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The snapshot functionality in Bladelogic is a configuration snapshot, not a whole server snapshot. It is not designed for a bare-metal restore.
To accomplish what you want to do, you should try the following high level steps:
-create a definition of your server build (operating system) in provisioning manager and deploy that to a new server
-create a definition of the application stack (packages, etc) and deploy to the new server (this could possibly be done w/ the snapshot)
-create a definition of the application configurations (packages and/or snapshot) and deploy to the new server.
In the long run, it makes more sense to have a install-from-scratch automated build process where the last step is laying down your specific configurations.
Thanks for the useful information provided;
But We actually want to take an image of the server and store it so that it can be restored in future. We could find the options in what you have mentioned earlier.
So is there any way to achieve that?
The Snapshot functionality in BladeLogic was not designed to take a 'snapshot' of an entire server. It was designed to work in the method below.
If your servers are VMs, we can integrate w/ Virtual Center to do this, but if these are physical systems you will need to use the provisioning approach noted below.
It wouldn't be automated but you could get Bladelogic to boot the server into a WinPE image and manually or script the use of the imagex tool to capture the image and store it to a network drive.
The restoration would just be a reverse of this process.
Like I said, its by no means automated but could work for you
Thank you for the information.
You have asked to use the provisioning approach; our question is will this cater to our original request “Take an image of a running live server”. If yes, then how?
Could you please provide information on this?
BladeLogic cannot take an image of a running server.
You need to define how you want your server built, and use the bladelogic provisioning system, along w/ a restoration process to rebuild the failed server.