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BMC BladeLogic Server Automation

Administration Guide

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BMC BladeLogic Server Automation version 8.1
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Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 15 15 16 17 18 19 19 21 29 30 30 31 32 33 33 34 34 39 39 41 41 42 42 42 43 Intended Audience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Documentation Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Network Shell Documentation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 2 Overview of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation

System architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Client tier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Middle tier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Server tier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Default permissions and security configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Perl support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tools for managing BMC BladeLogic data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Troubleshooting tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Generating data for support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monitoring and diagnosing issues in the BMC BladeLogic environment . . . . . . Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server

Understanding the application server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Application server processes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Work item threads and the job execution thread . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Job distribution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pooled database connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Authentication framework. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Application Server Launcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using the Post-Install Configuration wizard to configure the default application server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Changing the configuration of an application server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using the application server configuration wizard to change configuration settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Starting Application Servers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Starting all Application Servers on the host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Restarting Application Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Restarting all Application Servers on the host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stopping Application Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stopping all Application Servers on the host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the Application Server Administration console (blasadmin) to configure Application Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Starting the Application Server Administration console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 The set Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 The show Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 The help Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Specifying multiple values for a parameter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Changing the default separator for multiple values. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Deleting a configuration setting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Managing Application Server behavior with the Application Server Administration console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Configuring the Application Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Changing the heap size for BMC BladeLogic components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Enabling/disabling SOCKS proxy rule evaluation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Configuring the file server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Configuring a mail server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Configuring Perl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Configuring an SNMP server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Configuring a database server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Configuring the process spawner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Configuring expiration time for credentials of NSH Script Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Processing across mount points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Restricting the size of configuration and extended objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Configuring user interface settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Setting SRP login requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Configuring the PXE Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Configuring the Licensing Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Enabling asynchronous execution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Enabling web services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Configuring multiple Application Servers on the same host. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 About Application Server deployments and profiles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Creating additional Application Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Viewing and editing an Application Server’s profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Listing conflicting attributes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Getting information about Application Servers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 The Application Server Launchers node . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Reporting Application Server information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Managing multiple Application Servers on the same host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Starting a specific Application Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Stopping a specific Application Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Redeploying a stopped Application Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Terminating a specific Application Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Restarting a specific Application Server. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Removing an Application Server. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Adding unmanaged deployments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Editing the list of roles with Application Server Launcher access . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Resetting database passwords for the Application Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

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Chapter 4

Administering security

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Fundamentals of BMC BladeLogic security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Session layer security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Impersonation and privilege mapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Authorization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Single sign-on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SRP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LDAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RSA SecurID . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PKI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Active Directory/Kerberos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Domain Authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Authentication profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Single sign-on session credentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keytab files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RBAC role selection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Environment variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Security for different communication legs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BMC BladeLogic Console to Application Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BLCLI to Application Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Network Shell to Network Shell Proxy Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reports client to reports server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Application Server to agent or repeater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Network Shell to agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Repeater to agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Implementing single sign-on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Configuring the Authentication Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Configuring the Application Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Setting override locations for client SSO files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Setting up certificate verification using OCSP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Implementing LDAP authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Overview of LDAP configuration tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . High availability configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Certificate trust store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Distinguished names. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Configuring LDAP authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Implementing RSA SecurID authentication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Configuring RSA Authentication Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Configuring SecurID authentication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Implementing PKI authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Configuring PKI authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Implementing Domain Authentication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sample domain structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Configuring BMC BladeLogic for Domain Authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 Implementing Security – Repeater to agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 Restricting commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228 Typical scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255 Configuring the secure file . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202 TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Windows Application Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 233 Introduction to the configuration files . . . . . . . . 217 Creating a self-signed client-side certificate on the repeater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 How BMC BladeLogic grants access to RSCD agents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240 Configuring the exports file . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206 TLS with client-side certs – Discontinuing use of client-side certificates . . 261 Securecert file . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222 Using certificates to secure communication between clients and Application Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223 Securing communication with CA certificates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258 Examples . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Subnet designations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237 Exports file . . . . . .local files . . . . . . . . . 184 Configuring a BMC BladeLogic Client for AD/Kerberos authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and the secure file . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228 Generating a user information file . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 Options for exports file . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Network Shell client . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246 Users and users. . . . 211 No authentication – Using a default installation. . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Configuring an Authentication Service for AD/Kerberos authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .local files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Options . . . . 244 Examples . . . . . . 262 8 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Implementing security – Network Shell to agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255 Options for secure file . . 251 Examples . 249 Options for users and users. . . . . . 252 Secure file . . . . . . . . . . . . . . servers. . . . . . . . . . . . 202 TLS with client-side certs – Securing a UNIX-based Application Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253 Clients. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .local files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Using the blcred utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247 Configuring the users or users. . . . 177 Overview of AD/Kerberos configuration tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Implementing Active Directory/Kerberos authentication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Configuring agents to authenticate incoming requests with client-side certificates 221 Discontinuing use of client-side certificates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Implementing security – Application Server to agents or repeaters. . . . . . 223 Generating a self-signed certificate for an Application Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 Provisioning agents with an SHA1 fingerprint of the repeater’s self-signed certificate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Registering an Authentication Service in an Active Directory Domain . . 233 Configuration file functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254 Communication protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . About the Log4crc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306 Installing the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316 Changing the administrator user and password for Advanced Repeater Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 Key terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312 Configuring Advanced File Servers . . . . . . . Scheduling the repeater server cleanup . . . . . 320 Enable SSL on Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters. . . . . Cleaning up the file server . . . Executing the database clean-up utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Additional log files of interest . . . . . . Agent logging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Application Server logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .txt file . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 318 Securing communication between Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers (optional). 312 Before you begin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . About the clean-up utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Overview of BMC BladeLogic log files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319 Generate the SSL certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307 Performing an unattended (silent) installation . . . . . . . . 309 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers. . . . . . . . Cleaning up historical data. . BMC BladeLogic log file reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312 Configuring Advanced Repeater servers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307 Installing using the installation program. . . . Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter 6 Managing BMC BladeLogic data 263 264 264 264 267 271 271 271 271 272 287 288 288 289 292 293 293 294 295 296 297 297 298 299 299 300 300 303 Cleaning up the BMC BladeLogic database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scheduling the target server (Agent) cleanup. . . . Scheduling the Application Server cache cleanup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scheduling the retention policy utility to mark data for deletion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scheduling the cleanup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collecting log data. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleaning the Application Server cache . . . 304 What is the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marking data for deletion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305 Best practice information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Configuring the securecert file . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319 Set up the Advanced File Server for secure communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321 Contents 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleaning up target servers (Agents) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . About logging configuration for BMC BladeLogic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scheduling the database cleanup . . . . . Cleaning up repeater servers . . . . PXE Server logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scheduling the file server cleanup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326 Starting and stopping the Advanced Repeater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325 Location of configuration files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330 Requirements for integration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Configure the Advanced Repeater server for secure communication . . . . 322 Configure the Advanced File Server to use secure communication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333 Configuring job approval for job types. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323 Disabling SSL communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329 The BMC Continuous Compliance for Servers solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334 Setting up the connection to BMC Atrium Orchestrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327 Chapter 8 Integrating BMC BladeLogic and Change Management 329 Levels of integration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 324 Configuring bandwidth throttling between Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers. . . . . . . . . . . . 335 Enabling HTTPS support for the BMC Atrium Orchestrator connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333 Assigning job approval permissions . . . 336 Security Glossary Index 339 345 10 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323 Troubleshooting advanced file servers and advanced repeaters . . . . . . 324 Location of log files . . . . . . . . . . . 332 Enabling BMC Remedy ITSM integration for job approval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Chapter 1 Introduction 11 . a server is a machine where an RSCD agent is installed. the configuration you define for both the client and the server determines how the client and server communicate with each other. The configuration of the RSCD agent on those servers determines whether the client can establish a connection with the server and what permissions the client will have. Clients are machines running the BMC BladeLogic Console or Network Shell. Intended Audience This document is intended for system administrators who manage data centers and networks of remote servers.Chapter 1 1 Introduction The BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide describes all of the configuration and administration tasks you can perform to ensure the smooth functioning of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation (referred to in this guide as “BMC BladeLogic”). This document describes how to set up and maintain an Application Server. and how to define user permissions using the BMC BladeLogic configuration files. In the BMC BladeLogic context. Clients establish contact with servers by means of the RSCD agents installed on server machines. how to implement security restrictions. If a connection is established. Terminology Throughout this document you will see discussions related to client and server machines.

12 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . serif fonts depict text that a user might enter at the command line or text that a system generates in response to user input. users. monospace.” When describing paths.Documentation Conventions In some contexts. To display a man page while using Network Shell. This document always calls the machine being contacted a server. the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Network Shell Command Reference provides a full description of all Network Shell commands and utilities. Monospace fonts also depict file system paths. The following is an example of system text: ERROR: You must be "root" for pkgadd to execute properly. bold text highlights actions that you should take. this document always uses the term client to refer to a machine where someone is using the BMC BladeLogic Console or Network Shell to contact another machine. users. and in other contexts the same machine can be a client. and secure configuration files. such as man nsh. For example. enter man <command>. select Add. a procedural step might read. as well as the exports.local. This can happen because you can install client applications on the same hosts where you have installed an RSCD agent. “From the File menu. Network Shell Documentation BMC BladeLogic provides descriptions of all Network Shell commands and utilities as man pages available on both Windows and UNIX-style systems. In addition. a machine may be a BMC BladeLogic server. Bold fonts identify Network Shell commands and utilities. this guide uses UNIX-style path separators (forward slashes) except in situations where a Windows-style path separators (backslashes) are specifically required. Within a procedure. Documentation Conventions In this document. Despite that possibility for confusion.

