Example of provisioning a VM
This topic walks you through the process of using BladeLogic Portal to provision a virtual machine (VM). The topic includes the following sections:
The video at right demonstrates a simplified version of the process of provisioning a VM.
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This topic is intended for system administrators. The goal of this topic is to use BladeLogic Portal to run a Provisioning operation that provisions a new virtual machine (VM).
What is a Provisioning operation?
A Provisioning operation is based on a virtual guest package (VGP), which is defined in BMC Server Automation. A VGP is a collection of configuration settings that defines a VM. Using the information in a VGP and a few settings that you provide in a wizard, the portal can execute a Provisioning operation that creates a new virtual machine running VMware on a vCenter server.
What do I need to get started?
For this walkthrough, you need an account to access BladeLogic Portal. The account must have the necessary permissions to perform a Provisioning operation.
A provisioning operation in BladeLogic Portal requires that one or more Virtual Guest Packages (VGPs) be set up in BMC BladeLogic Server Automation.
To confirm that a VM was successfully configured, you must know the name of the vCenter server where VMs are being provisioned.
How to provision a VM
Select Provisioning > VMware.
The Create VMware Operation wizard opens.
On the same page, for Virtual Disks, we are going to define another disk for the VM. By default one disk has already been defined, but we want a VM with two disks.
On the same page, for Network Connections, we are going to define two network connections. By default one connection has already been defined, but we want to define a second.
Click Execute Now.
The operation wizard closes. The operation appears on the home page and begins to execute.
Optionally, you can use the wizard to define a post-provisioning task, which can perform actions on a VM after it is provisioned. You can also set up notifications and a schedule for this operation. For this demonstration we skipped those steps.
|9||Provisioning takes a few minutes. In this case it took approximately five before the home page shows the job has completed successfully.|
To confirm that we have successfully added a VM, use the portal's Inventory feature
To examine the contents of the vCenter server to ensure the VM was actually provisioned:
Wrapping it up
In this topic, you used BladeLogic Portal to run a Provisioning operation to provision a new VM running Red Hat 6. After the operation completed successfully, you then examined the contents of the vCenter Server to confirm that the server was correctly provisioned.
Where to go from here
To learn more about provisioning, see Creating a Provisioning operation.