Configuring BMC Helix ITSM connector for the Blackout Policy solution

As an administrator, you have the choice to use the cloud or on-premises deployment of BMC Helix ITSM while configuring the Blackout Policy solution. 

For connecting to an on-premises deployment, you download and install the remote plugin provided by BMC Helix Intelligent Automation. 


Before you begin

Before you configure the on-premises connector, ensure that you the following conditions are met: 

  • The server where you want to run and install the remote plugin matches the minimum requirements. 
    For more information, see System requirements.
  • (For Linux) The GCC G++ compiler version is 5.4.0 or later. 

    1. Install and update GCC version 5.4.0 or later.

    2. Run the following command to unlink the current version.

      sudo unlink /usr/lib64/libstdc++.so.6
    3. Run the following command to copy the new version.

      sudo cp /usr/local/lib64/libstdc++.so.6 /usr/lib64


Task 1: To create a plugin key

  1. Click Connectors > Plugin Keys tab.
  2. Click Create Plugin Key and do the following steps: 
    1. (Optional) Enter a new name for the plugin with which you want to associate the plugin key.
    2. (Optional) Update the expiry date for the plugin key.
      By default, a plugin key expires in 90 days. To ensure that the connector is running, you can extend the date before it expires.

    3. Click Download Plugin Key.
      creds.json file gets downloaded. 

      Warning

      If you close the Create Plugin Key panel before downloading the key, you cannot download and use the plugin key. Instead, you need to create a new plugin key.

  3. Click Save.
    The plugin and the associated plugin key appear on the Plugins page.


Task 2: To download the plugin

You can download and run a plugin on a Linux or a Microsoft Windows server. This server should be accessible from the computer where the automation tool or application is installed. 

Note

If you have any on-premises connector configured already, you can reuse the plugin key to configure another connector. If you plan to reuse the plugin key, skip this step and continue to Task 3. 


  1. Click Solutions > Blackout Policy and click Configure.
  2. Select BMC Helix ITSM and click the download & install link to download the remote-restapi-plugin.zip file.


  3. Continue with the next steps.


Task 3: To create credentials

A plugin requires credentials to authenticate and execute various actions on the target applications that are defined in an automation policy. The credential CLI utility enables you to create, search, update, and delete credentials for a plugin. 

This server should be accessible from the server where the on-premise application is installed.

  1. Navigate to the directory where you have extracted the remote-restapi-plugin.zip file.
    The remote-restapi-plugin directory contains credential.sh/credentials.bat file.
  2. Ensure that the credentials file has execute permissions.
  3. Run the following command to create credentials for the BMC Helix ITSM connector.

    Sample command for Microsoft Windows
    credential.bat create -n <connectorName> -i <itsm_rest_api_root_url> -p <providerName> -a cookie
    Example command for Microsoft Windows
    credential.bat create -n helix_itsm -i https://itsm.bmc.com -p HELIX_ITSM -a cookie
    Sample command for Linux
    /credential.sh create -n <connectorName> -i <itsm_rest_api_root_url> -p <providerName> -a cookie
  4. Enter the values for the following parameters when prompted:

    ParameterValue
    api keyEnter Authorization
    login required (y/n)Enter y
    login url

    Enter the BMC Helix ITSM REST API login URL

    Example: https://itsm.bmc.com/api/jwt/login

    username

    Enter the administrator username, which also has permissions to create incidents in BMC Helix ITSM

    password

    Enter the password that matches the username.

    authentication parameter

    Enter AR-JWT

    location ("header", "query" or "cookie")

    Enter cookie

    solution

    Specifies the solution for which you want to configure the connector.

    Enter one of the following options: 

    • 1. PSR for BMC Helix ITSM
    • 2. Blackout
    • 3. PSR for CSP
    • 4. PSR for SNOW

    If the credentials are created successfully, a message appears.

  5. (Optional) If you want to create credentials in a single step, skip step 4, create a JSON file, which contains all the credentials required for configuring the connector, and run the following command:

    {
        "auth": {
            "access_token": "Authorization",
            "bearer_parameter": "AR-JWT",
            "login_action": {
                "https://itsm.bmc.com/api/jwt/login": {
                    "post": {
                        "parameters": [],
                        "body": {
                            "content": {
                                "application/json": {
                                    "username": "admin",
                                    "password": "******"
                                }
                            }
                        }
                    }
                }
            }
        }
    }
    Sample command for Microsoft Windows
    credential.bat create -n <connectorName> -i <hostname> -p <providerName> -a cookie -f <locationforJSONfile>
    Example for Microsoft Windows
    credential.bat create -n itsm123 -i https://itsm.bmc.com -p HELIX_ITSM -a cookie -f C:\\Users\\Administrator\\Downloads\\auth_json_file_itsm.json

    If the credentials are created successfully, a message appears.


Task 4: To start and run the plugin as a service

If a remote plugin is installed as a service, you can start, stop, or restart it as any other service. BMC recommends that you run the plugin as a service as against running it as a batch or shell process. You can run remote plugin as a service only on Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Enterprise and CentOS 7 operating systems.

Before running a plugin as a service, ensure that the following prerequisites are fulfilled:

  • You have administrative or root privileges on the host where the plugin is extracted.

  • The host where the plugin is available is also accessible from the host where the application is installed.

To run plugin as a service:

  1. Navigate to the directory where you have extracted the remote-restapi-plugin.zip file.
  2. Run the install.bat (for Microsoft Windows) or install.sh (for Linux) command.
    You can also use the install.bat install command. The plugin now runs as a service.

If a service is installed successfully, in the list of services available in the Microsoft Windows Service Manager, the remote restapi plugin service is displayed. On Linux servers, if you run the install.sh status command, a system process with the name BMC remote-restapi-plugin appears.

Note

The credentials database is now stored at a new location. To ensure backward compatibility, copy the credential.db file from your previous location and place it in the new database location.

OSOld locationNew location
Microsoft WindowsC:\Users\Public\bmc\ia_remote_plugins\databaseC:/ProgramData/BMC/ia_remote_plugins/database/
Linux/root/.bmc/ia_remote_plugins/database//var/lib/bmc/ia_remote_plugins/database/

After the connector is set up, the status on the Blackout Policy solution page is shown as Connected.


Where to go from here

Now that you have successfully configured the connection with BMC Helix ITSM, perform the next steps to complete configuring the Blackout Policy solution. See Configuring the blackout policy solution

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