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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.

8.9.01: Service Pack 1

BMC Network Automation 8.9.01 provides the following enhancements:

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For information about issues corrected in this release, see Known and corrected issues.

Standalone BMC Network Automation updates

The following table describes the standalone BMC Network Automation system updates included in this release:

Update
Description
Device and device adapter enhancements
Support for new OS versions and span actions for Alcatel OmniSwitch 6860E-24

The Alcatel OmniSwitch 6600/7700/7800/8800 device adapter includes the following enhancements for the Alcatel OmniSwitch 6860E-24 device:

  • Support for Alcatel AOS version 8.x
  • Support for the Deploy OS Image and Snapshot OS Image span actions
    Note: While adding a Deploy OS Image span action, you need to select the Ignore Uncommitted Changes and Reboot option.
Rule enhancements
Rule filter updates

You can filter rules based on the following criteria:

  • Include rules which cannot be corrected
  • Include rules that are correctable via the Deploy to Active span action
  • Include rules that are correctable via the Deploy to Stored span action
  • Include rules that are correctable via the Remediate span action
OS version selection in rules

When adding or editing a rule, you can specify the operating system versions to which the rule applies by entering a list of regular expressions that match the version string. You can use either the current OS version selection method (a range of operating system versions delimited by a minimum and a maximum release) or the new OS version selection method (a list of patterns).

When generating a rule from a security vulnerability, the applicable OS versions are now populated into the applicable OS version patterns (instead of into the subject). This allows you to refine the subject of the rule to specify configuration command syntax while still applying the rule to the right OS versions.

Platform support
New operating system supportBMC Network Automation supports Microsoft Windows Server 2016. For the complete operating system support information, see OS support .
New database support

BMC Network Automation supports Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and PostgreSQL 9.5.5. For the complete database support information, see Database support .

Third-party software support

This version of BMC Network Automation is bundled with the following third-party software:

  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1.8.0 update 121
  • Apache Tomcat web server version 8.0.41

Reporting enhancements

New Hide Header and Footer option for the CSV format

While exporting and emailing the following reports in CSV format, you can choose whether you want to hide header and footer:

  • ACL Search report
  • Compliance Summary report
  • Configuration Search report
  • Device Adapter Capabilities report
  • Device Inventory report
  • Discrepancy Summary report
  • OS Image History report
Comparison of custom trails through external URL in the Configuration Comparison reportYou can now compare custom trails through the Configuration Comparison report URL.
Additional details in the Compliance Summary report

You can choose to include a new column, Base Score (of a security vulnerability) in the Compliance Summary report. In addition, the report shows a new link, View Security Vulnerability, in the Actions column if a rule has any associated vulnerability. You can click this link to view details, such as title, CVE IDs, vendor link, and description of a security vulnerability.

The Compliance Summary report external URL includes a new field, showBaseScore, to include the base score of a security vulnerability in the report.

Performance enhancements
Functionality optimization

The following areas show improved performance:

  • Retrieving data for the following components, pages, and report:
    • Auto-groups
    • Dashboard
    • Events list page
    • Jobs list page
    • Rules list page
    • Job Details report
  • Overall performance improvement by fetching results more often from the memory rather than the database 
(Applicable for Linux only) Better UI and web services performanceA new Tomcat Java Virtual Machine (JVM) option, ThreadPriorityPolicy and a new bna.connector.threadPriority property in the catalina.properties file offer better UI and web services performance.
Miscellaneous enhancements
Importing and exporting additional components from the CLI (import and export utility)

The following additional components can be imported and exported by using the import and export utility:

  • Combo groups
  • Conditions
  • Dynamic fields
  • Keywords
  • Policies
  • Roles
New Hide Header and Footer option for the CSV format

While exporting and emailing the following in CSV format, you can choose whether you want to hide header and footer:

  • Custom action captured results
  • Events list
  • Jobs
  • Predefined jobs
  • Policies
  • Send Email span action
External integration parameters moved to a separate tabAll the system parameters in the External Integrations section are moved to a separate tab, External Integrations.
Sending SNMP trap notifications based on the job state change

In addition to an email notification, you can now choose to send an SNMP trap notification to one or more SNMP manager stations based on the job state change. For more information, see Creating a generic job.