Chapter 2 Overview of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation 2 This chapter provides an overview the system architecture for BMC BladeLogic Server Automation (BMC BladeLogic). Chapter 2 Overview of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation 13 . and middle tiers. The following graphic illustrates the relationship between the major components of the three-tiered BMC BladeLogic system. as well as a discussion of other topics that apply to the BMC BladeLogic system as a whole. server. System architecture A BMC BladeLogic system has a three-tier architecture that consists of client.

a command line interface (BLCLI) that provides API-level access to the functionality available through the console.Client tier BMC BladeLogic Console BLCLI reports client (web browser) Network Shell Client Tier PXE / TFTP Server Application Server(s) reports server Network Shell Proxy Server (optional) BMC BladeLogic core database Middle Tier reporting data warehouse Agent File Server Server Tier Remote Server Remote Server Agent Server Agent Server Agent Server Agent Server Agent Server Client tier The BMC BladeLogic client tier includes the BMC BladeLogic console. It also includes a web interface to the BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation server. 14 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . and Network Shell for ad hoc administration of one or more servers.

AIX®. The Application Server is completely scalable. Linux® (Red Hat and SUSE). and Microsoft Windows 2000/2003/2008 servers. All BMC BladeLogic client-tier applications let you manage Solaris®. with the principal components being the PXE Server and the Application Server. Middle tier The primary component of the middle tier is the Application Server. HP-UX. The reporting data warehouse is populated using information from the core BMC BladeLogic database. it also controls interaction with the database and file servers. The PXE Server delivers instructions to servers being provisioned so they can download a bootstrap program. Operating as an intermediary between Network Shell clients and the managed servers those clients target. the middle tier includes an Apache Tomcat server. BMC Service Automation Reporting and Analytics uses the Application Server to authenticate users. Chapter 2 Overview of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation 15 . Network Shell is a network scripting language that enables cross-platform access through a command line interface. Not only does the Application Server manage communication between consoles and remote servers. If a site is running BMC Service Automation Reporting and Analytics. If necessary. which controls how the BMC BladeLogic console communicates with remote servers. and it reads data from the core BMC BladeLogic database as well as a reporting data warehouse. It also lets system administrators provision operating systems onto servers. Server tier The BMC BladeLogic server tier consists of RSCD agents on remote servers. RSCD agents never initiate communication with an Application Server or any other BMC BladeLogic component. the Network Shell Proxy Server authenticates Network Shell client users and ensures traffic is encrypted between clients and managed servers.Middle tier The BMC BladeLogic console is a graphical user interface that gives system administrators a host of sophisticated tools for managing and automating data center procedures. allowing administrators to adjust its performance to accommodate added users and increased database activity. The middle tier also includes several components used for provisioning servers. a BMC BladeLogic system can incorporate multiple Application Servers that cooperate by balancing job processing workloads. The Application Server provides servers being provisioned with the instructions necessary to provision the machine. Network Shell can optionally incorporate a middle tier component—an Application Server that is configured to run a Network Shell Proxy Server. The Application Server communicates with RSCD agents and initiates all communication to perform ad hoc and scheduled tasks.

All clients and servers are set to communicate using protocol 5. BMC BladeLogic also lets you control access to servers at the agent level. ■ 16 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Using the BMC BladeLogic Console. a BMC BladeLogic protocol for secure communication based on Transport Layer Security (TLS). such as QA engineers or web administrators. you can control user access through a combination of role-based and system object-based authorizations. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. the following permissions and security configurations are set by default for each RSCD agent: ■ All clients are granted read/write access to all servers. TLS automatically negotiates the strongest form of encryption that clients and servers can support. A system object is an object you can interact with in the BMC BladeLogic Console.Default permissions and security configuration Default permissions and security configuration In BMC BladeLogic. the successor to Secure Socket Layer (SSL). he or she is granted the authorizations defined for that role. For more information on managing access at the console level. access control can be managed at multiple levels. you do not have to modify the agent configuration files. The definition of a system object includes a set of authorizations specifying roles who can access the object and the actions those roles can perform. Configuration files on the RSCD agent let you define who can access servers and how users communicate with those servers. A role is a set of authorizations and other information that reflects the capabilities of an organizational entity. The system’s default configuration provides sufficient functionality and appropriate user permissions. With protocol 5. you should understand the default configuration of BMC BladeLogic. If your installation requires additional refinement. For many BMC BladeLogic installations. When a user is assigned to a role. When you install BMC BladeLogic on clients and servers.

Chapter 2 Overview of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation 17 . which functions like a network-enabled version of libc. the core library for BMC BladeLogic. the agent maps the user to an identity using the following steps: ■ First the agent determines whether the user has an equivalent identity on the server machine. “Setting up configuration files. the connecting user is granted the permissions of that equivalent user. read. users can be granted permissions through a process of user impersonation (for all UNIX servers) or user privilege mapping (for Windows). On UNIX. However. users can be granted permissions through a process called Windows user mapping. users are mapped to user “nobody.” By default when you add users to the BMC BladeLogic system. If so. If a user does not have an equivalent local identity on the server.” Incoming users can be granted the permissions of a specified user. ■ For a complete discussion of how users are granted permissions on servers. see Chapter 4. For either of these approaches. For more information on Windows user mapping. the agent maps the incoming user to a default user with downgraded permissions.” On Windows. root users on UNIX are not automatically mapped to root. when a user attempts to connect to an agent.Perl support ■ Users are granted permissions on managed servers through two different processes: — For Windows servers. and write files) as long as those hosts are running RSCD agents. but they require additional configuration. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. but that requires modification of the configuration files. Because of this integration. and members of the Administrator group in Windows are not automatically mapped to Administrator. For more information on securing communication between all components of a BMC BladeLogic system. The BMC BladeLogic Perl module integrates with libnc.” Perl support BMC BladeLogic provides built-in support for Perl. “Administering security. see Chapter 5. they are set up for SRP authentication when using BMC BladeLogic clients to communicate with Application Servers. the script programming language. Other forms of authentication are possible. — In all other situations. This process allows a role to be mapped to a local or domain user who has permissions for a Windows server. you can use Perl scripts to perform functions on remote hosts (such as open. users are mapped to user “Anonymous.

This utility deletes from the database objects users have deleted in the BMC BladeLogic Console. and historical data such as old audit trail entries. If you are using Perl in conjunction with the BMC BladeLogic Console.” 18 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . see Chapter 6. objects marked for deletion with the retention policy utility.Tools for managing BMC BladeLogic data When you install Network Shell on a platform that can support a BMC BladeLogic Application Server. as described in “Configuring Perl” on page 77. These tools let you delete unused data or data no longer needed for BMC BladeLogic operations. “Managing BMC BladeLogic data. snapshot results and compliance results. See the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Installation Guide for a list of the platforms for which BMC BladeLogic provides Perl support. You can use this utility to delete old files that accumulate on target servers (agents) from Deploy Jobs. the Perl module is automatically installed. A target server clean-up utility. Tools for managing BMC BladeLogic data BMC BladeLogic provides a suite of tools for managing data in the BMC BladeLogic system and controlling its growth where necessary. You can delete these files by using the repeater server clean-up utility. You can use this utility to delete old temporary files in the Application Server cache (directory). you must configure the Application Server so it knows the location of Perl. The BMC BladeLogic file server clean-up utility. Data from Deploy Jobs can also accumulate in the staging directory on repeater servers. These tools include: ■ A database clean-up utility (cleanupDatabase) to minimize the amount of space taken up by unused data in the BMC BladeLogic database. ■ ■ ■ ■ For more information on these tools. You can use this utility to delete unused files from the file server. audit results. An Application Server cache clean-up utility. A repeater server clean-up utility.

This data can be useful for diagnostic purposes when you contact Customer Support. select Configuration => Generate Support Data. select the Application Servers from which you want to collect data.provides additional diagnostic information to the job log. NOTE To use the Support Data Generation tool. Click Select All or click the data types you want.Troubleshooting tools Troubleshooting tools BMC BladeLogic provides several tools that you can use to collect data for diagnosing issues and working with Customer Support: ■ Generate Support Data — Generates data about Application Servers and other components of the BMC BladeLogic environment and packages that data into a zip file.) To select multiple Application Servers. ■ ■ ■ Generating data for support The Generate Support Data tool generates data about the Application Servers and other components in the BMC BladeLogic environment and packages that data into a zip file. Accept the default selection (the Application Server to which you are connected) or click the Browse button (three dots) and select one or more Application Servers from the Select Application Servers dialog. 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. Database Diagnostics — Run predefined tests from the command line that evaluate the status of the BMC BladeLogic database and identifies potential issues. (The Select Application Servers dialog lists only Application Servers configured to use the same database and file server and that are currently accessible. Chapter 2 Overview of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation 19 . your role must be granted the BL_Administration. Application Server Diagnostics — Runs predefined tests that evaluate the status of the BMC BladeLogic environment while it is running and identifies problems. 2 In the Generate Support Data dialog.Read authorization. 3 Select the data you want to include in the zip file. use Shift + Click or Ctrl + Click. DEBUG_MODE_ENABLED job property .

When the log file reaches that size. all security files are included. At a minimum. You can also include Agent logs that have been rolled over.log file. Security files included are: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ System Properties table Agent log Secure Exports Users User.) The file’s name is StatusReport. Click Agent Security Files and use the Browse button (three dots) to select a server.1). (This information is the same as that generated by the Export Detail Report operation in the Infrastructure Management window. All transaction logs for target servers that failed to execute the specified Deploy Job run.log.txt. A “rolled-over” log file is one that is generated after a preset size has been reached for the currently active log file.txt. For example. Application Server Deployment files Application Server status The entire deployment directory for the specified Application Servers. group of servers. You can also include Application Server logs that have been rolled over. A file containing the current contents of the SYSTEM_PROPERTY table in the database to which the Application Server is connected. Agent Security Files The current security files from one or more Agents.local home Application Server Security Files Deploy Job Target Logs (Failed Targets Only) Security files from the Application Server. group of servers. if any. You can also include console logs that have been rolled over. the Secure file is included. The file’s name is System Properties. suppose you set the size to 20 MB for the appserver. Click Agent Log and use the Browse button (three dots) to select a server. Click Deploy Job Logs and use the Browse button (three dots) to select one or more jobs. a new log file is automatically created (appserver. A file containing all status information for the Application Server. The log from one or more Agents. Console log The current console log. 20 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .Generating data for support This selection: Includes: Application Server log The currently active Application Server log. or a Smart Group of servers. If an Agent resides on the Application Server. or a Smart Group of servers.

