Integrating with BMC Change Management to enable automated blackout policies


The integration of BMC Change Management, a component of the BMC Remedy ITSM Suite, with BMC TrueSight Operations Management enables you to create an automated blackout policy in Operations Management. When Operations Management receives a change or a task request, the CI associated with it goes into a blackout state.

The integration ensures that false events are automatically blocked and you receive a notification of any changes made. Operations Management does not send events for a CI or a service if the CI or service is unavailable due to a known issue.


Benefits

Integrating BMC Change Management with TrueSight Operations Management has the following benefits:  

  • Enables TrueSight Operations Management to receive notifications of change requests configured on specific CIs from BMC Change Management.  
  • Enables the TrueSight console to display the attributes of the change requests that are configured in BMC Change Management. You can view these attributes in the Event Details page. For more information, see Viewing event details in the TrueSight console
  • Creates an automated blackout policy in the cell for the CI that you configure for maintenance in BMC Change Management. For more information, see Creating a new component-based blackout policy.

Supported software versions

The following table lists the supported software versions for the integration:

Software component Version
TrueSight Presentation Server 11.0

Infrastructure Management CMDB Extensions

10.5

BMC Change Management

8.1, 8.1 SP1, 8.1 SP2, 9.0, 9.0 SP1, 9.1, 9.1 SP1

BMC Atrium CMDB

8.1, 8.1 SP1, 8.1 SP2, 9.0, 9.0 SP1, 9.1, 9.1 SP1

BMC Remedy AR System

8.1, 8.1 SP1, 8.1 SP2, 9.0, 9.0 SP1, 9.1, 9.1 SP1

Enabling the integration

After installing the TrueSight Presentation Server, perform the following steps from the TrueSight console:

  1. From the Administration branch, select Integrations.
  2. Under Change Management Integration, click the action menu and select Edit.

  3. Enter the CMDB and UDDI details.
  4. To use the HTTPS protocol for the integration, perform the following steps:
    1. Import the BMC Change Management HTTPS certificate to <Presentation Server installation directory>\truesightpserver\modules\jre\lib\security\cacert
      For example, from the <Presentation Server installation directory>\truesightpserver\module\jre\bin folder, execute the command:
      keytool -import -alias <certificateNameAlias> -file <certificateFileName> -keystore <Presentation Server installation directory>\truesightpserver\modules\jre\lib\security\cacert
    2. Restart the TrueSight Presentation Server.
  5. Select Activate Integration and click Save.
  6. In BMC Change Management, update the password for the csm_user user account to match the password in BMC Operations Management.

Only the default user account (csm_user) will work for the BMC Change Management integration with BMC Operations Management.

Each time you update the password for the csm_user user account, you need to update the password in BMC Change Management as well. See Changing the password for the csm_user user account.

Changing the password for the csm_user user account

You need to ensure the password for the csm_user user account is the same in both Operations Management and Change Management.

To change the password, perform the following steps:

Operations Management:

  1. Go to Administration > User Accounts in the TrueSight console.
  2. Select Manage via Remedy SSO.

  3. Change the password through the Remedy SSO console.

Change Management:

  1.  Go to Application Administration Console > Custom Configuration > Change Management > Advanced Options > Change CI Event Notification to BPPMBPPM Subscription.
  2. Change the password in the Password field.
  3. Click Test Connection to ensure connectivity between Change Management and Operations Management.

    Note

    If the password is incorrect, an error message is displayed. After closing the error message window, enter the correct password and try again.

  4. Click Save.

Considerations for upgrade customers

  • If you are an existing BMC ProactiveNet customer upgrading to Operations Management, you need to manually delete the registered BMC ProactiveNet instance from BMC Change Management in the CAI:AdapterEventConfiguration form.

    Delete the entry in which the Adapter Instance Name field contains BPPM:<hostname:port> and not the entry in which the Adapter Instance Name field contains Infrastructure-Change.



  • After upgrading the BMC TrueSight Infrastructure Management server, details of the existing integration with BMC Change Management are not automatically populated in the Integrations page of the TrueSight console. See Enabling the integration.
  • During migration and post migration, any pending change events will not be consumed by the Presentation Server.
    These changes need to be redone by BMC Change Management in order to have it in the Presentation Server.

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