Version 2021

Compatibility and Interoperability

For best practices on compatibility and interoperability, as it relates to upgrading a MicroStrategy system, see the Upgrade Help. Please note, our current release schedule ensures product upgrades on a monthly basis for cloud and containerized releases and a quarterly cadence for on-premise customers.

Definition of Terms

  • Compatibility: Products that are compatible can function on the same machine without software conflicts. Installing compatible products on the same machine results in no loss of functionality for these products.

    You cannot have a combination of MicroStrategy ONE/2021 and pre-2021 MicroStrategy products installed on the same machine. For example, MicroStrategy Web 2020.x cannot reside on the same machine as MicroStrategy Command Manager in MicroStrategy ONE/2021. For more information, see Important Compatibility Notes. Please note that MicroStrategy ONE/2021 is the only supported platform. For more information, see Support Lifecycle.

  • Interoperability: Products that are interoperable can function on different machines without software conflicts.

    Different versions of MicroStrategy products are, in several configurations, interoperable when installed on different machines. However, pre-MicroStrategy ONE/2021 versions of clients cannot be used with the MicroStrategy ONE/2021 Intelligence Server.

    Connecting MicroStrategy products to an earlier version of MicroStrategy Intelligence server is not supported. For example, MicroStrategy does not recommend or guarantee support for connecting MicroStrategy Developer on MicroStrategy ONE/2021 to a pre-MicroStrategy ONE/2021 MicroStrategy Intelligence server.

  • Certified: The third-party component has been actively tested with the current release.

  • Supported: A third-party component that has been listed as supported is expected to be used successfully with any and all applicable MicroStrategy functionality.

Important Compatibility Notes

The following provides an overview of several important compatibility considerations.

  • Newer and older products on the same machine: MicroStrategy ONE/2021 products are not compatible on the same machine with earlier versions of MicroStrategy products. If you attempt to install a MicroStrategy ONE/2021 product on a machine that currently has a pre-2021 product installed, the MicroStrategy Installation wizard prompts you to upgrade every MicroStrategy product on that machine to MicroStrategy ONE/2021.

    A newer version of Workstation can be installed on a machine where an older version of Developer is installed.

  • Intelligence server and metadata: MicroStrategy Intelligence server and metadata versions should always match. That is, the metadata must be upgraded to MicroStrategy ONE/2021 to use MicroStrategy Intelligence server on MicroStrategy ONE/2021. In direct connection deployments, client products (such as MicroStrategy Developer) should also be updated to the newer version of MicroStrategy Intelligence server.

  • MicroStrategy Library and the Intelligence server should operate on the same version, including the same update version.

  • All clients such as Mobile, Workstation, MicroStrategy app, and so on have:

    • Full feature support in the same platform version. For example, Mobile and Intelligence server are both MicroStrategy ONE/2021.

    • Interoperability/backward compatibility for older versions across supported platforms.

Compatibility Scenarios

MicroStrategy ONE/2021 is the only supported platform and as such all MicroStrategy ONE/2021 products are compatible with each other. While it is possible to install all MicroStrategy ONE/2021 products on the same machine, MicroStrategy recommends installing products and groups of products on separate machines and dedicated server machines as determined by your production environment requirements. For more information on various production deployment scenarios, see Installation and Configuration Help.

Analytics Modules

The MicroStrategy Tutorial project has been tested on a warehouse and metadata in Microsoft Access. Some database-specific object definitions may need to be changed if Tutorial is used on another platform.

Command Manager

A project source is required to run MicroStrategy Command Manager and connect to a metadata repository. MicroStrategy Developer and MicroStrategy Command Manager can be installed on the same machine, or on different machines.

Administrators do not need to install Narrowcast server on the machine where Command Manager is installed to be able to manage a Narrowcast server system.

Enterprise Manager

A project source is required to run MicroStrategy Enterprise Manager and connect to a metadata repository.

MicroStrategy Developer and MicroStrategy Enterprise Manager can be installed on the same machine, or on different machines.

Integrity Manager

While Integrity Manager is certified to run against various Intelligence server versions, to ensure proper functionality, workflows created in Integrity Manager should be opened, deployed, and used with versions currently supported by MicroStrategy. See Support Lifecycle for a list of supported and expired MicroStrategy releases.

MicroStrategy Application

MicroStrategy Application has full feature support in the same platform version as the Intelligence server. Interoperability for older versions is also available across supported platforms.

MicroStrategy Developer

Developer on MicroStrategy ONE/2021 is interoperable with the MicroStrategy ONE/2021 Intelligence server.

MicroStrategy Library

For full feature compatibility and operability, MicroStrategy Library and the Intelligence server should operate on the same version i.e., the same update version. For example, they should both be on 11.3.8.

Operating older MicroStrategy Library versions on newer Intelligence server versions result in partial interoperability. This means that when Library version 22.12 (11.3.8) runs on an Intelligence server version 23.02, only features available in Library until 22.12 (11.3.8) are operable.

MicroStrategy Library Intelligence Server
22.12 (11.3.8) 23.01 23.02
22.12 Full 22.12 feature support

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Partially operable for Library features until 22.12

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Partially operable for Library features until 22.12

23.01 û Full 23.01 feature support

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Partially operable for Library features until 22.12

23.02 û û Full 23.02 feature support

MicroStrategy Metadata

Intelligence server and metadata platform versions should always match. For example, both should be on MicroStrategy ONE/2021.

A metadata upgrade is not required for a monthly or quarterly release.

MicroStrategy Mobile

To ensure full feature support, MicroStrategy Mobile clients should be on the same version as the MicroStrategy Intelligence server and Mobile server. In addition, MicroStrategy Mobile clients are interoperable with older versions of MicroStrategy Mobile server and Intelligence servers. This means that several configurations of different versions of MicroStrategy products are interoperable when installed on different machines.

Compatibility is currently not supported between clients running a version older than the server instances.

MicroStrategy Mobile Clients for iOS and Android Devices

Clients All Server Products (Library Server, Intelligence Server, etc.)
2019 2020 MicroStrategy ONE/2021
2019 Full 2019 feature support Not applicable Not applicable
2020 Interoperable but no longer supported Full 2020 feature support Not applicable
MicroStrategy ONE/2021 Interoperable but no longer supported Interoperable but no longer supported Full 2021 feature support

Creating a Configuration of Multiple MicroStrategy Mobile Servers

To create a configuration that includes multiple MicroStrategy Mobile servers, all of the MicroStrategy Mobile servers must be the same version.

MicroStrategy Workstation

Workstation can be installed on the Intelligence server machine, but this is highly not recommended, as there are known usability issues because of having both products on same machine.

Do not install Workstation and Intelligence server on the same machine.

MicroStrategy Clients Intelligence Server and Library
22.12 23.01 23.02
22.12 Full 22.12 feature support Workstation interoperable Workstation interoperable
23.01 Interoperable Full 23.01 feature support Workstation interoperable
23.02 Interoperable Interoperable Full 23.02 feature support

Office

The new MicroStrategy for Office add-in introduced in 2019 is not interoperable with pre-2019 releases.

If you use MicroStrategy Web Services (ASP.NET), all machines on which MicroStrategy Office will be installed should be on the same domain or at least on a trusted domain of the domain to which the Web Services machine is linked. If not, a Network Logon dialog prompts you to enter credentials that can be authenticated in the domain on which the Web Services machine resides. This is not required for MicroStrategy Web Services J2EE.

System Manager

To ensure proper functionality, workflows created in System Manager should be opened, deployed, and used only with the same version or newer versions of System Manager.