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With Central Monitoring Administration, administrators select monitor installation components, such as the BMC PATROL Agent and monitoring solutions, from a repository to create an installation package. The components can then be installed together using the installation package. You can reuse the installation packages, or deploy the packages to multiple computers.

The BMC ProactiveNet Central Monitoring Repository is a requirement on the BMC ProactiveNet Central Server where Central Monitoring Administration is enabled. The Central Monitoring Repository includes the current versions of BMC components that you can use with BMC ProactiveNet.

After creating a component installation package, administrators can save the package to the Monitoring Installation Packages list for future use, or download the package on the current host without saving the package. For saved packages, administrators can download and install the package on any host, or edit a package.

Before you begin

For supported 64-bit Linux versions, you must install the Linux runtime package, glibc.i686, version 2.3.4 or later. Without the Linux runtime package, BMC ProactiveNet component installations might fail.

Warning

If a BMC PATROL Agent is already configured through the PATROL Configuration Manager or through the Tools > Configure options in the BMC ProactiveNet Administration Console, and the agent is integrated with BMC ProactiveNet through the adapter for BMC PATROL, do not add a tag to that BMC PATROL Agent. Instead, continue managing the configuration for that BMC PATROL Agent through the PATROL Configuration Manager.

If you add a tag to the BMC PATROL Agent, configuration information might be overwritten. Duplicate instances will be created, conflicting monitor instances that were synchronized through PATROL Configuration Manager will be marked for deletion, and all historical data will be lost.

To create a component installation package

  1. In the navigation pane of Central Monitoring Administration, click the Repository drawer and select Monitoring Repository.
  2. Click Add .
  3. Select the operating system for which you want to create a package, and then select a platform on which you want to install the package.
    The list of components in the repository that are supported on the specified operating system and platform is displayed.
  4. From the Available components list, select components that you want to include in the package.
  5. From the Version list, select the version of the component that you want to include in the package.
    You can select a specific version or you can select latest, which automatically updates the package with the latest versions of the components when new versions of those components are added to the Central Monitoring Repository.
    By default, the appropriate BMC PATROL Agent for the operating system and platform that you chose is included in the Selected components list.
  6. Click the right arrow button to move the selected components into the Selected components list, and then click Next.
    The installation wizards for the products that you selected are displayed, and they vary depending on the products or components that you selected to include in the package. To complete the installation wizards, follow the instructions for creating a component installation package in the installation documentation for the selected products.
    In the Installation Package Details window, the final summary is displayed.
  7. In the Installation Package Details window, verify that the operating system and platform are correct for the type of package that you want to create. Also verify that the components that you want to include are listed in the Included Components list.
  8. In the Installation Package Details window, provide the following information:
    • Name: Enter a unique name for the package.
    • (Optional) Description: Enter a description of the package.
      The description is displayed in the Monitoring Installation Packages list on the Monitoring Repository window.
    • Format: Select a file compression format for the package.
  9. Perform one or both of the following actions:
    • To save the package for future installation on the current host or other hosts, click Save Installation Package.
      The package is available in the Monitoring Installation Packages list.
    • To download the package immediately, click Download.

      Note

      If you click Download and do not click Save Installation Package, the package is not saved in the Monitoring Installation Packages list for later use or editing.

  10. When you are finished, click Close.

The following video demonstrates how to create an installation package in BMC ProactiveNet Server version 9.0 Monitoring Repository:

Use player to increase quality or switch to full screen | YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os6eN4gqe-s


To edit a component installation package

You can edit any part of an existing component installation package except the operating system and platform.

  1. In the navigation pane of Central Monitoring Administration, click the Repository drawer and select Monitoring Repository.
  2. (Optional) To filter the list of packages, select an operating system from the Filter by Operating System list.
  3. Select the row for a package and click Edit .
  4. From the Available components list, add or remove components, and click Next.
  5. Perform one or more of the following actions, depending on your requirements:
    • Edit the installation details of existing components.
    • Add installation details for new components.
    • Click Finish Update to skip to the Installation Package Details window.

      Note

      If you add a component to the package, you must complete the configuration process. The Finish Update button shows an explanatory tooltip and does not skip to the Installation Package Details window.

  6. In the Installation Package Details window, modify the following information as needed:
    • Name: To save your changes to the same package, do not change the name. To save the package under a unique name, change the name.
    • (Optional) Description: Enter a description of the package.
      The description is displayed in the Monitoring Installation Packages list on the Monitoring Repository window.
    • Format: Select a file compression format for the installation package.
  7. Perform one or both of the following actions:
    • To save the package for future installation on the current host or other hosts, click Save Installation Package.
      The package is available through the Monitoring Installation Packages list.
    • To download the installation package immediately, click Download.

      Note

      If you click Download and do not click Save Installation Package, the changes are not saved in the Monitoring Installation Packages list for later use or editing.

  8. When you are finished, click Close.

Where to go from here

Downloading and installing an installation package