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Creating the VGP in BMC Server Automation for IBM LPAR

You can build a repeatable process for deploying new virtual systems by using a virtual guest package (VGP). You can base the VGP on an existing IBM LPAR VGP, or create the VGP using values of your own. Having a base package from which to deploy new virtual machines helps enforce consistency and standards, such as including specific software on any new virtual machine.

The following sections describe how to create a VGP in BMC Server Automation:

About the VGP

A VGP is a package created in BMC Server Automation that consists of an instruction set and any files needed for implementing configuration changes. Configuration changes can consist of additions, deletions, and modifications to any of the server objects BMC supports on all operating systems. This capability allows you to create multiple VGPs, each designed and tailored for a specific use.

To create a VGP for an IBM virtualization environment

This section describes how to create a VGP manually. Beginning with BMC Server Automation 8.2, you can also create VGPs automatically, using the Virtual Guest Template Enrollment Job. For more information, see the related topic in the BMC Server Automation online technical documentation.

  1. From the Depot folder, right-click the depot folder where you want to add the VGP. From the pop-up menu, select New > Virtual Guest Package> IBM LPAR.

    Note

    You should create VGPs in the Depot in the CSM_Virtual_Guest_Packages folder.

  2. On the Virtual Guest Package dialog, enter the following:

    The virtual machine name and the server name are required. However, BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management overrides these values.

    Field

    Description

    Name

    Enter a name for the package.

    Description

    Enter a brief description of the package.

    Member of

    Browse to the folder in the Depot where you want the VGP to be created.

    VM Guest Package type

    Choose the partition type for which to configure the package and create the new partition. Choose AIX or Linux Partition to create an LPAR or VIOS Partition to create a VIO server partition, used for I/O resource sharing for the frame.

  3. Click Next.
  4. On the Permissions panel, enter the permissions for the VGP. The Permissions panel is an access control list granting roles access to this VGP. Access to all objects, including the sharing of objects between roles, is controlled through access control lists (ACLs). Make sure that your role has the VirtualGuestPackageLpar.* permission to create a VGP for the IBM environment.
  5. Click Finish.
    A dialog displays, indicating that the package is being saved to the Depot.

To modify the VGP

After the VGP is saved, the Virtual Guest Package editor is displayed, enabling you to modify the VGP.

Note

You must add a Virtual Disk selection (on the IBM - Storage panel) to the VGP for the VM to be created successfully. Do not select the Fiber Channel Port option, as this will cause VM creation to fail.
  1. On each tab in the editor, enter the desired configuration settings for your VGP. The following panels apply to IBM environments:

  2. Save the package.

Where to go next

Configuring the NIM data store instance

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