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Creating network pods

A pod is the base on which logical networks are created in the cloud. A pod is created on a group of co-located network hardware, such as routers, firewalls, and load balancers, that segregates cloud networks from other pods and non-cloud networks.

Pods are created in BMC Network Automation using pod blueprints, which define the pod architecture and include a definition of the physical pod topology. After a pod is created, you can then onboard the pod into BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management.

Before you begin

  • Create the provider company, as described in To create provider company and a new cloud administrator user account.
  • Create a physical location, as described in Creating a physical location for a pod.
  • Enable the integration with BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management in BMC Network Automation.
     Click here for details.

    Before you can used BMC Network Automation to supply network resources to BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management, you must first enable the vdcEnabled property in BMC Network Automation.


    The BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management installer allows you to enable this option during the installation.

    To enable the vdcEnabled property in BMC Network Automation, complete the following steps:

    1. Open the the <BCAN_DATA>\global.properties file.
      The default location of this file is C:\BCA-Networks-Data\global.properties.
    2. Verify that the line containing, vdcEnabled=true is not commented out with # as the first character on the line.
      If the line starts with the # character:
      1. Remove the # character from the line and save the file.
      2. Restart BMC Network Automation.


    If you do not enable this option while running the installer, you must import the cloud-related pod and container files using the import.bat or import.sh script. The scripts are available in the bcan-import-export-<v.r.mm>.zip file in the <BCAN_HOME>\public\bmc\bca-network\extras directory. When the file is unzipped, the scripts are in the bin subdirectory. The lib subdirectory contains the libraries needed to run the scripts.

  • Enable the integration with the BMC Atrium CMDB in BMC Network Automation. This integration is used to synchronize the physical location created in the cloud with BMC Network Automation, and is used to create the pod for that physical location.
     Click here for details.

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To create a network pod

  1. Gather information about the network devices that you plan to use for your cloud's virtual infrastructure.
    For example, gather the names and credentials of the physical firewall host, load balancer host, distribution switch host, and access switches that you plan to use in your pod.


    When configuring devices to be used in a pod, ensure that the file transfer mode is set to FTP, SCP, or TFTP. Do not use tunneled protocol. Use of the tunneled protocol can lead to performance problems with large ACLs. BMC Network Automation automatically uses tunneled protocol for certain actions:

    • Merging a template to an F5 device.
    • Executing the init-guest action in a fault host pair (because it is executed before the guest context has a management address to use for file transfers).
    • Configuring a stand-alone firewall or load balancer host, since there we are potentially sending templates that contain commands to switch from admin context to guest context.
  2. In BMC Network Automation, create device security profiles (DSP) for your network devices that you identified in Step 1.


    For devices, you need only one DSP per set of credentials. For example, if three devices use the same credentials, create one DSP that applies to all three devices.

    1. In a web browser, log into BMC Network Automation at https://<localhost>/bca-networks.

      See Accessing the interface in the BMC Network Automation on-line technical documentation.


      The default user name is sysadmin and the password is sysadmin. If you have not changed the password, you are prompted to to change it.

    2. Add a new DSP. See Adding a device security profile in the BMC Network Automation on-line technical documentation.
      Example DSP




      <DSP Name>

      Login User Name


      Login Password


      Confirm Login Password


      Privileged User Name

      <Priv Username>

      Privileged Password

      <Priv Password>

      Confirm Privileged Password

      <Priv Password>

  3. In BMC Network Automation, add your routers and switches. See Adding a device in the BMC Network Automation on-line technical documentation.


    Ensure that you have added a configuration entry for all of your devices before performing any network-related activities in BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management.

    By default, a backup is made of the configuration entry when adding a device. This is controlled by the skipAutomaticBackup=false option in the global.properties file, which is commented out by default.

    Example 1





    Device Type

    VMware vSwitch

    Device Category


    Hypervisor Context


    Host Name/IP Address/URL

    <VSwitchName>&nbsp <ESXServerName>)https://<VCenterServerName>

    For example:

    Device Security Profile

    ESX Server DSP


    When creating a hypervisor switch, the hypervisor context can now be set to a dummy value. The hypervisor context no longer must match the value of the Virtual Cluster used by BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management or BMC Server Automation.

    Example 2





    Device Type

    Cisco IOS Switch/Router

    Device Category


    Host Name/IP Address/URL


    Device Security Profile

    ESX Server DS

  4. Create a pod blueprint and import it into BMC Network Automation, as described in Creating network pod blueprints.
  5. Create a pod using the pod blueprint you created.
    1. In BMC Network Automation, create a pod from a pod blueprint by navigating to Network > Virtual Data Center > Pod Blueprints > Create Pod. See Creating a pod from a pod blueprint in the BMC Network Automation on-line technical documentation.

      Example pod





      Vlan Pool Customer - VLAN Start Number


      Vlan Pool Customer - VLAN End Number


      Vlan Pool Management - VLAN Start Number


      Access Node Device


      Edge Node Device


      Address Pool ManagementAddresses - Pool Address

      Address Pool ManagementAddresses - Pool Mask

      Address Pool ManagementAddresses - Gateway Address

      Address Range Customer - Range Address

      Address Range Customer - Range Mask


      If you plan to onboard a Citrix XenServer cluster and if you have a rogue device in your network pod, then you must use the following requirements when specifying the device when creating the pod:

      • Specify the format: <switch name>@<xen host>@<xen master host> for the ROGUE_DEVICE_ADDRESS parameter.
      • The switch name must be the same as the Xen resource pool name.
      • <xen host> must be entered exactly as it was entered in BMC Server Automation. If the Xen host was specified using a fully qualified domain name in BMC Server Automation, you must specify it the same way for the pod.
    2. Click Save.
  6. Back up the database by executing the following command:
    BCAN_HOME\tools\backup_db.bat backup1.dump
    You can find the bcan.dump backup file in BNA-Network-Data\dbbackup.

Related topics

Onboarding and offboarding network pods
Updating address pools using a script

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