Creating a patch catalog for AIX in online mode

Use the following procedure to create a patch catalog in Online mode.


This procedure assumes that your Application Server has Internet connectivity.

  1. In the console's Folders view, expand the Depot folder.
  2. Under Depot, navigate to an existing folder or create a new folder for the patch catalog. The examples in this procedure use a folder named Workspace.
  3. Right-click the folder in which you want to store the new catalog and select New > Patch Catalog > AIX Patch Catalog. The New Patch Catalog wizard starts.
  4. On the General panel:
    1. In the Name field, provide a name for the new catalog.
    2. Optionally, provide a description of the new catalog.
    3. In the Save in field, verify that the displayed path name is the folder in which you want to save the catalog. If necessary, you can browse to another location.
    4. Click Next.
  5. On the AIX Catalog panel, select Source From Vendor (Online Mode). This option downloads patches to the repository directly from a vendor's Internet site (for example, a download site maintained by Adobe). 
  6. Select the appropriate download option. You can choose to download the AIX patches from the Fixget servers or from the Fix Central server using the IBM Service Update Management Assistance (SUMA).
  7. In the Repository Options section, provide information in the following required field:
    • Repository Location (NSH Path) ---- Browse to an appropriate location to serve as a patch repository. The repository must reside on an AIX system that has an RSCD agent installed on it.
  8. In the Base Repository Location section, provide information in the following fields:
    • Base Repository Location (NSH Path) ---- Browse to an appropriate location to serve as the base dependency repository. BMC Server Automation runs AIX system commands on the repository and so it must only reside on an AIX computer with an RSCD agent installed on it. The base repository must be populated with the required dependent packages copied from the AIX installation media. For more information see Adding dependent files to the base repository location.

      AIX uses base packages that are not a part of the  online repository. The base repository is available on AIX installation media only. If the required base packages are not installed, patch jobs may result in missing dependencies. Patch Analysis Jobs do not analyse the base repository. The base repository is used only for searching and adding any required dependent packages to the catalog.

    • Base Repository Network URL ---- Browse to the appropriate location that contains the base file sets.
  9. In the Depot Object Options section, provide information in the following required fields:
    • Network URL type for payload deployment ---- The Copy To Agent At Staging value is the default. If you select a different value, see the BMC Server Automation User Guide for additional implementation actions or verifications.
    • Network URL for payload deployment ---- If the URL type is Copy To Agent At Staging, then this field autopopulates with the Repository Location value specified in the previous step. Otherwise, see the BMC Server Automation User Guide for information about setting this value.
    • RBAC Policy ---- Optionally, browse to an ACL policy that you want to use to set ACLs on all files created by the catalog.
  10. In the Filters section, click Add.
    The Add AIX Filter panel appears.
  11. By Update Level : Define the TL/SP to include in the catalog by selecting filters. You must select at least one filter.
  12. Fix Type : Define the Fix Type to include in the catalog by selecting filters. You must select at least one filter.
  13. By Fix ID : APAR/PTF, select the type and enter the number in the text field
  14. Click OK.
  15. Continue to select items from the Product drop-down list until your filter list is complete. The following example shows a completed AIX Catalog panel for Online mode with several filter selections.
  16. Click Next to continue. The Schedules panel appears.
  17. Choose the run time and frequency for the Patch Catalog Job. You have the following options:
    • Do none of these options now and manually execute the job later.
    • Select Execute job now to create the catalog immediately after you finish this wizard.
    • Select a previously defined job schedule, if any exist, from the displayed list of schedules. (The example in the previous step does not show any defined schedules.)
    • Click Add to define a new schedule. The Add New Schedule panel appears.
  18. On the Schedule tab, you can define a specific time to run a job one time, daily, weekly, monthly, or at other defined intervals.
  19. On the Scheduled Job Notifications tab, you can define the type of notification that the scheduled job should send and under which circumstances the notifications are sent.
  20. Click OK to save the scheduling information and return to the Schedules panel.
  21. On the Schedules panel, click Finish. (You are accepting the default settings for Steps 4 and 5 of the wizard.) The wizard creates the patch catalog job and adds an object for it in the Depot location that you specified on the first wizard panel.
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