We are introducing an updated design that allows you to quickly locate a single Case, filter a list of Cases down to
those which meet specific criteria, and sort the list of Cases by clicking on the title of the column.
To make finding a particular Case easier, we have combined the Open and Closed Case list into a single Case
list. You don’t need to know whether a Case is open or closed to be able to find it. You can also limit the list of
displayed Cases by selecting options which combine to filter the Case list. You can choose to display:
- Cases you submitted
- All Cases you can see
- Only Closed cases
- Support ID
- Account Name
If you search for a Case by using the Case ID, none of the filtering above applies – you can just enter
the ID and click the search icon. If you have access to that case ID, it will be displayed without regard
to the other filter selections.
Product, Account and Subject searches use “like” matching, so partial search terms can be used.
You may sort the Case list by clicking on the header title of any column. The first click sorts that column
ascending, and clicking again reverses the order. It is important to note that when sorting, the entire set
of Cases which meet your filter criteria is sorted, not just the page currently displayed.
To improve the responsiveness of the site for you, the Case list is now broken into pages of ten
Cases maximum per page, and a maximum of 10 pages (100 Cases) are retrieved at a time. If
your filter settings give you access to more than 100 Cases, you will see a “Next 100” button in
the page controls at the bottom of the Case list.
We also implemented new search capabilities at the end of 2015 to deliver more search results,
more quickly. These new capabilities also search more content including BMC Communities and
online help, return more than one list of results and can filter content by a number of facets.
The new search allows you to select the source of the results like Knowledge Base, Documentation,
Communities, Support Central or All (default).
Once you have selected the source, you can filter content based on Product Name, File Type and Year.
You can also sort your results based on Relevance or Date.
When logging a case on the web, the product, version, and description are used to search for possible
solutions as shown below.
In the next release of Search, “Partial Match” search will be released. When future searches are executed
with 4 or more search terms, results of 50% or more of the search terms will be matched. For example, if
you search for “agent crash database query”, results which match two or more of the words in the query
will be displayed. Currently, search requires all four words to be in an item before that item will appear in
your search results. Searches with 3 or fewer search terms will continue to look for a match on all terms,
allowing searches for specific technical terms. We will continue to learn and update the search
mechanism to ensure that we will be delivering the right solutions to your problems.
We also want your feedback on the new search engine. Click here to launch our feedback survey. Select
the first option “Searching for a solution” and enter your specific feedback in the text box “Please let us
know if you have any suggestions for improving this site”. If you would like a response to your feedback,
please include your name and email so we can get back to you.
If you are new to Support Central, please go to our User Guide for more information. We have included
some quick links below that will get you started.
Stay tuned to this forum for additional future updates as we continue to try and improve your online
experience with Support Central.