BMC Decision Support for Server Automation is a web-based reporting application that provides extensive reporting capabilities related to your data-center servers that are managed by BMC.
Release notes and notices
updated 18 May
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Date

Title

Summary

May 18, 20158.6.01: Service Pack 1

Provides enhancements and fixes to various issues

 

December 11, 20148.6.00 enhancements

Enhancements available in this release:

  • SCAP compliance reporting
  • Support for new component versions
  • Support for new platform and database
  • Integration with BSA Value Dashboard and Health Dashboard
Product announcementsPlatforms that are no longer supported

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Creating PDF and Word exports

You can create a PDF of a page or a set of pages. (Non-English page exports are not supported.) You can also create a Word document of the current page.

To export to PDF or Word

  1. From the Tools menu in the upper-right, select a format:
    • Export to Word to export the current page to Word format
    • Export to PDF to export the current page or a set of pages to PDF
  2. If exporting to PDF, select what template you want to use:
    • Simple to export a lightweight PDF with no cover, table of contents, or index.
      By default, the Simple template only exports the current page.
    • Standard to export a traditional PDF with a cover, table of contents, and index.
      By default, the Standard template exports the current page and all child pages.

XML and HTML exports

If you require an export in XML or HTML format, contact us.

 

 

Planning

 

Concepts, architecture, deployment, planning, and system requirements.

Installing

 

Information about installing the product and migrating product data.

Configuring after installation

 

Required post-installation configuration.

Upgrading

 

Upgrade process, migration, and configuration.

Troubleshooting

 

Issues resolution, error messages, logs, and contacting Support.

Using

 

Interface descriptions, using the product.

Administering

 

Security, system administration, maintenance.

Integrating

 

Integrations with other products.
What's new?

Related topics

 

Supported versions of BMC Server Automation

Service Pack 1 supports the following versions of BMC Server Automation:

  • 8.6, 8.6 SP1
  • 8.5, 8.5 Patches, 8.5 SP1, 8.5 SP1 Patches

Enhancements

Service Pack 1 has been enhanced with the following features.

New openSSL version

BMC Decision Support for Server Automation version 8.6.01 supports version 1.0.1l of openSSL.

 Change in folder name

The Health Dashboard and BSA Value Dashboard reports are now located in the Dashboard folder under Public Folders.

Downloading the service pack

Installing Service Pack 1 installs the entire BMC Decision Support for Server Automation product. You can download the service pack files from the BMC Electronic Product Distribution (EPD) website at http://webapps.bmc.com/epd. The version number shown on EPD is 8.6.01.

 Click here to see the procedure for obtaining the service pack files.

  1. Create a directory in which to place the downloaded files.

    Note

    On Microsoft Windows computers, ensure that the directory is only one level into the directory structure. The EPD package creates a directory in the temporary directory when you extract the files, and the directory that contains the installation image should not be in a directory deeper than two levels into the directory structure.

  2. Go to http://www.bmc.com/available/epd.html
  3. At the logon prompt, enter your user ID and password, and click Submit.
  4. On the Export Compliance and Access Terms page, provide the required information, agree to the terms of the agreements, and click Continue.
  5. If you are accessing this site for the first time, create an EPD profile to specify the languages and platforms that you want to see according to the EPD site Help; otherwise, skip to step 6.
  6. Verify that the correct profile is displayed for your download purpose, and select the Licensed Products tab.

    Note

    If you are downloading a patch, select the Product Patches tab.

  7. Click the Go To Licensed Products View link.
  8. Expand BMC Decision Support for Server Automation to show its versions, then expand version 8.6 for your desired platform and language to see the available patches and service packs.
  9. Select the BMC Decision Support for Server Automation installation files and the corresponding Cognos installation files.
  10. Click Download (FTP) or Download Manager:
    1. Download (FTP) places the selected items in an FTP directory, and the credentials and FTP instructions are sent to you in an email message.
    2. Download Manager enables you to download multiple files consecutively, and to resume an interrupted download if the connection drops. This method requires a one-time installation of the AkamiNetSession Client program on the target computer and is usually the faster and more reliable way to transfer files. A checksum is used to verify file integrity automatically.

Installing the service pack as a fresh product installation

For information about installing Service Pack 1, see Installing.

Upgrading to Service Pack 1

 To upgrade to Service Pack 1, complete the tasks described in this section.

Review the supported upgrade paths

To review the versions that are supported for upgrading to Service Pack 1, see Supported upgrade paths.

For more information about upgrading, see the topics listed in Upgrading.

Run the service pack installer

For information about installing Service Pack 1, see Installing.

Perform the postinstallation tasks

For information about postinstallation tasks, see Configuring after installation.

