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Searching for tickets, assets, resources, and people in Smart IT

This topic describes the search options available in Remedy with Smart IT, details of how the search function works, and how to optimize the function for your environment. Full text search must be enabled and configured to use the search feature in Smart IT. On mobile clients, the search function discussed in this topic is available from the main menu. In the universal client, the search function appears under your login name.

The following information is provided:

Search overview

When searching for customers and contacts in Smart IT, the system overrides the values specified the Customer and Contact Search Type and Customer and Contact Name Format list on the Incident Management Settings window in BMC Remedy ITSM. For example, in the Customer and Contact Search Type list select Last Name, and in the Customer and Contact Name Format list select [First name] [Middle name] [Last name]. In Smart IT notice that you can specify any of the following and search for customers and contacts: corporate ID, first name, last name, internet email ID, phone number, and login ID. In case of the name format, Smart IT supports only the [first name] [last name] name format. Smart IT provides various search options:

Search optionDescription
Global searchSearch for all types of tickets, assets, knowledge articles, release activities, and people.
Smart IT console

Search for tickets, assets, resources, and people from the Smart IT console search text box

For more information about how the Smart IT console search works, see Smart IT Console search.

Ticket console

Filter tickets listed in the ticket console

For more information about filtering tickets, see Filtering the Smart IT search results.

Resource/Activity searchSearch for resources or activities from within a ticket
Smart recorder search

Results displayed when typing entries using @!.

For more information about how Smart IT displays possible values when using Smart Recorder, see How the Smart Recorder search works.

Global search

Smart IT uses the Full Text Search (FTS) to search for tickets and knowledge articles, and DB search to search for people and assets. For people and assets search the following fields are matched for the entered search text. 

For global asset search

Smart IT versions before 1.4

Field nameField ID
CI Name200000020
Serial Number200000001
Product Name240001002
Tag Number260100004
CI ID210000000

Smart IT versions 1.4 and later (if the isExclude_TAG_and_CI_ID flag is set to true)

Field nameField ID
CI Name200000020
Serial Number200000001
Product Name240001002

If the isExclude_TAG_and_CI_ID flag is set to false then the behavior is similar to Smart IT versions before 1.4 ( all 5 fields).

For global people search

Field nameField ID
First Name1000000019
Last Name1000000018
Full name1000000017
Remedy Login Id4
Internet Email1000000048
Corporate Id1000000054

Smart IT console search

The Smart IT search function scans your BMC Remedy ITSM environment for records that contain a match for the word or phrase that you type in the Search field at the top of the screen. You can also augment your search by including special characters and boolean expressions. The search results include only information that you have permission to access. Retired articles will not be listed under Recommended Knowledge, or under suggested knowledge articles while creating a new knowledge article. You can search for Retired articles only through the global search or advanced search using the Search for knowledge resources option.

The Search function searches for matches to your query across the following record types:

  • Incident tickets
  • Work orders
  • Change requests
  • Problem investigations
  • Known errors
  • Release tickets
  • Tasks
  • Service requests
  • Knowledge articles
  • People profiles
  • Asset profiles
  • Outages

Using special characters and boolean expressions

You can include special characters and boolean expressions in your search, as explained in the following tables. AND, OR, and NOT operators are applicable only when searching for Tickets and Knowledge articles.  

Special characters and their results

Special character


Example search string

Example results


(double-quotation marks)

Performs a phrase search on the terms enclosed in the double-quotation marks.

"firewall blocked"

  • firewall blocked her access
  • firewall blocking my access



Find requests that contain any of the specified words separated by a comma

  • firewall, blocking
  • "firewall, blocking"
  • firewall blocks access
  • firewall will block access
  • firewall is not working
  • try blocking his access


(percent symbol)

Wildcard to extend the search

Notes: You do not need to use a wildcard to extend the search for word stems, such as "ed," "s", and "ing," because word stems are automatically included.

The wildcard character (%) search is not supported for character menu fields in Smart IT.



