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 templates

BMC Network Automation is delivered with predefined templates. Templates are used to provision new devices and implement simple configuration changes based on the exact commands supplied. For example, you can use templates in the following scenarios:

For complex changes (for example, ACL updates) that depend on the current configuration state, BMC recommends using rules. Templates can be imported and created from scratch or from an archived configuration.

The following table contains conceptual information and tasks that describe how to manage templates and provides links to applicable topics:

Administering taskFor more informationBenefit
To add a templateAdding a template

Learn how to:

  • Create a new template
  • Create a template based on an existing configuration on one of your devices 
To restrict access to a templateRestricting access to templatesLearn how to restrict who all can access each template and their associated rights (that is view, edit, or delete).
To perform various actions on a templateViewing the templates listing

Use the templates list to perform the following actions:

  • Display templates matching a specific view
  • View template details
  • Add a new template
  • Delete a template
  • Manage template access rights
  • Copy a template
  • Delete a template
  • Filter the templates list
To understand the concept of formatting in templatesUnderstanding template formattingCertain device types require some extra formatting, such as a header line or a footer line, in addition to the formatting that you see in the device configuration file. See this topic to understand formatting in templates.
To insert substitution parameters in a templateUsing substitution parameters in templatesSubstitution parameters are resolved by BMC Network Automation when merging or restoring a template to a device. Learn how to insert these parameters in templates.
To manage access rights for a templateManaging template access rights

Understand how you can manage access rights for templates. Also, understand how to edit access rights for multiple roles in multiple templates.

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