You should hide a product, product release, or gen level from the product list when you know that you will not need or use them for a long time. When you hide a product, product release, gen level from the product list, CA CSM hides the corresponding entry from the software catalog and deletes associated packages from your system.
CA CSM excludes hidden products, releases, and gen levels from processing when updating the product list. No packages are downloaded for hidden products, releases, and gen levels. This lets you free up DASD space on your system.
You can restore visibility of a product, release, or gen level that you previously hidden from the product list. However, the associated files will only be downloaded again when a CA CSM user initiates an Update Product List task for that restored product, product release, or gen level.
The SMP/E environment for the product-release is not deleted using this function.