New field in the external URL for the Mark As Trusted span actionThe external URL for the Mark As Trusted span action enables you to mark the current configuration as the trusted configuration through the current attribute.

BMC Network Automation web services updates

The following table describes the  BMC Network Automation web services updates included in this release:

Update
Description
RESTful API

New services based on the REST methodology are added. This is an HTTP-based protocol that carries data formatted per the JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) specification and performs create, retrieve, update, and delete (CRUD) operations on selected components. In this release, CRUD is available for devices, groups, combo groups, realms, and jobs. For more information, see Using the REST API.

Import and export service updates

The ImportExportService class includes the following new methods:

  • exportCombogroups() to export combo groups to an XML format
  • exportConditions() to export conditions to an XML format
  • exportDynamicTypes() to export dynamic fields to an XML format
  • exportKeywords() to export keywords to an XML format
  • exportPolicies() to export policies to an XML format
  • exportRoles() to export roles to an XML format

The importComponents() method now supports the import of the following components into the BMC Network Automation database from an XML format:

  • Combo groups
  • Conditions
  • Dynamic fields
  • Keywords
  • Policies
  • Roles

The import and export of rules has been updated to support the selection of applicable OS images via list of regular expressions using the new <osImageNamePatterns> XML element.

RuleFilter DTO updatesThe RuleFilter DTO used in the getRules() method has been updated to get status of the rules to indicate whether rules are correctable.
Rule and AbbreviatedRule DTO updates

The Rule DTO and AbbreviatedRule DTO have been updated to include a new osImageNamePatterns attribute, which selects the applicable operating system images via list of regular expressions.

Deprecated methods

A few SOAP-based methods have been deprecated and replaced with new methods.

For a few deprecated SOAP-based methods, you can use the REST-based endpoints to avail the same web services. For more information about the deprecated methods, see the Deprecated tab in the Javadoc documentation.

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BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management-related updates

The following table describes the BMC Network Automation updates included in this release to support BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management :

Update
Description
Support for using same VLAN and IP address range in multiple pod NIC segments

BMC Network Automation allows the same VLAN and IP address range to be used in multiple pod NIC segments. The sharing can be useful, for instance, if two different pod NIC segments each carry traffic for the same VLAN and IP address range, but connect to different port types, which could have different Quality of Service (QoS) settings.

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Changes to the supported products and solution versions

This section describes the versions of products and solutions supported by BMC Network Automation version 8.9.01.

BMC Network Automation integrates with the following products to provide the BMC Continuous Compliance for Network Automation solution. For more information about this integration, see  BMC Continuous Compliance for Network Automation solution .

Product

Version

BMC Remedy AR System Server
(Includes BMC Remedy Mid Tier)

9.0

BMC Remedy ITSM Suite
(Includes BMC Change Management and BMC Service Desk: Incident Management)

9.0

BMC Atrium CMDB Enterprise Manager
(Includes BMC Atrium CMDB Web Services)

9.0

BMC Atrium Orchestrator Platform
(using BMC Atrium Single Sign-On 9.0.0)

7.8.00

BMC Atrium Orchestrator Content

20.16.03

BMC Decision Support - Network Automation8.9.01

BMC Network Automation integrates with the following BMC and non-BMC products to provide the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management solution. For more information about this integration, see  BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management

Product

Version

BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management4.6.04

BMC Atrium Orchestrator Platform

7.6.03

BMC Atrium Orchestrator Content

20.14.02

Alcatel-Lucent VitalQIP7.3
Infoblox6.8.13

BMC Network Automation integrates with BMC Threat Director version 2.2. For information about the benefits of this integration, see the BMC BladeLogic Portal documentation.

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Downloading, installing, and upgrading to the service pack

For download instructions, see Downloading the installation files. For installation instructions, see Installing

If you are upgrading the application server, you must also upgrade all remote device agents to the same version as TrueSight Network Automation. For more information about upgrade, see Upgrading.

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