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Data types for input parameters of a Workflow Job

Various data types are available for you to associate with input parameters that are transferred from the BMC Atrium Orchestrator process to the BMC Server Automation Workflow Job. The following table lists the available data types.

Input parameter data types

 

Data type for a single value

Data type for multiple values 1

Description of value

string

list_string

A string of characters

numeric

list_numeric

A number

boolean

list_boolean

A value of either true or false

datetime

list_datetime

Date and time
Values entered on the Workflow Job panel are returned to the BMC Atrium Orchestrator process in the EEE MMM d HH:mm:ss Z yyyy format.

password

list_password

A password
On the Workflow Job panel the entered value is masked. The value is returned to the BMC Atrium Orchestrator process as clear text.

file

list_file

The full path to a file (for example: C:\log.txt)

directory

list_directory

The path to a directory (for example: C:\temp)

job

list_job

A BMC Server Automation job
The value returned to the BMC Atrium Orchestrator process is the job ID.

Note

Virtual Guest Jobs and Patching Jobs are not supported as input to a Workflow Job. When you browse through the resulting job field in the Workflow Job wizard, jobs of these types do not appear and are not available for selection.

target

list_target

A BMC Server Automation target server
The value returned to the BMC Atrium Orchestrator process is the ID of the target server.

serverGroup

none

A BMC Server Automation server group or smart group
The value returned to the BMC Atrium Orchestrator process is the group ID.

enum

none

A closed list of possible values (enumerated values), from which the user chooses a single value
This data type is available for use only within XML code that you introduce into process properties. It cannot be included as metadata in input parameter names.

xml

none

XML code, limited to 2000 characters

jobRunId

none

The Workflow Job ID, for transfer to a child BMC Server Automation job
A parameter with this data type is not displayed on the Workflow Job panels.

Note

When defining a parameter of the jobRunId type through XML code, position it at the end of the page and do not include it in a group.


1 List types are returned to the BMC Atrium Orchestrator process with commas separating between values.

The following figures show the fields that are displayed in the Workflow Job wizard panels to represent these data types.

Example panel with fields for non-list data types

Example panel with fields for list data types

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