Thursday Jul 10, 2008

Sun xVM Ops Center 1.1 Installation - RHEL 5.0 Particulars

Sun xVM Ops Center version 1.1 installs on systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5.0, and the procedures you'll need are described in the Installation and Configuration section of the installation documentation.

Preparing for installation on RHEL 5.0 systems requires some particular attention however. To assure successful installation, it's really best to install a system from scratch, first by following the procedures found in the RHEL 5.0 Installation for Sun xVM Ops Center page, and then verifying your system resources against the list described on the Verifying RHEL 5.0 System Resources page.

Installing a RHEL 5.0 system from the ground up according to these procedures assures that you have all of the required packages needed to support Sun xVM Ops Center Installation. In fact, the RHEL 5.0 Installation for Sun xVM Ops Center procedure calls for installing one package that the RHEL 5.0 installer does not itself install.

True, the installation script checks for required packages when it runs, but following these procedures helps avoid surprises in the midst of the installation process, and it's the only method we recommend to prepare a RHEL 5.0 system for a Sun xVM Ops Center install.

Tuesday Jul 08, 2008

Sun xVM Ops Center 1.1 Installation - Connected or Disconnected

Sun xVM Ops Center offers two main server configurations, in which the Sun xVM Ops Center server is either configured to run registered with, or disconnected from, the Sun Inventory online environment. Two questions arise from this. First, how do I configure a system for either option, and second, if I want to change to the other configuration, how do I do that?

The Installing and Configuring a Sun xVM Ops Center Server procedures provide the answers to these questions. Three procedures are listed here, and the first one simply describes Installing Sun xVM Ops Center Server Software. This procedure gets the software onto the system, but your configuration choices happen in the procedures that follow it.

You make a choice in the second procedure, that describes Configuring Sun xVM Ops Center Server Software, to either register with the Sun Inventory online environment, or to remain disconnected from it. You make this choice in the first panel of the Satellite Configuration wizard, and that determines what specific steps the wizard presents, and the steps you'll follow.

If you decide to change your Sun xVM Ops Center server configuration, you'll need to un-configure and then re-configure your server. The third procedure called Changing Sun xVM Ops Center Server Configuration, describes how to go either direction with this.

Wednesday Jul 02, 2008

Sun xVM Ops Center 1.1 Installation - How do I do it?

Ok, so you know that the Sun xVM Ops Center installation procedures are all found under the Installation - Sun xVM Ops Center 1.1 page, but you still have questions about where to start, and how to get through a complete installation. Let's see if we can sort this out.

You'll first want to check if your system conforms to the recommended specifications found on the System Requirements page. There we list the hardware and operating system requirements for successful Sun xVM Ops Center installation.

Given that your system checks out, you'd then go on to the Preparing a System for Sun xVM Ops Center Installation page. Here you'll need to choose the procedures that meet your needs. For example, if you're installing Sun xVM Ops Center on a system that will run RHEL 5.0, you'll need to use the RHEL 5.0 Installation for Sun xVM Ops Center procedure to set up that system. Then, for either Solaris or RHEL 5.0 systems, you'd want to check your system resources against the two OS-specific pages below the Verifying System Resources page.

Then, with your OS installed and system resources verified, you'll want to get the software and install it. To do this, go to the Installation and Configuration page, and run through the top four procedures, or sets of procedures, listed there. These describe how you can obtain Sun XVM Ops Center software, and install and configure the server, proxy, and agent components that it requires.

That'll get your systems prepared, verified, and installed. Once you use Sun xVM Ops Center to discover your gear, you'll be ready to go.

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