How to Deploy RSI Using CA ITCM

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1.0 Introduction

2.0 How to Deploy Rapid Server Imaging Using CA ITCM
2.1 Register the RSI Server Package
2.2 Customize the RSI Server Package
2.3 Deploy the RSI Server
2.4 Register the RSI Agent Packages
2.5 Deploy the RSI Agent Packages

3.0 Copyright

1.0 Introduction

Product: CA Server Automation

Release: 12.7

OS: All supported Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2

This document describes how a system administrator deploys Rapid Server Imaging Using CA ITCM.

This Knowledge Base Article constitutes a portion of the official CA product documentation for this CA product. This Knowledge Base Article is subject to the following notices, terms and conditions.

2.0 How to Deploy Rapid Server Imaging Using CA ITCM

As a System Administrator, you use CA Server Automation to manage the optimal policy-driven provisioning of software images across your physical and virtual server resources.

Rapid Server Imaging (RSI) provides cross-platform and heterogeneous hardware provisioning, physical and virtual server migration, disaster recovery, and image capture and deployment. Images can be deployed across dissimilar hardware with multiple operating environments provided the hardware belongs to the same processor family.

Use the optional integration product CA ITCM (which includes Unicenter Software Delivery) to distribute preconfigured packages for RSI Server and RSI agents.

Prerequisites:

  1. Install and configure CA ITCM to manage the environment where you want to deploy RSI.

    Note: For more information, see the CA ITCM Implementation Guide.

  2. During CA Server Automation configuration, set the Domain Manager and Scalability Server settings to match your CA ITCM deployment.

  3. Verify that the following CA Server Automation services are installed and configured to support RSI deployment using CA ITCM:

    • Provisioning Manager

    • Deployment and Configuration Distribution (Scalability) Server

    • SDAdapter

    • CA Integration to Rapid Server Imaging (RSI)

    Note: For more information, see the CA Server Automation Installation Guide.

Important! The supplied RSI Server MWS package can only be deployed to a Red Hat Linux server.

To perform this process, ensure that you have the following access rights:

  • Access to DVD3 of the CA Server Automation installation media that contains the RSI packages.

  • Administrator privileges for CA Server Automation and CA ITCM

  • Administrator credentials for all target servers for RSI Server and Agent deployment

  • (Optional) Credentials for hypervisors controlling virtual machines

The following process provides a high-level overview of how to install and deploy RSI using CA Server Automation and CA ITCM:

Figure 1: Workflow to Deploy Rapid Server Imaging

  1. Register the RSI Server Package
  2. Customize the RSI Server Package
  3. Deploy the RSI Server
  4. Register the RSI Server
  5. Register the RSI Agent Packages
  6. Deploy the RSI Agent Packages

2.1 Register the RSI Server Package

To use the imaging and software delivery features of CA Server Automation to deploy RSI Server, register the RSI Server package with CA ITCM.

Follow these steps:

  1. Copy the linux folder from the following location on the CA Server Automation installation media to a temporary folder on the CA ITCM server:

    DVD3\Racemi\SoftDeliveryPackages\MWS

    Note: The folder requires at least 3.5GB of free space.

  2. Copy the entire contents from the following location:

    DVD3\Racemi\DynaCenter_version.

  3. Place the contents in the following location:

    local_drive:\temporary_folder\linux\1.vol\DynaCenter_version

    Note: Use the zero length file COPY CONTENTS HERE to identify the correct location.

  4. Click Start, All Programs, CA, IT Client Manager, DSM Explorer on the CA ITCM server.

  5. Expand Software, Software Package Library, All Software in the DSM Explorer Tree.

  6. Right-click All Software and select Import, Software Package from the shortcut menu.

    The Register Software Package dialog opens.

  7. Enter the following path, and click OK:

    local_drive:\temporary_folder\linux

    The software package is imported into CA ITCM and is listed in DSM Explorer as "Racemi DynaCenter MWS version".

2.2 Customize the RSI Server Package

The RSI Server package supplied on the CA Server Automation installation media must be customized for your RSI deployment environment.

The configuration file specifies the following environment parameters:

  • Network settings for the RSI Server

  • Networks that the RSI Server can access

  • Supported operating systems for imaging target servers

  • Location of the image storage depot

Follow these steps:

  1. In CA ITCM, open the DSM Explorer Tree and navigate to Software, Software Package Library, All Software.

    Right-click the Racemi DynaCenter MWS package and select Unseal.

  2. Expand Racemi DynaCenter MWS, Source in the left pane and click Package.

    The right pane displays the folder structure of the package.

  3. Edit the config.ini file.

    Uncomment all lines beginning with #, and enter parameter values as appropriate for your environment.