  • backfire
  • fire
  • firewall


Searches that start with a wildcard character are not as efficient as searches that use an exact phrase or a trailing wildcard. For example, searching for the term "%block" is less efficient than searching for either "block" or "block%".

You can use use boolean expressions in your search. Boolean operators include parentheses (), AND, OR, and NOT. The boolean operators must be specified in upper case; otherwise, they are treated as search strings.

Boolean operators and their results

Boolean operator


Example search string

Example results


Find requests that contain all of the specified words and phrases

firewall AND blocking

  • firewall blocks access
  • firewall will block access


Find requests that contain any of the specified words and phrases

firewall OR blocking

  • firewall blocks access
  • firewall will block access
  • firewall is not working
  • try blocking his access


Exclude the specified word or phrase

firewall NOT blocking

firewall is not working


group expressions

firewall AND (block, allow)

  • firewall blocking access
  • set up firewall to allow access

Filtering the Smart IT search results 

The Search function displays the search results in a list that is grouped by record type: tickets, knowledge resources, and so on. You can also apply filters to the list to help narrow the results and more quickly identify what you are looking for. 

To understand how the filtering works, consider the following scenario:

  1. To accomplish an assigned task, Ian Plyment, a help desk specialist, needs to look at all of the incident records that were created for Allen Allbrook in the past week, and that are still open.
  2. In the Search field, located at the top right of the universal client, or main menu on mobile clients, Ian types Allen, then presses the Enter key or taps Search.
  3. The Search returns 520 records that match "Allen" (511 tickets, 1 asset record, 1 people record, and 7 knowledge resources). 

    Because there is a large number of tickets and knowledge resources found by the search, the search results list displays only 4 of the tickets and only 4 of the knowledge resources. Ian can, however, view all of the tickets or knowledge resources by choosing View All.  The number of records displayed on-screen when the search returns a large number of results is controlled by the application.
  4. To narrow the list of tickets, Ian needs to filter the list. To filter the list:

    1. He clicks or taps the Filter icon at the top of the list, then clicks or taps Record Type and selects Incident. If Ian were working from a tablet, he would then tap Back to go back to the Filter list.

    2. Ian clicks Filters again to further narrow the results list by showing Created Date and then selecting Past Week from the menu. 

    3. Finally, because he only wants to see incident tickets belonging to Calbro Services, he applies the Company filter. After clicking Filters, he selects Company, and uses the search field to locate the correct company. If necessary, Ian can apply more than one filter of a specific type. For example, if Ian wanted to see all of Allen's Incident and Work Order tickets that were created in the last week, Ian could add a second Record Type filter to include Work Order tickets. Alternatively, if Ian needs to remove one of the filters, he can click the X in the filter tag. To remove all of the filters, Ian would click or tap Clear All

      As Ian adds a filter to the search results lists, the system also adds tags beside the filter Icon, so that Ian can see which filters he has applied. This combination of filters (Create Date, Record Type, and Company) reduces the search results list from 511 tickets to 23.

  5. With this much more manageable list of tickets, Ian is able to quickly review the remaining records to accomplish his assigned task.

How administrators configure this feature

To perform configurations for BMC Knowledge Management, you need Knowledge Config permissions. The Smart IT Search function uses the BMC Remedy AR System Full Text search and Multi Form search capabilities to search the BMC Remedy ITSM applications and components. The Search feature also uses the search capabilities of BMC Knowledge Management to look for knowledge resources.

As an administrator, you can configure the Search function in BMC Remedy AR System and in BMC Knowledge Management to work optimally with your installation.

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  1. Shanky Gupta

    The update of the parameter isExclude_TAG_and_CI_ID from the MyIT admin console under asset management doesn't update it in the database.

    Manually update the value of this parameter in the database SmartIT_Business in the table CONFIGURATION_PARAMS where KEY_NAME = isExclude_TAG_and_CI_ID

    The below query gives the value of this parameter set in the database


    select * from CONFIGURATION_PARAMS where KEY_NAME = 'isExclude_TAG_and_CI_ID'

    After this restart the SmartIT social service and tomcat

    Jun 20, 2017 12:48