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Migration of bookmarks between Design Studio and Lumira Designer systems

This article aims to facilitate the process of migrating dashboards and their bookmarks from Design Studio 1.X to Lumira Designer 2.X. It also applies to transporting bookmarks between systems with the same versions.

The promotion of bookmarks between platforms has not always been supported, and there are a series of limitations that apply depending on the scenario. Please go through this article and the latest SAP notes on this topic before performing the migration.

Platforms supported

The promotion of bookmarks is supported from the following versions:

  • BIP 4.1 SP12 or greater
  • BIP 4.2 SP4 or greater
  • Design Studio 1.6 SP7 or greater
  • Lumira Designer 2.1 SP2 or greater

Using older versions of the systems may work partially, but the validation has been performed from the ones specified in this article. So no support will be provided in those scenarios.

It is recommended to use the latest version available of both platform and client for better performance.

Migration of Design Studio 1.X applications with Design Studio 1.X bookmarks

There are different types of bookmarks in Design Studio 1.X:

  • Standard Bookmark. It saves the state of the whole application. Any changes made on the application afterwards will make the bookmark obsolete. This type of bookmark is deprecated, and its use is not recommended.
  • Fragment Bookmark. It saves the state of a container selection.
  • Portable Fragment Bookmark. It saves the state of a container selection, and can be loaded from different applications.
  • 1.X Personalization. The default state in which an application loads when launched, without using a bookmark. This is an extension of a Standard bookmark, which means that the same limitations apply when changes are made to the application. 1.6 personalization is also obsolete, and its use is not recommended.

Since the CUID (unique identifier) of Standard bookmarks and 1.X Personalizations changes when being exported, they cannot be promoted between systems. This behavior is by design. See Note

Only when a BI platform system is upgraded will the Standard bookmarks and 1.X Personalizations that were on the platform, keep working. This is due to the fact that the bookmarks have not been transported from one system to another (the CUID doesn’t change).

It is strongly recommended to avoid using Standard bookmarks because they are inflexible and also deprecated.

Transporting bookmarks and applications

The following process describes how to transport 1.X applications with Fragment and Portable Fragment bookmarks. Same applies when transporting 2.X applications with 2.X bookmarks:

  1. In Central Management Console go to Promotion Management > New Job.
  2. Source: localhost.
  3. Destination: Output to LCMBIAR File.
  4. Add the 1.X Design Studio application(s) to be promoted.
  5. Add the 1.X Fragment and Portable Fragment bookmarks to be promoted.
  6. Add any other necessary objects that the applications have dependencies on (users, folders, OLAP connections, etc).
  7. Promote and save the .lcmbiar file on the local file system.
  8. In the destination server go to Promotion Management in CMC.
  9. Import the .lcmbiar file previously created.
  10. Promote the .lcmbiar file and wait for a minute. The status should be Success.
  11. Open your application and load bookmarks.

Fragment bookmarks and Portable Fragment bookmarks can be promoted from 1.6 SP7 to 1.6 SP7, to Lumira 2.1 SP2 or higher and to Lumira 2.2 or higher.

Migration of Design Studio 1.X applications with Design Studio 1.X bookmarks into Lumira Designer 2.X

Application and bookmark objects transported through Promotion Management will have the same CUID on the destination system. Fragment and Portable Fragment bookmarks will work as they did in DS 1.X.

The application type on Lumira Designer 2.X after the migration is performed will be SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform Legacy Mode (it won’t be .lumx).

In case we want to have the equivalent application in SAP Lumira Documents Mode (.lumx) the application needs to be one of the following:

  • Imported from the client as a .zip file into Lumira Documents Mode. The application needs to be previously exported into a .zip file from 1.X.
  • Re-created manually from scratch. It is possible to have both clients -say Design Studio 1.6 SP7 and Lumira Designer 2.2- open in parallel, which speeds up the process when recreating an application.

If we replicate the application in .lumx mode (by either importing the previously exported zip file in the client or by re-creating it), then the bookmarks promoted can’t be used in these applications. The application CUID has changed. For that reason the bookmarks also need to be re-created manually in order to work on .lumx mode.