NOTE To use the Support Data Generation tool.txt. Monitoring and diagnosing issues in the BMC BladeLogic environment Application Server Diagnostics The Application Server Diagnostics tool provides tests that can be helpful for monitoring the status of your BMC BladeLogic environment and for working with Customer Support to identify and resolve issues. These predefined tests collect data on the status of the BMC BladeLogic environment while it is running. The zip files created would have the names: data_10_08configserver1.) A file of information about network configuration and status for each Application Server.zip and data_10_08-appserver1. 7 Click Save. If you selected multiple Application Servers. Network Information 4 Click Generate Data. and analyze it to determine test success or failure. The file’s name is NetworkInformationReport. For each Application Server you selected. (This information is the same as that reported in the Infrastructure Management window. For example.zip as the file name. type a name for the zip file. 5 Specify a path to the location where you want to store the zip file. 6 In the Object Name field. suppose you selected configserver1 and appserver1 and specified data_10_08.Read authorization. your role must be granted the BL_Administration. BMC BladeLogic generates the data and creates a zip file. compare the data to expected behavior.Monitoring and diagnosing issues in the BMC BladeLogic environment This selection: PXE Server Files Includes: Information about the PXE server and the services it runs. Chapter 2 Overview of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation 21 . the zip file for each has a name based on the file name you specified plus the Application Server name.zip.

You can select one or more tests from the list. both of which test the Application Server configuration. The Select Application Servers dialog lists Application Servers configured to use the same database and file server.Tests are grouped by the type of evaluation they do. Tests the job framework. however.keystore files are properly synchronized between the various deployments (each deployment has its own keystore file). Tests the Application Server’s deployment to determine if the Application Server has been properly configured Database Diagnostic Test Environment KeyStore Test File Manager Diagnostic Test Pseudo Job Diagnostic Test Service Deployment Diagnostic Test Accept the tests listed in the Application Server Diagnostics area or refine the list in one of the following ways: ■ Select one or more tests from the Application Server Diagnostics area.Monitoring and diagnosing issues in the BMC BladeLogic environment 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. select the Application Servers from which you want to collect data. ■ 22 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . using a job created for test purposes. Tests the Application Server’s connectivity with the File Server. Accept the default selection (the Application Server to which you are connected) or click Browse and select one or more Application Servers. 2 In the Application Server Diagnostics view. including parallel execution. Tests the job execution framework. using a job created for test purposes. selecting the Configuration test group runs both the AppServer Test and the Service Deployment Test. Tests the Application Server’s connectivity with the database and executes test queries. they do not need to be running on the same host. Selecting a test group lists those tests in the Application Server Diagnostics area. select Configuration => Application Server Diagnostics View.) Select a group of tests from the Diagnostic Group drop-down menu. 3 The Application Server Diagnostics area lists the tests to be run. Test AppServer Test BlExec Job Diagnostic Test Description Tests the Application Server’s configuration connectivity with other Application Servers. For example. Checks whether the bladelogic. (Use Shift + click or Ctrl + click to select multiple tests.

click Close. run dbdiagnostics list to determine the ID for each specific diagnostic test. Select a test and click the View Results icon to show detailed test results. the Status column shows an icon that indicates the success or failure of each test. which are listed in the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Installation Guide. the parameters and their children). name. execute either dbdiagnostic. Lists only the ID. Table 1 Parameter help list listFull Parameters for the DBdiagnostic command (part 1 of 2) Description Displays the help for the command. Then click the Test Output. To run the Database Diagnostics tool 1 On the BMC BladeLogic Application Server. 5 In the Application Server Diagnostics area. These predefined tests collect data on the configuration of the BMC BladeLogic database and provide feedback. Log.exe or dbdiagnostic. 7 When you are finished viewing test results. 2 From the . and description for all diagnostics. 6 On the Diagnostic Results dialog. NOTE The warning messages displayed for any of the DB diagnostics are in most cases an indication that the system needs to be tuned with the recommended values suggested for optimum performance of the product.sh with any of the parameters shown in Table 1.Monitoring and diagnosing issues in the BMC BladeLogic environment 4 Click Run All Tests to run all tests listed in the Application Server Diagnostics area. Lists all diagnostics with full details (for example. Database Diagnostics The Database Diagnostics tool provides tests that can be helpful for monitoring the status of the database and for working with Customer Support to identify and resolve issues.. Consult with your DBA to see whether these recommendations can be applied. open a shell (in Linux) or a command prompt (in Microsoft Windows).NSH/bin folder. For the diagId argument used by some of the parameters.. or Failure Advice tab. Chapter 2 Overview of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation 23 . Or click Run Selected Tests to run only the tests you selected in that area. select the Application Server for which you want to display test results.

The remaining tests apply to Oracle databases only.Monitoring and diagnosing issues in the BMC BladeLogic environment Table 1 Parameter getDiag Parameters for the DBdiagnostic command (part 2 of 2) Description diagId=diagId Displays information for a specific diagnostic. Note that these IDs are not fixed and can be different in different environments. and the parameters used for that run. first obtain the list of IDs by running dbdiagnostics list and then use the ID of the particular diagnostic that you want to run as input to the utility. 24 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . getResAfterDate diagId=diagId afterDate=MM-dd-yy[yy] (you can enter a two or four digit year) Displays all of the results for diagnostics recorded on or after the specified date starting at 00:00:00 AM. such as statistics on the last execution of the diagnostic. To run a diagnostic test. You can find the list of parameters for a diagnostic by running the diagnostic with the getDiagParams parameter followed by the diagId. NOTE The Top_N_tables_chk and JRE_Row_Count_Chk diagnostic tests apply to both Oracle and SQL Server databases. getResLastExec diagId=diagId Displays the results for the last execution for a specific diagnostic. IDs for the diagnostics Each diagnostic test has an associated ID. delRes diagId=diagId Delete the results for a specific diagnostic. the status of the run. diagId=<diagId> optName1=val1 optName2=val2 Runs a specific diagnostic using optional parameters. getDiagParams diagId=diagId Displays the parameters for a diagnostic. delAllRes runDiag Deletes all results for all diagnostics. Table 2 on page 25 shows example IDs for each of the diagnostic tests available with the dbdiagnostics tool.

1000001 ORACLE CHECK NUMBER PROCESSES ALLOWED Checks the number of Oracle processes and provides advice. see the “Before you install” chapter of the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Installation Guide Example syntax and output The following example shows the command format you would use to run the ORACLE CHECK BLOCK SIZE diagnostic. Chapter 2 Overview of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation 25 . 1000005 JRE_ROW_COUNT_CHK Checks the job_run table and returns the record with the largest number of events. which displays the results of the last execution for this diagnostic (shown in Figure 2). 1000006 DBMS_STATS_CHK Checks to see if the Schema statistics are current (based on a user-supplied expiration). dbdiagnostics runDiag diagId=1000000 Figure 1 output from the command You can then view the results of the diagnostic by running the command with the getResLastExec parameter. while Figure 1 shows the output returned from the command.Monitoring and diagnosing issues in the BMC BladeLogic environment Table 2 ID 1000000 Diagnostic names and description Diagnostic name and description ORACLE CHECK BLOCK SIZE Checks the Oracle block size and provides advice. and recommends remediation if the statistics are not current. For a description of how to use this diagnostic to verify that Schema statistics are current. 1000004 TOP_N_TABLES_CHK Checks the data volumes/sizes of the top N tables. 1000003 ORACLE OPTIMIZER SETTINGS CHK Checks the Oracle optimizer settings.

3 Set the property value to TRUE. 4 Click OK.0 Running a job in debug mode If you are experiencing issues with job execution. NOTE Be sure to set the DEBUG_MODE_ENABLED property back to FALSE when not diagnosing an issue. select a job. as running the job in debug mode does have a negative impact on performance.0 messageLevel=INFO message=ORACLE CHECK BLOCK SIZE: Block size on the Database is 8192. The default value for the DEBUG_MODE_ENABLED property is FALSE. 26 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 2 Do one of the following: — Right-click the job and select Set Property. To set the DEBUG_MODE_ENABLED job property 1 In the Jobs folder. The Set Job Properties window is displayed. which is large enough. select DEBUG_MODE_ENABLED from the Extended properties list. you can use the DEBUG_MODE_ENABLED job property to provide additional diagnostic information to the job log. — In the Properties tab. The additional level of logging provides you or BMC Software Customer Support representatives with more detailed information when diagnosing issues with job execution. Select DEBUG_MODE_ENABLED from the Name drop-down list. messageTime=2010-03-22 12:47:03.Monitoring and diagnosing issues in the BMC BladeLogic environment dbdiagnostics getResLastExec diagId=1000000 Figure 2 Sample output for ORACLE CHECK BLOCK SIZE diagnostic diagId=1000000 execDiagId=2000002 execStartTime=2010-03-22 12:47:02.

2 Select a run of a job. Click Close to close the dialog. The Log Item Details dialog opens. and select Show Log. A window displays log messages generated by the job.00\NSH\br/appserver. 5 Click Close to close the log messages window. see “Considerations for troubleshooting jobs in a MAS environment” on page 57. double-click on a message. navigate to a job or Execution Task. Click the Up arrow or the Down arrow to scroll through messages one by one. 3 To filter messages so the job log only shows servers with specific job results.Monitoring and diagnosing issues in the BMC BladeLogic environment To view the job log 1 Open the Jobs folder. 4 To display messages in a dialog that allows you to scroll through messages one by one. use the Run Details drop-down to select Errors. the Application Server log file is located in: UNIX /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8.log Windows installationDirectory\BladeLogic\8.log If you are running a multiple Application Server environment. right-click the job or Execution Task and select Show Results to display its job runs. By default. Warnings.0.0. or All. You can also review the log file on the Application Server for the additional diagnostic information. Success. right-click.00/NSH/br/appserver. Chapter 2 Overview of BMC BladeLogic Server Automation 27 .

