How to install Control-M for Cloud Part 1 (Control-M Version 8 for Windows Distributed)
I recently added Control-M for Cloud module to my Control-M Version 8 environment. It is a very easy install just like any other Control-M module. I remember hearing about it in 2013 at the Control-M Briefing conference in Houston at BMC Software headquarters. During the Control-M for Cloud presentation I was very impressed with the information the presenter provided for all of the Control-M professionals with in the audience. The presenter touched on how Control-M for Cloud can spin up servers using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud web services (Amazon EC2), how it works with VMWare VCenter to automate all of the types of tasks in that application from reboot, snapshots and migrations, and also how it works with BMC’s product Bladelogic which does server automation related tasks. At the time of the presentation, I knew that I wouldn’t be using much of Control-M for Cloud but I did see some possible potential for this module in the future. Upon arriving home from the briefing I made sure to pass the information about Control-M for Cloud to one of my IT shop’s senior system engineers.
Now flash forward from February 2013 to March 2014. The same Senior who I shared the Control-M information with happened to email my manager about Control-M for Cloud and it’s capabilities. We had a customer who realized that they was having issues with their application crashing when it’s Linux servers were not rebooted at least once a week. The issue was they weren’t very well versed in Linux to navigate around and to do reboots. So to solve this we decided to use Control-M for Cloud to automate the reboot task and send them a confirmation via email that the reboot took place for them instead of having our Linux expert write a script to do this or have the Linux expert handle the reboots every Sunday at 5:00am.
The next step involved me gathering more information on the product. I used the PDFs off of the website and also reached out to colleagues. I even looked at Webinars and Youtube videos that BMC pushed out for its followers to reference for help. After reading a good bit on the product, I went on the the BMC website signed in with my account and went to the Product and Downloads and Patches area on BMC’s website and found what I was looking for. Then used the Electronic Product Distribution option to get the correct version and platform of Control-M for Cloud and then I had the zip file for the install sent to me via email all by using EPD. Once I had the zipfile on my desktop, I copied it on to the Control-m agent server, where I intended the Control-M for Cloud module to run. I extracted the zip file info and then once it finished extracting went on to click on the setup file that was populated from the zipfile extraction. This brought up an BMC install window that you walk through during the install. All you really need to know is the name of the Control-M agent server you are installing Ctrlm for Cloud on and the host server where the Enterprise Manager is located. It’s just clicking next several times and then it will begin to download. Once it completes click finish. Then you will need to go log into your host or main Control-M apication server where the enterprise manager is located and run some commands from the command line. Once these commands are successfully executed your install of Control-M for Cloud is completed. (And these commands are what you run after any Control-M module install.)
Here are the commands you need to use to complete your module install in parenthesis below.
(After completion of your Control-M module go to the main application server. Sign in as the Admin Control-M account. Log on to CMD prompt and type in “ctmgetcm”. Then enter Which is the agent server name you just installed the AFT module on to. Press “Enter”. Enter : [*]: Enter “*” then press “Enter”. Enter : [View]: Enter “Get” then press “Enter”. )
Alright now once this is completed your Control-M for cloud installation is officially completed.
On the next blog I will show you how to define a Control-M for Cloud VMWare Account.