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Creating a patch catalog for Debian or Ubuntu

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The patch catalog is used to maintain and work with the patch repository through the BMC Server Automation Console. For both types of repositories, online and offline, you create a patch catalog through the BMC Server Automation console. Patches are added to the catalog as depot objects according to filters defined for the catalog.

This topic describes how to set up a patch catalog for Debian or Ubuntu, and includes the following sections:

Step 1: Review prerequisites for the catalog

Review the following prerequisites for creating patch catalogs for Debian and Ubuntu.

  • Ensure that security policies on the repository server do not block the download of the catalog.
  • Ensure that the system you will use for the patch repository is supported by BMC Server Automation.

     Click here to see the platforms supported for storing your repository

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    Patch catalogSupported platforms for storing patch repositories

    Windows or Unix


    Any AIX server

    Note: If you are downloading patches using the SUMA option, ensure that you have the SUMA utility installed on your repository server.

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) using the CDN interface

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

    SuSE Linux 12

    SuSE Linux with SMT installed.

    Note:To patch SuSE 12 targets, ensure that the SuSE patch repository server is configured with the Subscription Management Tool (SMT).

    The following table lists the versions that are installed with SMT out-of-the-box, as well as the versions on which SMT must be manually installed.

    Repository server versionSMT installation

    SuSE 11 SP3
    SuSE 11 SP4

    SuSE 12

    Note: SuSE recommends upgrading SuSE 12 to SuSE 12 SP1 to avoid dependency issues.

    Not configured with SMT out of the box. You must manually install and configure SMT (version 11 SP3) on the repository server before you create a SuSE patch catalog.
    SuSE 12 SP1 or later (recommended)SMT is shipped out-of-the-box with the operating system.

    Warning: BMC strongly recommends using Zypper when creating a patching job for a patch catalog that was created using the Subscription Management Tool (SMT). For more information, see Zypper patching tool.

    SuSE Linux 11SuSE Linux with createrepo and python-urlgrabber installed.
    Oracle Enterprise LinuxAny supported RPM-based Linux with createrepo and python-urlgrabber installed

    Windows or Unix

    Note: If you are using Solaris 11 patches, you can only use a Solaris 11 server for storing the patch repository.

    UbuntuWindows or Unix
    DebianWindows or Unix
    Cent OSAny supported RPM-based Linux with createrepo and python-urlgrabber installed
    Fujitsu SolarisWindows or Linux

    An HP-UX patch repository must reside either directly on the HP-UX (SWA) Server or in a directory that the SWA Server considers to be a local share.

    Note that if you are using an offline downloader, you can run the offline downloader on any Windows or Linux machine, but the HP-UX patch repository must still reside on the HP-UX (SWA) Server.

Step 2: Create the patch catalog

  1. Right-click a folder in the Depot and select New > Patch catalog > Debian Linux Patch Catalog.
    The New Patch Catalog dialog panel opens. This option applies to both Debian and Ubuntu.
  2. Provide information for the patch catalog as described in the following table:

    Panel sectionDescription
    GeneralEnter a Name for the patch catalog and a Description of its contents. Then, browse to the folder in which you want to store the catalog.
    Catalog options

    Define options such as locations (location of the source files, the repository, the signature file, and so on) as well as filters and whether local copies of the files are created on the target server or downloaded directly during deployment.

    Catalog Mode

    Select one of two options:

    • Source from Debian (Online Mode): Use this mode if the BMC Server Automation Application Server is installed on a server with Internet access.
    • Source from Disk Repository (Offline Mode): Use this mode in a secured environment where download occurs on a server, with Internet access, outside of the environment.

    Repository Options

    Enter the following information:



    Payload Source Location (NSH path)

    (Offline Only) location of existing metadata and payload files
    Metadata files stored in this location are copied to the catalog automatically. Payload files are not copied to the catalog.

    Repository Location (NSH Path)

    NSH path of the patch repository
    This location must be on any of the following platforms:

    • Red Hat
    • SUSE
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux
    • Microsoft Windows

    BMC recommends that this location have ample free space. Repositories typically contain many files, usually totaling gigabytes of data.

    Note: (Online Mode) You can copy pre-existing Errata and RPMs manually into this directory. BMC Server Automation does not download duplicate files from the Red Hat Network site.

    Note: When specifying a host within an NSH path, you can use either the host name of the IP address (IPv4 or IPv6).

    Download  From Vendor (only for Online Mode)

    If you are creating a patch catalog to analyze which patches are missing on your targets, it is recommended that you leave the Download from Vendor check box unchecked. This ensures that only the metadata of the patches are downloaded at the time of catalog creation. You can then download the required missing patches during remediation.

    However, if you want to download all patches in the at the time of catalog creation, you can select the Download from Vendor check box.

    Distributions Tree View

    This distributions tree view allows you to to expand the nodes and select the Version, Base URL, Distribution, Component, and Architecture of patches that you want to add to the catalog. See the screenshot below for an example of the distribution tree view.

  3. In the bottom right corner, select Job options. (You can also edit the catalog at a later time to set these options).
  4. Provide information for the patch catalog options as described in the following table:

    The Schedules panel lets you schedule a job to execute immediately, schedule a job at a specific time in the future, schedule a job on a recurring basis, and define notifications that are issued when a job runs.