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see “Using the application server configuration wizard to change configuration settings” on page 39. With this basic configuration. Remote users can use the console through either RDP or Citrix from a remote machine to the machine where the console resides. you can run the Application Server Configuration wizard. Controlling communication between clients and servers as well as access to database. file. There are two general configurations for Application Servers in the BMC BladeLogic environment: ■ Single (Default) Application Server on the Host This configuration is the most common one and can be performed as a last step in the installation of an Application Server. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 29 . the Application Server can be adjusted to scale a system and to fine tune its performance. NOTE The Application Server and the RCP client (BMC BladeLogic console) must be located on the same Local Area Network (LAN). See “Using the Post-Install Configuration wizard to configure the default application server” on page 34. ■ Multiple Application Servers on the Same Host This configuration lets you add multiple Application Servers to the host and configure them to perform one or more functions. See “Configuring multiple Application Servers on the same host” on page 93. you can start the Application Server and then fine-tune it as needed. you use the PostInstall Configuration wizard to perform the initial configuration of the Application Server. During installation.Chapter 3 3 Configuring the Application Server The core of the three-tier architecture in BMC BladeLogic is the Application Server. For information. and mail servers. Use the following tools to make configuration changes: ■ To make changes to basic configuration settings at a later time.

) Typically. For information. Process spawning is primarily used for Network Shell Script Jobs and some types of extended objects. 30 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . ■ Understanding the application server Application server processes The BMC BladeLogic Application Server is designed to process connections from many clients simultaneously. which launches new processes external to the Application Server process. the BMC BladeLogic Application Server runs as two distinct processes. the worker thread is returned to the pool. Rather than dedicating a thread to each client connection. See “Scaling the Application Server” on page 52 for more on configuration. The other process is a process spawner. See “Configuring the process spawner” on page 79 for more on configuration. see “Using the Application Server Administration console (blasadmin) to configure Application Servers” on page 44. BMC BladeLogic calls these worker threads. One process runs the core functionality of the Application Server. you can configure the Application Server so the process spawner does not run as an external process. use the Infrastructure Management window. When the request is complete. see “Managing multiple Application Servers on the same host” on page 109.Understanding the application server ■ BMC BladeLogic provides a utility called the Application Server Administration console. To manage multiple Application Servers on the host or change their configurations. So is the number of open client connections. the Application Server maintains a pool of threads that can be used for processing client activity. the Application Server can handle many more client connections than it has worker threads. (The number of worker threads in the pool is configurable. Spawning processes externally to the Application Server can be beneficial for memory management. Using this approach. When a client requests any type of activity. If you prefer. The Application Server Administration console lets you set the same parameters as those available in the Post-Install Configuration wizard. and you can also use it to set other more complex configuration options. For information. the Application Server picks a worker thread from the pool to execute that task. which is a command line utility that allows you to set all parameters used by the Application Server.

When an Application Server is running multiple jobs. all jobs can begin processing as soon as a work item thread becomes available. Then the cycle of allocating work item threads begins again. until a work item thread has been assigned to all jobs in the queue. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 31 . starting with the first job in the queue. when a work item thread becomes available. (Note that a job set to run immediately is considered a scheduled job. In this case. Deploy Jobs can optionally utilize a special pool of lightweight work item threads used only for processing Deploy Job phases that access target servers. With this system. However. The next work item thread goes to the third job in the queue.Work item threads and the job execution thread Work item threads and the job execution thread A single Application Server processes BMC BladeLogic jobs using one job execution thread and a configurable number of work item threads. see “Scaling the Application Server” on page 52. which perform all work required for that job. but there are exceptions to this rule. see “Job distribution” on page 32. For more information on specifying the number of available work item threads. After initiating a job in this way. The job execution thread constantly watches for scheduled jobs. All jobs require one work item thread for pre-execution and another for post-execution. For most job types. (For a description of how multiple Application Servers can process jobs cooperatively. one work item thread is required to execute each part of the job. and so forth. the number of job parts equals the number of target servers. When the next work item thread becomes available. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. When allocating work item threads. For a description of how jobs are divided into job parts. it is assigned to the first job in the queue of pending jobs.) The number of work item threads needed for any job varies by job type. a sufficient number of work item threads may not be available for simultaneously processing all jobs. the Application Server assigns equal preference to all pending jobs. the job execution thread continues to watch for other scheduled jobs.) When a job comes due. it is assigned to the second job in the queue. the job execution thread loads the job and allocates work item threads. jobs with fewer job parts may complete sooner than jobs with many job parts. In addition.

Application Servers make an effort to distribute work items to each other to increase the number of concurrently executing work items and shorten overall execution time. 32 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Although work for an individual job can be spread among multiple Application Servers. This work item sharing capability is controlled by the MultiAppServerEnabled attribute (which is set to true. (That maximum number can be configured. local work item threads on an Application Server will process all work items for a job before those work items can be distributed to other Application Servers. During job execution. by default) in the Application Server’s profile.) For example. Typically. By default. provided that the Application Server making the request is not already executing the maximum number of jobs that it can run simultaneously. work items are not shared to or from that Application Server. the Application Server will distribute work items to other Application Servers that have idle work item threads. When multiple Application Servers are configured to execute jobs. Using additional Application Servers increases the job execution capacity of the system and in most cases speeds overall job processing. Best Practice: Do not mix-and-match the value of the MultiAppServerEnabled attribute between Application Servers. those Application Servers can cooperate by distributing jobs to balance their processing workloads. or all Application Servers should have the attribute set to False. However. see “Setting up job distribution between multiple Application Servers” on page 55. all Application Servers should have this attribute set to True. If this attribute is set to False. the number of work items processed during a job run directly corresponds to the number of target servers for the job. if a BMC BladeLogic installation consists of two Application Servers that are both configured to run the same maximum number of jobs. Application Servers are configured to cooperate when executing jobs. each Application Server will be given the same number of jobs to run (assuming there are an even number of jobs to execute). Generally. For more information on configuring cooperation between Application Servers. only one Application Server manages each individual job. scheduled jobs are delegated to the first Application Server that requests a job. if all local work item threads are already processing work items.Job distribution Job distribution If you have multiple Application Servers installed and they all access the same database. NOTE You cannot enable or disable work item sharing at the job type level.

the Authentication Service uses the appropriate mechanism to authenticate that user. Authentication framework A BMC BladeLogic Application Server employs a unified framework for processing all user authentication requests. or it can be set up on a stand-alone machine even though it is still associated with an Application Server. Network Shell Proxy Service—An entity that encapsulates the functionality of a Network Shell Proxy Server. A thread watches the pool of database connections. ■ ■ The Authentication Service and the Application Service are always located on the same host. The client application can then initiate a session by presenting the session credential to an Application Service or Network Shell Proxy Service. You can configure the high and low boundaries to accommodate user needs. it acquires one from the appropriate pool of database connections. That framework is based on three services: ■ Authentication Service—An entity dedicated to authenticating users by means of all supported authentication protocols. Application Service—An entity that encapsulates the functionality of a BMC BladeLogic Application Server. For more information. the database connection is returned to its pool. the Authentication Service issues a session credential to the client application. such as client connections. the thread attempts to trim the number of database connections back to the low boundary. Based on the authentication protocol. see “Setting the number of database connections” on page 64. When users on a BMC BladeLogic client application (except BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation) want to authenticate. the client contacts the Authentication Service using any supported authentication protocol. When a worker thread or a work item thread needs a database connection. When the database activity is complete. ensuring that the number of connections stays within high and low boundaries.Pooled database connections Pooled database connections The BMC BladeLogic Application Server maintains two different pools of database connections—one is used for processing jobs running the BMC BladeLogic Console and the other is used for processing all other activity. A Network Shell Proxy Service can be located on the same host. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 33 . If the number of database connections reaches the high boundary. If authentication succeeds.

stops. only a few must be set to make a BMC BladeLogic system functional. the configuration wizard allows you to set the following configuration options: ■ Database connection parameters—The BMC BladeLogic Console works in conjunction with an Oracle or SQL Server database server in its middle tier. remove and redeploy) each additional Application Server on the host. stopping. Use the configuration wizard to configure your database connection.The Application Server Launcher For more information on authentication and other security features. The BMC BladeLogic environment supports one Application Server Launcher per host. restart. terminate. see Chapter 4. 34 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . and restarting the Application Server on the host also starts. Starting. stop. The Application Server Launcher must be running on the host in order for you to perform these operations. It is so called because it launches (starts) and controls these additional Application Servers. Installing the Application Server on a host also installs the Application Server Launcher. Available for both Windows and UNIX-style installations. “Administering security. Although the BMC BladeLogic Application Server Administration console provides commandline mechanisms for configuring all possible Application Server options. Using the Post-Install Configuration wizard to configure the default application server The BMC BladeLogic Post-Install Configuration wizard consolidates the minimum configuration steps that must be performed to set up an Application Server. and restarts the Application Server Launcher. The Application Server Launcher lets you configure and manage (start. The Post-Install Configuration wizard presents those essential tasks in a graphical user interface and provides explanatory information for each step in the process. See “Configuring multiple Application Servers on the same host” on page 93. including a description of how BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation authenticates users.” The Application Server Launcher An Application Server Launcher is a mechanism for configuring and controlling multiple Application Servers on the same host.

