BPMShowSnapshot command

This command lists information about a process application or toolkit snapshot, or information about the tip if you are not working with a snapshot.

Use the BPMShowSnapshot command in connected mode from either a Process Center server or a Process Server to return detailed information about a snapshot or tip, including any dependencies.

The BPMShowSnapshot command is run using the AdminTask object of the wsadmin scripting client.


Important: In an environment with multiple security domains configured, use the PALService MBean instead of this wsadmin command. See The Process Application LifeCycle (PAL) MBean.
The following conditions must be met:
  • In a network deployment environment, you must run this command on the node containing the application cluster member that handles Process Server or Process Center applications. Do not run this command from the deployment manager profile.

  • Run the command in the connected mode; that is, do not use the wsadmin -conntype none option.
  • To access the wsadmin command, the ID being used must have a WebSphere® Application Server role with more privileges than the monitor role. See Administrative roles for information about roles.
  • To access the IBM® BPM API used by this command, the ID being used must belong to either the bpmAdminGroup or bpmAuthorGroup. The default name for the bpmAdminGroup is tw_admins and the default name for the bpmAuthorGroup is tw_authors. See IBM Business Process Manager default group types for information about groups.
    Tip: By default, only the DeAdmin user has both the WebSphere Application Server administrator role and membership in the bpmAdminGroup.
Attention: If you are using a SOAP connection, the command can take longer to complete than the specified SOAP timeout value. Although the command continues to run until it is finished, you might see the exception java.net.SocketTimeoutException: Read timed out. To prevent this exception, set a higher value for the com.ibm.SOAP.requestTimeout property in the profile_root/properties/soap.client.props file.


Start the wsadmin scripting client from the profile_root/bin directory.

You can check the status of the command in the server SystemOut.log file.


-containerAcronym process_application_or_toolkit_acronym
-containerSnapshotAcronym snapshot_acronym
[-containerTrackAcronym track_acronym]


-containerAcronym process_application_acronym
A required parameter that identifies the process application or toolkit acronym. For example, the BillingDispute process application might have an acronym of BILLDISP.
-containerSnapshotAcronym process_application_snapshot_acronym
A required parameter that identifies the snapshot acronym. If you want to see the details for the current tip, use Tip as the value for this parameter.
-containerTrackAcronym track_acronym
On a Process Center server, an optional parameter that identifies the acronym of the track associated with the process application. If not specified, the default track is used. Projects can have a non-default track if track development is enabled in the Process Center. Snapshots installed on a Process Server do not have tracks.
An optional parameter that identifies all dependencies on the specified snapshot. Running this parameter displays a list of toolkit and process application snapshots that have dependencies on the snapshot.
Tip: If you do not know the acronym for a required parameter, use the BPMShowProcessApplication command to list the details of a process application, including acronyms.


The following example illustrates how to establish a SOAP connection to the Process Center server and return information about the process application snapshot called BILLDISPSS02

Important: In a network deployment environment, use the port configured for the application cluster member that runs the Process Server or Process Center applications. To determine the correct port number, see the WebSphere administrative console Ports collection page (click Servers > Server Types > WebSphere application servers > server_name > Communications > Ports and find the value for SOAP_CONNECTOR_ADDRESS).
wsadmin -conntype SOAP -port 8880 -host ProcessCenterServer01.mycompany.com -user admin -password admin -lang jython

wsadmin>AdminTask.BPMShowSnapshot('[-containerAcronym BILLDISP -containerSnapshotAcronym SS2.0.1 -containerTrackAcronym Main]')
Tip: Add the jython print statement before the command when you want to see formatted output.
The output looks similar to the following example.
Name: Main - JSActivate
Acronym : MJSA
Created On :2013-09-01 14:05:03.207
Created By :User1
State : State[Archived]
If you used the -showDependents parameter, the output includes information similar to the following example.
Depends on snapshot Main - JSActivate:
        Process App Acronym: PA1
        Process App Name: PA1
        Snapshot Name: PA1S1
        Snapshot Acronym: PA1S1
        Created On: 2014-02-26 14:25:31.016
        Created By: User.2