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.

Configuring system-wide attributes

To configure system-wide attributes, you must perform the following tasks:

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Configure user roles and accounts

Create user roles and accounts for operations personnel under Admin > User Admin.

Securing access through user roles

Configure email lists

If you plan to use a distribution list when emailing reports, configure email distribution lists. Select Admin > Email Lists.

Managing email distribution lists

Configure job approval types

If you require jobs to be approved before being executed, enable Job Approval under Admin > System Parameters. Next, create your approval types under Admin > Job Approval Types.

Managing job approval types

Configure SNMP managers

If you plan to send policy-based SNMP change notifications to one or more management stations, select Admin > SNMP Managers to configure SNMP parameters.

Managing SNMP manager stations

Configure device agents

By default, devices are managed by the BMC Network Automation local device agent installed on the BMC Network Automation application server. A device agent performs configuration Snapshot, Deploy to Stored, Deploy to Active, Deploy OS image, and other configuration actions. The device agent transfers configuration files to and from managed devices by using TFTP, FTP, and SCP file transfer protocols. You must configure associated parameters for these protocols in the device agent under Admin > Device Agents.

Managing device agents

Configure device security profiles

A device security profile (DSP) defines the login credentials used by policies to execute actions (for example, Deploy to Active for Auto-Remediating) and by all snapshot actions. A DSP can be shared by multiple devices. DSPs are centrally managed under Admin > Device Security Profile.

If you are using TACACS+RADIUS, add an account for the system with enable privilege. This account should match the credentials supplied in the DSP. Optionally, the DSP can be used as a shared account for implementing user initiated span actions. The Event Log and Job Reports track all Job submissions by user for complete accountability when using shared credentials. To require users to supply their TACACS+RADIUS device logon credentials when submitting Jobs, set the Admin > System Parameters named Source for Device Login Username/Password for Jobs to Enter at Job Creation. The BMC Network Automation system uses these credentials when accessing the device to execute configuration actions.

Managing device security profiles

Configure system parameters

BMC Network Automation provides a set of system parameters including database purge criteria, user security, and device access criteria that are applied system-wide. Select Admin > System Parameters to review the default settings and make any necessary changes per your operational requirements.

Managing system parameters

Configure dynamic fields

To customize database components for your operations, dynamic fields can be added to various system components (for example Device Inventory, Jobs, Rules, User Accounts). Select Admin > Dynamic Fields to configure dynamic fields.

Managing dynamic fields

Configure global substitution parameters

Global substitution parameters allow central management of common parameters (for example, passwords, logging servers, NTP servers, or SNMP community password) that are substituted into templates and rules when implementing change requests and compliance checks. Global substitution parameters are administered under Admin > Global Substitution Parameters. Some factory-installed templates (syslog) and rules reference global substitution parameters. Ensure that you create and assign values to these global substitution parameters before using the factory-installed templates and rules.

Managing global substitution parameters

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