs and patches. Installing on Windows is easy; simply download the executable file for your version of SEP sesam and install it. On Linux, however, you must make the SP executable after downloading it. For details, see Applying Service Packs on Linux. SEP sesam software packages can be downloaded from SEP Download Center.

Setting preferred update mode

You can set your update mode in SEP sesam menu bar -> Configuration -> Defaults -> click the tab Install/Update. The displayed status details and the options available from the right-click menu in the Topology or Clients depend on the selected update mode. By default, SEP sesam does not check, download and install updates.

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The following options are available:

  • Turn off (hide from all users): If selected, the install and update feature is not shown in the GUI. No install/update options are visible for any of the users, not even the administrator until this mode is switched on.
  • Do not check or install automatically (default): If selected, updates are not checked, downloaded nor installed when a new version is available.
  • Check automatically, but install manually: If selected, updates are checked by using index.txt to get the list of all available packages, but you have to download and install them manually.
  • SEP Tip.png Tip
    To start the download and update process in the background, select Update client from the context menu (Topology -> client -> right-click -> Update client).
  • Check, download and install automatically: If selected, updates are automatically checked, downloaded and installed, based on SEP sesam NEWDAY when a new version is available in the SEP Download Center. This option may not be recommended, depending on the configuration of your SEP sesam environment and its activity.
  • Information sign.png Note
    This option is only available in the Expert UI mode. So if you run the GUI in Basic or Advanced UI mode, you first have to change the mode to Expert, as described in Selecting UI mode.

Use custom SEP sesam package source

By selecting this option, you can update your SEP sesam Clients by using a SEP sesam custom package source which may be stored locally, on the network drive, or is available at the specified URL. The advantage of using a custom package is that you have full control over the version that is getting installed.

For this, you have to browse for or specify the full path (a file system location) to the index.txt file for the specified custom package. How you specify the path depends on the file location and your OS, see examples below.

Generating index.txt

If the index.txt does not yet exist in the selected folder, it will be created automatically by SEP sesam, taking into account only the files in the specified directory (without subdirectories). This only happens when you activate the custom package source for the first time.

If the index.txt already exists, you have to recreate the file manually to get the list of relative paths of all available packages on your SEP sesam Server. You have to recreate the index.txt file each time you have downloaded a new package version to your custom source folder. To create the index.txt file, open the command prompt and navigate to the directory with your downloaded packages. Depending on your operating system and the location of the packages, run the following command:


cd C:\temp\sesam_download
dir /B >index.txt


cd /tmp/sesam_download
find . -name "*sesam*" -printf "%P %k %TY-%Tm-%Td %TH:%TM:%TM \n" >index.txt 

Specifying path to the index file

  • The package and index.txt are located in the local directory, e.g., in the directory <TEMP>/sesam_download/index.txt. On Windows, specify the path to the index file as:
  • file:///C:\temp\sesam_download

    On Linux:

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    You have to use the syntax file:, followed by /// or //// and the path to the index file. On Windows, these first 3 forward slashes are mandatory, then also a backslash is allowed. On Linux, specify the path with 4 forward slashes: ////!
  • The package and index.txt are on a network share, e.g., on Windows: <win_share>\users\admin\sesam\4.4.3
  • file:\\<win_share>\users\admin\sesam\4.4.3

    On Linux: <linux_share>/users/admin/sesam/4.4.3_beta

  • To load the SEP sesam packages from the custom URL, simply enter the URL. For example, to install SEP sesam beta packages enter the SEP sesam beta download repository where the file index.txt is located:
  • http://beta.sep.de/
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The latest index.txt file with all available packages can be retrieved from the SEP Download Center.

Checking update status

You can enable the automatic check for updates in the Defaults -> Install/Update menu or you can check the update status manually by using the right-click menu -> option Check Update State. The availability of the latter option depends on your selected update mode, see above Setting preferred update mode.

Topology and Clients view – right-click menu

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Changed view with bigger icons

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A message that a client is up to date is shown when there are no available updates (shown below in green frame). If an update is available, a yellow arrow will appear on the client (shown below in yellow frame). For more details on status icons, see Client status icons.

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Performing mass update

You can simultaneously update all clients in the same location or decide to update only the Linux or Windows clients that belong to the selected location. The mass update will update all existing clients in the selected location according to your selected option (all, all Linux or all Windows) except the SEP sesam Server itself. For details on how to update the server, see section SEP sesam Server update.

For example, you may have a location that contains both, Windows and Linux clients and you only want to update the Linux clients. In this case, select your target location, right-click it and select Update all Linux Clients. The right-click update menu options are available in the Topology and Clients view if your update mode is not set to Turn off (hide from all users); for details, see above Setting preferred update mode.

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Installing SEP sesam Service Pack

You can install SEP Sesam service packs by using the Update Client context menu. In the update message window, you can select the option Install SEP sesam client service pack (if available) and the service pack will be installed in addition to the new packages.

  • If you check the update status and there is only a service pack available, the client is marked with New version available. Performing the update with service pack installation will install the service pack.
  • SEP sesam service packs are cumulative and contain all released bug fixes for the corresponding SEP sesam version. SEP sesam sends notifications via RSS feeds to alert administrators of important issues affecting your SEP sesam environment, such as the availability of a service pack, the notification of the error, or the announcement of a new release. These notifications can be accessed in the Notification Center in the upper right corner of the GUI and Web UI.

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SEP sesam Server update

SEP sesam Server cannot be automatically updated. It can only be updated manually by copying/downloading the required package to your SEP sesam Server and then executing it manually.

However, there are two special update options available in the GUI exclusively for the SEP sesam Server : Install UI Server Service Pack (a GUI SP for server) and Install Service Pack.

  • SEP sesam service packs are cumulative and contain all released bug fixes for the corresponding SEP sesam version. SEP sesam sends notifications via RSS feeds to alert administrators of important issues affecting your SEP sesam environment, such as the availability of a service pack, the notification of the error, or the announcement of a new release. These notifications can be accessed in the Notification Center in the upper right corner of the GUI and Web UI.
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Whenever you update the server, you also have to update the GUI client because the GUI client and the SEP sesam Server have to work with the same GUI.

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Verifying updates

You can easily check whether your update was successful by checking the log files or the client status in the Topology or Clients view, if you have enabled either of the following two modes: Check automatically, but install manually or Check, download and install automatically (see above Setting preferred update mode).

If you have selected the Turn off update mode and you want to check if the update was successful, proceed as follows:

  1. Check the connection between a GUI client and the SEP sesam Server. The connection should work.
  2. Open the SEP sesam GUI and from the menu bar select Help -> About SEP sesam. Both, SEP sesam GUI client and SEP sesam GUI Server must have the same build versions.
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