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By Yechezkel Schatz

 

GettyImages-81711999-1.jpgIn a new walkthrough, I demonstrate how to set up and use the patch analysis solution for Solaris 11 in BMC Server Automation.  You will learn:

  • How to set up or update a patch repository on an Oracle Solaris 11 IPS server
  • How to analyse your Solaris 11 systems for outdated IPS packages and deploy packages to the target servers where they were detected as outdated.

View: Walkthrough: Performing Solaris 11 patch analysis

 

I would like to hear your feedback on this walkthrough. Leave a comment or rate this blog post. Also, if you have other suggestions for walkthroughs, please leave them in the comment section.

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By Dave Wicinas and Lisa Greene

 

Lisa Greene and I have produced two new videos that demonstrate how to use Threat Director to address vulnerabilities detected in a server environment. The videos are companions to existing walkthroughs that describe the same processes in more detail.

Walkthrough for Threat Director: Mapping vulnerability scan results to a server environment links to a video that shows how to map server assets in a scan report to servers managed with BMC Server Automation. The video also demonstrates how to map vulnerabilities in the scan to BladeLogic remediation content.

 

Walkthrough for Threat Director: Remediating server issues detected in a vulnerability scan links to another video that shows how to filter results on the Security and Operator Dashboards and launch remediation operations to correct vulnerabilities.

 

Let us know if the videos are helpful by rating or commenting on the blog post.

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By Dave Wicinas

 

In two new walkthroughs I demonstrate how to use Threat Director to address vulnerabilities detected in a server environment.

In Walkthrough for Threat Director: Mapping vulnerability scan results to a server environment, I show how to map server assets in a scan report to servers managed with BMC Server Automation. Then I demonstrate how to map vulnerabilities in the scan to BladeLogic remediation content, such as patches, hotfixes, or BLPackages.

In Walkthrough for Threat Director: Remediating server issues detected in a vulnerability scan, I use the mapping completed in the first walkthrough to filter results on the Operator Dashboard and launch remediation operations to correct those vulnerabilities.

Let us know if the walkthroughs are helpful by leaving a comment or rating this blog post.

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By Dave Wicinas

 

The new release of Threat Director (part of BladeLogic Portal 2.2) supports an integration with BMC Network Automation. In two new walkthroughs, I demonstrate how to use Threat Director to address network vulnerabilities.

In Walkthrough for Threat Director: Mapping vulnerability scan results to a network environment, I show how to map assets in a network scan to network devices managed with BMC Network Automation. Then I demonstrate how to map vulnerabilities in the scan to rules with corrective actions that are defined in BMC Network Automation.

In Walkthrough for Threat Director: Remediating networking issues detected in a vulnerability scan I use the mapping completed in the first walkthrough to filter results on a dashboard and launch a Remediation operation to correct a network vulnerability.

Let us know your feedback for the walkthroughs by leaving a comment or rating the blog post.

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By BMC Support folks!

 

The BMC Bladelogic Support team has been busy making more "how to" videos to help you make the most out of your interactions with Support and to help you harness the power of our automation tools.

Here's a list of videos:

You can also check them out in the How to Videos – BladeLogic for Server Automation playlist on the BMC Communities YouTube channel. The playlist is ordered by date, so you will see the newest ones listed first. Look them over and let us know if you find these videos helpful by Liking or Disliking the video or by leaving a comment.

If you would like to see the videos in context with the related technical documentation, you can access the listing of topics containing videos here: BMC Server Automation video topics.

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By Dave Wicinas.

 

Today, all IT departments are justifiably concerned about the security of their computing environments. In a new walkthrough, I take you through the steps BMC recommends to ensure that only authorized BladeLogic users can access and control RSCD agents installed on managed servers.

See: Walkthrough: Securing an RSCD agent

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By Dave Wicinas

 

Today, all IT departments are justifiably concerned about the security of their computing environments. In a new walkthrough, I take you through the steps BMC recommends to ensure that only authorized BladeLogic users can access and control RSCD agents installed on managed servers.

See: Walkthrough: Securing an RSCD agent

Let us know if this walkthrough is helpful by rating or commenting on the blog post.

