Performing a silent installation of the portal on Windows

You can perform an unattended (silent) installation of BladeLogic Portal on a Windows system.

A silent installation requires a response file, which specifies the selections you would normally make during an interactive installation. A copy of a template response file is attached to this topic.

This topic includes the following sections:

Before you begin

  • The installation must run on a 64-bit Microsoft Windows 2008 or 2012 operating system.
  • A database must be set up prior to installation. Currently, for Windows installations, the database must be running on Microsoft SQL Server (see Setting up a SQL Server database). The database should reside on the same LAN as this installation of BladeLogic Portal.

  • BMC Server Automation must be installed and its Application Server started.
  • BMC Network Automation must be installed and its application server started.
  • The BladeLogic Portal server, the portal database, and the BMC Server Automation Application Server must all reside on the same LAN.
  • Web services must be enabled on BMC Server Automation by establishing a communication path (via REST APIs) between the BMC Server Automation Application Server and the server hosting BladeLogic Portal.
  • Other applications cannot use ports that you allocate to the BladeLogic Portal server.
  • You must obtain the necessary installation files.

To install the portal in silent mode

  1. Copy the installation file, BTD22.WIN64.zip, to an appropriate location on the computer where you are installing the portal. 
    In versions earlier than 2.2.01, the file is called BLPortal22.WIN64.zip.
  2. Extract the contents of BTD22.WIN64.zip
    This extraction generates a file structure where the top level directory is named 
    BladeLogicPortal.
  3. Navigate to \BladeLogicPortal\windows\Disk1.

  4. Prepare a silent response file.
    1. Download and open the template response file called silent_install_sample_options.txt.
      A copy of that file is attached to this page.
    2. Follow the instructions in the template file to specify installation choices.

    3. In places where the response file requires passwords, you can optionally encrypt each password by using the BladeLogic Portal Maintenance Tool, which is included in the installation files.
      1. In the installation files, open Disk1\utility\BladeLogicMaintenanceTool.
      2. Click the Encrypt tab.
      3. For Password, enter a plain text password. Then, for Confirm Password, repeat the password.
      4. Click Encrypt.
        The Encrypted Password field shows the encrypted password.
      5. Copy the encrypted password and paste it into the appropriate location in the response file.
    4. Save the response file and note its full name and path.
  5. As Administrator, use a command line to enter the following command: 
    setup.exe -i silent -DOPTIONS_FILE=<Full path to silent response file>
    Do not provide a relative path to the response file. 

  6. A standard installation sets up an HTTP port to monitor the DCA Index Server. If you do not want to leave an HTTP port open for security reasons, you can disable HTTP traffic with the DCA Index Server after installation is complete.

Where to go  next

If you want to set up native Windows authentication when the portal communicates with the portal's SQL Server database, see Setting up Windows authentication for SQL Server.

Set up a backup procedure for the DCA Indexing Server. If BladeLogic Portal was already installed and you have just installed another instance, you must be certain that each instance has an identical backup configuration.

If you want to disable HTTP traffic with the DCA Indexing Server, see Disabling or enabling HTTP traffic with the DCA Indexing Server

If you are using roles with a limited set of permissions for Data Refresh, see Configuring Data Refresh.

When those tasks are complete, see Configuring after installation.


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