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One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Sessions 6.1.0 - Upgrade Guide


Welcome to One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Sessions (SPS) version 6.1 and thank you for choosing our product. This document describes the upgrade process from existing SPS installations to SPS 6.1. The main goal of this paper is to help system administrators in planning the migration to the new version of SPS.


Read the entire document thoroughly before starting the upgrade.

This document covers the One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Sessions 6.1 product.

Versions and releases of One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Sessions (SPS)

The following release policy applies to One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Sessions (SPS):

  • Long Term Supported or LTS releases (for example, SPS 6.0) are supported for 3 years after their original publication date and for 1 year after the next LTS release is published (whichever date is later). The second digit of the revisions of such releases is 0 (for example, SPS 6.0.1). Maintenance releases to LTS releases contain only bugfixes and security updates.

  • Feature releases (for example, SPS 6.1) are supported for 6 months after their original publication date and for 2 months after a succeeding Feature or LTS release is published (whichever date is later). Feature releases contain enhancements and new features, presumably 1-3 new features per release. Only the last feature release is supported (for example, when a new feature release comes out, the last one becomes unsupported in 2 months).

For a full description of long-term-supported and feature releases, open the SPS product page on the Support Portal and navigate to Product Life Cycle & Policies > Product Support Policies > Software Product Support Lifecycle Policy.


Downgrading from a feature release is not supported. If you upgrade from an LTS release (for example, 6.0) to a feature release (6.1), you have to keep upgrading with each new feature release until the next LTS version (in this case, 7.0) is published.

Prerequisites for upgrading SPS

This section describes the requirements and steps to perform before starting the SPS upgrade process.

General requirements:

If you have a high availability cluster:

  • Verify that you have IPMI access to the slave node. You can find detailed information on using the IPMI interface in the following documents:

    For Safeguard Sessions Appliance 3000 and 3500, see the X9 SMT IPMI User's Guide.

  • On the Basic Settings > High Availability page, verify that the HA status is not degraded.

If you are upgrading SPS in a virtual environment:

  • Create a snapshot of the virtual machine before starting the upgrade process.

  • Configure and enable console redirection (if the virtual environment allows it).

If you are using a plugin (for example, a Credential Store plugin, or a multi-factor authentication plugin):

  • You will need an updated version of the plugin you are using. Download it from Downloads page.

Notes and warnings about the upgrade

The following is a list of important notes and warnings about the upgrade process and changes in SPS 6.1.

  • X.509 host certificates are not supported, the related options have been removed from the product. One Identity recommends using public keys instead.

  • DSA keys are not supported, the related options have been removed from the product. One Identity recommends using RSA keys instead.

  • The log ingestion feature of SPS has been removed from the product.


Due to a change in the underlying database, the upgrade process removes all risk scores generated earlier by One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Analytics. Sessions initiated after the upgrade will be scored again.


As part of the upgrade, SPS upgrades its session database. This involves the following processes:

  • The first phase of the upgrade happens before SPS boots up and takes about 10-20 minutes. During this time, no production traffic goes through SPS, and SPS functionality is inaccessible. Rebooting or shutting down SPS at this stage of the upgrade may result in data loss. You can check the status of the upgrade process through either the console or the boot-time HTTP server, which allows you to view boot console log messages through your browser.
  • Depending on the size of the session database, the second phase can take several days or even weeks to finish. You can check the status of the upgrade process through the System Monitor on the web interface of SPS.

    This second phase of the upgrade is running in the background and consumes minimal resources. All functionality of SPS is accessible and SPS works as normal. The only limitation during this phase is that the session database used when searching on the REST API and the new Search interface is incomplete. The upgrade process starts with the most recent sessions and works its way backward in time until it reaches the oldest sessions. The classic search is unaffected.

If there are any errors during the upgrade, contact our Support Team.


Following the upgrade, support for less than 1024-bit SSH keys is lost.


When the client uses hostname in inband destination selections, the hostname must comply with RFC5890: Internationalized Domain Names for Applications (IDNA). For example, from the ASCII characters only letters, digits, and the hyphen character is permitted.

Starting with version 6.1.0, SPS rejects connection requests where the hostname does not comply with RFC5890.


Due to legal reasons, installation packages of the external indexer application will be available only from the SPS web interface. After SPS versions 6.3 and 6.0.2 are released, the installation packages will be removed from our website.


It is no longer possible to search for screen contents indexed by the old Audit Player on the new search UI and the REST interface. Searching in session metadata (such as IP addresses and usernames) and in extracted events (such as executed commands and window titles that appeared on the screen) remains possible.

As the old Audit Player was replaced and deprecated as an indexing tool during the 4.x versions, this should only affect very old sessions. Sessions that were processed by the new indexing service will work perfectly. If you wish to do screen content searches in historical sessions, contact our Support Team.

Upgrade path to SPS 6.1

Upgrading to SPS 6.1 is tested and supported using the following upgrade path:

  • The latest SPS 6 LTS maintenance version (for example, 6.0.x) -> SPS 6.1

    Always upgrade to the latest available maintenance version of SPS 5 LTS before upgrading to SPS 6.1.

From older releases, upgrade to 6 LTS first. For details, see How to upgrade to One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Sessions 6 LTS.

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