Getting started with automation

The topics in this section describe how to get started with BMC Server Automation (referred to as BSA in these topics).

Tip

BMC Education Services provide Foundation courses covering the topics discussed in the walkthroughs available in this section. The education classes discuss when and why to make use of various features as well as the “how-to”. If you are interested in looking deeper into these topics, we recommend that you check out the Server Automation education offerings at BMC Server Automation Training.

This section includes the following topics:

Topic What is it about?

Why automate?

Provides some background and rationale for automating the administrative tasks in your IT environment.
How does BSA work? Provides a high level look at the capabilities of BSA, and the benefits of using it to automate the management, control, and enforcement of server configuration changes in the data center.
Walkthrough: Adding a Windows managed server Walks you through the processing of install an RSCD agent on a server and then adding that server to BSA management.
Walkthrough: Inventory using Live Browse Walks you through the process of using the BSA Live Browse capability to inventory systems in your environment.
Walkthrough: Audit a single configuration item Walks you through the process of performing an automated check of a server to determine if its configuration matches a standard configuration, using a BSA Audit Job.
Walkthrough: Build a simple BLPackage to distribute content Walks you through the process of distributing some type of content (such as applications, hotfixes, configuration files, and so on) using a BSA feature called a BLPackage.
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