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BladeLogic Server Automation 8.x: Fundamentals – Part 2

Note: This course was formerly titled, BMC BladeLogic Server Automation 8.7: Foundation – Part 2

BMC BladeLogic Server Automation is a leading platform for the management, control, and enforcement of configuration changes in the datacenter. Using this platform administrators can manage both physical and virtual servers. This 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.

Participants learn how to use the BladeLogic Server Automation console to automate and simplify server configuration management tasks. Learners will benefit from in-depth presentations and demonstrations from expert instructors, and hands-on lab exercises in a virtual environment that will provide the opportunity for practical application of the presented concepts, methods, and procedures.

Major release:

BladeLogic Server Automation 8.x

Good for:

Administrators, Operators, Users

Course Delivery:

Instructor-Led | 40.0 heures

Course Modules

  • 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
  • SecOps
    • 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
  • Portal
    • 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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