Using silent mode to install the BMC Server Automation Console (Windows)

You can perform an unattended (silent) installation of the BMC Server Automation Console on Microsoft Windows systems.

You might use this type of installation where you are pushing out the console to servers and you want to install the console on multiple computers.

Before you begin

  • Before you install the BMC Server Automation Console, ensure that port 12333 (TCP) is not being used. Installation of the console requires use of this port; if it is already in use, the installation fails.
  • If version 7.6 of the BMC Server Automation Console is installed and you plan to remove it when you install the new version of the console, you must uninstall version 7.6 before installing the new version.
  • To enable running the installation wizard through a Terminal Services connection or a remote desktop session, certain Terminal Server configuration options that pertain to temporary folders must be turned off.


To install the console in silent mode

  1. In a text editor, create an options file and add the options for the installation that you want to run. For example:
    -P installLocation=<installDirectory>
    -A featureClientUtilities
    -A featureNetworkShell
    -A featureConfigurationManagerConsole
    -A featureRCPUpgradeService
    Where:
    -P sets the installation directory for the product. For example: -P installLocation=C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic

    -A specifies the products and features you want to install. You do not have to include all features. However, you must include the NetworkShell feature in addition to the ConfigurationManagerConsole feature.

    -A featureRCPUpgradeService installs the BMC Server Automation Console Upgrade Service, which is responsible for automatically upgrading the RCP client when the Application Server is upgraded.


    Guidelines:

    • Each option must be on one line.
    • Values for options can contain spaces.

  2. Change the directory to the location where the installer resides.
  3. Run the installation program with the -i silent option.
    <BBSACONSOLEversion-platform.exe> -i silent -DOPTIONS_FILE="<silentOptionsFilePath>"
    Use an absolute path to the options file. Enclose the path in double quotation marks (" ").
    For example:
    BBSACONSOLE83-WIN32.exe -i silent -DOPTIONS_FILE="C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\silentinstall_win_options.txt"

To install multiple instances of the console in silent mode

  1. In a text editor, create an options file and add the options for the installation that you want to run. For example:
    -P installLocation=C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic 2\8.1
    -J IS_UPGRADE=false
    -A featureClientUtilities
    -A featureNetworkShell
    -A featureConfigurationManagerConsole
    -A featureRCPUpgradeService

    Where:

    -P sets the installation directory for the product. For example: -P installLocation=C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic

    -J IS_UPGRADE=[true|false] this value is set to true in case of upgrade.

    -A specifies the products and features you want to install. You do not have to include all features. However, you must include the NetworkShell feature in addition to the ConfigurationManagerConsole feature.
    -A featureRCPUpgradeService installs the BMC Server Automation Console Upgrade Service, which is responsible for automatically upgrading the RCP client when the Application Server is upgraded.

  2. Change the directory to the location where the installer resides.
  3. Run the installation program with the -i silent option.
    <BBSACONSOLEversion-platform.exe> -i silent -DOPTIONS_FILE="<silentOptionsFilePath>"
    Use an absolute path to the options file. Enclose the path in double quotation marks (" ").
    For example:
    BBSACONSOLE83-WIN32.exe -i silent -DOPTIONS_FILE="C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\silentinstall_win_options.txt"

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