CA Patch Manager(UPM) based patches now require User Parameters.

Document ID : KB000025899
Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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Issue:

Why does CA Patch Manager(UPM) content patches have a $up on the default install procedure which prompts for a user parameter when you send it to a machine, using Software Delivery.

 

Environment:

CA Client Automation - All Versions

CA Patch Manager - All Version 

 

Cause: 

The install procedure contains a $up parameter.

Figure 1

This tells ITCM that the user can provide additional parameters to change the behavior of the patch. When deploying this patch directly from DSM the user is therefore presented with the following dialog.

Figure 2

If the patch is deployed from within Patch Manager (UPM) there is no further prompt and there are no user parameters defined in the container.

Figure 3

Resolution:

The $up parameter is automatically inserted by Patch Manager (UPM) therefore all packages accepted by UPM will have this parameter set in the install procedure.

This parameter was added to allow the configuration of Job Options in Patch Manager (UPM )12.x It allows us to specify reboot configuration settings such as postponements rules and times.

For example:

Figure 4

To deliver the packages manually, one should use ITCM  to make a copy of the item procedure and modify it accordingly, eliminating that option.