You can apply pending Atom and connector updates at any time during Release Control, which is the period of at least two weeks immediately preceding a full release.
You select a time during Release Control that is convenient for you to apply and test Atom and connector updates. The pending updates are applied per Atom (or clustered Molecule or Atom Cloud). You can update your "Test" Atoms and test the changes against your processes before the full release. If you are happy with the test results, you can apply the changes to your "Production" Atoms and move the updates into your production environment before the full release. If you apply the pending updates during the Release Control period and then change your mind, you can remove the updates and roll back to the currently released version.
Note: Pending Atom and connector updates are also available on the Dell Boomi Test Atom Clouds during the Release Control period.
On the full release date, all users receive platform enhancements and user interface changes. Users who have not applied the Atom and connector updates in advance get those updates as well.
The Atom & Connector Versions panel in Atom Management displays your Atom and connectors, including Dell Boomi connectors and connectors developed by Dell Boomi partners. This panel identifies when the Atom and connectors were last updated, and can be used to apply pending updates and to roll back updates.Note: The Release Control Scheduling panel in Atom Management is used by Atom, Molecule, and Atom Cloud owners to set a schedule for automatically receiving Release Control updates.
Questions and answers about Release Control
Why does Release Control exist?
Dell Boomi users are located all over the world. They work in many different industries. Their business hours vary. They can have integration processes running at any time of the day or night. Therefore no particular date, day of the week, or time of day is convenient for everyone to receive a new release. Dell Boomi realizes this and wants to minimize the impact of new releases on your business.
How do I know the date Release Control begins for the next release and the date of the full release?
Upcoming Release Control and full release dates are listed on the Notifications page at status.boomi.com.
How do I know when updates are available prior to the full release?
A system message appears in Boomi Integration when Release Control updates are available. You also can check the Atom & Connector Versions panel to see if pending updates are listed.
Who is able to apply the Atom and connector updates?
- Users with the Atom Management privilege, typically users with the Administrator role, are able to apply the updates. You also must be authorized to update the selected Atom. You cannot apply updates to an Atom that you do not own, for example, a Dell Boomi Atom Cloud.
Can all Atom and connector updates be tested during the Release Control period?
No. Atom and connector updates are included in Release Control, but neither the Dell Boomi AtomSphere platform nor Dell Boomi browse Atoms are updated until the actual release. Therefore, until the actual release:
You cannot test Atom and connector enhancements and fixes with companion platform changes.
You cannot test connector enhancements and fixes with browse changes for connectors that support browsing only through a Dell Boomi Atom Cloud.
The Release Notes Issue Summary table identifies the updates that are available for testing during the Release Control period.
Can I get certain Atom and connector updates prior to the full release, and get others on the full release date?
When you decide to update an Atom or connector, you must accept all of the updates to that Atom and its connectors. You cannot apply an update for your Atom but not its connectors, or for your connectors but not the Atom. Because each connector is built and tested to work with certain versions of the Atom, you must accept all pending updates for the Atom and its connectors.
Do I have to update all of my Atoms at the same time?
No, you do not have to update all of your Atoms at once. In fact, it is a best practice to apply the updates for your test Atom and its connectors as soon as they are available and to test your processes in your test environment. Ideally you should let your processes run in your test environment during the first week so that all schedules, loads, connectors, etc,. are tested. Then, after your tests have run successfully, apply the updates to your production Atom and its connectors.
What happens to my Atoms, Molecules, and Atom Clouds when I apply the updates?
For any release update after June 2016, the nodes in your Molecules and Atom Clouds are restarted on a rolling basis. For more information, see the Rolling restart of Molecules and Atom Clouds topic.
Will the Atom and connectors be updated or rolled back immediately after I click the button to apply or to roll back updates?
The request is sent to the Atom immediately. Please allow time for the updates or rollback to take effect. The Atom might restart during this process. It waits for a period of inactivity before applying the updates or rollback, unless the Force Restart property is set on the Atom.
Can people use the AtomSphere platform while I apply the updates or a rollback?
Yes. Users who are logged into the platform are not affected.
Can updates be applied to or rolled back on an Atom that is not currently running?
No. The updates or rollback will be applied to the Atom the next time it is started.
What happens if I don’t take the Atom and connector updates prior to the full release?
On the full release date you will get the Atom and connector updates, the platform enhancements, and the user interface changes.
Can I choose to get updates or the release after the full release date?
No. All users get the latest release on the full release date.
If I apply the updates, or roll back the updates, and then have problems with my Atom or with my processes, what should I do?
Contact Dell Boomi Support and log a Severity 1 issue with all details regarding the behavior that you are experiencing. Be sure to note that Release Control updates have been applied to your account, or that you have rolled back Release Control updates. Provide the account ID, process URL, execution ID, and Atom name and ID.
What will happen if a customer or Dell Boomi determines that there is a problem with the updates?
This situation will be handled in the same way as if there were a problem with a full release: We will work to rectify the situation. One of our options will be to communicate to everyone and roll back the updates. Another option, which is used infrequently, would be to delay the full release.