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By Lisa Greene

We have added new videos that accompany our “getting started” topics for BMC Server Automation. One video shows how to use BMC Server Automation to package and deploy software applications.                         

See:

This video is a companion to Walkthrough: Packaging applications with BLpackages.

The other video demonstrates how to use BMC Server Automation to change the password on multiple Linux servers at the same time.

This video is a companion to Walkthrough: Changing the root password for a set of systems.

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By John Stamps

 

A light-hearted video introduction to BMC Server Automation. The video focuses on the benefits of using automation to track software configurations throughout your server environment.

 

 

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By John Stamps and Fran Coughlin

 

With the release of BMC Server Automation version 8.8, multiple quality improvements have been made to the installation and upgrade content:

The reorganization of the install content and the upgrade content has also been back-ported to the version 8.6 and version 8.7 wiki spaces.

Let us know if these improvements and videos help you by rating or commenting on the blog post!

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By Moiz Nalwalla.

 

Working in an air-gapped environment? We've added more walkthroughs demonstrating how to set up and manage an offline patch catalog using BMC Server Automation.

The two walkthroughs are targeted for system administrators or patch administrators in charge of patching for servers in an environment that does not have access to the internet.

Let us know if you find these topics helpful by rating the blog post or commenting on the topic.

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By Yechezkel Schatz

 

Two new walkthroughs guide you through the process of cleaning up the database while the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation (BSA) Application Server is running. These processes use an out-of-the-box Network Shell Script Job that runs an out-of-the-box Network Shell script.

The first walkthrough describes a basic DB cleanup plan that runs once a week:

https://docs.bmc.com/docs/display/public/bsadoc/Example+weekly+database+cleanup+plan

The second walkthrough is intended for sites where a more forceful cleanup plan is necessary, either in a large operational environment or where large amounts of BladeLogic data have accumulated and you need to catch up on database maintenance:

Example cleanup plan for large operational environments - BMC Server Automation Documentation - BMC Documentation

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By Dave Wicinas

 

I've posted a new Automation Academy video demonstrating how to use smart groups. It shows how to create a server smart group based on object conditions. The video also demonstrates the use of nested smart groups–a new feature introduced in BSA 8.7.

And here's the walkthrough in Automation Academy that parallels the action in the video:
https://docs.bmc.com/docs/display/bsadoc/Walkthrough%3A+Dynamically+organizing+assets+with+smart+groups

Let us know if the walkthrough and the video helps by commenting on the blog post.

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By Dave Wicinas.

 

There are two new videos about compliance available for Automation Academy.

One shows how to create an exception to a Compliance Job, re-run the job, and see how the exception affects job results. Setting an exception is particularly useful when you know you want to exempt certain targets from a Compliance Job, either temporarily or permanently.

The other video shows how to review results of a Compliance Job. The video also shows how to export Compliance Job results to an HTML file so the results easily read using a browser.

Compliance exceptions video:

Compliance results:

And here are the walkthroughs in Automation Academy that mirror the videos:

https://docs.bmc.com/docs/display/public/bsadoc/Walkthrough%3A+Creating+exceptions+for+compliance+rules

https://docs.bmc.com/docs/display/public/bsadoc/Walkthrough%3A+Creating+exceptions+for+compliance+rules

Let us know if you find the videos and the walkthroughs helpful.

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By Dave Wicinas

 

We've added more walkthroughs and videos demonstrating new capabilities in BladeLogic Portal 2.0.

Two walkthroughs and their accompanying videos demonstrate the portal's new Vulnerability Management capabilities (known internally at BMC as SecOps). The portal now lets you import vulnerability management data from a scanning tool such as Qualys or Nessus. You can map the assets and vulnerabilities that the scanning tool discovers to servers and remediation content in a BladeLogic system.

Then you can run a simple wizard to launch the operations necessary to correct vulnerabilities. Here are the walkthroughs, each with an embedded video:

Two other walkthroughs demonstrate additional capabilities added in the latest release of the portal:

Let us know if you find these videos helpful by rating the blog post or commenting on the topic.

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