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Working with out-of-the box reference content

This topic provides information about the Cisco reference content provided by BMC Network Automation.

Understanding Cisco reference content

BMC Network Automation delivers pod and container blueprint files in three sets of reference content from Cisco:

  • Cisco Large 2.0, also known as Cisco VMDC 2.0 (for service and cloud providers)
  • Cisco Compact 2.1, also known as Cisco VMDC 2.1 (for enterprise cloud providers)
  • Cisco Super Container (for large-scale implementations)

Diagrams of the architectures involved can be seen in the following topics, and additional details are available from Cisco:

The reference content contains information in the following categories:

  • Pod blueprint
  • Container blueprint
  • Templates required for configuring containers
  • Templates required for unconfiguring containers

The pod and container blueprints shipped with BMC Network Automation can be viewed from BMC Network Automation GUI. The GUI links in this topic are available only if the Virtual Data Center (VDC) option is enabled during install.

Additional reference content is also available as XML files in the following directory:

C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BCA-Networks\public\bmc\bca-networks\csm

Creating containers from reference content

You can create containers from a Cisco reference content blueprint using the container-util.sh (Linux) or container-util.bat (Microsoft Windows) script.

Containers can also be imported as XML files. See Exporting and importing components using a script in the BMC Network Automation on-line technical documentation for more details on importing containers.

Note

This section describes how to create reference containers for test purposes only. If you intend to use those containers from BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management, you need to create them in BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management, not using the BMC Network Automation CLI.

Before you begin

The following artifacts are required in BMC Network Automation to create a container:

  • Container blueprint
  • Compatible pod
  • Templates used to configure container
  • Devices whose configurations are backed up.

Note

Before a container can be created, the associated pod must have the following data configured:

  • Resource class
    • Cisco Large 2.0 container: gold-sticky-class in the Cisco ACE
    • Cisco Compact 2.1 container: 2%_STICKY in the Cisco ACE
  • Parent port profile
    • Cisco Large 2.0 container: Bronze, Silver, and Gold in the Sun Secure Application Switch N1000.
    • Cisco Compact 2.1 container: QOSasNeeded in the Sun Secure Application Switch N1000.
  • Port profile
    • Cisco Large 2.0 container: Management Port Type in the Sun Secure Application Switch N1000.
    • Cisco Compact 2.1 container: a port profile is not required.

      If these above items are not present, the attempt to create a container fails.

In addition, the bcan-pcm-utility.v.r.mm.zip file is required to create a container. See Using the container utilities script for details about this file. The string v.r.mm identifies the current version of the BMC Network Automation software.

Note

You can view the BMC Network Automation templates in the Templates list page (Network > Scripts > Templates).

To create a container from reference content

From the command line, enter the container-util script with the appropriate arguments to create and configure the container. See Using the container utilities script for more information about the arguments required to create and configure the container.

For example, to create and configure a container from the Cisco Large Gold Container Blueprint file, enter the container-util script as follows:

C:\bcan-pcm-utility\bin>container-util.bat -url https://172.21.126.110 -user sys admin -password sysadmin2 -podName "Large Pod" -containerBlueprintName "Large Gold Container Blueprint" -containerName "Large Gold Container" -operation create_and_configure

If the container creation is successful, the script outputs the following message:

Create and configure container successful

The new container can be viewed on the Containers page (Network > Virtual Data Center > Containers) in the BMC Network Automation user interface.

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