Installing Smart IT and BMC MyIT as a non-root user

In Linux environments, you can install  the Smart IT and BMC MyIT server as a root or non-root user. Installing as a non-root user allows a user to maintain the Smart IT and BMC MyIT software without the assistance of a system administrator. However, to automatically start the Smart IT and BMC MyIT server when your computer restarts, you must ask your system administrator to change the system startup scripts accordingly.

When you install as a non-root user, you must update the system configuration files manually. The installation script prompts you to do so and instructs you to start a shell where you have root access or full read and write permission.

Before you begin

If you are installing the User Experience (UX) patch as a non-root user, the installation fails if Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is enabled. Apply the workaround provided in Troubleshooting installation and upgrade issues in Smart IT and MyIT.

To install Smart IT and BMC MyIT as a non-root user

  1. Ensure that the non-root user account has read, write, and execute (rwx) access to the following directories and their files:
    • .profile file in your home directory (write and execute permission)
    • opt/bmc
    • /tmp
    • JREHomeDirectory/bin (read and execute permission)
    • JREHomeDirectory/lib (read and execute permission)
  2. If you do not have an /opt/bmc directory, create it to complete the installation.
  3. Ensure that the open files limit [ ulimit –n ] section of the shell is set to 16384.
    To do so, modify the /etc/security/limits.conf file.
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