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The BMC Server Automation quick start page introduces you to the main use cases of BMC Server Automation and allows you to execute them from a centralized UI. After a fresh installation of BMC Server Automation, the quick start page is automatically set to appear each time you launch the Console.

If you do not want the quick start page displayed every time that you launch the console, you can disable this setting through the Preferences window. In Preferences, browse to BladeLogic > Display Options, and clear the Show quick start page on login check box. Subsequently, to launch the quick start page manually whenever required, use the Quick Start Page option in the Configuration menu.

Note

The quick start page is not available in case of an upgrade to BMC Server Automation 8.6.00. You must upgrade to BMC Server Automation 8.6 SP1 or later versions to enable the quick start page.

The following table lists the different UI elements on the quick start page, and provides a brief description of the use case that each option executes:

Use case category

UI element

Description of use case

Infrastructure Management

Enroll ServersAdd multiple servers to a server hierarchy by specifying a text file in the Import Server wizard. Through this text file, you submit a list of server names and properties assigned to each server. For more information about the Import Server wizard, see Import Servers - Import Servers.
Install RSCD AgentsInstall agents on multiple agentless servers through the Unified Agent Installer wizard. For more information about the Unified Installer wizard, see Running the Unified Agent Installer.

Compliance

Note: If you have upgraded to BMC Server Automation 8.6 SP1 of later, you may need to install out-of-the-box compliance content templates that are shipped with BMC Server Automation.

DISA – Windows Server 2008

 

Discover Components

Discover components that satisfy the signature of the component template for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) compliance policy on Windows Server 2000. This component template is one of the out-of-box templates provided within the BMC Server Automation Compliance Content libraries.

The Component Discovery Job enables you to associate components with target servers, based on component templates. Discovered components can then be used as targets in Compliance Jobs. For more information about the Component Discovery Job, see Creating Component Discovery Jobs. Note that the Discovery Job wizard that you launch here is a simpler version of the standard wizard, with many settings already populated.

Compliance Job

Analyze your servers’ compliance with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) compliance policy on Windows Server 2000. Compliance with the DISA policy is performed by running a Compliance job based on an out-of-box template provided within the BMC Server Automation Compliance Content libraries.

For more information about the Compliance Job, see Creating Compliance Jobs.

DISA – Linux STIG

Discover Components

Discover components that satisfy the signature of the component template for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) on Linux. This component template is one of the out-of-box templates provided within the BMC Server Automation Compliance Content libraries.

The Component Discovery Job enables you to associate components with target servers, based on component templates. Discovered components can then be used as targets in Compliance Jobs. For more information about the Component Discovery Job, see Creating Component Discovery Jobs. Note that the Discovery Job wizard that you launch here is a simpler version of the standard wizard, with many settings already populated.

Compliance Job

Analyze your servers’ compliance with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) on Linux. Compliance with the DISA policy is performed by running a Compliance job based on an out-of-box template provided within the BMC Server Automation Compliance Content libraries.

For more information about the Compliance Job, see Creating Compliance Jobs.

PCI – Data Security Standard (Linux)

Discover Components

Discover components that satisfy the signature of the component template for the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard on RedHat Linux. This component template is one of the out-of-box templates provided within the BMC Server Automation Compliance Content libraries.

The Component Discovery Job enables you to associate components with target servers, based on component templates. Discovered components can then be used as targets in Compliance Jobs. For more information about the Component Discovery Job, see Creating Component Discovery Jobs. Note that the Discovery Job wizard that you launch here is a simpler version of the standard wizard, with many settings already populated.

Compliance Job

Analyze your RedHat Linux servers’ compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard. Compliance with the PCI policy is performed by running a Compliance job based on an out-of-box template provided within the BMC Server Automation Compliance Content libraries.

For more information about the Compliance Job, see Creating Compliance Jobs.

PCI – Data Security Standard (Windows)

Discover Components

Discover components that satisfy the signature of the component template for the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard on Windows. This component template is one of the out-of-box templates provided within the BMC Server Automation Compliance Content libraries.

The Component Discovery Job enables you to associate components with target servers, based on component templates. Discovered components can then be used as targets in Compliance Jobs. For more information about the Component Discovery Job, see Creating Component Discovery Jobs. Note that the Discovery Job wizard that you launch here is a simpler version of the standard wizard, with many settings already populated.

Compliance Job

Analyze your Windows servers’ compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard. Compliance with the PCI policy is performed by running a Compliance job based on an out-of-box template provided within the BMC Server Automation Compliance Content libraries.

For more information about the Compliance Job, see Creating Compliance Jobs.

ProvisioningAdd Device

Define a device that you might later want to provision by specifying its MAC address and other basic information. For more information, see Importing and managing devices and Manually adding one device.

Configuration

In preparation for a provisioning process, that is, an unattended installation of an operating system, configure the system package type and specify such information as the location of the OS installer, location of the RSCD Agent installer, and (for Linux) the boot image. For more information, see Creating custom system package types and Configuring system package types.

Windows 2012

 

 

Update System Package

Update the settings in the out-of-box system package designed specifically for provisioning (that is, performing an unattended OS installation) of a Windows 2012 server.

Through the display of the open system package you can adjust and update various settings for the installation of the OS. In particular, on the Basic Configuration tab, enter your administrator password. For more information, see Defining settings for Microsoft Windows servers.

Open Job

Open the out-of-box Provision Job for Windows 2012, and adjust its settings as necessary. In particular, on the Devices tab specify the IP address of the device to provision. For more information, see Provision Job panels and Changing or adding devices in a Provision Job.