    For example, the parameters in the following configuration file define:

    • A single RSI Server using the loop back address 127.0.0.1

    • Support for imaging target servers running all supported operating systems (Windows and Red Hat Linux are provided by default)

    • Access to target servers using network addresses 10.130.64.0-255

    • Primary network interface eth0 accessible at 10.130.64.162

    • Storage depot accessible at 10.130.64.162 with the following storage paths:

      • Default storage at path /repo/R for components [default]

      • Path /repo/I for agent images and image metadata [instance]

      • Path /repo/images for captured images [image]
        [general]oem_configuration = Trueagent_addressing = dhcpos_support = Solaris-sun4u, Solaris-i86pcmws_address = 127.0.0.1database_address = 127.0.0.1[client_networks]24gateway = 10.130.64.1addresses = 10.130.64.0-10.130.64.255mws_interface = eth0mws_ip = 10.130.64.162[storage]defaultpath = /repo/Rserver_address = 10.130.64.162type = componentinstancepath = /repo/Iserver_address = 10.130.64.162type = image_metadataimagepath = /repo/imagesserver_address = 10.130.64.162type = captured_image

    Note: For config.ini file parameter details, see "Silent Installation" in the RSI Server Installation Guide.

  4. In the left pane, right-click Racemi DynaCenter MWS, select seal, and click OK.

    The RSI server package is ready for deployment.

2.3 Deploy the RSI Server

Use CA Server Automation to deploy the customized RSI Server package that was registered in CA ITCM.

  1. Click Resources, right-click Data Center in the Explore tree, and select Packaging, Manage Packages.

    The Packages, Packages tab opens.

  2. Select the Domain Server that the RSI Server package is registered with.

  3. Select the Racemi DynaCenter MWS package from the Available Packages section, and click the down arrow to move it to the Selected Packages section.

  4. Click Save.

    A confirmation message notifies you that the Managed Packages list is updated. The RSI Server package is ready to deploy.

  5. Right-click Data Center in the Explore tree, and select Packaging, Deploy Software.

    The Managed Resource section appears.

  6. Select the managed server for RSI Server package deployment.

  7. Select the Racemi DynaCenter MWS package, select procedure Install, and the domain server to use.

  8. Click OK.

    Note: If there is no Unicenter Software Delivery agent installed on the target server, a dialog opens prompting you to install the agent.

  9. Enter valid credentials for the target server, scalability server name, operating system type, and click OK.

    The panel submits a request to install the RSI Server package to the selected server.

2.4 Register the RSI Agent Packages

To enable the provisioning features of CA Server Automation to deploy RSI Agent Software Delivery packages, register the packages in CA ITCM. Each agent package supports a specific operating system and enables the RSI Server to capture and deploy images on servers using that operating system.

Note: Import the package for each operating system individually.

Follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, All Programs, CA, IT Client Manager, DSM Explorer on the CA ITCM server.

  2. Expand Software, Software Package Library, All Software in the DSM Explorer Tree.

  3. Right-click All Software and select Import, Software Package from the shortcut menu.

    The Register Software Package dialog opens.

  4. Perform one of the following tasks:

    • Enter the path.

      For example, enter the following path for Windows:

      DVD_drive:\DVD3\Racemi\SoftDeliveryPackages\DPADAgent\win

    • Navigate to the appropriate folder for the target operating system in the SoftDeliveryPackages folder on DVD3 of the CA Server Automation installation media. Click Choose to select the folder path, and click OK.

    The RSI agent software package is imported into CA ITCM and listed in the DSM Explorer.

2.5 Deploy the RSI Agent Packages

Use CA Server Automation to deploy the RSI Agent packages that were registered in CA ITCM to the target servers.

Follow these steps:

  1. Click Resources, right-click Data Center in the Explore tree, and select Packaging, Manage Packages.

    The Packages, Packages tab opens.

  2. Select the Domain Server that the RSI Agent packages are registered with.

  3. Select the RSI Agent packages from the Available Packages section, and click the down arrow to move them to the Selected Packages section.

  4. Click Save.

    A confirmation message notifies you that the Managed Packages list is updated. The RSI Agent packages are ready to deploy.

  5. Right-click Data Center in the Explore tree, and select Packaging, Deploy Software.

    The Software Deployment panel opens.

  6. Select the managed servers for RSI Agent package deployment.

  7. For each server, select the RSI Agent package to deploy, select procedure Install, and the domain server to use.

    Note: Select the appropriate RSI Agent for the operating system on each managed server.

  8. Click OK.

    Note: If there is no Unicenter Software Delivery agent installed on the target server, a dialog opens prompting you to install the agent.

  9. Enter valid credentials for the target servers, scalability server name, operating system type, and click OK.

    The panel submits a request to install the selected RSI agent package to each selected server.

    When agent package deployment is complete, you can use the RSI image capture and deploy features of CA Server Automation on the target servers.

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