The HBMP Converter

The HBMP Converter

About the HBMP Conversion

If you have a Board database which was created with Board version 7.3 (or an earlier 7 version), before you can use it with version 9.x or later you must convert the database. A utility program, the HBMP Converter, automatically converts your Board databases to the HBMP format of version 9.x


The conversion process creates a new copy of the database in the new format, without altering in any manner the original database. For example, if you convert a database named MyDatabase.dtbx , the conversion will create a database named MyDatabase.hbmp which is a new independent copy, in the new format. Note that the new database may be considerably smaller in size than the old format thanks to the new optimized compression algorithm.

The conversion process is made of three main steps,


The conversion process may take a few minutes for small databases, of a size of 1 GB or less or it may take several hours for large databases, of 10GB or more, depending on the performance of the hardware. Two progress bar indicate the processing of the two lengthy steps of the conversion, the extraction of data from the old database and the loading or data into the new one.


Note that since the conversion requires to extract all cube contents to files, it is necessary to run the conversion on a computer with sufficient free disk space (two to three times the size of the database or even more).


Note !

The conversion of a Board 7.3 database to HBMP, must be executed on a 64-bit operating system.


Configuring the HBMP Converter program

Install the HBMP Converter program by running the setup program on a computer where Board Server is installed and configured. The HBMP Converter program is installed in the Board Server program group.




Run the HBMP Converter program, the following interface will open




Set the following parameters

User Name / Password : set a valid Board user account with full privileges on the database to convert. This account will be used to open the database for conversion.

Board Path : set the Board directory where the Board databases to convert are.

Board Key file: set a valid Board license


Converting a Board DTBX database to the HBMP format

Run the HBMP Converter program, configure the required parameters as described above then select the database from the drop-down list and click the Convert button.

The process can take several hours to complete. If the database being converted is large (over 10GB in size) ensure that the computer doesn't run out of disk space and that the RAM consumption doesn't exceed the physical RAM of the server.


When the conversion is finished, a pop-up message will notify you. A new database folder with extension hbmp is created under Board\Database, this is your Board database in HBMP format ready to be used with Board version 9.x or later


At the end of the conversion process, you can free some hard disk space deleting the text files which the conversion program creates under Board\Dataset\dbname.



A converted database may not take advantage of the new features ad capabilities of 9.x or later . After converting a database from dtbx to hbmp format  it is recommended

- to review the cube versions, as it is very likely that 7.4 will require less versions than 7.3

- reducing the number of versions also reduces the amount of RAM required to run in in-Memory mode which gives even more performance.

- review the sparse structures: it is recommended to use 64-bit sparse and not 128-bit sparse. Since the HBMP engine provides higher compressions on non sparse entities, it is generally better to have 64-bit sparse which are faster than 128-bit sparse structures even though implies setting one or more entities to non sparse.

- a general review of the database may be required to fully take advantage of the new potential of the HBMP engine, which can handle higher volumes of data, at more granular level and server a larger number of users.