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User interface enhancements

BMC Server Automation version 8.5 includes the following enhancements to the user interface:

Ability to locate open objects in the Folders view

You can now click system objects that are open in the content editor area of the BMC Server Automation Console and locate them in the hierarchical object tree in the Folders view. A new Locate in tree toggle button is now displayed beside the Folders tab, enabling you turn this capability on and off. For more information, see Locating open objects in the Folders view.

Ability to view recent job runs in the Completed Job Runs view

You can now view a list of recently completed job runs through the new Completed Job Runs view. This view helps you find the jobs that you recently ran and presents the status and basic attributes of each job run. From any specific job run in the list, you can access the job run log or open the job in the content editor. By default, up to 100 jobs runs from the last 12 hours are displayed in descending order of their end times, and you can extend the duration of time covered by the list. For more information, see Viewing information about recent job runs.

Ability to broadcast messages from the Application Server to the RCP clients

The administrator can now broadcast messages to all users of RCP clients associated with an Application Server. A new Messages view lists the broadcast messages in the BMC Server Automation Console.

For more information about the Messages view, see Viewing messages broadcast from the Application Server.

For instructions about authoring messages and setting the polling cycle for the retrieval of messages, see Broadcasting messages to RCP clients and Setting the polling cycle for messages.

Enhanced choice of logical operators between conditions in smart groups

You can now choose to connect any two conditions in the filter definitions of a smart group with either an AND operator or an OR operator. You no longer have to apply the AND or OR operator to all conditions at once (as in previous product versions). Several new buttons and fields have been added to the Smart Group - General panel to support this enhanced capability.

Enhanced Group Explorer view to customize columns

In the Group Explorer table, a new Column Customize button has been added, enabling you to open the Column Customization window.

Auto-rotating buttons have been added to the Asc/Desc column that simplify the customization of columns and reduce the number of clicks. The auto-rotating buttons show the direction of sort and manage the sorting order. To assign sorting order to the properties, you can click the respective rows that will display the sorting sequence in the Sorting Order column.

For instructions about customizing columns in a Group Explorer table, see  Customizing Group Explorer tables.

Improved options for layout of Job Scheduling view and support for scheduling options

The Job Scheduling dialog box has been enhanced with a new layout. In this layout, only the fields that pertain to the job schedule occurrence are displayed, simplifying the job scheduling options.

You can now choose the day of the week while you are configuring a monthly job schedule. For example, you can schedule a job to run at 10:00 A.M. on the first Monday of every month.

Ability to view RPM architecture data

In the Browse of BMC Server Automation Console for Linux servers, you can now view the architecture information in the Architecture column for each RPM in the RPM nodes. If two instances of an RPM are present, they can now be differentiated based on the architecture information. To perform an audit for these instances of RPM, you can execute an Audit Job on the server machine and view the Architecture property column and its value in the Audit Job results.

New BladeLogic Portal for running common jobs in a simplified interface

A new BladeLogic Portal now provides you with a simplified interface for running common BMC Server Automation jobs. The BladeLogic Portal is a web-based user interface that provides a subset of the functionality available in the BMC Server Automation Console. Through the BladeLogic Portal, you can execute common server configuration management activities, such as patching, compliance, and software deployment. For more information, see the BladeLogic Portal 1.0 online documentation.

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