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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.
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updated 08 Oct
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Title

Summary

October 8, 2018Notification of critical security issues in BMC Decision Support for Server AutomationFlash notification of critical security issues and the process to fix them.
September 21, 20148.7.00 enhancements

Enhancements available in this release:

  • New built-in report added
  • New ad-hoc query item
  • Support for new component versions
  • Support for new platform and database
Product announcementsPlatforms that are no longer supported

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Information about installing the product and migrating product data.

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Upgrading

 

Upgrade process, migration, and configuration.

Troubleshooting

 

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Using

 

Interface descriptions, using the product.

Administering

 

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What's new?

This topic contains information about enhancements in version 8.7.00 of the BMC Decision Support for Server Automation product.

New built-in report

BMC Decision Support for Server Automation version 8.7.00 supports a new built-in report. For more information, see Built-in Product Usage report.

Changes in the BMC BladeLogic data model

A new query item Server Latest Run is added in version 8.7. You can use this as a filter to view latest Compliance Server Results across several job runs. The Server Latest Run query item can have values 0 or 1, where 1 indicates the latest job run on a server for a policy. For details of this query item and the complete data model sheet, click the "8.7 BMC BladeLogic data model" link at Data model.

 

 To see changes in the 8.6 BMC BladeLogic data model, click here...

To enable SCAP Compliance reporting, the BMC BladeLogic data model now includes SCAP folder containing query items. These query items enable you to create ad-hoc SCAP Compliance reports. The following table lists the query subjects and query items included in the SCAP folder. For details of these query items and the complete data model sheet, click the "8.6 BMC BladeLogic data model" link at Data model.

Query subjectQuery itemFull path
SCAP CollectionCollection Identifier*Compliance/SCAP/SCAP Collection/Collection Identifier
 Collection File Name*Compliance/SCAP/SCAP Collection/Collection File Name
 Collection Deleted*Compliance/SCAP/SCAP Collection/Collection Deleted
SCAP DataStreamDataStream Identifier*Compliance/SCAP/SCAP DataStream/DataStream Identifier
 DataStream File Name*Compliance/SCAP/SCAP DataStream/DataStream File Name
 DataStream Version*Compliance/SCAP/SCAP DataStream/DataStream Version
 Use Case*Compliance/SCAP/SCAP DataStream/Use Case
 Timestamp*Compliance/SCAP/SCAP DataStream/Timestamp
 DataStream Deleted*Compliance/SCAP/SCAP DataStream/DataStream Deleted
SCAP BenchmarkBenchmark IdentifierCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Benchmark/Benchmark Identifier
 Benchmark File NameCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Benchmark/Benchmark File Name
 Benchmark TitleCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Benchmark/Benchmark Title
 Benchmark DescriptionCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Benchmark/Benchmark Description
 Benchmark PlatformCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Benchmark/Benchmark Platform
 Benchmark VersionCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Benchmark/Benchmark Version
 Benchmark DeletedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Benchmark/Benchmark Deleted
SCAP RuleRule Group IdentifierCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule/Rule Group Identifier
 Rule Group TitleCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule/Rule Group Title
 Rule Group DescriptionCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule/Rule Group Description
 Rule Group DeletedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule/Rule Group Deleted
 Rule Group WeightCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule/Rule Group Weight
 Rule IdentifierCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule/Rule Identifier
 Rule TitleCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule/Rule Title
 Rule DescriptionCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule/Rule Description
 Rule DeletedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule/Rule Deleted
 Rule WeightCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule/Rule Weight
SCAP Job Run ResultServers AttemptedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Job Run Result/Servers Attempted
 Compliant ServersCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Job Run Result/Compliant Servers
 Non Compliant ServersCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Job Run Result/Non Compliant Servers
 Rules CheckedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Job Run Result/Rules Checked
SCAP Server ResultRules CheckedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Server Result/Rules Checked
 Rules PassedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Server Result/Rules Passed
 Rules FailedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Server Result/Rules Failed
 Rules UnknownCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Server Result/Rules Unknown
 Rules ErroredCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Server Result/Rules Errored
 Rules Not ApplicableCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Server Result/Rules Not Applicable
 Rules Not CheckedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Server Result/Rules Not Checked
 Rules Not SelectedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Server Result/Rules Not Selected
 Rules InformationalCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Server Result/Rules Informational
 Rules FixedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Server Result/Rules Fixed
SCAP Rule ResultProfileCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Profile
 Run ModeCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Run Mode
 Recursion LevelCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Recursion Level
 Log LevelCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Log Level
 Rules CheckedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Rules Checked
 Is PassCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Is Pass
 Is FailCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Is Fail
 Is UnknownCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Is Unknown
 Is ErrorCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Is Error
 Is NotApplicableCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Is NotApplicable
 Is NotCheckedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Is NotChecked
 Is NotSelectedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Is NotSelected
 Is InformationalCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Is Informational
 Is FixedCompliance/SCAP/SCAP Rule Result/Is Fixed

