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I am very pleased to announce that BSA 8.9 Service Pack 1 is now available.


Here are some highlights of the release:

1> Support for TLS 1.2

BMC Server Automation now supports version 1.2 of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol for session layer security across the various communications legs between BMC Server Automation components.

After installing or upgrading to BMC Server Automation 8.9.01, TLS version 1.2 is the default protocol for communication between the Application Servers and the RSCD Agents.

2> Windows 2016 Support:

Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 was added in the following components and functionalities in BMC Server Automation:

  • Unified Product Installer (UPI)
  • Application Server
  • Patch management
  • Bare-metal provisioning

    Virtualization for the following types of virtual servers:

  • VMware vSphere, vCenter Server 5.5, 6.0, and 6.5
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0. SCVMM 2012 R2

3> Support for Native YUM:

BMC Server Automation now supports the use of native YUM as the patching tool for deploying patches to target Linux servers. Prior to this release of BMC Server Automation, native YUM was supported only on Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 7, and it is now supported on the following types and versions of Linux servers:

  • RHEL 5 and 6
  • OEL 5, 6, and 7

4> RHEL patch analysis optimizations for include and exclude:

BMC Server Automation can automatically select the appropriate rpm version or versions while including or excluding an rpm package in an RHEL patch analysis job. To enable this version optimization, select the By Package Name Only option while including or excluding patches.

5> Database cleanup enhancement:

During online database cleanup, various cleanup-related log messages are saved in the DBM_RUN_LOG table. This table is now cleaned up as well during subsequent cleanups of historical data (any cleanup mode that runs the Delete cleanupHistoricalData command) or cleanups of the database (any cleanup mode that runs the Delete cleanupDatabase command). Log messages from the last 4 cleanup runs of each object type are retained.

6> n-3 direct upgrade:

Support for direct upgrade from 8.6.x to 8.9 Service Pack 1 has been added to make upgrade process simpler and faster.


New Support:

Platform Support

Patching Support

Compliance Support

  • Red Hat 6-7.x support for zSeries
  • Red Hat 7.x Little Endian
  • SUSE 11 and 12 for zSeries
  • Windows 2016
  • VMware vCenter 6.5
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.x
  • CentOS 7


  • IBM AIX 7.2
  • Red Hat 6-7.x for zSeries
  • SuSE 11 and 12 for zSeries
  • Microsoft Windows 2016
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.x


  • CIS Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • CIS Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • CIS Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • DISA STIG for Windows 2016 (early drop released)



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