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BladeLogic Server Automation - Essentials

( Duration: 5 Days )

The BladeLogic Server Automation - Essentials training course is designed for BladeLogic Server Automation administrators and users responsible for implementing and managing client/server business applications, managing contention servers, and ensuring compliance with company or government policies related to Configuration Management.

By attending BladeLogic Server Automation - Essentials workshop, delegates will learn to:

  • Describe the features and basic functionality of BMC Server Automation
  • Navigate and utilize the BSA console folder hierarchy
  • Create and execute BSA Jobs
  • Perform deployment, compliance checking, and patching to managed servers
  • Use Properties for server management and deployment tasks
  • Describe how BSA can be used to manage virtualized environments
  • Audit multiple servers and applications to ensure compliance with company and/or government policies, using compliance content
  • Remediate compliance exceptions and audit remediation results
  • Use the BladeLogic Server Automation Console to create BL Packages to deploy content, configuration changes, and applications on remote servers
  • Describe SecOps, SecOps Workflow, BladeLogic Portal, and Threat Director
  • Use BladeLogic Server Automation to perform online Windows and Linux patching
  • Describe and use Live Reporting Dashboard
  • Describe the usefulness of the Health and Value Dashboards
  • Describe how BSA can be used to manage virtual environments

  • Knowledge of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation - Fundamentals

Administrators, Users & Operators



Getting Started with BMC BladeLogic Server Automation (BSA)

  • Explain the general tasks that BSA can perform
  • Describe the basic BSA architectural components
  • Review the basic building blocks of objects
  • Access related product documentation including how-to guides

Working with BSA Jobs

  • Describe the range of Job types available in BSA
  • Create a Job using the BSA Console
  • Save a Job to an appropriate Jobs folder
  • Execute a Job using the BSA Console
  • Execute a Job using the BSA Portal
  • View the execution status results of a Job using the BSA Console
  • View the execution status results of a Job using the BSA Portal
  • Apply appropriate permission settings to a Job

Working with Properties

  • Describe the Property Dictionary
  • Explain some of the uses of Server Properties
  • Make use of object Properties in the creation of Smart Groups
  • Add a Property to the Property Dictionary
  • Manually assign a value to a Property

Managing Server Objects

  • Use the BSA Console to manage Server Objects using the Live Browse view
  • Describe the functions of the Network Shell
  • Apply commands in a Network Shell session
  • Create Configuration File Objects and Extended Objects using the Configuration Object Dictionary

Basic Deployment

  • Describe basic file deployment
  • Create a File Deploy Job
  • Define a BLPackage
  • Walk through the steps of a BLPackage deployment
  • Use External Commands in a BLPackage deployment
  • Discuss the additional options available for File and BLPackage Jobs
  • Identify pros and cons of File Deploy and BLPackage Deploy Jobs
  • Apply parameterized deployment using a BLPackage local Property

Deploying Software

  • Describe basic file deployment
  • Adjust a standard software deployment
  • Apply stacked software deployments

Working with Components

  • Describe the purpose of a BSA Component
  • Create and configure a Component Template
  • Execute a Component Discovery Job
  • Apply permission controls to the resulting components
  • Configure the components for active use

Basic Compliance Using Audit and Snapshot Jobs

  • Describe the purpose of an Audit job
  • Create and execute a Live Server object Audit job
  • Describe some of the Audit options
  • Create and execute a Component-based Audit job
  • Describe the purpose of a Snapshot job
  • Create and execute a Snapshot-based Audit job
  • Remediate a non-compliant server object

Rules-based Compliance - Snapshot Jobs

  • Use the Component Template Rules Editor
  • Execute a Compliance job
  • Describe the Results view of a Compliance job
  • Apply an exception
  • Configure rules-based remediation
  • Describe the industry-standard BSA compliance content


  • Describe SecOps
  • Explain SecOps Workflow
  • Describe BladeLogic Portal
  • Describe Threat Director

Windows and Linux Patch Management

  • Define patch management and the patching process
  • Identify internal patch repositories and BSA Patch Global Configuration
  • Create a Patch Catalog and identify Patch Catalog options
  • Define offline Patch Catalogs
  • Execute a Patch Analysis job using a Catalog


  • Describe the BladeLogic Portal, BSA Administrators, and BladeLogic Portal users
  • Access the BladeLogic Portal
  • Create a Deploy Operation and view Deploy Operation results

Health Dashboards

  • Describe the usefulness of the Health and Value Dashboards
  • Use the Health Dashboard

Overview of Live Reporting

  • List Live Reporting features
  • Describe the various Live Reporting Users and Roles
  • Explain how to access Live Reporting Dashboard
  • Describe BMC Live Reporting Elements
  • Describe the various types of reports available in the Live Reporting Dashboard

Working with Virtual Environments

  • Describe how BSA can be used to manage virtual environments
  • Describe the purpose of the virtual manager objects
  • Create a Virtual Guest Package
  • Apply a Virtual Guest job

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