Note

  • Query items marked with * are based on SCAP version 1.2 components. In an SCAP Compliance report for SCAP version 1.0, these items are displayed as 'Not Applicable'.
  • If only the SCAP Compliance Jobs (and not the Compliance Jobs) have been run in BMC Server Automation, the query items from the query subjects (except Compliance Server) do not display data in the ad hoc report. The report displays data only if you use a query item from the SCAP folder.
 To see changes in the 8.5 SP1 BMC BladeLogic data model, click here..

A new query item, IAVA ID has been added to the Windows Bulletin query subject in the Patch domain. This attribute indicates the Information Assurance Vulnerability Alert ID of a Windows bulletin. Access this query item at Patch > Patch Overview > Patch Details > Windows Bulletin.

To see the complete BladeLogic data model sheet, click the "8.5.01 BMC BladeLogic data model" link at Data model.

 To see changes in the 8.5 BMC BladeLogic data model, click here..

To enable you to create reports based on the ACL policies and new object types, the following query subjects and query items have been included in various domain folders in the BMC BladeLogic data model. To see the details of these query items and the complete BladeLogic data model sheet, click the "8.5 BMC BladeLogic data model" link at Data model.

Domain folderQuery subjectQuery itemFull path
ComplianceCompliance Rule ResultRule Result String OverflowCompliance Rule Result/Rule Result String Overflow
InventoryServerStaging DirectoryServer/Staging Directory
RBAC
























RoleAuthorization MethodRole/Authorization Method
UserLast Active DateRole/User/Last Active Date
ACL Policy





ACL Policy NameACL Policy/ACL Policy Name
ACL Policy DescriptionACL Policy/ACL Policy Description
Date CreatedACL Policy/Date Created
Date ModifiedACL Policy/Date Modified
Created User NameACL Policy/Created User Name
Modified User NameACL Policy/Modified User Name
ACL Policy DeletedACL Policy/ACL Policy Deleted
BL Package and NSH Script





Object TypeObject/BL Package and NSH Script/Object Type
Object NameObject/BL Package and NSH Script/Object Type
Object DescriptionObject/BL Package and NSH Script/Object Description
Object Created DateObject/BL Package and NSH Script/Object Created Date
Object Modified DateObject/BL Package and NSH Script/Object Modified Date
Object DeletedObject/BL Package and NSH Script/Object Deleted
Custom Command



CommandObject/Custom Command/Command
Command Display NameObject/Custom Command/Command Display Name
Command Created DateObject/Custom Command/Command Created Date
Command Modified DateObject/Custom Command/Command Modified Date
Command DeletedObject/Custom Command/Command Deleted
Config FileConfig File NameObject/Custom Command/Config File Name
ObjectAuthorization MethodObject/Authorization Method
Audit Trail

Site NameAudit Trail/Site Name
User NameAudit Trail/User Name
Role NameAudit Trail/Role Name
RBAC FiltersPolicy is not deletedRBAC Filters/Policy is not deleted
Patch













