Service Pack 2: version 8.9.02
This topic contains information about fixes and updates in Service Pack 2 (product version 8.9.02), and provides instructions for downloading and installing the service pack.
For information about issues corrected in this service pack, see Known and corrected issues.
The following table lists build information for Service Pack 2 for version 8.9.
EPD version number
|Service Pack 2 for version 8.9|
|8.9.02||February 05, 2018|
The following topics describe the enhancements included in this service pack.
The following table lists the new features included in this service pack.
|General||Third-party software updates|
Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version that is shipped with BMC Server Automation has been updated to 1.8.0_152 (JRE 1.8 Update 152). You must re-import the root certificates.
Apache Tomcat Web server version that is shipped with BMC Server Automation has been updated to 8.5.20.
For more information about other third-party software versions, see Minimum software requirements.
|RSCD Agent||New option added to Secure file||A new |
|Patching||Patch analysis performed on the standby instance|
Now, you can perform patch analysis on the standby instance of the Base Operating Systems (BOS), which is maintained in the same root volume group as the active BOS object. To enable patch analysis on the standby instance, you must set the value of the
A new property, Build Date has been added in AIX for the Filesets. You can view this property in the following locations:
For more information, see Examining patch properties for AIX.
|Compliance Content||DISA template updates to newer benchmarks|
The following component templates for the DISA policy are implemented for the specified benchmarks:
For the complete list of available templates, see Compliance policy standards supported by BMC Server Automation templates.
|Health Dashboard||Health Dashboard export in HTML format||You can now export the entire Health Dashboard in HTML format. For more information, see Exporting the entire Health Dashboard.|
|Live Reporting Dashboard||New installer for installing and configuring the Live Reporting dashboard|
The Live Reporting installer simplifies and improves the installation experience by providing a centralized UI for installing and configuring the Live Reporting dashboard. You are no longer required to manually install and configure the Yellowfin database to support the Live Reporting dashboard. This operation is automatically performed by the Live Reporting installer.
For more information about running the Live Reporting installer, see Installing and configuring Yellowfin to enable Live reporting (for versions 8.9.01 and later).
As no new features have been added to Live Reporting 8.9.02 after the 8.9.01 release, BMC recommends you not to re-install 8.9.02 if you are already running Live Reporting 8.9.01.
|BLCLI||New BLCLI commands|
For more information, see BLCLI commands added or updated in version 8.9.02.
The following table lists down the features that have been modified.
|General||Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3|
In BMC Server Automation 8.9.02, Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable has been upgraded to Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3.
From BMC Server Automation 8.9.02 and later, ensure that Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3 is installed on all Microsoft Windows servers (Application servers, File servers, PXE servers, Target servers, and so on). For more information about the supported platforms, see Supported platforms for version 8.9.
As a prerequisite to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3 on Windows 2012 R2, you must have the following patches installed on your server:
For more information about the prerequisites for Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3, refer to the Microsoft documentation here.
Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3 can be installed on servers (except Application servers) automatically by using the following options:
|Jobs||Message to review the number of target servers|
To prevent unplanned outages in your data center, BMC Server Automation now allows you to review the number of servers targeted by a job. For more information, see Reviewing number of servers a job will impact.
|Patching||Deprecated the Red Hat Network (RHN) download option|
Red Hat is transitioning from its Red Hat Network (RHN) hosted interface to a new Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM) interface. This transition will not allow BMC Server Automation customers to download patches using the RHN download option anymore.
To enable customers to seamlessly continue patching on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, BMC Server Automation has deprecated the RHN download option from the product. All patching on RHEL targets must be performed using the CDN download option, which is selected by default when creating a patch catalog.
Note that RHEL patch catalogs containing RHN type of filters cannot be used to perform patching in BMC Server Automation 8.9.02. You must manually modify and update all RHEL patch catalogs to ensure that they only contain CDN type of filters.
From BMC Server Automation 8.9.02 and later, certificates are mandatory to create RHEL patch catalog because now all the catalogs use CDN instead of XML-RPC.
For more information about patching using the CDN option, see the following topics:
Existing behaviour: The clean-up process deletes all top-level model objects of the classes, provided there are no dependencies. In case, if any of the folders, groups, or system objects being deleted have dependencies on other objects, the process terminates the clean-up of that top-level model and proceeds to the next top-level model object. It does not consider the next batches of records that are soft deleted for the current top-level model object.
New behaviour: The clean-up process has been modified so that whenever the process encounters a dependency while hard deleting the top-level model object, it skips the current range of records and moves to the next range.
The new clean-up process improves the logging process. The exact details of the skipped records are now logged in the blcli logs, appserver logs and delete_tasks database table.
|BLCLI||Updated BLCLI commands|
The createRedhatPatchingJobWithTargetServer command has been updated.
For more information, see BLCLI commands added or updated in version 8.9.02.
Discontinued support for BMC Rapid Deployment Stack
BMC BladeLogic Rapid Deployment Stack for Servers (BladeLogic RDS) is no longer supported.
Downloading the service pack
Service Pack 2 for version 8.9 includes full installers for all components. You can download the files for version 8.9.02 from the BMC Server Automation 8.9.02 download page at the BMC Electronic Product Distribution (EPD) website.
For full download instructions, see Downloading the installation files.
For a list of installation programs by OS, see Installation programs for BMC Server Automation.
Installing the service pack as a fresh product installation
If you are installing this service pack as a fresh product installation, do one of the following:
- To use a centralized UI for installation of most BMC Server Automation components, see Installing using the unified product installer.
- To install individual components, download the service pack files and then follow the instructions in Installing individual components. To see an overview of the installation steps, see Walkthrough: Installing individual components for Microsoft Windows and SQL Server environments or Walkthrough: Installing individual components for Linux and Oracle environments, depending on your environment.
Upgrading to the service pack
You can upgrade to this service pack from product versions 8.7.x, 8.8.x, 8.9.00, and 8.9.01.
Upgrade from BMC Server Automation 8.9.01.001 to BMC Server Automation 8.9.02 is not supported.
To upgrade, do one of the following:
- To use a centralized UI for installation of most BMC Server Automation components, see Upgrading on Windows using the unified product installer. For step by step instructions based on platform, see .