HP Server Automation
Enterprise Edition

Software version:  9.10, 9.11, 9.12, 9.13, 9.14, 9.15, 9.16

Latest software release date: March 2014

Document version:  October 2014 (see Document Change Notes)

Documentation Library

The HP Server Automation (SA) Documentation Library provides the most up-to-date version of SA documents available on the HP Software Product Manuals portal.  Use this library to access any of the guides, release notes, support matrices, and white papers relevant to this release or to download the full documentation set as a bundle.

·         Table 1 shows the latest release documentation – read first; updated in each release and patch.

·         Table 2 shows the primary set of software documentation for HP SA 9.1x.

·         Table 3 shows the corresponding HP SA Storage Visibility and Automation (SVA) documentation for HP SA 9.1x.

·         Table 4 shows the corresponding HP Server Automation – Database and Middleware Automation Documents for HP SA 9.1x.

·         Table 5 shows the HP SA white papers and other release-specific documentation provided for HP SA 9.1x; updated as needed.

·         Table 6 shows the HP SA performance whitepapers for HP SA 9.1x– an SAID is required.

Note:  Click “go” links to access the specified document version on the portal. A subtle italic “go” link indicates the document has not changed in the specified release. “*” indicates a new document is being introduced. To receive notifications of documentation updates, see Register for Documentation Change Notifications.

Table 1  HP Server Automation Release Documentation – Read First

 

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Document Name

9.10

9.11

9.12

9.13

9.14

9.15

9.16

Comment

 

Read First!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release Notes

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what's new, what’s fixed, known issues, deprecation announcements, documentation update notices, upgrade advice

Note: New Release Notes are provided in each major, minor, and patch release.

 

Support and Compatibility Matrix

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supported products, operating systems, infrastructure, and browsers for Server Automation; also includes integration product compatibility

Note: New Support and Compatibility Matrices are provided in each major and minor release of SA. The major/minor matrix documents are updated in each patch release to reflect the latest platform support details.

 

Table 2  HP Server Automation Software Documentation

 

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Document Name

9.1x

Comment

Compiled doc sets

 

 

All Manuals Download

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zip of the full documentation set for HP Server Automation as listed in this table

To use: After downloading, unzip the set to a local directory and use the enclosed docCatalog HTML file to navigate the directory contents. Use Acrobat's Advanced Search feature to search for key words across the doc set.

Note: This zip does not include white papers and compiled sets, such as the Quick Start or the SA Core Install Configurator. See the README file enclosed with the zipped set for an explanation of the contents and omissions.

Quick Start

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standalone zip version of the SA Quick Start containing tutorials and interactive videos to help familiarize you with SA's interface and features; the entire contents of the Quick Start are also available in the SA Client Help (from the SA Client menu, select Help > Contents, Index and Search > in the help Contents pane, click Quick Start)

Installation, Upgrade, and Architecture

 

 

Standard / Advanced Installation Guide

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installation and setup instructions for multiple supported SA Core configurations

Single-Host Installation Guide

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provides instructions for installation an SA Core on a single host using the HP-supplied Oracle DB

Overview and Architecture

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an introduction to SA concepts and the underlying SA application architecture

Architecture Diagrams

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architecture diagram providing an overview of architecture

Upgrade Guide

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upgrade instructions for supported SA Core configurations

Quick Reference: SA Installation Requirements

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handy reference of SA installation requirements

Standalone: Oracle Setup for the Model Repository

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configuration and system requirements for the SA-supplied database used for the Model Repository and guidelines for using existing non-HP-supplied Oracle RDBMs installations with SA;  this material is also in Appendix A of the installation guide

Administration and Integration

 

 

Administration Guide

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information required to maintain, monitor, configure, and troubleshoot SA Cores, Multimaster Meshes, Satellites, and Server Agents; this includes a list of required permissions

Integration Guide

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instructions for integrating SA with Network Automation (NA), Operations Orchestration (OO) flows and job approvals, and the Universal Configuration Management Database (UCMDB)

User Guides

 

 

User Guide: Application Configuration

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includes a CML primer and reference as well as tutorials for creating templates and configurations using XML or CML