■ ■ NOTE Be aware of the following: ■ If your database is not set up or you do not currently have the information needed to establish a connection to that database. Start the wizard manually by running one of the following commands in the directory where BMC BladeLogic is installed. The BLAdmin user has Read access for all system objects within the BMC BladeLogic Console. Use the configuration wizard to identify an SMTP server. Obtain the necessary connection information and run the PostInstall Configuration wizard again to complete your system configuration. ■ 1 To start the Post-Install Configuration wizard. From the Windows Start menu.Using the Post-Install Configuration wizard to configure the default application server ■ File server—The BMC BladeLogic Console uses a file server to store large snapshots of files. and other types of information that is not easily stored in a database. enter the following: ■ ■ Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 35 . Notification servers—The BMC BladeLogic Console optionally generates email and SNMP traps that send notifications when a job completes. do one of the following: ■ Perform an installation that includes installation of the Application Server. The RBACAdmin user has full permission to manage roles and users in the RBAC Manager workspace in the BMC BladeLogic Console. If you are running the Post-Install Configuration wizard on UNIX. Use the configuration wizard to identify the file server and a directory within the file server. BLPackages. where you can assign permissions for all users. — On a Windows system. Click Cancel to close the wizard. Super-user passwords—The BMC BladeLogic Console provides several predefined users. and the SNMP destination to which all SNMP traps are sent. Use the configuration wizard to provide SRP passwords for the RBACAdmin and BLAdmin users. the address from which the notification emails originate. you cannot configure the Application Server. select Programs => BMC Software => BladeLogic Server Automation Suite => Utilities => Application Server Configuration Wizard. The installation program gives you the option of launching the wizard at the end of the installation procedure. Network Shell scripts. Windows installables. the OS-specific x11 libraries must be installed.

Using the Post-Install Configuration wizard to configure the default application server \bin\ blappconf. Database Port—Port the database listens on. 4 If you are not using a custom connection string. If you are using a custom connection string.exe — On a UNIX-style system.. provide the following database configuration information: 36 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . By default a BMC BladeLogic installation uses the following database ports: Database Type Oracle SQL Server Port Number 1521 1433 Database Name—SQL Server database name. enter the following: . provide the following database configuration information (and do not select the Advanced option): Database Server—Server running the database. By default the database name is bladelogic.) SID—System ID of the Oracle database. or. Password—Password assigned to the user ID.. 3 Choose a Database Type—either Oracle or SQL Server. the wizard will display configuration settings that have already been entered for the Application Server and allow you to change those settings./br/blappconf NOTE If you invoke the wizard without passing the -install flag. (This option is only available for SQL Server databases. The Database page displays.) User ID—User name that the database needs to authenticate your connection. The configuration wizard opens. (This option is only available for Oracle databases. 2 Read the introductory page and click Next.

By default.Using the Post-Install Configuration wizard to configure the default application server User ID—User name that the database needs to authenticate your connection. BMC BladeLogic recommends that the file server have 200 GB or more of available RAID 5 disk space. the file server is created on the same machine as the Application Server. as a minimum. the directory of the file server is appserverInstallDirectory/storage. NOTE Do not limit access to the file server by pushing agent ACLs to the agent on the file server.local file on the file server: Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 37 . A file server should meet the following requirements: ■ An RSCD agent must be installed and licensed. create an entry like the following in the users. 6 Provide the following file server configuration information: File Server Name—Name of the server where data is stored. Password—Password assigned to the user ID. non-redundant. A user name must be defined on the file server.user=userName ■ where appServer is a comma-separated list of Application Server names or IP addresses and userName is the name to which all users are mapped. Without this mapping a user may not be able to access a file that another user has stored on the file server. One way to accomplish the necessary mapping is to create an entry like the following in the exports file on the file server: appServer rw. ■ A file server must have. By default. and all users must be mapped to that user. Connection String—Type the custom connection string in the field below the Advanced checkbox. To accomplish the mapping. disk space. All users need to be mapped to the same user on the file server. 5 Click Next. File Server Storage Location—Directory on the file server where data is stored. The File Server page displays. Advanced—Select this option to indicate that you are providing a custom connection string. ■ The internal System:System role/user must be mapped to the user name defined on the file server. 72 GB of available.

user=userName where userName is the name to which all users are mapped. where you can assign permissions for all BMC BladeLogic users. 7 Click Next. 11 Under both RBACAdmin User and BLAdmin User.Using the Post-Install Configuration wizard to configure the default application server System:System rw. provide information identifying the SNMP server by entering the following under SNMP Options: SNMP Server—Name or IP address of the host to which SNMP traps should be sent. The Notification Servers page displays. 10 Click Next. 8 Provide information identifying an email server by entering the following under SMTP Options: SMTP Server—Name or IP address of the host managing email. 9 If you are using SNMP trap notifications. The RBACAdmin user has full permission to manage roles and users in the RBAC Manager workspace in the BMC BladeLogic Console.) Email From—Email address from which BMC BladeLogic-generated email is sent. 38 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . The BLAdmin user has Read access for all system objects within BMC BladeLogic. The User Passwords page displays. BMC BladeLogic jobs can generate email upon their completion. SNMP Port—The port on the SNMP server that listens for SNMP traps. Passwords are used to authenticate the RBACAdmin and BLAdmin users via the SRP authentication protocol. By default the port is set to the standard SNMP port of 162. enter a password and then retype the password to confirm your entry. For more information on the RBACAdmin and BLAdmin users. 12 Click Finish. typically bladmin or administrator. (SMTP stands for simple mail transfer protocol. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. You will not be able to enter a password if a password has already been set. the process will attempt to create it. If the required directory structure does not already exist on the file server.

if an Application Server is in Boston. where the time is 7:04.. except that it is in a tabbed format and shows current settings in the text boxes. You can also use the Application Server Administration console (blasadmin) to change these settings. see “Using the application server configuration wizard to change configuration settings” on page 39.Changing the configuration of an application server NOTE BMC BladeLogic recommends that you synchronize the clock on the Application Server and all client machines. This wizard presents the same information as the Post-Installation Configuration wizard.. The Application Server Configuration wizard.. See in an Application Server’s profile (when there “Viewing and editing an Application Server’s are multiple Application Servers on the same profile” on page 100. you can use the Application Server Configuration wizard (blappconf). See “Using the Application Server Administration console (blasadmin) to configure Application Servers” on page 44. host) Using the application server configuration wizard to change configuration settings To change configuration settings on an Application Server. To change. Changing the configuration of an application server There are three tools you can use to change an Application Server’s configuration. Clocks should be synchronized to the minute. the clock on client machines in San Francisco should be set to 4:04. For information.. Initial (post-installation) configuration settings for the Application Server: ■ ■ ■ You can use. For example. Database connection File server Notification servers Most configuration settings or to set additional configuration parameters on an Application Server The Application Server Administration console (blasadmin). Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 39 . Attributes (configuration settings) specified The Infrastructure Management window. Which tool you use depends on the settings you want to change.

you cannot use the Application Server Configuration wizard to change them. You must use the RBAC Administration tool. For example: blappconf -s JobServer1 40 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . select Programs => BMC Software => BladeLogic Server Automation Suite => Utilities => Application Server Configuration Wizard./br/blappconf. enter the following: \bin\blappconf — On a UNIX-style system. 1 Start the Application Server Configuration wizard: ■ To change the configuration of the default Application Server. enter the following: . enter the following: \bin\blappconf -s applicationServerName Where applicationServerName is the name of the Application Server you want to change. from the directory where BMC BladeLogic is installed.exe ■ To change the configuration of a specific Application Server when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host. use one of the following methods: — From the Windows Start menu. — From the directory where BMC BladeLogic is installed.Using the application server configuration wizard to change configuration settings You can change the following settings: ■ Database connection parameters File server name and storage location Notification servers — SMTP server and email address from which notification emails originate and SNMP server and port to which SNMP traps are sent ■ ■ NOTE After super-user passwords are set in the Post-Installation Configuration wizard.

To start all Application Servers on the host.Starting Application Servers NOTE If you specify blappconf -s. Starting Application Servers There are two methods for starting Application Servers. To start a specific Application Server (when additional Application Servers are configured on the host). 3 Click OK. Application Servers created on the host in the future will not have the changes. and double-click Services. See “Starting a specific Application Server” on page 109. ■ Starting all Application Servers on the host This operation starts all Application Servers on the host. from the Start menu. Make changes you want. do one of the following: ■ On Windows. from the directory where BMC BladeLogic is installed. use the Infrastructure Management window. 4 Restart the Application Server. Double-click Administrative Tools. enter the following: /etc/init. whether a single (default) Application Server or multiple Application Servers. changes affect the specified deployment. On a UNIX-style system. If you specify blappconf with no -s option. changes affect only the default deployment. see “Starting all Application Servers on the host”. To have changes affect future Application Servers. whether a single (default) Application Server or multiple Application Servers. select Settings => Control Panel. The method you use depends on the Application Servers you want to start: ■ To start all Application Servers on the host. use this command to configure the template deployment: blappconf -s _template 2 The Application Server Configuration wizard appears.d/blappserv start ■ Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 41 . Right-click BladeLogic Application Server and select Start from the pop-up menu.

To restart a specific Application Server (when additional Application Servers are configured on the host). the default Application Server must already be started. select Settings= > Control Panel. To use this stop method. Double-click Administrative Tools. use the Infrastructure Management window. ■ Restarting all Application Servers on the host This operation restarts all Application Servers on the host. To stop a specific Application Server (when additional Application Servers are configured on the host). The method you use depends on the Application Servers you want to restart: ■ To restart all Application Servers on the host.d/blappserv restart ■ Stopping Application Servers There are two methods for stopping Application Servers. whether a single (default) Application Server or multiple Application Servers. the default Application Server must already be started. The method you use depends on the Application Servers you want to stop: ■ To stop all Application Servers on the host. see “Stopping all Application Servers on the host” on page 43. whether a single (default) Application Server or multiple Application Servers. see “Restarting all Application Servers on the host”. whether a single (default) Application Server or multiple Application Servers.Restarting Application Servers Restarting Application Servers There are two methods for restarting Application Servers. use the Infrastructure Management window. Right-click BladeLogic Application Server and select Restart from the pop-up menu. enter the following: /etc/init. To use this restart operation. See “Restarting a specific Application Server” on page 111. On a UNIX-style system. ■ 42 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . See “Stopping a specific Application Server” on page 109. and double-click Services. Do one of the following: ■ On Windows. from the Start menu.

