This space contains documentation for TrueSight Server Automation 8.9.03 and the later service packs for 8.9. For earlier releases, see BMC Server Automation 8.9.

Acceptable data types for properties

System object properties can accept a variety of data types as input. The following table describes the types of data that properties can accept, including limitations inherent to each data type.

Data Type


Alphanumeric strings

2,000 characters.


A 64-bit signed integer, which can have a minimum value of -9,223,372,036,854,775,808 and a maximum value of 9,223,372,036,854,775,807.


True, false, or null.

Decimal numbers

A double-precision 64-bit IEEE 754 floating point number.


A day/month/year value, designating a point in time under the Gregorian calendar.

Encrypted string

A string that is encrypted. Encrypted strings are often used to define values for passwords.

NEWSelect a value from the Encryption Type list. The list has two values:

  • BLNative
  • AES 256

By default, BLNative is selected. When you select AES 256, you receive the following message:

AES 256 option is recommended for Hypervisors authentication only.

This list is available in the following user interfaces:

  • Configuration > Property Dictionary View > Properties tab used to add or modify a property.
  • Configuration > Property Dictionary View > instances tab used to create or modify an instance of a property class.
  • TrueSight Server Automation Console Classic perspective > Properties view in the Properties, Permissions, and Audit Trail tab group.

When you deploy a package containing an Encrypted String property, you cannot enter the value because of the default windows size and the small column width. So, adjust the column width to be able to enter the property value.

Enumerated list of strings

A user-defined list.

Enumerated list of integers

A user-defined list.

Long blocks of text

2,000 characters, displayed in a text editor format so new lines can be easily seen. This data type is typically used for provisioning.

Complex, built-in data such as file permission bitmasks and regular expressions

Regular expression formats provided by the Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.7. Regular expressions are limited to 2,000 characters.

References to a custom or built-in property class

User-defined custom property classes or built-in property classes.

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