Important

   

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.

Creating a patch catalog in offline mode

In an air-gapped environment, in which Internet access is not available to the Application Server, you download the metadata and payload information first to a server outside of the TrueSight Server Automation environment using a utility provided by BMC. For information about this utility and how to use it to download patches, see Setting up the Offline Patch Downloader utility.

The following procedure assumes that the downloads to the offline repository are done.

Use this procedure to create a patch catalog in Offline mode, using the previously downloaded patches.


StepExample screen
1

Navigate to the Windows offline downloader utility located in the installer package at the following location: 

<installer-path>/All-OS-Patch-Downloaders-windows-build-<bsaVersion>

Where <installer-path> is the path to the extracted installer package on the Windows payload machine.




2

Run the offline downloader utility and pass the the location of the the configuration file as a parameter.

windows_downloader.bat -configFile <downloaderConfigurationFilePath>

Where <downloaderConfigurationFilePath> is the location of the configuration file used by the Patch Downloader.



3

Windows patch payload is downloaded to the payload repository location that you defined while creating the configuration file. The patch payload location should contain the following files:

  • WindowsPatchData.zip
  • OemCatalogWpd.zip 




4Perform the following:
  1. In the console Folders view, expand the Depot folder.
  2. Navigate to an existing folder or create a new folder for the patch catalog. The example screenshot on the right uses a folder named Patch Catalog.
  3. Right-click the folder in which you want to store the new catalog and select New > Patch Catalog > Windows Patch Catalog
5

The New Patch Catalog wizard opens. On the General panel perform the following:

  1. In the Name field, provide a name for the new catalog.
  2. In the Description field, optionally, provide a description of the new catalog.
  3. In the Save in field, verify that the displayed path name is the folder in which you want to save the catalog. If necessary, you can browse to another location.
  4. Select Source From Disk Repository (Offline Mode).
  5. Click Next.

6

Define the types of patches that you want to include in the catalog by selecting the same filters you have entered in the configuration file that contains the XML information used by the Patch Downloader utility.

  1. In the Filters section, click . The Add Windows Filter panel appears.
  2. In the Product drop-down list, select a product, application, or OS for which you want to add patches into the catalog. For example, select the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 product.
  3. Verify that the Language selection is correct for your site.
  4. Repeat the above steps, and select items from the Product drop-down list until your filter list is complete.
  5. Click OK.
  6. The second screenshot on the right, shows a completed Windows Catalog panel for Offline mode with two filter selections.
  7. Click Next.

7

The Default Notifications panel appears.

  1. Define the type of notifications and under which circumstances (status of the Catalog update job) the notifications are sent.
    Note: If you set up notifications for a particular scheduled job, the default notifications set here will be overridden.
  2. Click Next.
8The Properties panel provides a list of properties automatically assigned to a Catalog Job. For any property that has a check in the Editable column, select the property and click in the Value column.

Click Next.

 
9

The Schedules panel allows you to schedule a job to execute immediately, schedule a job at a specific time in the future, schedule a job on a recurring basis, and define notifications that are issued when a job runs.

Select the Execute job now option in the top-left corner of the Schedules panel to execute the catalog update job immediately after the wizard exits.

 If you want to schedule the execution of the catalog update job at a future time, click here ...
  1. Click . The Add New Schedule dialog box appears.
  2. Because we want the Patch Catalog Job to execute once at a particular time in future, we will select the Once option in the Occurrence panel. To select a recurring schedule you can select the appropriate option.
  3. Select the time and date that you want the job to execute.
  4. Select the appropriate time zone you want to follow.
  5. Define a priority for the job execution.
  6. Click the Scheduled Job Notifications tab.
  7. Define the type of notification that the scheduled job should send and under which circumstances (status of the catalog update job) the notifications are sent. This will override the settings defined in the Default Notifications panel.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Continue adding more schedules based on your requirement.

Click Next.

 

10The Permissions list is an access control list (ACL) granting roles access to any objects created in the system, such as jobs, servers, or depot objects. ACLs control access to all objects, including the sharing of objects between roles.

Using the Permissions panel, you can add individual permissions to an object. You can also set permissions by adding ACL templates or ACL policies. For more information, see Patch catalog - Permissions.

In this walkthrough we are using the default permissions. Click Finish.

 


The wizard creates the Patch Catalog Job and adds an object for it in the Depot location that you specified on the first wizard panel.

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