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Rules can no longer access Pega internal Java packages

Valid from Pega Version 8.4

You can no longer create rules that access Java packages that reference internal APIs (syntax com.pega.platform.*.internal*). This change does not affect rules that access Pega public API packages.

If you encounter issues when running existing rules that reference internal Pega APIs, contact Pega Support.

Upgrade impact

After an upgrade to 8.4 and later, clients can no longer save new or modified rules that access Pega internal APIs; existing rules that reference internal APIs can still be run but cannot be modified. 

What steps are required to update the application to be compatible with this change?

Following a software upgrade to 8.4 or later, clients can refactor existing rules into guardrail compliant rules. To find rules to refactor, run the validation tool from designer studio (Application > Tools > Validation) to identify what rules fail validation; failed rules that include the message "Test compilation failed : Illegal internal class reference : com.pega.internal.XYZ" can updated to reference appropriate APIs.

Updated default dynamic system setting for requestor pools

Valid from Pega Version 8.4

Clients can now enable or disable requestor pools for processing service requests using a new dynamic system setting called EnableRequestorPools with Pega-IntegrationEngine as the owning rulest. Previously, all deployments utilized requestor pools to improve service processing response efficiency; requestor pools eliminated overhead by automatically returning a requestor to the pool after it fulfills a service request. Starting in Pega Platform 8.4, requestor pools are disabled in Client-managed cloud deployments, since these deployments use autoscaling to handle service request traffic. Enabling requestor pools in Kubernetes environments is not recommended, because they can inhibit the default autoscaling settings in the environment.

Requestor pools remain enabled by default in Pega Cloud and on-premises environments.

To help clients navigate this change, Pega has updated its best practice guidance for configuring requestor pools. For an overview, see Requestor pooling for services. For guidance on the use of requestor pools in your application, see the EnableRequestorPools entry in Dynamic system settings data instances.

Upgrade impact

Requestor pools are disabled by default in Pega Platform 8.4 in client-managed cloud deployments. Clients who deployed previous versions of Pega Platform on a Kubernetes environment and who upgrade to Pega Platform 8.4 could see that their services behave differently.

What steps are required to update the application to be compatible with this change?

If clients that are deployed in a Client-managed cloud environment need to configure their services to use requestor pools and they understand how to configure requestor pools for their optimized use, these clients can re-enable requestor pools. Clients should review the best practice for configuring requestor pools before they re-enable requestor pools. To re-enable requestor pools, you modify the EnableRequestorPools setting in the Pega-IntegrationEngine Owning ruleset from “disabled” to Enabled [no value]. For details, see Editing a dynamic system setting.

Email Wizard support discontinued

Valid from Pega Version 8.4

Pega Platform™ no longer includes the Email Wizard. This wizard helped set up an email service for sending and receiving email in Pega Platform. The wizard generated an email account, an email listener, and an email service rule.

After an upgrade to Pega Platform 8.4 and later, existing clients must create new email accounts and email channels in App Studio. When you configure a new email channel, you add your email accounts so that customers can send and receive email by using the Pega Email Bot. Configuration of an email channel automatically generates an email listener and service email rules.

For more information, see Creating an email account and Building an Email channel.

Additional upgrade scripts for new columns

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.4

In Version 6.2, additional columns (Major, Minor, and Patch) containing ruleset Version information were added to 15 tables in the PRPC database. When upgrading from a pre-Pega 7 release, scripts must be manually run after the upgrade to populate these columns.

These scripts are located in the Resource Kit, under Additional Upgrade Scripts.

  • If upgrading to a single schema, run both scripts.
  • If upgrading to a split schema, run the _data script against the data schema and run the _rules script against the rules schema.
  Depending upon your database type (platform) and the size of your database, these scripts may require significant time and system resources to run.

Choose the scripts for your database type:

  • db2zos_rulesetversion_columns_data.sql
  • db2zos_rulesetversion_columns_rules.sql

 

  • mssql_rulesetversion_columns_data.sql
  • mssql_rulesetversion_columns_rules.sql

 

  • oracle_rulesetversion_columns_data.sql
  • oracle_rulesetversion_columns_rules.sql

 

  • postgres_rulesetversion_columns_data.sql
  • postgres_rulesetversion_columns_rules.sql

 

  • udb_rulesetversion_columns_data.sql
  • udb_rulesetversion_columns_rules.sql

Remove JVM settings from prior installations

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.1

JVM memory settings ​defined in the setupDatabase.properties file to support a prior installation need to be removed. 

Memory settings are now handled by the installation program. Duplicating these settings may cause installation or upgrade failures. 

Required DB2 settings for LUW and z/OS

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.1

Installations on DB2 databases for LUW and z/OS require a minimum logging file size (4096) and a default table space page size (32K).

To set the table space page size to 32K:

  1. Stop the system.
  2. Rename one table (“TableX”) to backup (“TableXBackup”).
  3. Create a new table space that uses a 32K page size.
  4. Copy “TableXBackup” to “TableX” in the new table space.
  5. Restart the system and test to verify there are no issues.
  6. Drop the backup table (or keep it for future reference).

Additional information is available in the "Adjusting the log space size in upgraded databases" article: https://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/db2luw/v9r7/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.db2.luw.qb.upgrade.doc%2Fdoc%2Ft0023289.html

No direct upgrade to multitenant setup

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.1

It is not possible to upgrade directly to a multi-tenant setup. A Pega 7 application may be exported and then imported into a multi-tenant system, with the administrator making the decision as to whether this then becomes a tenant system or a shared system.

 

Applications developed in versions prior to Pega 7 must be upgraded to a Pega 7 standard system, and then exported and imported into a multi-tenant system. See the Multitenancy Administration Guide for full details.

Upgrade changes system name

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.1

As of Pega 7.1.7, the following renaming behavior no longer occurs.

The upgrade process renames your system to “PRPC” and modifies any custom requestor rules in your application to use this name. After the upgrade completes, you must apply these changes to revert your system:

  1. Identify all custom requestor rules (browser, batch, app, portal) with access groups that point to prior versions of PRPC.
  2. Open the relevant access groups (for example, PRPC:Unauthenticated and PRPC:Agents) and update the name and version fields to point to the current PegaRULES application.
  3. Reset your system name to its original value. You can set the Dynamic System Setting prconfig/identification/systemName/default or use the Designer Studio > System > Settings > System Name landing page.
  4. Restart the system.

Run cleanup.bat/sh script only before upgrading

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.1

Prior to upgrading the rulebase, you can optionally run the cleanup.bat/sh script to remove older rules from the database.

Run this script before you upgrade your rulebase, or the script may delete needed rulesets. For more information about running the cleanup.bat/sh script, refer to the Upgrade Guide specific to your release version.

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