Deploying BMC Decision Support - Network Automation

BMC Decision Support – Network Automation is installed on a server in your environment, which is called the application server. This server is shown as BMC Decision Support – BladeLogic Automation in the architecture diagram. BMC Decision Support – Network Automation can be located on the same server as BMC Network Automation. However, BMC recommends that you install the two products on separate computers to improve performance.

BMC Decision Support – Network Automation uses an instance of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) platform, which resides on a server in the installation. This server, called the reporting server, can be the same server as the application server and database servers or it can be a different server. The reporting server includes a web application, called Business Intelligence launch pad, for viewing and scheduling reports. The application server connects to the reporting server for report configuration, authentication and authorization tasks.

The Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) extract, transform, and load (ETL) tool transfers and transforms data from the BMC Network Automation sites and populates the data warehouse. The ETL tool uses three databases: the ETL master repository, work repository, and a data warehouse. All of these databases must reside on the same server. The databases can reside on the same server as the BMC Network Automation database. The database server points to the application server for the ETL process, and to the reporting server for report configuration.

During the installation, an Apache Tomcat server is installed and Metadata Navigator is deployed on the application server. You use Metadata Navigator to view ETL-related activities and status.

The application server, database server, and reporting server can reside on the same computer. However, BMC recommends that you use different computers to improve performance. The servers must all be on the same network and use the same time zones.

BMC Decision Support – Network Automation deployments can be local (single site) or centralized (multi-site). The following topics explain these scenarios:

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