User Guide: Application Deployment Manager

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instructions for using ADM to deploy applications into multiple environments from a single point of access where everyone involved can view or enter data that is relevant to them

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User Guide: Audit and Compliance

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set up audit rules to locate noncompliant servers and bring them back into compliance

User Guide: Storage Compliance

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information about how to audit storage configurations in managed servers and device groups, including server assets, SAN array, and NAS filers

User Guide: OS Provisioning

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provision operating systems and environment configurations to managed servers

User Guide: Server Automation

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server management from the SA Client

User Guide: Server Patching

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download and apply patches to each supported OS

User Guide: Service Automation Visualizer (SAV)

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SAV allows you to manage your IT environment by displaying detailed application information in physical and logical drawings

User Guide: Software Management

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policy-based software management

Reference Guides

 

 

Content Utilities Guide

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guidance for using SA content utilities to move data between cores in a Multimaster Mesh

Platform Developer Guide

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guidance for developing custom applications for use with SA

Reports Guide

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real-time information about managed servers, virtual servers, network devices, and user and security permissions in your environment

Table 3  HP Server Automation – Storage Visibility and Automation (SVA) Documents

 

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Document Name

9.1x

Comment

Compatibility and Support Matrix for Storage Visibility and Automation

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supported products, operating systems, and infrastructure for SVA

Storage Visibility and Automation Installation & Administration Guide

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instructions for installing and deploying the Storage Host Agent Extension, Database Scanner for Oracle, and SE Connector

Storage Visibility and Automation SE Connector Installation Guide

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instructions for installing and configuring SE Connector

Storage Visibility and Automation Upgrade Guide

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instructions for upgrading Storage Visibility and Automation

User Guide: Storage Visibility and Automation

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user guide for SVA

Table 4  HP Server Automation – Database and Middleware Automation Documents

 

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Document Name

9.10

9.11

9.12

9.13

9.14

9.15

9.16

Comment

User Guide: Database and Middleware Automation

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n/a

information about Database and Middleware Automation, an SA tool that automates frequently performed data center tasks and processes

Upgrade Guide: Database and Middleware Automation

 

 

 

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n/a

upgrade instructions for DMA introduced in SA 9.13

 

Table 5 HP Server Automation White Papers

Note: The SA Documentation Library is updated in each release and whenever a new white paper is introduced. A subtle italic “go” link indicates the document has not changed in the specified release.

 

 

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Document Name

9.10

9.11

9.12

9.13

9.14

9.15

9.16

Comment

 

White Papers, Alerts, and release-specific documentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SA Alert: Shell Shock Linux Batch Bug Vulnerability

 

 

 

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 go

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GNU Bash exposed two vulnerabilities: CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169. The currently deployed versions of bash (prior to 4.3.025) in Linux platform contain a vulnerability which allows function definitions as values in environment variables.

ACTION: Update SA core server OS with vendor patch release; update your SA Core as instructed in this document. You should act on the information in this alert immediately.

 

SA Alert: CVE-2014-0224 Update

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CVE-2014-0224 is a vulnerability found in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This vulnerability can only be exploited between vulnerable clients and servers.

ACTION: None required; upgrade to SA 10.1 may be considered as a pre-emptive measure, which completely resolves the vulnerability.

 

SA Alert CVE-2014-3566 Poodle

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SSLv3 exposes vulnerability CVE-2014-3566. The Poodle attack is a MITM (Man in the Middle) vector that allows an attacker to force a protocol downgrade between a client and a server; this means both the client and the server will communicate using this downgraded protocol.

ACTION: Update your SA core server’s operation system with a Vendor Patch Release; then update your Server Automation Core using the instructions in this document. You should act on the information in this alert immediately.