To stop all Application Servers on the host. From the Windows Start menu. Right-click BladeLogic Application Server and select Stop from the pop-up menu. The BLCLI provides commands that allow you to shut down Application Servers more gracefully (see “Shutting down Application Servers gracefully”). pause. You can also use related commands to pause an Application Server while it processes all active jobs or resume service after you have paused the Application Server. See “Stopping a specific Application Server” on page 109. or shut down an Application Server When you pause an Application Server. the following occurs: ■ The job execution thread on the Application Server no longer processes newly scheduled jobs. These commands are available in the AppServerShutdown name space of the BLCLI. You can use these commands to shut down. On a UNIX-style system.Stopping all Application Servers on the host Stopping all Application Servers on the host Performing this procedure immediately stops all Application Servers on the host. NOTE You can also use the Infrastructure Management window to gracefully shut down a specific Application Server (when multiple Application Servers are configured on the host). do one of the following: ■ From the Windows command line window where the Application Server is running. resume. See the BLCLI Help for specific information on AppServerShutdown. or resume a specific Application Server or all Application Servers on the host. and double-click Services. enter Control-C.d/blappserv stop ■ ■ Shutting down Application Servers gracefully The BLCLI provides commands that allow you to shut down an Application Server after all jobs running on it have completed or after a specified period of time has elapsed. enter the following: /etc/init. Double-click Administrative Tools. even though they may be currently processing jobs. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 43 . What happens when you pause. select Settings => Control Panel.

The job execution thread can again process scheduled jobs and the Application Server can request work item threads from other Application Servers. it continues to process all of its current work items. the Application Server continues to give out work item threads to other Application Servers. The blasadmin utility lets you configure all parameters. the shutdown sequence begins. database. When you use AppServerShutdown commands to shut down an Application Server. the Application Server will not appear to be paused until all of those work items are complete. versus the subset you can configure with the Post-Install Configuration Wizard. To expedite the processing of any currently active jobs. and SNMP servers. if requested. If any of those work items take a long time to finish. When all jobs and work items have completed or a specified period of time has elapsed. The Application Server is temporarily set so it can no longer request work item threads from other Application Servers.Using the Application Server Administration console (blasadmin) to configure Application Servers ■ The Application Server is temporarily set so other Application Servers cannot distribute jobs to it. ■ ■ NOTE When you pause an Application Server. When you instruct a paused Application Server to resume work. you essentially undo the actions listed above. and other components of an Application Server. the Authentication Service. Using the Application Server Administration console (blasadmin) to configure Application Servers The BMC BladeLogic Application Server Administration console (blasadmin) is a command line utility that lets you set parameters needed for an Application Server. the Application Server’s job framework is paused. This section provides procedures to control all aspects of the Application Server’s behavior. as described above. These parameters define the location and behavior of the application. mail. 44 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . file.

How you enter the command depends whether you want to configure the default Application Server or one of multiple Application Servers on the host. see: ■ ■ ■ The set Command The show Command The help Command 3 Exit the blasadmin utility. Starting blasadmin to Configure the Default Application Server To start the Application Server Administration console when there is a single Application Server on the host. enter the commands. run the blasadmin command.Starting the Application Server Administration console To configure Application Servers with the Application Server Administration Console (blasadmin): 1 Start the Application Server Administration Console. TIP If you want to enter just one or two commands. enter the following: \bin\blasadmin. 2 At the prompt. you can both run the blasadmin utility and pass it a command at the same time. Starting the Application Server Administration console To start the Application Server Administration console. For information. you can change the location of a file server (on the default Application Server) by entering the following command blasadmin set fileserver location /tmp/Storage. — From the directory where BMC BladeLogic is installed. do one of the following: — From the Start menu. 4 Restart the Application Server to have your configuration settings take effect.exe Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 45 . do one of the following: ■ On Windows. How you start this utility determines the Application Server configuration affected by the commands. See “Starting the Application Server Administration console”. For example. select Programs => BMC Software => BladeLogic Server Automation Suite => Utilities => Application Server Administration.

Starting the Application Server Administration console

Both options run the same command.

On a UNIX-style system, from the directory where BMC BladeLogic is installed, enter the following:
./br/blasadmin

This command starts the blasadmin utility and you can use blasadmin set and show commands.

NOTE
All commands you enter during the session affect only the default Application Server. Application Servers created on the host in the future do not have the changes. To have changes affect future Application Servers, use this command to start blasadmin and configure the _template deployment: blasadmin -s _template For information on the default and _template deployments, see “Editing the list of roles with Application Server Launcher access” on page 113

Starting blasadmin when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host
If there are multiple Application Servers on the same host, you need to specify whether you want to use blasadmin to configure one specific Application Server or all Application Servers on the host. Do one of the following:

To start blasadmin and configure one specific Application Server, use:
blasadmin -s appServerName

Where: -s appServerName is the Application Server’s name. For example:
blasadmin -s OtherJobServer

This command starts the blasadmin utility and you can enter blasadmin commands. All commands you enter during the session (until you enter exit at the blasadmin prompt) affect only the Application Server you specified.

To start blasadmin and configure all Application Servers on the host, use:
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This command starts the blasadmin utility and you can enter set and show commands. All commands you enter during the session affect: — All additional Application Servers configured on the same host — The _template deployment — The default Application Server For information on deployments, see “Editing the list of roles with Application Server Launcher access” on page 113.

The set Command
The set command sets the parameter to the specified value in the configuration. The setting takes effect when you restart the Application Server.The format for the set command is:
set component parameter value

Where:
■ ■ ■

component is the Application Server functionality you can configure parameter is an option that controls the Application Server behavior value is the value for the parameter

For example:
blasadmin> set fileserver name redhat1

This example sets the file server’s name to redhat1.

NOTE
When configuring settings on the Application Server, you must restart the Application Server for a setting to take effect.

TIP
When there is no ambiguity about the command you are typing, you can enter a shortened version of a command. For example, you can type set f n instead of typing set fileserver name.

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The show Command

The show Command
The show command shows components, parameters, and current settings for an Application Server. The format is: show [component] [component parameter] [all]
To Show Descriptions of all parameters for all components At the bladmin> prompt, enter show descriptions For example:
bladmin> show descriptions [AccountConfig] AccountLockoutDuration - How long (in minutes) to keep the account locked AccountLockoutThreshold - How many failed logins before the account is locked MaxPasswordAge - How many days before a password needs to be changed MinPasswordLength - Minimum length of password required [AgentConfig] EnableAgentRpc - Enable or disable agent RPC communication [true, false] SecureFilePath - Path to the rsc “‘secure’ file. [AppServer] AppServerName - name of application server AppSvcPort - listening port for Application service . . .

All components and parameters, plus settings for parameters that have them

show all For example:
bladmin> show all [AccountConfig] AccountLockoutDuration:0 AccountockoutThreshold:0 MaxPasswordAge:0 MinPasswordLength:0 [AgentConfig] EnableAgentRpc:false SecureFilePath: . . .

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To Show

At the bladmin> prompt, enter

A component’s parameters show component (with descriptions) For example:
bladmin> show fileserver available options: [all|location|name] all - display all configuration parameters for this option location - the NSH style </c/temp> location name - the name of the fileserver

A component’s parameters show component all and settings For example:
bladmin> show snmpconfig all [SnmpConfig] SnmpPort:162 SnmpServer:

The current setting for a single parameter

show component parameter For example:
bladmin> show database MaxGeneralConnections MaxGeneralConnections:100

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The help Command

The help Command
The help command provides help on the set and show commands.
To get help on At the bladmin> prompt, enter

A list of components (with help set | show descriptions) you can specify with the command For example:
bladmin> help set AccountConfig - minimum password length configuration AuthServer - authorization configuration ConfigManagerUI - configuration for UI Database - the database configuration parameters . . .

All of the parameters for a help set | show component component For example:
bladmin> help set Database

A description of a parameter

help set | show component parameter For example:
bladmin> help show pxeserver listen_port the server port the PXE server listens on

Specifying multiple values for a parameter
Some Application Server parameters accept more than one value. To specify multiple values for a parameter, use a comma-separated list. For example:
blAdmin> set ManagementService EmailRecipients adA@ACo.com,adB@ACo.com

Changing the default separator for multiple values
In the blasadmin utility, the comma is the default separator for specifying multiple parameter values. If the values you want to specify include commas, you can change the separator to a different character. To change the default separator, enter the blasadmin command with the -c option.

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Deleting a configuration setting

blasadmin -c value_separator_character

For example, to change the value separator to a semicolon, you would enter:
blasadmin -c ;

The setting is in effect only for the blasadmin session (until you exit the blasadmin utility).

Deleting a configuration setting
You can delete a parameter value from an Application Server’s configuration. To delete the value, use the blasadmin set command and specify an empty value surrounded by quotation marks (““). For example:
blasadmin -s OtherConfigServer set AuthServer AppServiceURLs ““

This example removes the AppServiceURLs value for Application Server named OtherConfigServer.

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Managing Application Server behavior with the Application Server Administration console

Managing Application Server behavior with the Application Server Administration console
Using the Application Server Administration console, (the blasadmin utility) you can perform a variety of tasks to manage all aspects of Application Server behavior. The following list describes the procedures you can perform to manage the Application Server. Many of these procedure include subordinate procedures.
■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Configuring the Application Server Configuring the file server Configuring a mail server Configuring Perl Configuring an SNMP server Configuring a database server Configuring the process spawner Processing across mount points Restricting the size of configuration and extended objects Configuring user interface settings Setting SRP login requirements Configuring the PXE Server Configuring the Licensing Module Enabling asynchronous execution Enabling web services

Configuring the Application Server
The Application Server is the core of the middle tier in a BMC BladeLogic installation. Not only does the Application Server control communication between clients and servers, it also regulates activity between the client and the database, file, and mail servers. The Application Server provides many adjustable parameters that allow you to scale a BMC BladeLogic system to virtually any size.

