Starting version 8.9.03, BMC Network Automation is renamed to TrueSight Network Automation. This space contains information about BMC Network Automation 8.9.02 and previous versions. For TrueSight Network Automation 8.9.03 and later releases, see the TrueSight Network Automation documentation.

Managing jobs

Network-related actions initiated by users, web services, policies and device import tasks are tracked centrally as jobs. Some sample jobs are as follows:

  • User submits a job to implement a configuration change on a group of devices.
  • A web services client initiates a job to push an ad-hoc template to a device.
  • A policy runs with a Snapshot action, some of the devices in the snapshot action fail. You can copy the job created by the policy, modify the action to include only devices that failed last snapshot device filter, then re-run the job.
  • Device Import runs a Snapshot action. A job is created to perform the initial snapshot of newly-added devices. The Job Details report shows the snapshot action, status and related device configurations.
  • User adds a new device. A job is created to perform the initial snapshot, which tests the values entered for multiple fields (such as the IP address, access mode, and device security profile).

The following table contains conceptual information and tasks that describe how to manage BMC Network Automation jobs and provides links to the applicable topics:

Administering taskFor more informationBenefit
To create a new jobCreating a job

Learn how to create various types of jobs.

To create, view, and use a predefined jobManaging predefined jobs

Learn how to create, view, and use a predefined job, which enables you to create, edit, and execute named sets of common and repeatable tasks.

To perform actions on a jobViewing the jobs listing

Use the jobs list to perform the following job actions:

  • Viewing details
  • Editing
  • Copying
  • Submitting
  • Approving
  • Rejecting
  • Cancelling/Aborting
  • Deleting

You can also use the jobs list to view the Job Details report and filter jobs.

To view the status of a jobVerifying job completion statusLearn how to view the status of a job whether it has been completed or not.
To submit a job again after failureResubmitting failed jobsLearn how to submit a job again after it fails to complete on certain devices.
To approve a jobApproving jobsLearn about various job approval types and how to enable a job for approval.
To add an approval type and perform actions on approvalsManaging job approval types

Learn how to add a new job approval type and how to use the approval list to perform various actions on approvals.

To reconcile changes that occurred without approvalReconciling jobs

Learn how to reconcile the changes that were made without approval and the requirements that the jobs should met for reconciliation.

To configure device authentication for jobsConfiguring device authentication for jobs

Determine which of the following device credentials to use to perform the Deploy to Active, Deploy to Stored, Commit, Reboot, Custom Actions, Deploy/Snapshot OS Image, Scan Syntax and Snapshot actions on devices:

  • Credentials stored in the Device Security Profile (DSP)
  • Credentials specified during job creation
To generate email notifications when the state of a job changesConfiguring email notification for jobsLearn how to configure the job email parameters to generate email notifications to the Job creator, approver, and other recipients as the job transitions to various states.
To understand various actions that BMC Network Automation jobs can supportUnderstanding job actionsUnderstand multiple actions that jobs can support to simplify configuration planning, approvals, and verifications.
To understand the concept of concurrent job executionUnderstanding concurrent job executionUnderstand how BMC Network Automation implements actions concurrently when a job includes multiple span actions.
To understand various states through which a job progressesUnderstanding job state progressionUnderstand various states through which a job progresses and the actions due to which the job is put into a particular state.
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