BMC Helix IT Operations Management (BMC Helix ITOM) deployment is the process of managing the provisioning, capacity, cost, performance, security, and availability of infrastructure and services. By using container images, you can perform a fresh deployment of BMC Helix IT Operations Management in your on-premises environment.

Learn more about installation in the Deployment overview.

Release notes and notices
updated 22 Mar

Learn what’s new or changed for installation and deployment of BMC Helix IT Operations Management, including new features, urgent issues, documentation updates, and fixes or patches. 

The release notes in this documentation are specific to installation and upgrade of BMC Helix IT Operations Management. For complete release notes, refer to the product documentation of the respective component.

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DateSummaryReference
April 4, 2023

The BMC Helix IT Operations Management 23.1.02 release introduces the following new features and enhancements:

  • Support for data backup and restoration.
  • Single namespace to install BMC Helix IT Operations Management and BMC Helix Logging.
  • BMC Helix Logging uses Fluent Bit instead of Fluentd.

23.1.02 enhancements


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Planning

 

As an IT architect or system administrator, you can plan your fresh deployment of BMC Helix IT Operations Management and choose the best deployment method. Plan your environment and pre-deployment activities.

Deploying

 

As a system administrator, prepare for the deployment of BMC Helix IT Operations Management by using containers and perform the post-deployment tasks.


Administering

 

As a system administrator, use the tctl utility to administer and manage BMC Helix IT Operations Management.

Troubleshooting

 

Resolve common issues or errors, review logs, or contact Support.
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FAQs

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about the BMC Helix IT Operations Management containers.

BMC Helix Operations Management


Yes, please contact BMC Support.


Yes, please contact BMC Support.


Yes, please contact BMC Support.


Yes, please contact BMC Support.


Yes, please contact BMC Support.


Yes, please contact BMC Support.


See,  Migrating PATROL Agents Open link in the BMC PATROL Agent for BMC Helix Operations Management documentation.


See,  BMC PATROL Agent Open link documentation.


See,  Configuring a Squid proxy server Open link   in the BMC PATROL Agent for BMC Helix Operations Management documentation.


See,  Monitoring solutions in BMC Helix Operations Management Open link in the BMC Infrastructure Management-PATROL Repository documentation.



Yes, we have documented an example using Squid. However you can utilize your own forward proxy. Discuss it with your Network Administrator.

For more information, see  Configuring a Squid proxy server Open link in the BMC PATROL Agent for BMC Helix Operations Management documentation.


Certificates


Yes, for more information see Using self-signed or custom CA certificates.


  1. Create a certificate signing request (csr) file by using OpenSSL.
  2. Submit the the file < your.domain.com >.csr to your CA and request for signed certificate.
  3. Import the CA's reply.

Enablement 


Yes, for more information see  Success Subscriptions Open link .


Yes, see  BMC Education Subscription Services Open link .

Health check


See,  BMC Helix onprem installation health check tool Open link .

Kubernetes


No, HPA is only supported for Common Services.


Data storage for these components uses the block storage system configured in the cluster.


High availability is achieved through Kubernetes, which uses virtual services to load balance application pods across the cluster.

High availability is enabled for all but the compact sized deployments using multiple pods for each service.


The Nginx Ingress controller is used to route requests to the appropriate services and pods within the cluster. Network load balancing is used to distribute the load of incoming requests across multiple nodes.


Where appropriate both readiness and liveness probes are defined in BMC images.


No, currently only Ingress NGINX is supported.


We capture pod stdout logs to the BMC Helix Logging ElasticSearch instance by using Fluentbit. This data may be viewed in a browser using the installed Kibana server.  Log retention is configurable.


Deployment of BMC Software uses BMC provided automation and does not support Webhooks or CI/CD pipelines.


BMC does not use "latest" tags and uses versions wherever possible.


BMC software supports air-gapped deployments from a local registry which has been synchronized with the BMC containers.bmc.com.


We set default requests and limits for all services. 

Migration


Yes, please contact BMC Support.


Yes, please contact BMC Support.


Yes, please contact BMC Support.

Network


Yes, all DNS aliases must be set up before the installation and should resolve to the network load balancer.


For local testing purposes, we have used an F5 load balancer. 
You can use your existing vendor-specific load balancer. You must make sure the DNS resolution and lookups are working fine. 
We support all load balancers, provided they meet the following requirements:

  • SSL pass-through to offload at the Ingress Controller
  • Allow X-Forwarded- Headers Upstream of Ingress
  • Unaltered response redirects


The Static IP is a requirement for the ADE platform and not for the BMC Discovery. 
To get Static IP reach out to the in-house IT team to generate or assign for the environment.
 
The IP requirements are for the load balancer and the DNS. If we have a Static IP then making and maintaining configuration changes becomes less cumbersome when compared to maintaining a DHCP setup. 

We have tested using Static IP. You can static IP according to your convenience. 
The load balancer should be able to resolve the IP or hostname whatever is given and that can be Static or DHCP. 



See, Network ports

On-premises deployment






Yes, we do support a single Helix portal with BMC Helix ITSM and BMC Helix ITOM.

Please raise a case with BMC Support to help you confirm requirements.

Security


We recommend that you update default passwords for VMs, databases, and products to be compliant with your security policy to prevent any security issues. 


No, we do not support a Key Management System.


We use our own base images which are scanned regularly. We make sure that a high level of security is met.


We use our own canonical container images which use a bmcuser in the majority of cases. We will not be able to align with the base container images used by customers as these can vary widely.

For data layer services (such as Kafka, Postgres, and ElasticSearch), we use Community Edition containers which include all default users and libraries. We might amend these images if we identify security exceptions but otherwise, they are unaltered.

Sizing


Software


Please contact BMC Account Manager.



No, BMC Helix ITOM does not utilize Jenkins to deploy the product.


No, we do not  provide a Docker manifest for container images.


Supported versions are detailed in the product documentation. You many encounter issues with unsupported versions.



 

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