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Patch node

A Patch node represents a software patch in your network environment and is linked to any Host node which contains it.

You will only find Patch nodes linked to operating systems which recognize patches. Currently only three operating systems that BMC Discovery models have the concept of a patch; Solaris, HPUX and Windows.

Patch node lifecycle

The following section describes the scenarios in which a Patch is created, updated or destroyed. Patch nodes are identical in behavior to Package nodes, see Package node.


Patch nodes are created when they are first detected on a host. The key of a Patch node consists of two critical properties; name and OS information. Therefore, Patch nodes are shared by all Host nodes with the same patch installed.


A Patch node is never updated because its key consists of two critical properties and a change to either of them will result in a new Patch node being created.


To remove a Patch node manually, find the necessary Patch node, select it in the list and pick Destroy from the Actions list.

Patch node attributes

The attributes and relationships of a Patch node are described in the tables below.

UI Name
Attribute Name and Type


name string

Patch name.

Operating System
os string

Operating System this Patch is for.

Not displayed in UI
key string

Unique key.

Patch node relationships

The relationships of a Patch node are described in the table below.

UI name





Hosts with this patch.

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