Based on the previous information our recommendation is to either:

A. Transport a 1.X application and its Fragment and Portable Fragment bookmarks into Legacy Mode.

The application can be transported into 2.X and stay as Legacy Mode without making any more relevant changes on the dashboard.

B. Recreate the 1.X application and its bookmarks on a .lumx document.

Create the document from scratch using the BOOKMARKS TECHNICAL COMPONENT instead.

2.X bookmarks will be more robust, flexible and powerful than 1.X bookmarks so its usage is greatly encouraged.

Also note that 1.X bookmark APIs are deprecated on 2.X so using 2.X bookmarks is strongly recommended.

Promotion of 2.X applications and their bookmarks

Bookmarks on 2.X have been significantly improved and simplified compared to 1.X bookmarks. The types of bookmarks on 2.X are:

  • 2.X bookmark. It saves the state of a selected group of components. Making changes on the application won’t interfere with the bookmarks, unless we remove elements that are part of the bookmark technical component.
  • 2.X personalization. A 2.X bookmark needs to be created first and then used to be referenced to when creating the 2.x personalization.

2.X bookmarks and 2.X Personalizations can be promoted using the system versions specified at the beginning of this article.

The steps to promote bookmarks between 2.X systems are the same as for 1.X sytems. Make sure that all the necessary objects are added to the promotion job in order to keep consistency after the transport. That includes users (bookmarks owners), OLAP connections, bookmark folders, etc.

Related SAP Notes

Promotion of Bookmarks from a system running Design Studio 1.6 SP7 BIP AddOn

Fragment and Portable Fragment bookmarks are missing property values when promoted to another system through Promotion Management

1.6_SP7. Analysis Application error when loading a promoted application with Standard Bookmarks and/or Personalization

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      Author's profile photo Shailaja Naik
      Shailaja Naik

      Hi Laura,

      Can you please let me know if I can apply security or kind of filter to bookmarks list opened in individual lumx document? I see there is Access Type and Group. Access Type is set to Personal, but I do not know how to apply group. I have used generic template and I have multiple Lumx published using Generic template. What I see is all bookmarks are listed in all documents. How can I restrict them to the document it was created. Thank you.

      Author's profile photo Laura Piris
      Laura Piris
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Shailaja,

      The bookmark group relates to an actual user group on BIP so you can restrict access by using it. Please refer to the documentation to know how to use bookmark groups since this article is focused on Promotion of Bookmarks.

      On the other hand, your question seems slightly confusing and might be more than a consulting issue. If you are facing discrepancies with the behaviour of your bookmarks and the expected behaviour please feel free to raise an incident for it attaching the .lumx files, the description of the error and the client and platform versions you are using.


      Author's profile photo Shailaja Naik
      Shailaja Naik

      Thank you Laura,

      Strangely enough the moment we have promoted the lumx document to QA, I see bookmarks related to that query only, where as in dev it was from all other documents. Thank you for your time and suggestions.



      Author's profile photo Marcus Preis
      Marcus Preis

      Hi Laura,


      thank you for the explanation.

      Is there a way to move bookmarks from one Designer Application to another?

      We were creating a new application because we had to change the underlying infoproviders.

      Drawback as of now is that all (especially user-specific bookmarks) were lost.

      Any ideas?



      Author's profile photo Laura Piris
      Laura Piris
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Marcus,

      2.X bookmarks are always associated to their corresponding Designer Application so it is not possible to move bookmarks across applications.

      If what you have are 1.X Portable Fragment bookmarks instead, their container is a panel and not an application. This type of bookmarks can be consumed across applications.

      Now if the datasource for that bookmark is modified then the linkage is gone as well so the bookmarks need to be recreated.

      I hope this clarifies your query.


      Author's profile photo Marcus Preis
      Marcus Preis

      yes, thank you!

      Author's profile photo Felix Steigmeier
      Felix Steigmeier

      Hi Marcus,

      we have the same problem at the moment. Bookmarks are linked to the CUID of the application and there seems to be no possible way to copy or modify them to work with another application. Did you find a way to move them between your applications or any other workaround solution?



      Author's profile photo Marcus Preis
      Marcus Preis

      not really! As Laura mentioned, the bookmarks need to be created again!