Frequently asked questions and other information

 

This topic provides information that supplements the BMC Decision Support for Server Automation 8.6.00 documentation. It contains the following sections:

Frequently asked questions

This section provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about BMC Decision Support for Server Automation.

 What happened to all the PDFs for this product?

Where to find information previously provided in a guide or manual

Document title

Found here in

BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation
Installation Guide: for Oracle

BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation
Installation Guide: for SQL Server

Planning
Installing
Configuring after installation
Upgrading
Troubleshooting 

BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation Database Administrator Guide

Administering
Installing 
Troubleshooting  

BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation User Guide

Key concepts 
Integrating
Using
Administering 
Configuring after installation
Troubleshooting

BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation User Guide: Report Authoring

Using
Key concepts

 Where do I find release note information?

The following table describes where you can find information previously provided in release notes.

Type of information

Found here in

New features (enhancements) and other information in 8.6.00

8.6.00 enhancements

  • Issues corrected by the base release and its service packs and patches
  • Issues that are currently open

Known and corrected issues

 Where can I find technical bulletins?

Technical bulletins contained information delivered after a product was released, often in conjunction with a service pack or patch for that release.

Where to find information previously provided in a technical bulletin

Type of technical bulletin

Found here in

Contents of a service pack or patch and instructions particular to it

Other information

Placed in context throughout this space, but listed and linked to in Technical bulletins. You will not have this topic in the first release of the product such as 8.6.00.

 Where do I find information that was previously published as a flash bulletin?

Flashes contained urgent information about product issues and are delivered after a product is released. On docs.bmc.com, this information is delivered in an "Urgent issues" topic, under  Release notes and notices. If this topic does not exist for a given product release, no urgent issues have been discovered for that release.

 Is all the content for BMC Decision Support for Server Automation 8.6.00 in this space?
Yes, all the content for BMC Decision Support for Server Automation 8.6.00 is in this space.
 I’d like a PDF of just selected information. How can I do that?

The BMC Documentation portal gives you the ability to generate PDF and Microsoft Word documents of single pages, and to create PDF exports of multiple pages in a space.  

Creating PDF and Word exports

You can create a PDF of a page or a set of pages. (Non-English page exports are not supported.) You can also create a Word document of the current page.

To export to PDF or Word

  1. From the Tools menu in the upper-right, select a format:
    • Export to Word to export the current page to Word format
    • Export to PDF to export the current page or a set of pages to PDF
  2. If exporting to PDF, select what template you want to use:
    • Simple to export a lightweight PDF with no cover, table of contents, or index.
      By default, the Simple template only exports the current page.
    • Standard to export a traditional PDF with a cover, table of contents, and index.
      By default, the Standard template exports the current page and all child pages.

XML and HTML exports

If you require an export in XML or HTML format, contact us.

 

Depending on the number of topics included in the export, it might take several minutes to create the PDF. Once the export is complete, you can download the PDF.

 Where can I find information about the platforms currently supported for BMC Decision Support for Server Automation product versions?

You can find information about supported platforms on BMC Support Central, under Product Availability and Compatibility.

 What are the supported BMC Server Automation versions?

For information about supported BMC Server Automation versions, see BMC Server Automation requirements.

 Which versions of third-party products are supported by BMC Decision Support for Server Automation?
Product versionJava Runtime Environment (JRE) version (shipped with product)Apache Tomcat version for BMC Decision Support for Server Automation ConsoleApache Tomcat version for reports portal (Cognos)Apache HTTP Server (Web Server) versionOpenSSL version
8.6.017 Update 717.0.236.0.352.2.291.0.1l
8.6.007 Update 717.0.236.0.352.2.291.0.1j
 Where do I find content_templates.zip in BMC Decision Support for Server Automation?

For information Inventory templates, see Installing Inventory templates and other scripts.

 I need to write a custom report. Where do I start?
 I don't have access to Report Studio in BMC Decision Support for Server Automation? What should I do?

To use Report Studio, you must purchase a license for it and then enable it using the instructions that you are given when you purchase the license. To obtain the license, contact BMC Support.

 How do I edit existing reports?

You can edit existing reports using Report Studio. To use Report Studio, you must purchase a license for it and then enable it using the instructions that you are given when you purchase the license. For information about editing reports, see the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence Report Studio Professional Authoring User Guide at PDFs.

 How do I create a report template and customize the branding?
 How do I change the default timeout period for the BMC Decision Support for Server Automation portal?
 How do I create report views?

For information about creating report views, see the IBM Cognos Connection User Guide at PDFs.

Additional resources from BMC

The following BMC sites provide information outside of the BMC Decision Support for Server Automation 8.6 documentation that you might find helpful: 

PDFs

 

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