 

SA Alert: Bootstrap SSL Certificate Expiration

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ACTION: Replace SA Secure Socket Layer (bootstrap) certificates that expire on February 3rd, 2013. SA 9.14 already has the updated certificate

 

SA Alert: Remediation Job History Loss

 

 

 

 

 

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ACTION: For Upgrade/Rollback Customers: Deploy the Remediation Job History Loss Fix SRVA 00176. The information in this alert should be acted upon right away

 

SA White Paper: Importing and Remediating  Packages and Patches

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detailed instructions for importing and remediating AIX packages and patches

 

SA White Paper: Oracle RAC Support

 

 

 

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 Guidance for Oracle RAC support introduced in SA 9.13

 

SA User Guide: Managing HP-UX Virtual Servers Using Server Automation

 

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 Guidance for using HP-UX Virtual Server support, introduced in SA 9.11

 

SA Whitepaper: HP-UX OS Provisioning

 

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guidance for using HP-UX OS provisioning support, introduced in SA 9.11

 

SA Whitepaper: Patch Importer for Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL)

 

 

 

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guidance for using Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) server patching support, introduced in SA 9.13

 

SA Whitepaper: Solaris 11 Patching Whitepaper

 

 

 

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guidance for using Solaris 11 server patching support, introduced in SA 9.13

 

SA-UCMDB Integration Guide

 

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instructions for integrating SA with the Universal Configuration Management Database. This guide was introduced in SA 9.11. In SA 9.14, a new mapping functionality was added to the integration

 

SA Whitepaper: Resolving Conflicts between HPSA Patching and the HPLN MS Patch Supplement

 

 

 

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explains the SA windows patching issue caused by conflicts with the HPLN Microsoft patch supplement, and walks you through the steps required to resolve it in newly migrated cores

 

SA Windows Patching De-Duplication One-Sheet

 

 

 

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snapshot of the duplicate patches issue in SA 9.13 Windows Patching due to conflicts with the HPLN Microsoft Patch Supplement, and the steps required to resolve it

 

Technical Note: Windows Patching – Multibinary Support

 

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instructions for multi-binary support for Windows Patching introduced in SA 9.11

 

SA 9.14 Server Patching Updates

 

 

 

 

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instructions for functionality introduced in Server Patching SA 9.14

 

SA Whitepaper: Addressing the Remediation Issue with a Software or Patch Policy against a large number of servers

 

 

 

 

 

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advice for handling remediation issue with running larger software patch policies against a large number of servers

 

 

Table 6  HP Server Automation – Performance Whitepapers (SAID required)

Note: These white papers describe SA performance characteristics including detailed use case performance characterizations as well as architectural and platform performance study reports. This set is from November 2012, but spans numerous SA releases up to that date and beyond. Some studies were initiated in earlier releases but still apply in the published release. The performance white papers in this section require an SAID.

 

 

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Document Name

9.10

9.11

9.12

9.13

9.14

9.15

9.16

Comment

SA 9.0 Linux Application Configuration

 

 

 

 

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performance and job throughput of the Linux Application Configuration use case

SA 9.0 Linux Auditing

 

 

 

 

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performance and job throughput of the Linux auditing use case

SA 9.0 Linux Remediation

 

 

 

 

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performance and job throughput of the Linux remediation use case

SA 9.0 Application Deployment

 

 

 

 

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throughput of the application deployment use case

SA 9.0 Linux Patching

 

 

 

 

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performance and job throughput of the Linux patching use case

SA 9.0 Windows Patching

 

 

 

 

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performance and job throughput of the windows patching use case

SA 9.0 Linux OS Provisioning

 

 

 

 

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performance and job throughput of the Linux OS provisioning use case

SA 7.8 Windows OS provisioning

 

 

 

 

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performance and job throughout of the Windows OS Provisioning use case

SA 9.05 Linux Remediation Tsunami Improvements

 

 

 

 

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performance and job throughput of the Linux remediation use case with Tsunami remediation improvements

SA 7.8 Physical vs. Virtual Platforms

 

 

 

 

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performance differences of SA installed on physical vs. virtual platforms

SA 7.8 on Veritas VxFS Filesystem

 

 

 

 

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performance differences of SA core installed on Linux and Veritas file systems

SA 7.5 Linux Patching Linux and Solaris

 

 

 

 

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performance and job throughput of the Linux patching use case on Solaris and Linux platforms

SA 7.5 Application Configuration Linux and Solaris

 

 

 

 

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performance and job throughput of the Application Configuration use case on Solaris and Linux platforms

SA 9.0 Agent Characterization

 

 

 

 

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performance overhead of the SA agent when installed on a managed server

SA Agent Upgrade and Migration Benefits

 