    When scheduling a job, you can perform any of the following tasks:

    • Scheduling a job that executes immediately — To schedule a job that executes immediately, select Execute job now.
    • Scheduling a job — The Schedule tab lets you schedule a job so it can run one time, recur hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly, or recur at some arbitrary interval. For more information, see Patch catalog - Scheduling.
    • Defining job notifications — The Job Notifications tab lets you set up notifications that are generated when a scheduled job runs. For more information, see Patch catalog - Scheduled Job Notifications.
    Job Run Notifications

    The Default Notifications panel provides options for defining default notifications that are generated when a job completes. If you have set up notifications for a particular scheduled job, those notifications are generated instead of default notifications.

    Default notifications can take the form of emails or SNMP traps. When a job completes, an SNMP trap is sent to a specified server, where it can be read using software that receives and interprets SNMP traps. Default notifications are sent when you run a job immediately (that is, you do not schedule the job) or a scheduled job completes but you have not set up email or SNMP notifications for that scheduled occurrence.

    Job Run Notifications


    Send email to

    Lists email addresses of the accounts to notify when a job completes with the status that you specify. Separate multiple email addresses with semicolons, such as; After entering email address information, check the statuses that cause an email to be generated. The statuses can be Success, Failed, or Aborted.

    Send SNMP trap to

    Provides name or IP address of the server to notify when the job completes. After entering server information, select the statuses that should cause an SNMP trap to be generated. The statuses can be Success, Failed, or Aborted.

    BMC Server Automation provides a management information base (MIB) that describes its SNMP trap structure. You can use this MIB to create scripts that integrate traps into your trap collection system. The MIB is located on the Application Server host computer at installDirectory/Share/BladeLogic.mib.

    List failed servers in email notification

    Indicates that email notifications should list all servers on which a job has failed.

     Create incident on job failure

    Creates an incident in BMC Remedy ITSM if the job fails.

    This option is available if this job type was selected to support the creation of ITSM incidents and a connection to BMC Remedy ITSM was set up. For more information, see Enabling Change Automation for BMC Server Automation jobs.

    Depot Object Options

    Network URL Type for Payload Deployment

    • (default) Copy to agent at staging: The BMC Server Automation Application Server copies patch payloads to a staging directory on the target server during the Deploy Job staging phase.
    • Agent mounts source for direct use at deployment (no local copy): A Deploy Job instructs the agent on a target server to: mount the device specified in the URl and deploy patch payloads directly to the agent. The Deploy Job does not copy patch payloads to a staging area on the agent, so the job does not create any local copies of the patches on target servers.

    Network URL for Payload Deployment

    The value entered here depends on your selection in the Network URL Type for Payload Deployment box:

    • If you chose Copy to agent at staging, do not enter a value here. The value is autopopulated based on the repository location.
    • If you chose Agent mounts source for direct use at deployment (no local copy), enter the NFS-accessible path to the location of the payload.
      If you specify the host in this path as an IPv6 address, enclose the IPv6 address in square brackets.

    RBAC Policy

    Browse to and select a predefined ACL Policy. Permissions defined by the ACL Policy are assigned to all Depot objects created in the catalog.

    Max Deport Object Work Items to Process in Parallel

    Maximum number of work items that can be performed in parallel.

    Job PropertiesThe Properties panel provides a list of properties automatically assigned to a Snapshot Job. In this list, you can modify the value of any properties that are defined as editable.

    For any property that has a check in the Editable column, select the property and click in the Value column.

    • To set a property value back to its default value, click Reset to Default Value .
      The value of the property is reset to the value it inherits from a built-in property class. The Value Source column shows the property class from which the value is inherited.
    • Depending on the type of property you are editing, you can take different actions to set a new value, such as entering an alphanumeric string, choosing from an enumerated list, or selecting a date.
      To insert a parameter into the value, enter the value, bracketed with double question mark delimiters (for example, ??MYPARAMETER??) or click Select Property .
    The Permissions list is an access control list (ACL) granting roles access to any objects created in the system, such as jobs, servers, or depot objects. ACLs control access to all objects, including the sharing of objects between roles.

    Using the Permissions panel, you can add individual permissions to an object. You can also set permissions by adding ACL templates or ACL policies. For more information, see the following table:


    Adding an authorization

    An authorization grants permission to a role to perform a certain type of action on this object.

    To add an authorization to this object, click Add Entry  in the Access Control List area. Then use the Add New Entry dialog box to specify the role and authorization you want to add.

    Adding an ACL template

    An ACL template is a group of predefined authorizations granted to roles. Using an ACL template, you can add a group of authorizations to the object.

    To add an ACL template to the object, click Use ACL Template  in the Access Control List area. Then use the Select ACL Template dialog box to specify an ACL template that you want to add to this object.

    To set the contents of the selected ACL templates so they replace all entries in the access control list, check Replace ACL with selected templates. If you do not check this option, the contents of the selected ACL templates are appended to existing entries in the access control list.

    Adding an ACL policy

    An ACL policy is a group of authorizations that can be applied to this object but can be managed from one location.

    To add an ACL policy to this object, click Use ACL Policy  in the ACL Policies area. Then use the Select ACL Policy dialog box to specify an ACL policy that you want to add to the object.

    To set the contents of the selected ACL policies so they replace all entries in the access control list, check Replace ACL with selected policies. If you do not check this option, the contents of the selected ACL policies are appended to existing entries in the access control list.

  5. Click Finish
    A Patch Catalog is stored in the appropriate Depot folder.

Editing the options

  1. In the Depot, right-click the Debian Linux Patch Catalog you just created.
  2. Select Open.
  3. Set or update any information for the patch catalog options.

  4. When finished, save the catalog.

Where to go from here

Downloading patch payloads to the catalog

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