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Server Automation Release Notes

Release notes for Server Automation, by site version.

 

 

Site Version 49 – December 12, 2014

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation 9.2 - Application Update SA4.1

 
IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation now includes support to manage AIX virtual machines on Power Systems!
This can assist customers in consolidating even more toolsets and lower their total operational costs.
In addition, we've provided an automated way to further accelerate Windows cluster patching beyond the average 70% savings delivered in the past. 
 
New Major Features & Enhancements:
 
1. Virtualization Support for PowerVM: 
      
      a. Management Extender Functionality on PowerVM and AIX NIM ( Install, Remove, Configure, Upgrade) 
      b. Ability to discover : HMCs, Managed Systems, LPARs, VIOS and NIMs 
      c. Ability to Netboot with object types -  lpp source, mkSysb
      d. Ability to add disk with storage types - NPIV and vSCSI that are SAS, SAN and Logical Volume based. MPIO support for all SAN disks. 
      e. Ability to perform the following LPAR operations:
              i- Create LPARs with fikkiwubg storage types (NPIV, SCSI). MPIO supported on all SAN based disks  
              ii- Delete LPAR 
              iii- Modify LPAR 
              iv- Power on LPAR 
              v- Power off LPAR
              vi- Create additional LPAR profiles 
              vii- Netboot an LPAR (PowerVM support)
              viii- Add additional storage to an LPAR (PowerVM support). 
                     The additional storage can be NPIV or vSCSI (SAS, SAN and Logical Volume). It can be configured for MPIO if it is SAN based.
      f. Support for the following on the AIX NIM:
              i- Add a NIM client for an LPAR  
              ii- Remove a NIM client 
              iii- Capture an image of an LPAR 
 
 
2. Quality improvements and enhancements
  
 
3. An enhanced Microsoft Windows cluster patching solution for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and later 
 
For clusters on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and later operating systems, there is a more advanced solution available to enable you to automate cluster patching. This solution is faster and more efficient, as it maintains the state of the cluster for the maximum possible time during patching, and minimizes the moving of groups from node to node to the minimum possible number of moves. See Automating patching of operating systems in Microsoft Windows clusters for further information.
 
 
4. An enhanced Microsoft Windows cluster patching solution for Microsoft Hyper-V clusters 
 
For Microsoft Hyper-V clusters, there is an advanced solution available to enable you to automate cluster patching. This solution lets you choose how to failover VMs hosted on the cluster - live or quick migrate. The solution is also faster and more efficient, as it maintains the state of the cluster for the maximum possible time during patching, and minimizes the moving of groups from node to node to the minimum possible number of moves. See Automating patching of operating system servers in a Microsoft Hyper-V cluster for further information.
 
 
 
For further information on IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation, please refer to the online Knowledge Center.
 

 

Site Version 44 – October 23, 2014

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation 9.2

This release contains a number of enhancements that expand our platform support, improve speed and efficiency of automation plans (e.g. Parallel paths and new search icon), improve step failure handling and provides example automation plans to accelerate time to value. 

New Major Features & Enhancements:

  1. IBM Endpoint Manager V9.2 support

    IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation runs on the IBM Endpoint Manager 9.2 platform.
     
  2. The ability to select between sequential and parallel plan types

    When creating an automation plan, you can select between a sequential or parallel plan type. This lets you create simple sequential plans for less complex automation scenarios and parallel plans for more advanced automation scenarios, where you want plan steps to be executed concurrently.
     
  3. Usability Enhancement - New search icon to search for steps and targets

    When adding steps to a plan or assigning targets to steps in a plan, the list of available steps or targets are no longer loaded by default. Instead, you now use a search icon when adding steps or assigning targets. This improves performance and usability.

     
  4. The ability to set a step failure threshold in plans

    You can now set step failure thresholds for each step in your plan. Setting a failure threshold means you can specify a percentage of failing targets that defines the success or failure of the step.

