I am pleased to announce BMC Discovery 11.3 is now generally available. This release is a true testament to our ability to introduce features and content that align with the ever changing new technologies introduced in the market while also having an ear to the ideas coming directly from customers.
A discovery webinar on What's New with BMC Discovery 11.3 is scheduled for April 5, 2018 where we will go into detail on the features briefly explained in the next section. Below is a link to register to the webinar, more details on the What's New webinar can be found at the end of this post.
Below is a brief guide on some of the major features implemented in version 11.3:
BMC Discovery 11.3 - What's New
Container Infrastructure Discovery
BMC Discovery 11.3 expands discovery capabilities to container management solutions like Kubernetes, OpenShift, and CloudFoundry and their supporting compute on public cloud, private cloud, traditional datacenter, and hyper-converged infrastructure such as Nutanix. Container management software has previously been discovered and modeled as Software Instances using TKU patterns. The introduction of container discovery with BMC Discovery 11.3 extends this to discover the containers that the management software is controlling. Discovery of containers is triggered by the creation or update of an SI representing the container management software, and then additional patterns query the container management software to determine the containers it is running.
Related Idea: Support of MultiCloud - OpenShift Discovery
Direct REST API Discovery
With BMC Discovery 11.3 we will begin to introduce content that is driven by direct discovery through REST APIs. This will address the trends we are seeing with major storage and network infrastructure vendors to provide more discovery and dependency mapping information via their REST APIs. An example of a storage device that can only be discovered by using direct REST API calls is Nimble storage devices.
When a Nimble storage device is discovered as part of a discovery scan, a Storage System node is created. TKU patterns then trigger to deeply discover the details of the storage system. For custom extensions, you can write a pattern which triggers on the storage system representing the Nimble device, and the pattern can then query the device using its REST API using the enhanced discovery.restfulGet TPL function.
The 11.3 release ships with a new credential type to enable you to discover Nimble storage devices using their REST APIs. Further new credential types will be provided in future knowledge updates without requiring a new product release.
The following major changes have been made to the BMC Discovery model:
On upgrade to BMC Discovery 11.3, existing Detail and Virtual Machine nodes that represent containers are converted to the new Software Container node kind.
The new Hardware Container node represents a single physical device which contains multiple hosts, network devices and other components. For example, a blade enclosure which is discovered via a management controller, or a hyper-converged device containing compute and storage. The Host Container node is used to represent a computer that is logically partitioned into a number of hosts, as opposed to containing physically separate devices. On upgrade to BMC Discovery 11.3, existing HostContainer nodes that were used to represent physical devices containing hosts, network devices and other components are converted to the new Hardware Container node kind.
Remedyforce CMDB Sync
CMDB synchronization is now extended to BMC Remedyforce with simple UI-based configuration in BMC Discovery. With the enhanced integration between Remedyforce and BMC Discovery, devices, components, services and relationships that are discovered in BMC Discovery can be automatically imported into and synchronized with Remedyforce CMDB. This integration no longer requires Pentaho. The configuration is done within the solutions and the data mappings and transfers are achieved with APIs.
CentOS 7 Migration Options
The OS has been updated to CentOS 7 for new installs, and remains CentOS 6 for upgrades. An easy backup/restore option is available to migrate appliances to CentOS 7.
The replacement of earlier OS versions with CentOS 7 ensures continued support for the appliance OS during its lifetime, and provides support for newer hardware where you choose to install on hardware. It also provides SMB 2 support, and Apache Web Server version 2.4.
Additional Features Introduced from Community Ideas
BMC Discovery 11.3 now fully discovers stacked switches. Previous versions discovered stacked switches, but were unable to differentiate the stack master and members. Stacked switches now have the attribute
stack to indicate whether it is part of a stacked switch, and the stack master has the attribute
stack_master. Network device node pages for stacked switches also provide a list of, and links to other members of the stack. For more information, see Viewing a network device.
Virtual network devices
BMC Discovery 11.3 now fully discovers virtual network devices. Previous versions could identify the network device, but not that it was virtual. Virtual network devices now the attribute
virtual to indicate whether it is virtual. Network device node pages for virtual network devices also show and link to the virtual machine containing the device. For more information, see Viewing a network device.
On CentOS 7 appliances, the open source open-vm-tools utility replaces VMware's VMware Tools. This is in line with VMware's recommendation that open-vm-tools be used on Linux hosts in preference to VMware Tools.
BMC Discovery version 11.3 files are now available for download at the BMC Electronic Product Distribution (EPD) site.
Read more in the Release Notes
Discovery Webinar: What's New with BMC Discovery 11.3
Please join us as we share our knowledge on the newest feature to come to BMC Discovery 11.3
For this session we will focus on the following topics:
- Overview of v11.3 Themes
- Deep Dive into What's New with v11.3
Date and Time:
Thursday, April 5, 2018 10:00 am, Central Time Zone (Chicago, GMT-06:00)
Thursday, April 5, 2018 11:00 am, Eastern Time Zone (New York, GMT-05:00)
Thursday, April 5, 2018 8:00 am, Pacific Time Zone (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)
Thursday, April 5, 2018 4:00 pm, Europe Time (Paris, GMT+01:00)
Thursday, April 5, 2018 3:00 pm, UK Time (London, GMT)
Duration: 1 hour
If you cannot attend at that time, a link to watch the recording will be sent after the event.