Patching Job status - Enhanced view

In versions earlier than BMC Server Automation version 8.2, if users scheduled a Deploy Job as part of a Patching Remediation Job to execute immediately (using the Execute Now option), the parent Patching Job was marked as complete irrespective of whether the Deploy Jobs (depending on the number of missing patches and the corresponding targets) finished execution. In addition, the BMC Server Automation Console did not display the execution status of the Deploy Job. Therefore, if administrators scheduled other jobs to run immediately after the Patching Job, those other jobs might return incorrect results because they used the incorrect completion status of the Patching Job.

A typical scenario for administrators is the need to provision, patch, and run compliance on their servers in sequence, so that they can make the compliance results and the compliant servers available to their business unit. However, because they lack information about whether the Patching Job completed (and about when it completed, if it did complete), administrators cannot schedule the Compliance Job correctly.

Starting with BMC Server Automation version 8.2, Deploy Jobs are chained to the parent Patching Job, and the parent Patching Job is marked as complete only after the Deploy Job finishes execution. Consequently, any jobs that are scheduled to run after the Patching Job start only after the Deploy Job finishes execution. In addition, the BMC Server Automation Console displays the corresponding Batch Job Run status with the Batch prefix under the Remediation Run node. The Batch Job Run lists the execution status of the Deploy Jobs, as shown in the following figure:

The BMC Server Automation Console also displays a consolidated summary of the execution status of all the Deploy Jobs with the Server View prefix under the Remediation Run node, as shown in the following figure. To view details about the execution status of the Deploy Job for a server, you must click the name of that server from the Server View tab (or double-click the name of that server in the consolidated Server View report). 

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