Patch Information



Patch Smart Group NamePatch Overview/Patch Information/Patch Smart Group Name
Patch Smart Group Patch Overview/Patch Information/Patch Smart Group
Catalog Update StatusPatch Overview/Patch Information/Catalog Update Information/Catalog Update Status
Catalog Update Job Run Start TimePatch Overview/Patch Information/Catalog Update Information/Catalog Update Job Run Start Time
Catalog Update Execution Time (secs) Patch Overview/Patch Information/Catalog Update Information/Catalog Update Execution Time (secs)
Installed Server CountPatch Overview/Patch Information/Installed Server Count
Windows Bulletin

Bulletin IDPatch Overview/Patch Details/Windows Bulletin/Bulletin ID
Patch Type IDPatch Overview/Patch Details/Windows Bulletin/Patch Type ID
ImpactPatch Overview/Patch Details/Windows Bulletin/Impact
Impact DescriptionPatch Overview/Patch Details/Windows Bulletin/Impact Description
Windows HotFix

Patch Type IDPatch Overview/Patch Details/Windows HotFix/Patch Type ID
Superseded ByPatch Overview/Patch Details/Windows HotFix/Superseded By
Superseded By ScorePatch Overview/Patch Details/Windows HotFix/Superseded By Score
Missing Patch Details

Is MissingMissing Patch Details/Is Missing
Is InstalledMissing Patch Details/Is Installed
Patch StatusMissing Patch Details/Patch Status
Patch ServerServer Group NamePatch/Patch Server/Server Group Name
Server Smart Group NamePatch/Patch Server/Server Smart Group Name
Patch FiltersPatch Job Latest RunPatch Filters/Patch Job Latest Run

The following query items have been deleted from the RBAC domain folder in the BMC BladeLogic data model in this version of the product.

Note

If you have included these items in any of the reports in previous versions of the product, data for these items will not be available in this version of the product.

Query subjectQuery item
Profile


Authorization Description
Authorization Display Name
Authorization Type
Authorization Method
Site Name
Profile Authorization
RoleSystem Role

 To see changes in the 8.3 BMC BladeLogic data model, click here...

To see the complete BladeLogic data model sheet, click the "8.3 BMC BladeLogic data model" link at Data model.

Removed duplicate query items

In versions earlier than 8.3, the OS Vendor and Subnet Mask information is present in multiple query subjects. From this release, this information is available only in the OS Vendor and Subnet Mask query items, which are present in the Inventory\Server query subject.

Removed properties from the Inventory Server Property query subject

The following properties are no longer available in the Inventory Server Property query subject:

  • REPEATER_STAGING_DIR
  • STAGING_DIR

Supported versions of BMC Server Automation

 Version 8.7.00 of BMC Decision Support for Server Automation supports the following versions of BMC Server Automation: 

  • 8.7.00
  • 8.6.01, 8.6 Patch 1, 8.6.00 

New component versions

BMC Decision Support for Server Automation version 8.7.00 supports the following component versions:

ComponentVersion
Apache HTTP Server (Web Server) 2.4.12
OpenSSL1.0.2a
Apache Tomcat8.0.23

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Downloading the installation files

Frequently asked questions and other information

 

This topic provides information that supplements the BMC Decision Support for Server Automation 8.7.00 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 8.7.00

8.7.00 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 8.7.00.

 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 8.7.00 in this space?
Yes, all the content for BMC Decision Support for Server Automation 8.7.00 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:
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    • Export to PDF to export the current page or a set of pages to PDF
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    • Simple to export a lightweight PDF with no cover, table of contents, or index.
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      By default, the Standard template exports the current page and all child pages.


 

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
8.7.007 Update 718.0.236.0.352.4.121.0.2a
 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 and videos.

 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 and videos.

Additional resources from BMC

The following BMC sites provide information outside of the BMC Decision Support for Server Automation 8.7 documentation that you might find helpful: 

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