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The topics in this section describe how to install BMC BladeLogic Server Automation.

After installing the product, proceed to Configuring after installation to perform post-installation tasks.

Available installation methods

To install BMC Server Automation, you can use the unified product installer method or the individual component installer method. The unified product installer, available as of BMC Server Automation 8.6, simplifies and improves the installation experience by providing a centralized UI for installation of all BMC Server Automation components. BMC recommends using the unified product installer, but also provides the individual component installers for special use cases.

Installation of the BMC Server Automation system involves installation of the Application Server, BMC Server Automation Console, Network Shell, RSCD agent, and PXE/TFTP server. You can also install the individual components silently and uninstall the product and individual components.

In addition, Compliance Content add-ons are available for the installation of out-of-the-box component templates for compliance with regulatory standards and best-practice policies.

Where to go from here

The topics in the following table provide a roadmap to install a BMC Server Automation environment. The installation sequence and process depend on the chosen installation method, the platform on which you are installing, and the components to be installed.

Installation methodPlatformDescriptionRelated topics
Unified product installerWindows and Linux (64-bit)

The unified product installer, available as of BMC Server Automation 8.6, simplifies and improves the installation experience by providing a centralized UI for installation of all BMC Server Automation components. BMC recommends using the unified product installer, but also provides the individual component installers for special use cases.For an end-to-end example of how to use the unified product installer to install BMC Server Automation in a Windows environment, see Walkthrough: Installing on Windows using the unified installer.

Downloading the installation files

Requirements for installing on Microsoft Windows

Requirements for installing on UNIX and Linux

Understanding nodes

Setting up the Default Application Server node 

Adding additional Application Servers

Component level installersWindows

For Microsoft Windows, each BMC Server Automation component has a separate installation.

Downloading the installation files

Requirements for installing on Microsoft Windows

  An RSCD agent is required on each server that BMC Server Automation manages. Installing an RSCD agent (Windows)
  Install the BMC Server Automation Application Server and the Network Shell on Microsoft Windows platforms on which no previous versions of these components are installed.Installing the Application Server and Network Shell on Windows
  Install a PXE server and the TFTP server, which are functional components required for the BMC Server Automation provisioning solution, on Microsoft Windows.Installing the PXE server on Windows
  Install the BMC Server Automation Console and Network Shell on Microsoft Windows. The console is the graphical user interface to the BMC Server Automation servers. Network Shell is a required prerequisite of the console.Installing the BMC Server Automation Console and Network Shell (Windows)
  (Optional) Install sample blcontent, which provides you with out-of-the-box groups, folders, and smart groups that are commonly used, as well as sample roles, authorization profiles, and ACL templates for common tasks.Loading prepackaged content
  (Optional) Install the Compliance Content add-ons, which provide you with out-of-the-box component templates for compliance with regulatory standards and best-practice policies.Installing Compliance Content add-ons
 UNIX and LinuxLinux and UNIX, all BMC Server Automation components except for the BMC Server Automation Console can be installed in one installation.

Downloading the installation files

Requirements for installing on UNIX and Linux

  Install Application Server, Network Shell, RSCD agent, PXE server, and TFTP server at the same time.Installing BMC Server Automation components (Linux and UNIX)
  Install the BMC Server Automation Console on Linux and UNIX. The console is the graphical user interface to the BMC Server Automation servers.Installing the BMC Server Automation Console (Linux and UNIX)
  (Optional) Install sample blcontent, which provides you with out-of-the-box groups, folders, and smart groups that are commonly used, as well as sample roles, authorization profiles, and ACL templates for common tasks.Loading prepackaged content
  (Optional) Install the Compliance Content add-ons, which provide you with out-of-the-box component templates for compliance with regulatory standards and best-practice policies.Installing Compliance Content add-ons
Rapid deployment stack (demo and test environments)Windows and Linux

BMC BladeLogic Rapid Deployment Stack (RDS) for Servers provides you a method to import, configure and use BMC Server Automation without having to perform time-consuming installation procedures. This tool is preconfigured and ready to install and use.

The RDS is ideal for proof of concept or demo environments, and also is useful in testing new features (for example, to test the impact of changes or patches in their environment prior to moving them to production).

Requirements, storage and performance recommendations for BMC BladeLogic Rapid Deployment Stack for Servers

Installing the BMC BladeLogic Rapid Deployment Stack for Servers