Moving from BMC Decision Support - Network Automation

This topic describes what is different in TrueSight Network Automation Reporting and helps you move from BMC Decision Support – Network Automation version 8.9.x to Network Automation Reporting.

Version 19.11 of Network Automation Reporting is supported with version 8.9.04.003 of TrueSight Network Automation.

What has changed

BMC Decision Support – Network Automation is a web-based application that uses the BusinessObject Business Intelligence (BI) Platform to create and generate reports.

TrueSight Network Automation Reporting is a reporting solution for TrueSight Network Automation, which uses the following products:

  • TrueSight Network Automation - Data Warehouse — A Network Automation component that works as the ETL engine and the data warehouse. This product also provides out-of-the-box reporting content.
  • TrueSight Smart Reporting - Platform — A reporting platform that enables you to administer, create, and publish reports seamlessly. You can use simple drag-and-drop actions to create complex reports. It offers an enhanced, user-friendly look to your reports.

The following diagrams explain the different components in BMC Decision Support – Network Automation and Network Automation Reporting.



How this impacts you

The following table provides information about the differences in some features of BMC Decision Support – Network Automation and Network Automation Reporting:

BMC Decision Support – Network Automation

Network Automation Reporting

Installation process
With the BMC Decision Support – Network Automation installer, you install a single product.


The following products need to be installed:
  • TrueSight Network Automation - Data Warehouse: Used for performing administration activities, such as managing databases and running ETL
  • TrueSight Smart Reporting - Platform: Used for creating reports with the data present in the data warehouse database.
User roles and authorizations
BMC Decision Support – Network Automation has the following roles:
  • Report Administrator
  • Report Designer
  • Report Author
  • Report Viewer
  • Global Report Administrator


Network Automation Reporting has the same set of users and roles, however, with a different set of permissions:
  • Network Automation Reporting Administrator
  • Smart Reporting - Platform Administrator
  • Reporting users
For information about these users and permissions assigned to them, see User roles.
User interface for login
BMC Decision Support – Network Automation has Metadata Navigator to monitor ETL and BusinessObjects BI launch pad to create and view reports.



Network Automation Reporting offers a single interface to manage administration activities and to view reports. After Network Automation - Data Warehouse administrators log in to the Network Automation - Data Warehouse console, they can use the Reports tab to open the Smart Reporting - Platform interface. 

User-friendly reporting interface

With Network Automation Reporting, you can do the following tasks via a user-friendly interface: 

  • Create custom reports. You can compare and analyze reports by using filters, summaries, and calculations. You can also change the appearance of the reports.
  • Export reports in the following formats: CSV, DOC, PDF, RTF, Text, XLS. You can also print your reports.
  • Share reports with others on an ad-hoc basis. You can send a report through email or embed a report into an HTML, Wiki, or a blog page.
  • Broadcast reports. You can send a report to one or more users based on a defined schedule and set of rules.
  • Schedule reports and share them through FTP. You can select the format for the report and schedule it to be sent to an FTP location.
  • Import and export your report models and views. You can migrate your content between multiple instances, for example, from the QA to the Production instance.

Out-of-the-box reports

The following out-of-the-box reports are available in Network Automation Reporting:

The following image displays a sample out-of-the-box, Device Compliance report.


Moving to TrueSight Network Automation Reporting

Before moving to Network Automation Reporting, do the following:

  1. Take a full backup of all the Network Automation site databases.
  2. Upgrade all configured Network Automation sites to version 8.9.04.003.

  3. Take a full backup of the ETL Master, Work, and warehouse databases. For instructions, see the database documentation.
  4. Ensure that any ETL run is not in progress.
  5. Disable the ETL, Purge, and URG Mapper tasks on the server where BMC Decision Support – Network Automation is installed.
  6. Custom reports are not automatically moved from BMC Decision Support – Network Automation to Network Automation Reporting. After you move to Network Automation Reporting, you need to create custom reports again in TrueSight Smart Reporting - Platform.
    If you are using custom reports in BMC Decision Support – Network Automation, note down the attributes used in these reports. Additionally, you can export your existing reports in Excel or PDF format and use the exported output as a reference, for example, to see the filters used, columns displayed, or the type of chart displayed in the existing reports.

  7. If you are using schedules in BMC Decision Support – Network Automation, note down the schedules for the reports.

    Schedules are not moved to Network Automation Reporting. After you move to Network Automation Reporting, add all the schedules again by using the Broadcast option for the reports. For more information about creating schedules for reports, see Broadcasting reports .

To move to TrueSight Network Automation Reporting, depending on the scenario applicable to your environment, do the following:

ScenarioAction

TrueSight Network Automation - Data Warehouse is installed on a new server, and uses the existing data warehouse database.

  1. Install TrueSight Network Automation - Data Warehouse.
    • While installing Network Automation - Data Warehouse, provide details of the existing warehouse database on the TrueSight Network Automation - Data Warehouse Database Configuration panel.
    • Network Automation site name is automatically populated on the TrueSight Network Automation Database Connection panel. Enter the database details for this site.
  2. Do one of the following, depending on whether you have a single-site environment or multi-site environment:

      • (Single-site environment) Run ETL for the primary Network Automation site. 
      • (Multi-site environment) Do the following:
        1. Update database details of all secondary Network Automation sites using the Site Manager utility in Network Automation - Data Warehouse. For instructions, see Managing sites.
        2. Run ETL for all secondary Network Automation sites.
  3. Install Smart Reporting - Platform version 19.3 and perform the post-installation tasks. For instructions, see Installing .
  4. (optional) Create the custom reports and schedules in Smart Reporting - Platform.
  5. Clean up the existing environment:
    1. Uninstall BMC Decision Support – Network Automation.
    2. Uninstall BusinessObjects BI Platform.
    3. Drop the Master and Work databases as these databases were needed for Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and are not being used by Network Automation - Data Warehouse.

TrueSight Network Automation - Data Warehouse is installed on the same server where BMC Decision Support – Network Automation is installed, and uses the existing data warehouse database.

  1. Uninstall BMC Decision Support – Network Automation.
  2. Uninstall BusinessObjects BI Platform.
  3. Install TrueSight Network Automation - Data Warehouse.
    • While installing Network Automation - Data Warehouse, provide details of the existing warehouse database on the TrueSight Network Automation - Data Warehouse Database Configuration panel.
    • Network Automation site name is automatically populated on the TrueSight Network Automation Database Connection panel. Enter the database details for this site.
  4. Do one of the following, depending on whether you have a single-site environment or multi-site environment:
    • (Single-site environment) Run ETL for the primary Network Automation site. 
    • (Multi-site environment) Do the following:
      1. Update database details of all secondary Network Automation sites using the Site Manager utility in Network Automation - Data Warehouse. For instructions, see Managing sites.
      2. Run ETL for all secondary Network Automation sites.
  5. Install Smart Reporting - Platform version 19.3 and perform the post-installation tasks. For instructions, see Installing .
  6. (optional) Create the custom reports and schedules in Smart Reporting - Platform.
  7. Drop the Master and Work databases as these databases were needed for ODI and are not being used by Network Automation - Data Warehouse.


Unsupported scenario

Running ETL against the same warehouse database at the same time from both BMC Decision Support – Network Automation and Network Automation - Data Warehouse might result in data loss.
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