Searching objects

This topic introduces the Search functionality of the BMC Client Management console.

The BMC Client Management provides several approaches to searching objects: 

  • Quick search approach is based on full text indexing technology.
  • Advanced search is based on SQL queries and offers more capabilities.

This article describes how to create and apply every type of the search and explains the presentation of the search results. 

Quick search 

To quickly access a specific device in your network, Quick Search provides you with an easy to use syntax. The search targets device attributes directly or attributes of other device related objects. You can index any device related object, including hardware inventories, software inventories, security inventories, patch inventories, and so on. This type of search only returns devices, but the search can be conducted on the device attributes or any attribute for a device related object. Any other object can only be found via the Advanced Search.

  1. To search for devices enter the criteria in the text box above the table or use the Search option in left window pane, for example, windows to find any device with a Windows operating system, or Linux for all Linux devices. The search can be conducted using rules and operators, for more details, see Search Syntax and Search Requests. You can choose the action that you want to execute on the matching device. 

  2. Click Find  next to the text box or press Enter.
    In the Result Details panel you can see the main contexts where the terms you've searched are displayed. In the search result you can see:

    • list of devices matching the search expression

    • list of actions that you can execute

    • additional context for the selected device

    • main occurrences of the criteria being highlighted per device

       If your search request includes the single wildcard * expression, the additional context is meaningless. In this case all the devices are displayed, regardless any result context.

  3. Select a device.

The following operations are available for a device found by the search from this location:

  • Remote Control

  • Direct Access Tools

  • Audit Now

  • Inventory Summary

  • Deprecate Device

  • Agent Rollout

  • Purge

  • Merge with Device

  • Delete Device

  • Update Index

  • View Node

For more information on how to configure Quick search, see Quick Search settings.

Advanced search

The BMC Client Management database typically contains large numbers of objects. The Advanced Search functionality is designed to let you quickly locate and view information about a particular object, group or folder of objects that meet the search criteria you specify.

To execute a search define the following criteria:




Select the type of the object to find from the list box. You can search for any main object type that exists in the database. If Device is selected as the type a new drop-down list box appears to the right, in which you can define if the search is to be executed in the Topology, in the Device Group Hierarchy, only for Objects Found (among the objects under the Lost and Found node) or for All objects in the database.


Select in this list the object attribute on which the search is to be executed, for example, the object name or the object notes, and so on.


Select the operator for the search, possible values are Contains, Ends with, Equal to, Greater than, Greater than or equal, Less than, Less than or equal, Like (SQL), Not equal to, Not like (SQL), Starts with, Is Null, and Is Not Null.


Enter the value to search for into this text box or select it from the list box. Depending on which operator you chose you can also use the following wildcard characters in this text box:

  • % to indicate any number and type of character to return the maximum number of objects matching the operator criterion.

  • If the value to search for is of type Boolean, you need to enter 0 for is not equal to the criterion, and 1 for fulfils the criterion condition.

To execute the defined search click Find . The results of the search will be displayed in the lower half of the right console pane in the form of a list, which displays the icon and the location of the object found.

For example, the result for administrators lists all administrators found directly under the Administrators node and under the groups to which they are assigned. The result of a search for specific devices lists all devices found at their location within their groups and within their actual location in the topology, for example, the device group hierarchy: Device Groups/Bridge/KirkDevice Groups/Bridge/OhuraDevice Groups/Engine/ScottyDevice Groups/Commanders/Kirk

and the topology hierarchy: Topology/Enterprise/BridgeRelay1/Kirk Topology/Enterprise/EngineRelay1/Scotty Topology/Enterprise/BridgeRelay1/Kirk/Ohura

If no objects can be found for the defined criteria the value No Result will be displayed next to the button. If an error occurred during the search the message Search Failed will be displayed next to the Find button.

The following further operations are available for a device found by the search:

  • Find node

  • View Node

  • Remote control

You can perform search in the following languages:

  • English (American)

  • Deutsch

  • Spanish 

  • French 

  • Japanese

  • Brazilian 

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