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.

Reviewing number of servers a job will impact

This enhancement is only available in BMC Server Automation 8.9.02 and later releases.

To prevent unplanned outages in your data center, BMC Server Automation now allows you to review the number of servers targeted by a job.

Every time you Create Job, Create Execution Task, Modify Job, Execute Against, and Execute a job, a message with the number of target servers is displayed.

You can then review the number of target servers, and decide whether you want to proceed or cancel the operation, depending on the impact.



This enhancement is not enabled in BMC Server Automation by default.

However, BMC recommends that you enable this enhancement, because target servers can be automatically added and removed from smart groups. Reviewing the number of target servers before creating, modifying, or executing a job will help in preventing unplanned outages.

Enabling messages to review the number of target servers in a job

The message prompting you to review the number of targets is displayed for most types of jobs in BMC Server Automation, whenever you perform either of the following actions:

  • Create Job
  • Create Execution Task
  • Modify Job
  • Execute Against
  • Execute

 Click here to expand the complete list of jobs supported by this feature
  • NSH Script Job

  • Distribute CO Job

  • Deregister CO Job

  • Discovery Job

  • Virtual Guest Template Job

  • USP Job

  • Compliance Job

  • SCAP Compliance Job

  • Software Deploy Job

  • Virtual Infrastructure Job

  • Agent Install Job

  • Audit Job

  • Snapshot Job

  • File Deploy Job

  • BL Package Deploy Job

  • Batch Job

  • All Patching Jobs

To enable messages in your Console that display the number of target servers impacted by a job, run the following command in the BLAS Admin console. Ensure that all your Application Servers and Consoles are running version 8.9.02 or later. 

set JobFactory ShowConfirmationOnTargetSelection true

Similarly, to disable the messages that display the target server count you can run the following command:

set JobFactory ShowConfirmationOnTargetSelection false 

For information about starting the BLAS admin console, see Starting the Application Server Administration console.

If you set the blasadmin parameter in any of the application server, it applies to all the other application servers in multiple Application Servers (MAS) environment.

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