The following tasks help you in identifying and planning the Gateway Server and Agent deployment infrastructure:
The following table provides an overview of the procedures and tasks involved in deploying BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization in your environment.
Overview of the deployment process
Perform installation on all necessary computers.
Provide necessary configurations to run the product.
– Perform daily monitoring of the product
– Generate graphs and reports
– Evaluate the infrastructure
Gather information about all the computers that you want to manage, including:
Proxy data collection collects system data from a Microsoft Windows or a VMware computer that does not already have the Perform Agent installed. The advantages of using proxy data collection include no installation footprints, and a rather centralized administration.
If you plan to use proxy data collection, create a list of computers that will be agentless. These computers do not have Perform Agent installed on them. In order to communicate with agentless computers, Administrator privileges are required by the proxy host account. This account information must be available while performing the proxy data configuration.
For information on the requirements for proxy data collection, see Port requirements for proxy data collection from Windows systems.
If you plan to implement proxy data collection, you must identify computers to be used as proxy hosts. A proxy host gathers data from local, and other agentless computers, and stores it locally. Only computers running the Microsoft Windows operating systems can serve as proxy hosts.
The proxy host computer must also have the Perform Agent installed. In small-scale implementations, one computer acting as the proxy host is sufficient. The factors that aid in deciding the number of agentless computers a proxy host can support, depend on the proxy host's available resources, network bandwidth, and the complexity of the data.
For recommendations on sizing a proxy data collection implementation, see Collecting data using Proxy Agents.
For identifying the Gateway Server architecture, you need to identify which computer or set of computers are to serve as console computers. The decision to use one or multiple console computers depends on the scale of the infrastructure and the number of computers to be managed. Typically a large-scale implementation (such as more than 1,000 computers) requires multiple consoles. For a small-scale implementation, one console could be sufficient, depending on the available resources of the selected computer.
The Gateway Server computer is the computer where the Gateway Server is installed. Determine whether a UNIX console or Microsoft Windows console would be more appropriate for your organization.
For larger environments, the UNIX console is more scalable.
A domain groups a set of computers together to perform data collections and analysis. How computers are grouped together affects the resulting graphs and reports, including future performance analysis and capacity planning. For example, if you want a graph to show information about the Microsoft Exchange servers or any computer with similar activities, group these computers into one domain. Identifying domain preferences can serve as a guideline for installation and configuration.
If you are planning to use BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization in a virtual environment, review any special installation and configuration requirements specific to your chosen virtualization platform.
For more information, see Considerations for installing in virtual environments.
Testing the deployment in your environment and verifying the deployment process can minimize the impact on your normal data center operations. It is critical to test the deployment in the environment with a trial run. Plan to verify the following results:
Collecting data for a few days on a particular domain is usually sufficient to identify most deficiencies. Additional tuning might be required to address any deficiency.
Visualizer is a 32-bit application that runs on a Microsoft Windows computer. It is the component that stores the collected data-display graphs. A typical installation for Visualizer program files, data sources, and input files requires about 100 MB. A desktop resolution of at least 1024 x 768 with a 17-inch monitor should be available for viewing the resulting graphs.