 

 

 

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performance improvements when using upgraded SA agents of the 7.8 and later releases

SA 7.8 Slice Scalability

 

 

 

 

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effects of slice scalability and job throughout for the Application Configuration use case

SA 9.0 Windows Auditing

 

 

 

 

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performance and job throughput of the Windows auditing use case

SA 9.14 Linux Patching

 

 

 

 

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 performance and job throughput of the Linux patching use case

Bundled content

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SA Performance White Papers - Bundled Set - Nov 2012 

 

 

 

 

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bundled set of white papers describing SA performance characteristics including detailed use case performance characterizations and architectural and platform performance study reports; this set is from November 2012, but spans numerous SA releases up to that date; requires SAID

 

Additional Information

Contents

Online Documentation. 8

SA Client Help. 8

All Manuals Download. 8

Register for Documentation Change Notifications. 9

Support. 9

Support Matrices. 9

Document Change Notes. 9

Legal Notices. 10

 

Online Documentation

To check for recent updates or to verify that you are using the most recent edition of a document, go to the HP Software Documentation Portal:
http://support.openview.hp.com/selfsolve/manuals

Note: If you have reached this library, you have already signed in with your HP Passport credentials. You can also receive updated documentation if you subscribe to the appropriate product support service. Contact your HP sales representative for details. See Document Change Notes within the document for a list of any revisions.

SA Client Help

The Help menu in the SA Client provides access to the same material that is in the User Guides. Additionally, the Welcome page in the SA Client help provides links to the HP Live Network, the HP Software Support Online portal and Forums, and this SA Documentation Library which contains all of the most up-to-date guides available on the HP Software Documentation Portal.

All Manuals Download

After downloading the All Manuals Download zip file (go), unzip the full set on your local directory. You can then search across the doc set using the Advanced Search capabilities in Adobe Acrobat.

To locate a document in the local directory, use the Documentation Catalog (docCatalog.html), which provides an indexed portal to the downloaded documents in your local directory.

To search for a keyword across all documents in the documentation set:

1.      Open any PDF document in the local directory.

2.      Select Edit > Advanced Search (or Shift+Ctrl_F).

3.      Select the All PDF Documents option and browse for the local directory.

4.      Enter your keyword and click Search.

Register for Documentation Change Notifications

You can register to receive e-mail notifications whenever SA documentation is updated. This service is available to anyone with an HP Passport.

To register for documentation change e-mail notifications:

1.      Go to the HP Software Support Online (SSO) portal at:  http://www.hp.com/go/hpsoftwaresupport

2.      Sign in using your HP Passport credentials.

3.      In the Short-cuts section, select E-mail notifications.

4.      A number of notification options are available depending on your authorization.
Select the Register for document e-mail notifications option.

5.      Complete the registration form to request e-mail notifications whenever documentation is updated.

6.      Click Register to complete the registration.

 

Support

You can visit the HP Software Support web site at:
http://www.hp.com/go/hpsoftwaresupport

This web site provides contact information and details about the products, services, and support that HP offers.

Most of the support areas require that you register as an HP Passport user and sign in. Many also require an active support contract. To find more information about support access levels, go to:
http://support.openview.hp.com/access_level.jsp

To register for an HP Passport ID, go to:
https://ovrd.external.hp.com/rd/register

Support Matrices

For complete support and compatibility information, see the support matrix for the relevant product release. All support matrices and product manuals are available here on the HP Software Support Online website:
http://support.openview.hp.com/sc/support_matrices.jsp

You can also download the Support Matrix for this release from the HP Self-solve documentation portal:
http://support.openview.hp.com/selfsolve/manuals

Document Change Notes

The following table provides details of any changes introduced in this version of this document.

Date

Change

October 2014

Original release of this document

 

Legal Notices

Warranty

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The information contained herein is subject to change without notice.

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Acknowledgements

See Open Source and Third-Party Software Acknowledgements available on the HP Software Documentation Portal at the following direct link: https://softwaresupport.hp.com/group/softwaresupport/search-result/-/facetsearch/document/KM00243649

HP Passport login credentials are required for this portal.

 

 

 

© Copyright 2014 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

SA 9.1x October 2014