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This topic describes how to install the BMC BladeLogic Rapid Deployment Stack (RDS) for Servers, which consists of an image that you deploy to a vCenter server. You use the Deploy OVF Template wizard in the vSphere client to manually deploy the BladeLogic RDS.

To install the BladeLogic RDS, you download and import an OVF template to an ESX server and create a virtual machine.

Follow these procedures carefully, section by section in the order listed, to deploy the BladeLogic RDS.

Before you begin

Importing and deploying the OVF template to the vCenter

Deploy the OVF template by performing the following steps:

  1. Log on to the vCenter with the vSphere Client. 
  2. Click File > Deploy OVF Template, as shown in the following figure: 

    The Deploy OVF Wizard loads. 
  3. From the Source pane, select the OVF template file from your local hard drive, and click Next
  4. From the OVF Template Details pane, review the details (especially the size of the VM on the disk) and click Next
  5. From the Name and Location pane, ensure that the host name is the same name as the OVF template that you are deploying and click Next. 

    Depending on your vCenter environment, you may see the following panes after you set the name and location for the deployed template:

    • Host/Cluster pane, to select the host or cluster on which to run the OVF template.
    • Resource Pool pane, to select the resource pool within which to deploy the template.
  6. From the Storage pane, select a destination storage with enough free space to run the OVF template, and click Next. 


    Depending on your vCenter environment, you may not see this step in the wizard.

  7. From the Disk Format pane, select the format and click Next
    BMC recommends that you set the Thin Provision to allocate storage on demand as data is written to the virtual disks, instead of immediately allocating all the storage, and ensure that you have 200 GB available for the bladelogicrds.
  8. From the Network Mapping pane, configure the networks the new machine will use. 
  9. From the Ready to Complete pane, ensure that the deployment settings are correct before you deploy any template to its environment

    • OVF file: Location from which you copied the OVF file
    • Download size and Size on disk: Memory requirements for the VM
    • Name: Easily identifiable name that appears in the vSphere client for the VM 
    • Folder: Inventory folder location of the VM  
    • Host/Cluster: Host or cluster to run the deployed OVF template
    • Resource Pool: Resource pool to run the OVF template
    • Datastore: Location of datastore to store the deployed OVF template
    • Disk Provisioning: How memory is reserved for the new disk
    • Network Mapping: Details of network connections for the VM
  10. Select Power on after deployment and click Finish.
    The deployment is initiated.

  11. In the vSphere client, ensure that the OVF is correctly deployed in the vCenter. 
    In this example, the new machine (vw_hou-idd_RDS-testY) is displayed in the left navigation tree. 

If you encounter issues when you install or configure the BladeLogic RDS, see Troubleshooting the BladeLogic RDS. 

Your new virtual machine

In the vCenter, open the Console tab to see the interface for your new Linux computer.

Where to go from here

Accessing the BladeLogic RDS interface

Configuring the BladeLogic RDS components

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