BMC CLM 2.1 SP1 INSTALLATION – Unable to reach CMDB. Please verify the credentials” received while creating POD

If you receive this error when creating the POD, you did not create the Physical Location entry in the BMC.CORE:BMC_PhysicalLocation  form. Also see BMC KB article #KA359450 here.

BMC CLM 2.1 SP1 Installation – Install Planner RSCD AutoLic

In this series, we are going to cover many of the items of importance to deploy BMC Software’s Cloud Lifecycle Management.  This is a great solution that we have been deeply involved in customer engagements to provide Private/Public Cloud offering. This article focuses on release 2.1 SP1. We are not going to cover the step…

Configuring BMC Bladelogic RSCD Agent Security

The BMC Bladelogic for Servers RSCD Agent has three configuration files which are key to enabling remote users or Application Servers to interact with the agent.  There are two locations where such files are placed: For Linux/UNIX Systems, these files are under /usr/lib/rsc For Windows Systems, these files are under C:\Windows\rsc   The files are:…

Amazon Storage Gateway – and how it compares to others

Today Amazon released their Storage Gateway Service which provides on-premise customers with an i-SCSI interface to the Amazon S3.  At initial glance, we went -gulp- there goes the competition, but upon further review, we think that Amazon fell short on going to market with this: At least the customers we’ve talked to (Fortune 500, 1000,…

Cloud storage efficiency with TwinStrata

Here’s a great article on what one can achieve with a cloud-ready storage appliance. Our friends over at TwinStrata hit the nail on the head: ease of use with intelligent appliance-based cloud storage solution. We’ve been evaluating their CloudArray solution for awhile, leveraging Amazon EC2 storage to offload costly locally-stored backup jobs and file server…

How to customize EMC ITOI Dashboard

For those who leverage EMC’s IT Operations Intelligence Dashboard, there are ways to customize how the dashboard is loaded and data is presented.  One of those methods we are going to cover here is the webconsole.properties file. Traditionally, when the Dashboard is opened (via http://<address>:8080/webconsole), it loads HTML which has two frames, one which calls…

How to enable HP OML ECS Correlator from command line

For those HP OML fans out there, here’s a neat trick that isn’t documented anywhere officially.  If you have a need to automate the deployment of OML, and need to deploy the ECS Correlator Policy to the Management server, use this:   opcnode -assign_pol node_name=‘$MGMTSV’ net_type=NETWORK_IP pol_name=”Correlation Composer” pol_type=Event_Correlation   That should do it for…

Installing EMC Ionix Storage Insight for Availability

Here’s a quick cheat on how to install and get SIA up and running. Using SIA 2.3.1 to work with ECC 6.1 Update Bundle 7. Install EMC Solution Enabler. This is needed if you are going to monitor Symmetrix arrays.  We used version 7.1.0 for Windows. Install SIA Install permanent (or trial) license Perform any…

Enabling SSL on EMC Ionix ITOI Dashboard

One of the common requirements these days is to require that any web-based services are utilizing SSL/TLS for encryption and security. For those who have those requirements when deploying the EMC Ionix IT Operations Intelligence (ITOI – aka SMARTS) Dashboard (tomcat), below should be very helpful. This takes you through getting a SSL certificate generated…

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