Starting version 8.9.03, BMC Server Automation is renamed to TrueSight Server Automation. This space contains information about BMC Server Automation 8.9.02 and previous versions. For TrueSight Server Automation 8.9.03 and later releases, see TrueSight Server Automation 8.9.

Analyzing patches

During patch analysis, BMC Server Automation Vendor Patch Content performs the following tasks:

  • Contacts the agent installed on the target server and retrieves data on patches deployed on the target server
  • Downloads metadata from the vendor site and uses that data to:
    • compare metadata to the patches deployed on the target server
    • check the patch repository for missing and dependent patches
  • (HP-UX only) If not already available in the repository, downloads missing patches from the vendor site
  • Prepares a deployment package for each target server and within a package:
    • patch binaries are put in order (including dependent patches)
    • (HP-UX only) commands for system reboot are included where needed

To run patch analysis, you prepare a Network Shell Script job. You can choose between the following methods:

After preparing the settings within the job, you are ready to execute the patch analysis job.


To prevent inconsistent results, perform analysis and packaging in the same mode. Therefore, if you perform analysis in NIM mode, do not switch to non-NIM mode for packaging.

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