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Manually creating and deploying virtual systems takes a great deal of time and effort. It is also potentially error prone because there are so many steps that must be repeated during the installation of each virtual system, which varies by virtualization platform.

BMC Server Automation enables IT Operators to perform basic ad-hoc actions on virtual assets in their environment (such as starting and stopping virtual machines), as well as more complex management tasks such as deploying virtual assets and controlling virtualization sprawl. BMC Server Automation provides IT Operators with essential tools for the management of the virtual environment and on-demand deployment of virtual assets.

The following table describes the use cases associated with using BMC Server Automation in a virtual environment and provides links to the related topics.

Use case

See

Review the virtual environments and management tasks supported by BMC Server Automation.Overview of virtualization support

Discover and register what is in the virtual infrastructure (using the with Virtual Infrastructure Discovery Job).

Discovering and registering assets in a virtual environment

View the entire virtual inventory from one console.

Browsing virtual inventory

Quickly replicate and deploy new virtual systems from:

  • An existing virtual system as a template, using a BLPackage and Deploy Job
  • A specific configuration that you define, using the Virtual Guest Package (VGP) and Virtual Guest Job (VGJ).

Deploying virtual systems based on existing virtual systems

Deploying virtual systems using a Virtual Guest Package

Verify that virtual inventory configurations meet corporate standards (using Audit and Compliance Jobs).

Monitoring compliance in the virtual environment

Perform ad hoc management tasks (turn virtual systems/ host servers on or off, and so on) from the BMC Server Automation Console.

Managing virtual environments

Manage virtualization sprawl (ability to discover Virtual Machines that are not registered in the vCenter and move those unregistered virtual machines to a vCenter server that you specify).

Managing virtualization sprawl

Note: The BMC Server Automation administrator must install and configure the virtual environment. For more information, see Setting up BMC Server Automation for virtual environments.

Generate web-based reports that summarize the data derived from the Virtual Infrastructure Discovery Job.Generating reports for virtualization