Thursday Mar 20, 2014

OS Provisioning Changes in 12.2

With the release of Ops Center 12.2, I'm going to do a series of posts about the new and enhanced features. I'll start with OS Provisioning, because it's had some big changes.

In older versions, Ops Center used an OS Provisioning profile to specify all of the OS parameters, including the OS image to be used, the installation requirements, and the OS and network configuration information.

In version 12.2, however, we've changed this in order to make the process more manageable and flexible. For the new process, we've broken the old OS Provisioning profiles into two new profiles:

  • OS Provisioning (OSP) profile - This specifies the OS image, and the provisioning and install requirements.
  • OS Configuration (OSC) profile -This specifies the operating system and network configuration.

The advantage here is that it makes it much easier to reuse profiles. If you want to create systems from the same OS image but with different network configurations, you don't need to repeat or copy the OS Provisioning info, you can just reuse the same profile.

When you upgrade to version 12.2, your existing OSP profiles will be automatically split into an OSP and an OSC profile, and any plans that used the old profile will be updated accordingly. You can see more information about the new profiles in the OS Provisioning chapter of the Feature Reference Guide; this section talks about the naming conventions that are used for this update. The Deploy How To section of the library also has how-tos explaining how to provision Oracle Solaris 10, Oracle Solaris 11, and Oracle VM Server for SPARC using the new process.

Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

Provisioning Different Versions of Oracle Solaris 11

I got a couple of questions about the new support for multiple Automated Installer (AI) releases in 12.1.4:

"How do I set up different versions of Oracle Solaris 11 in the Solaris 11 Software Library? For example, I want to use these versions for OSP:

  • Solaris 11/11 SRU 5.5
  • Solaris 11.1 SRU 8.4

So how do I get both of them into my library and ready for OSP use?"

There are a couple of ways. The first is to configure the parent repository to use a source with both of those releases. If you haven't initialized your library, configuring the parent repository is part of the library creation; otherwise it's a separate job, which you can set to repeat according to a schedule.

The other way is to use the Add Content wizard to add a specific S11 release to your library. This action doesn't save the parent repository location, but it works well if you're adding a specific version.

Once your S11 library has the content for both releases, you'll be able to create OSP profiles for either one. There's a dropdown option that lets you pick which version of S11 you want to use:

"I have my library using a valid repository, but the new versions aren't showing up in the OSP wizard. Do I need to restart the Enterprise Controller to make them show up?"

If the new versions aren't showing up, re-running the library sync job should make them appear. You shouldn't have to restart the EC.

Once you've done these steps, you can provision these versions of S11 from any of your Proxy Controllers.

Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

DHCP and OS Provisioning

I got a question about an OS provisioning error:

"When I create an Oracle Solaris 10 OSP profile, I get a "DHCP is not configured" error on the Select Networks step. What do I do about this?"

Well, it depends on what role you have. If you're an Ops Center Admin, you can go into Administration, select a Proxy Controller, and set DHCP up. There are two ways that you can do this - you can either configure DHCP on your Proxy Controllers:

Or, alternatively, if you have an existing DHCP server that you'd prefer to use, you can configure Ops Center to use it:

These tasks both require admin privileges, so you might need to bug your admin if you don't have that role yourself. But, either way, once you have DHCP set up you'll be able to do OS provisioning.

Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

Provisioning Oracle Solaris 11

OS Provisioning is one of the major features of Ops Center. You can set up an OS provisioning plan and profile, which specify how an OS is deployed, and then use them to create new operating systems on any number of systems.

Oracle Solaris 11 works a bit differently than older versions of Oracle Solaris, though, and even if you've done OS provisioning before you might have some questions about how to provision it. The Provisioning Oracle Solaris 11 OS how-to walks you through discovering the target hardware, creating a simple OS provisioning plan and profile, and launching a job to provision an OS. There's further information in the Provisioning Operating Systems section of the Feature Guide.

Thursday Sep 27, 2012

Provisioning Videos

There are a couple of new videos up on the Oracle Learning Youtube channel about Ops Center's provisioning capabilities. Simon Hayler does a walkthrough of a couple of different procedures.

The first video shows you how to provision Oracle Solaris zones. It explains how to create an Oracle Solaris Zone profile, and then how to apply it (using a deployment plan) to a target system.

The second video shows you how to provision an x86 server with Oracle Solaris. This uses a very similar process - you create a OS provisioning profile, then use a deployment plan to apply it to the target hardware.

The documentation goes over OS provisioning and zone creation in the Feature Guide, if you're looking for additional information.


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