4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 28, 2012 6:52 AM by Bill Robinson RSS

Setting up Bladelogic File Server

Robert Stinnett

We are in our production rollout phase, and some questions are lingering about the file server.  Hopefully someone can point me down the right path or refer me to a best practices guide.  The documentation seems to be limited, or so darn scattered I can't find the information I need.

 

Q1:  We have dedicated Windows based file servers in the company already (accessible through Windows AD shares such as \\domain.com\production\folder  -- Is this an allowable "path" for the file server to store its data in? 

 

Q2:  If we have a lot of files to store on the file server is there a bulk load command for the Depot?  Or is it all strictly through the console?

 

Thanks for any assistance. 

 

If there is a best practice we should be following (i.e., not using network mount points) please let me know!

 

Robert

  • 1. Setting up Bladelogic File Server
    Lazar NameToUpdate

    Robert,

     

    Q1:  We have dedicated Windows based file servers in the company already (accessible through Windows AD shares such as \\domain.com\production\folder  -- Is this an allowable "path" for the file server to store its data in? 

     

    Not exactly. Appserver communicates with the Fileserver just like with any target managed by it... You install BladeLogic RSCD Agent on the fileserver, and reference it by the NSH path, so your fileserver location should be:

    //server_hostname/drive_letter/production/storage_folder

     


    Q2:  If we have a lot of files to store on the file server is there a bulk load command for the Depot?  Or is it all strictly through the console?

     

    The question is rather general.

    In Depot you do not technically store files, you store Objects of various types (Custom Software, AIX Patch, Solaris Cluster, BLPackage, MSI Package, etc....). Each object has its own procedure of how it should be added. For each object there is probably a blcli command available as well to add it to the Depot. Explore BLCLI space, find the command for your object, script it for your bulk operation. If you have a more specific request, you could ask in Scripting sub-forum under 'Server Automation'.

     

    Lazar

  • 2. Setting up Bladelogic File Server
    Prabhat Handoo

    Apart from what Lazar said, also check - https://kb.bmc.com/infocenter/index?page=content&id=KA316223

     

    These are the best practices for setting up BBSA FileServer.

  • 3. Re: Setting up Bladelogic File Server
    Jae Yi

    When you say Windows AD shares … are you talking about using the UNC path to the share?

    Are the Windows File Servers set up as DFS?

     

    If so, on which server is your file server agent installed?  As Lazar stated, you have to use NSH path, not the UNC path to configure your FileServer path on the AppServer.

  • 4. Re: Setting up Bladelogic File Server
    Bill Robinson

    The ‘file server’ for bsa cannot be a unc path.  however, if you already have a significant number of objects in a share, you can use the ‘network deploy’ type of package where you provide the creds and unc path to the payload and that is mounted by the target during deploy.  however you still need a bsa file server that has an agent in front of it.

     

    When you load payload into the depot, you are creating software objects – so they include install instructions, uninstall instructions, payload and some other information – this can be scripted, but you would not do like a ‘bulk load’ of just payloads.