Scaling the Application Server
The Application Server provides several options that you can adjust to accommodate increased activity. An Application Server should be configured so that even when all of its work item threads are busy, the Application Server still has additional resource capacity.

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1 Start the Application Server Administration console, as described in “Starting the
Application Server Administration console” on page 45.

2 To specify the maximum number of worker threads, enter the following:
set appserver maxworkerthreads #

where # is the maximum number of threads that can process requests from clients. For example, you might set this to 10, which means that only 10 client connections can be serviced at a time even though many more users might actually be connected to the Application Server. Worker threads should not be confused with work item threads, which process BMC BladeLogic Console jobs (see step 5).

3 To specify the maximum number of client connections that the Application Server
can manage, enter the following:
set appserver MaxClientContexts #

where # is the maximum number of connections to clients.

4 To specify the maximum number of jobs, enter the following:
set appserver MaxJobs #

where # is the maximum number of jobs. By controlling the number of jobs that are processed simultaneously, you can avoid overtaxing Application Server resources.

5 To specify a maximum size for the pool of threads that can be used to process BMC
BladeLogic Console jobs, enter the following:
set appserver MaxWorkItemThreads #

where # is a number of work item threads. All BMC BladeLogic jobs let you specify how many targets to process in parallel. You can set a value from 1 to 10 or allow an unlimited number of targets to be processed in parallel. The MaxWorkItemThreads and MaxLightweightWorkItemThreads (see step 6) also can control how many targets can be processed in parallel. If your system uses one Application Server, the maximum number of targets that can be processed is based on the Application Server’s available work item threads. If your system uses multiple Application Servers, the maximum number of targets that can be processed in parallel is based on the sum of all available work item threads on all Application Servers.

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see “Work item threads and the job execution thread” on page 31. An Application Server can optionally provide a secondary pool of lightweight work item threads. work item threads often sit idle while target servers process deployment tasks. 54 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . the Application Server can use a pool of lightweight work item threads to process phases of a Deploy Job that access target servers.Configuring the Application Server When processing Deploy Jobs. Using lightweight work item threads helps you run more Deploy Jobs in parallel more efficiently. By default this value is set to 0. enter the following: set appserver MaxLightweightWorkItemThreads # where # is a number of lightweight work item threads. Other than being limited to particular types of tasks. For more on the role of work item threads. 6 To specify a maximum size for the pool of lightweight work item threads that can be used for Deploy Jobs. 7 Restart the Application Server. lightweight work item threads behave exactly like work item threads. Lightweight work item threads primarily perform tasks on target servers and consequently consume almost no memory on an Application Server. To avoid this kind of inefficiency. These threads are only used during the Simulate and Commit phases of a Deploy Job.

each Application Server periodically updates its time stamp. For Application Servers to cooperate. ■ 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. and 10 seconds elapse between heartbeats. 2 To specify a time span that indicates a remote Application Server has timed out. the following prerequisites must be met: ■ Each Application Server must be configured to access the same database and have the same bladelogic. For information on synchronizing bladelogic. Application Servers that are cooperating monitor each other’s heartbeat to determine which Application Servers are in service. its heartbeat). For example. They accomplish this by distributing the processing of entire jobs or work items for large individual jobs to other Application Servers. they automatically attempt to cooperate by balancing their job processing workloads. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 55 .keystore file. To accomplish this. System clocks on all Application Servers must be synchronized to within a few seconds of each other. When an Application Server updates its heartbeat. enter the following: set appserver RemoteServerTimeout # where # is number of seconds between heartbeats before a remote Application Server is considered out of service.keystore files. enter the following: set appserver ServerMonitorInterval # where # is the frequency with which an Application Server updates its own time stamp (that is. 3 To specify an interval between heartbeats for an Application Server. NOTE For Application Servers to cooperate. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. it also checks for the heartbeat of any remote Application Servers. see “Synchronizing keystore files of multiple Application Servers” on page 58.Configuring the Application Server Setting up job distribution between multiple Application Servers When Application Servers are configured to access the same database. the Application Server is considered out of service. they must know which Application Servers are in service. if RemoteServerTimeout is set to 5. which functions as its heartbeat.

Generally. 8 To specify a port used for communication between Application Servers. connections encrypted with SSL also require client authentication. By default the RegistryPort is set to 9836.Configuring the Application Server 4 To specify a time-out for connecting to a remote Application Server. enter the following: set appserver UseSSLSockets true where true indicates that connections to this Application Server must be encrypted using SSL. enter the following: set appserver RequireClientAuthentication true where true instructs the Application Server to require authentication from remote Application Servers. the connection times out. 5 To specify a time-out for responses from a remote Application Server. the connection times out. Once that maximum is exceeded. enter the following: set appserver SocketConnectTimeout # where # is the maximum number of seconds for obtaining an initial socket connection to a remote Application Server. Once the maximum is exceeded. 7 To specify that remote Application Servers contacting the Application Server must authenticate. 56 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . enter the following: set appserver RegistryPort # where # is a port number. 6 To specify that a socket connection use SSL. enter the following: set appserver SocketTimeout # where # is the maximum number of seconds to wait for a response from an Application Server after the initial connection has already been established. 9 Restart the Application Server.

log There are also individual log files for each Application Server deployment. which by default are located in: UNIX /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8. with one job server running on each. the logging information for the job is actually distributed between the log files on both appserver1 and appserver2. the Application Server log file is located in: UNIX /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8. they automatically attempt to cooperate by balancing their job processing workloads.log Windows installationDirectory\BladeLogic\8. Therefore you would need to review the log files on both Application Servers.1\NSH\br/deploymentProfileName.lo g Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 57 .1\NSH\br/appserver. In this example. By default.1/NSH/br/deploymentProfileName.1/NSH/br/appserver. When Application Servers are configured to access the same database. and the Distribution Manager is dynamically allocating resource and running jobs on both Application Servers as needed. For example. which means that the log information is also distributed. you may have two physical Application Servers (appserver1 and appserver2).Configuring the Application Server Considerations for troubleshooting jobs in a MAS environment Each Application Server has a log file which contains information about what is being executed on that Application Server.log Windows installationDirectory\BladeLogic\8.

Synchronizing keystore files of multiple Application Servers Multiple Application Servers on different hosts can be set up to cooperate on processing jobs.) For this cooperation to take place. consider the case of a job with a priority of Critical. Note that these priority levels are meaningful only in relation to each other. High.keystore file. Such a job would appear to relinquish resources to a lower priority job with a high parallelism level. with a relatively higher priority to ensure they are executed first in case of resource contention. For a list of the permissions and authorizations required to modify Job Priority. To synchronize keystore files of cooperating Application Servers. the Distribution Manager queues work items in respect to priority. once the initial work item assignment quota for that Critical priority job is reached. all Application Servers must have the same bladelogic. By default. and Lowest. If you have implemented a multiple Application Server environment. There is no guarantee about the order of completion of each job (which is dependent on various extraneous factors including the actions performed in each job. do the following on each cooperating Application Server: 58 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . note the following considerations regarding job priority: ■ While queuing work items across all jobs. if two concurrent jobs are competing for resources. For example. the individual work items of the higher priority job are queued to be processed before the work items of the lower priority job. see BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. but with a low maximum parallelism level. or a class of jobs. its target vector. all job types have a priority of Normal. and so on). For example. ■ ■ For more information on setting the job priority level. You can assign one of any of the following priorities: Critical. the responsiveness of the target space. The parallelism configuration of a job can significantly impact the appearance of the effectiveness of the job’s priority level. see “Authorizations for changing job priority” and “Setting job priority” in the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. Normal. Low. see “Setting up job distribution between multiple Application Servers” on page 55.Configuring the Application Server Job distribution and job priority in a MAS environment You can use the PRIORITY* property to mark a job. (For information. as it controls the maximum number of simultaneous work items that can be allocated for a given job.

The file location is: installationDirectory/br/deployments/_template/bladelogic. enter: set appserverlauncher KeyStorePassword password F If the process spawner is in use. enter: blasadmin -s deployment_name For example: blasadmin -s default or blasadmin -s _template B At the blasadmin prompt. D Change the keystore password for the _launcher deployment. if it is in use. (If keystore passwords match.keystore file. change the keystore password for that deployment. At the command prompt. change the keystore password for the _spawner deployment. enter: set appserver CertPasswd password C Repeat these steps for each deployment whose keystore file has changed.) To change the password needed for the bladelogic. At the command prompt. enter: Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 59 . 2 Copy the bladelogic.keystore file for all Application Server deployments: A On the cooperating Application Server.keystore 3 Make sure that the passwords match for bladelogic. start the Application Server Administration console for the deployment. At the command prompt.keystore file from the _template directory of the central Application Server to each deployment directory of the cooperating Application Server.keystore files of all deployments of the cooperating Application Server. If the new bladelogic. enter: blasadmin -s _launcher E At the blasadmin prompt.keystore file you copied into a deployment has a different password from that of the old bladelogic.Configuring the Application Server 1 Stop the cooperating Application Server. you can skip this step. including the PXE server.

enter the following: set appserver MaxTimeForCancelToFinish # where # is the maximum amount of time in minutes that should elapse for job cancellation. 2 To specify an idle prune time. 60 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . If the client exceeds these maximums.Configuring the Application Server blasadmin -s _spawner G At the blasadmin prompt. the connection is closed. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. the job part is classified as stuck and the job part is aborted. 3 Restart the Application Server. enter the following: set appserver IdleConnectionPruneTime # where # is a value in minutes. Setting limits for client connections The Application Server lets you specify certain limits for connections to the Application Server. the connection is considered expired. such as a prune time for idle connections or the maximum amount of time a client can perform read operations from the Application Server. This prevents situations where cancellation of a job is not performing as expected and the act of canceling the job can potentially hang the job. When there is no traffic over the connection between a client and the Application Server for this period of time. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. enter: set ProcessSpawner KeyStorePassword password 4 Restart the cooperating Application Servers. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. 2 To set a maximum period for job cancellation. Specifying a maximum time for canceling a job part You can specify a maximum period of time that can elapse for a job part to be canceled. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. If cancellation of a job part exceeds this maximum.

