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Getting started with configuration management

The following topics introduce you to the concept of configuration management in BMC Server Automation (BSA).

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BMC Education Services provide Foundation courses covering the topics discussed in the walkthroughs available in this section. The education classes discuss when and why to make use of various features as well as the “how-to”. If you are interested in looking deeper into these topics, we recommend that you check out the Server Automation education offerings at BMC Server Automation Training.

This section includes the following topics:

TopicWhat is it about?

What is Configuration Management?

Provides some background and rationale for using BSA to manage the configuration of your IT environment.

Walkthrough: Changing the root password for a set of systems

Walks you through the process of design changes to server configurations and then deploy those changes simultaneously to multiple servers. In this example, you use BSA to perform a common administrative task: changing the root password for Linux servers.
Walkthrough: Packaging applications with BLpackagesWalks you through the process of packaging a simple application and then created and executed a Deploy Job to deploy that application to a server..
Walkthrough: Performing post-install activities after provisioningWalks you through the process of using BSA to perform post-provisioning activities for both 'bare-metal' and virtual systems. This topic describes how to associate post-install activities with a System Package (for bare-metal provisioning) or a Virtual Guest Package (a VGP, for VM provisioning).
Walkthrough: Provisioning a LAMP stack using patch catalogsWalks you through the process of installing the required software dependencies for a LAMP stack using a patch catalog and a Patching Job. (A LAMP stack refers to a collection of software applications, typically Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.) This topic describes how to provision a LAMP stack using patch catalogs.
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