Execute Job

Run the out-of-box Provision Job for Windows 2012. This Provision Job applies the out-of-box system package for Windows 2012 to your server and begins an unattended installation of the Windows 2012 operating system. For more information, see Executing a Provision Job.

Red Hat Linux 6.0

Update System Package

Update the settings in the out-of-box system package designed specifically for provisioning (that is, performing an unattended OS installation) of a RedHat Linux 6.0 server.

Through the display of the open system package you can adjust and update various settings for the installation of the OS. In particular, on the Basic Configuration tab, enter your root password. For more information, see Defining settings for Red Hat Linux servers.

Open Job

Open the out-of-box Provision Job for RedHat Linux 6.0, and adjust its settings as necessary. In particular, on the Devices tab specify the IP address of the device to provision. For more information, see Provision Job panels and Changing or adding devices in a Provision Job.

Execute Job

Run the out-of-box Provision Job for RedHat Linux 6.0. This Provision Job applies the out-of-box system package for RedHat Linux 6.0 to your server and begins an unattended installation of the RedHat Linux 6.0 operating system. For more information, see Executing a Provision Job.

PatchingWindows

Create/Update Catalog

Create a new patch catalog or modify the existing patch catalog for Windows. The patch catalog is used to maintain and work with the patch repository. For more information about creating or modifying a patch catalog, see Creating a patch catalog or Modifying patch catalog definitions.

Create/Update Patching Job

Create a new Patching Job or update an existing Patching Job for Windows platform. For more information about creating a Patching Job, see Creating a Patching Job.

Certain permissions are required to create or execute the Patching Job, as discussed in Role-based permissions for creating and running a patching job. In addition, to view the results of the Patching Job, the patch catalog used in patch analysis requires the DepotObject.Read permission.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Create/Update Catalog

Create a new patch catalog or modify an existing patch catalog for Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms. The patch catalog is used to maintain and work with the patch repository. For more information about creating or modifying a patch catalog, see Creating a patch catalog or Modifying patch catalog definitions.

Create/Update Patching Job

Create a new Patching Job or update an existing Patching Job for Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms. For more information about creating a Patching Job, see Creating a Patching Job.

Certain permissions are required to create or execute the Patching Job, as discussed in Role-based permissions for creating and running a patching job. In addition, to view the results of the Patching Job, the patch catalog used in patch analysis requires the DepotObject.Read permission.

Configuration Management




Windows 2012 R2 Standard Configuration Example

Discover Components

Discover components that satisfy the signature in a component template that checks whether your Windows 2012 R2 servers are set according to the standard configuration. This component template is provided through a Blade ZipKit.

The Component Discovery Job enables you to associate components with target servers, based on component templates. Discovered components can then be used as targets in Compliance Jobs. For more information about the Component Discovery Job, see Creating Component Discovery Jobs. Note that the Discovery Job wizard that you launch here is a simpler version of the standard wizard, with many settings already populated.

Compliance Job

Check whether your Windows 2012 R2 servers are set according to standard configuration, by running a Compliance Job based on the Windows 2012 R2 Standard Configuration Example component template. This component template is provided through a Blade ZipKit.

For more information about the Compliance Job, see Creating Compliance Jobs.

Patch Readiness for Windows

Discover Components

Discover components that satisfy the signature in the component template for Windows Patch Readiness, which helps you prepare your servers for the installation of Windows patches. This component template is provided within a Blade ZipKit.

The Component Discovery Job enables you to associate components with target servers, based on component templates. Discovered components can then be used as targets in Compliance Jobs. For more information about the Component Discovery Job, see Creating Component Discovery Jobs. Note that the Discovery Job wizard that you launch here is a simpler version of the standard wizard, with many settings already populated.

Compliance Job

Analyze your servers’ compliance with the rule defined in the component template for Windows Patch Readiness, which helps you prepare your servers for the installation of Windows patches. This component template is provided within a Blade ZipKit.

For more information about the Compliance Job, see Creating Compliance Jobs.

LAMP for CentOS 6

Install the LAMP stack from the CentOS online repository on your servers through the deployment of a special BLPackage from the BMC Server Automation depot.

For more information about the BMC Server Automation depot and the use of BLPackages, see Depot object overview.

IIS 8.5 for Windows 2012 R2

Deploy IIS 8.5 on your Windows 2012 R2 servers through the deployment of a special BLPackage from the BMC Server Automation depot.

For more information about the BMC Server Automation depot and the use of BLPackages, see Depot object overview.
Extended Object for Windows License Activation

Check for the type of Windows license on any target server by applying a special extended object in BMC Server Automation.

For more information about extended objects in BMC Server Automation, see Extended objects.

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Health Dashboard

Note: To launch the Health dashboard from the quick start page, ensure that your default internet browser has all SSL and TLS options enabled

Opens a dashboard that provides a visual representation of what infrastructure is deployed in the BMC Server Automation environment. The dashboard provides a mechanism for quickly assessing the health of all BMC Server Automation components. For more information about the Health Dashboard, see Using the Health and Value Dashboards.

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Value Dashboard

Note: To launch the Value dashboard from the quick start page, ensure that your default internet browser has all SSL and TLS options enabled.

Opens a report that shows the potential value that can be realized by your organization by using BMC Server Automation. Calculations are based on a set of standard values BMC has determined. The value derived is displayed in terms of dollars and hours.

For more information about the Value dashboard, see Built-in BSA Value Dashboard in the BMC Decision Support for Server Automation documentation.

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