     
  5. New fixlets for the deployment and configuration of Microsoft SQL Server 2008R2 and 2012

     
  6. New fixlets that support automated patching of nodes in Microsoft Exchange 2010 and 2013 clusters

     
  7. New sample automation plans

    Several new sample automation plans have been added. 

     

For further information on IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation 9.2, please refer to the online Knowledge Center.

 

 

Site Version 28 – June 26, 2014

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation 9.1 - Application Update SA3.2

 

New Major Features & Enhancements:

  1. Parallel execution paths in plans
  2. Fixlets for managing patching of MS Exchange Server clusters
  3. Fixlets for managing patching of MS SQL Server clusters
  4. Fixlets for installing Oracle Database engine
  5. Usability Enhancement - ability to progress to another baseline even if server has been left in "Pending Restart" state
  6. Usability Enhancement - ability to treat timeouts as failures

For further information on IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation, please refer to the online Information Center.

 

Site Version 25 – March 27, 2014

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation 9.1 - Application Update SA3.1

 

New Major Features & Enhancements:

  1. SHA2 support
  2. The ability to invoke RXA functionality out-of-the-box from within fixlets
  3. The ability for fixlets to install Chef-Solo and run Chef-Solo Cookbooks or Recipes (Windows only)
  4. Various usability improvements (e.g. synchronizing fixlets in a plan)

For further information on IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation, please refer to the online Information Center.

 

 

Site Version 20 – January 17, 2014

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation 9.0 - Application Update SA2.4

 

New Major Features & Enhancements:

  1. The ability to handle offline Endpoints through a timeout feature for steps in a plan
  2. The ability to control servers in a Windows Cluster (via a set of fixlets)
  3. Various usability improvements

For further information on IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation, please refer to the online Information Center.

 

 

Site Version 17 – October 4, 2013

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation 9.0 - Application Update SA2.3

 

New Major Features & Enhancements:

1. The ability to define a continue on fail functionality for each step of an execution plan

2. Enhanced group targeting

3. Various usability improvements

4. Various REST API developer examples

     i.   How to install & deploy REST API to a web container (WAS Liberty) on Windows

     ii.  How to execute a plan via the REST API

     iii. How to monitor a plan via the REST API

 

For further information on IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation, please refer to the online Information Center.
 

 

Site Version 15 – August 28, 2013

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation 9.0 - Application Update SA2.2.1

 

New Major Features & Enhancements:

1. Ability to define that steps in a plan Continue on Fail
2. Various usability improvements

 

For further information on IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation, please refer to the online Information Center.
 

 

Site Version 14 – July 25, 2013

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation 9.0 - Application Update SA2.2

 

New Major Features & Enhancements:

1. IBM Endpoint Manager 9.0 Linux compatibility
2. Various usability improvements
3. Encryption of parameters in fixlets
4. Ability to save parameters & targets with a plan
5. Ability to pre-fetch downloads when taking action on a plan
6. Ability to edit the name of a plan when you take action on it
7. Filtering targets by custom properties. 

For further information on IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation, please refer to the online Information Center.

 

 

Site Version 11 – April 24, 2013

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation 9.0 - Application Update SA2.1

 

New Major Features:

1. Scheduling - The ability to launch an automation plan at a set time. 

For further information on IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation, please refer to the online Information Center.





 

Site Version 8 – Mar 08 2013

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation 9.0

 

Description:

No new functionality in this release, rather a regression to certify that IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation works in IBM Endpoint Manager 9.0.



For further information on IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation, please refer to the online Information Center.





 
 

Site Version 7 – Jan 25 2013

Server Automation Application Update SA1.1

 

New Major Features:

1. Baselines - The ability to create an automation plan containing "non-parameterized baselines", and the ability to monitor progress of baseline execution.
2. Creation of a Linux VM from template - The ability to create a VM from template for some flavors of Linux, and to convert an existing VM to template.