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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.

Updating an existing catalog

Related BMC Communities article

BMC Customers using Automation for Patching use cases depend on OS vendors for Patches and metadata. To review the service status of the different OS Vendors as known to BMC Support, see the following BMC Communities document:

OS Patching Vendor Health Dashboard

This topic discusses how to update an existing patch catalog. It includes the following sections:

What gets updated?

The actions performed during an update are platform dependent:

For this platform

The following actions occur

Microsoft Windows,
Solaris,
Ubuntu

Downloads and refreshes metadata files downloaded from the vendor website as well as updating metadata for existing depot objects in the catalog.
If the catalog is defined to permit download of payloads during an Update Job, payloads are also downloaded for newly added patches.

Note: Inclusion of the Windows Live Messenger filter in a Catalog Update Job for an online Windows Patch catalog results in job passing without any patch being downloaded because these patches are no more publicly downloadable from Shavlik.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Downloads payloads only from the vendor website. There is no patching metadata on the Red Hat website.

AIX,
SUSE Linux Enterprise,
Oracle Enterprise Linux

Regenerates metadata for the depot objects in the Patch catalog.

Tip

If you change filtering options for an existing catalog, patches that no longer match the new filters are marked as irrelevant. Irrelevant patches are not deleted automatically because they may be referenced in an Analysis Job or by a BLPackage. Instead, they are moved to the Irrelevant Patches smart group. To clean up the catalog and remove the irrelevant patches, right-click the catalog and select Remove Irrelevant Patches.

To update the existing catalog

On the TrueSight Server Automation Console, right-click the Patch catalog and select Update Catalog.

The Catalog Update Job begins, using the filter criteria that you defined for the catalog. The Tasks in Progress view shows the current status of the job. The job is stored in the Jobs folder.

Note for upgrades

After upgrading to a new version of TrueSight Server Automation, you must re-run the offline Patch Downloader utility.

To view Patch catalog update job results

After the Patch catalog is updated, you can do the following steps to view the results of a Patch catalog Update Job:

  1. Right-click the catalog and select Open.
  2. Click the Results tab to view the results of the job runs.
  3. Right-click the job run in the Results tab and select Show Log to see the log for this job run.

To exclude a smart group from a Patch catalog (Microsoft Windows only)

To exclude an entire smart group from a Patch catalog, perform the following steps:

  1. Select a Catalog - Smart Group that you want to exclude.
  2. Right-click and select Exclude Patch From Server.
    The Exclude patch from server dialog is displayed.
  3. Click the Add button ().
  4. In the left pane, select the smart group you want to exclude, and click the right arrow to exclude the group.
  5. Click OK.

The smart group will be excluded during the next patch analysis. This option is available only for Windows servers. For more information about smart groups, see Organizing patch catalog content using smart groups.

To exclude a single patch from the catalog tree view (Microsoft Windows only)

To exclude a single patch from the catalog tree view, perform the following steps:

  1. Select a catalog and navigate to the patch that you want to exclude.
  2. Right-click and select Exclude Patch From Server.

The smart group will be excluded during the next patch analysis. This option is available only for Windows servers.

Where to go from here

Performing patch analysis

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