4 Restart the Application Server. you can use this procedure to override the default behavior so that only one work item thread times out automatically. Setting time-out behavior for work item threads The Application Server lets you specify time-out behavior for work item threads. enter the following: set appserver SocketTimeout # where # is the maximum number of seconds for client socket reads before the socket times out. 3 Restart the Application Server. idle connections with non-zero IdleConnectionPruneTime values are checked. 2 To set time-out behavior. all other work item threads acting on the same server are also canceled. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. By default. By default this value is set to 0. Setting it to false means only the one work item thread is canceled. enter the following: set appserver PropagateWorkItemTimeout true|false Setting this value to true means all work item threads acting on the same server are canceled when one work item thread times out. which means the connection never expired. 3 To specify a time-out for client socket read operations from the Application Server. if you assign job part time-outs. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. This prevents situations where multiple work item threads time out serially on the same unresponsive server. use this procedure. and the connections that have expired are pruned. Enabling automatic restart of provisioning jobs after Application Server restart A restart of an Application Server cancels provisioning jobs that have been submitted but are waiting idle (for example. a job waiting for the PXE client to boot). Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 61 . If necessary.Configuring the Application Server When a new incoming connection is made. To ensure that these jobs are automatically restarted when the Application Server restarts. a work item thread is canceled when it exceeds the time period you have defined in the JOB_PART_TIMEOUT property. In addition.

You can. as the AGENT_STATUS property for the target servers is updated in any case. Setting the outcome of Update Server Properties Jobs when target agents are unresponsive By default. Parts that do not comply are shown in Compliance Job results. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. the job run is marked with a warning and the job log includes a message saying that job results have been truncated. 2 Set the outcome of Update Server Properties Jobs by entering the following: set JobFactory UspJobSucceedsWhenAgentDown true|false The default value is true. A Compliance Job examines a component and compares its parts to conditions defined in compliance rules for a component template. If results for a Compliance Job exceed the limits you set in this procedure. an Update Server Properties Job always ends successfully. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. you may tax your system resources.Configuring the Application Server 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. set the Update Server Properties Job to end in failed status whenever agents do not respond. however. Setting the value to false means that the Update Server Properties Job will be reported (in the log and in the display of job results) as having ended in failed status if the agent on the remote target is unreachable or not licensed. If you are running a Compliance Job that examines many server objects that fail a compliance condition. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. even if the RSCD agents on the remote target servers are unresponsive. 2 Enable automatic restart of provisioning jobs by entering the following: set appserver restartIdleProvisionJobs true 3 Restart the Application Server. Setting a maximum number of Compliance Results displayed The Application Server lets you specify the maximum number of compliance results that are displayed for any failed condition in a compliance rule. 62 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . particularly disk space.

Setting a value for this option specifies that: ■ If you restart the Application Server and the specified period has not elapsed. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. all existing jobs remain in the job queue for the default amount of time—60 minutes. the scheduled occurrence of a job does not execute. the scheduled occurrence of a one-time-only job does not execute but the scheduled occurrence of a recurring job does execute. 2 To set past due job execution behavior. 3 Restart the Application Server. By default this value is set to 60.Configuring the Application Server 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. enter the following: set scheduler MaxJobTimeInSchedulerQ # where # is a value in minutes. ■ NOTE This procedure only defines behavior for new jobs. If you restart the Application Server and the specified period has elapsed. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 63 . Setting behavior for past due jobs The Application Server lets you specify a period of time that a newly created job can remain in a queue while the Application Server is down or too busy to process the job. The period of time is measured from the scheduled occurrence of the job to the time the Application Server starts. No matter how you define this value. 3 Restart the Application Server. Setting this value to 0 means that all past due jobs execute when the Application Server starts. 2 To set a maximum for compliance results displayed. enter the following: set appserver ComplianceResultMaxNumberOfAssets # where # is a the maximum number of server objects displayed per failed condition in a compliance rule.

NOTE Because each work item in an Audit Job requires a dedicated database connection. 2 To set a maximum and minimum number of job-related database connections. 64 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . increasing the value for MaxJobExecutionConnections can sometimes increase the performance of large Audit Jobs. you can help to prevent situations where client connections seem to hang because large jobs are using all available database connections. You can set the maximum and minimum number of database connections that jobs use. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. use either of the following commands: set database MaxJobExecutionConnections # set database MinJobExecutionConnections # where # is a number of database connections. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. 3 To set a maximum and minimum number of non-job-related database connections. use either of the following commands: set database MaxGeneralConnections # set database MinGeneralConnections # where # is a number of database connections. You can also set the maximum and minimum number of database connections used for general. NOTE The sum of the maximum numbers you define for MaxJobExecutionConnections and MaxGeneralConnections cannot exceed the connection limit specified by the database server. non-job-related purposes. By providing separate settings for job-related and non-job-related activity.Configuring the Application Server Setting the number of database connections Use this procedure to set maximums and minimums for database connections. such as client connections to the database. 4 Restart the Application Server.

This port is used for BMC BladeLogic Console to Application Server communication. If this value is set to 0. the Application Server does not run an Application Service. update the remote heartbeat status. ProxySvcPort is set to 9842 for the default Application Server. coordinate job work item execution. AppSvcPort 9841 Listening port for the Application Service (that is. By default the Authentication Service runs and listens on port 9840. the service that accepts client connections). Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 65 . Typically. You can modify this value if necessary. the ProxySvcPort is automatically set to the Base Port plus 42. When you deploy a new Application Server with its type set to NSH_PROXY or ALL. the Application Server does not run a Network Shell Proxy Service. The listening port for a Network Shell Proxy Service. the Application Server does not run an Authentication Service. It is used in conjunction with the RMI Execution Port 9850+ (which is obtained from the MaxPort/MinPort range when the Application Server starts). If this value is blank.Configuring the Application Server Setting communication ports The following sections list the port requirements for both the Application Server and the Application Server Launcher. This port is used in a multiple Application Server configuration for Application Server to Application Server communication. This communication is used for various administration tasks. If this value is set to 0. ProxySvcPort 9842 RegistryPort 9836 Listening port for traffic between Application Servers that cooperate by distributing jobs to each other. Application Server ports By convention the Application Server listens to the ports listed in the following table: Port Number (By Convention) 9840 Traffic Type AuthSvcPort Description Listening port for the Authentication Service associated with an Application Server. and is used in conjunction with the JMX Management Port 9838 (by default) to authenticate the client AppSvcPort (port 9841 by default). By default the Application Service runs and listens on port 9841. You must manually define a listening port for the default deployment of an Application Server. such as to pull Application Server statistics. and so on.

This communication is all local traffic for this port Incoming messages 9701 RMI execution 9702 In a firewall environment. Each managed Application Server uses this port to notify the Application Server Launcher that the Application Server is up and in a ready state. and # is the number of the port. Many organizations provide Internet access through a proxy server. Default communications port used for Application Server communication with the Application Server Launcher. Setting up HTTP proxy server support This procedure describes how to set up a user name and password for authentication on an HTTP proxy server. enter the following: set appServerComponent listeningport # where appServerComponent is the option category you want to modify. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. it requires a user name and password. the following ports are used by the Application Server Launcher for BMC BladeLogic Console to AppServerLauncher communication: Port Number (By default) 9700 Traffic Type JMX Description Default Java Management Extensions (JMX) port used by the BMC BladeLogic Console to communicate with the Application Server Launcher. which the Application Server can provide if you perform the following procedure. listeningport is the type of listening port. such as AuthServer. 2 To specify a listening port. such as AuthSvcPort. Ports used in a multiple application server deployment by the Application Server Launcher By default. 66 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .Configuring the Application Server 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. If the HTTP proxy server authenticates users. 3 Restart the Application Server. The patch management component of BMC BladeLogic incorporates the ability to download files from the Internet. use this port is used for BMC BladeLogic Console /Application Server Launcher communication.

Configuring the Application Server 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. enter the following: set appserver HTTPProxyPort # where # is the port used to contact the proxy server. 5 To specify a password. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. This procedure is primarily useful when an Application Server has more than one network interface and you want the Application Server to listen for connections on only one. 6 Restart the Application Server. Binding the Application Server to an IP address Use this procedure to specify an IP address to which an Application Server should listen. 3 To specify a listening port for the HTTP proxy server. 2 To identify a proxy server. 4 To specify a user name provided to the HTTP proxy server. enter the following: set appserver HTTPProxyUser userName where userName is the name of a valid user on the proxy server. You can also instruct the Application Server to listen for connections on all of its IP addresses. enter the following: set appserver HTTPProxyName serverName where serverName is the name of the HTTP proxy server. enter the following: set appserver SocketsBindAddress IP_address|all Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 67 . 2 To specify an IP address to which the Application Server should listen. enter the following: set appserver HTTPProxyPassword password where password is the password assigned to the proxy user you identified in the previous step. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console.

enter the following: set ProcessSpawner RMIExecutionPort # For more on the process spawner. Enabling and disabling Network Shell proxy inspection To ensure data integrity. enter the following: set appserver JMXManagementPort # 4 To specify a port used to access the process spawner’s remote execution objects. When this inspection reveals a problem. 3 To specify a port used to access JConsole. 2 To specify a port used to access the Application Server’s remote execution objects. the Application Server listens on all of its IP addresses. see “Configuring the process spawner” on page 79. BMC BladeLogic inspects data packets traveling between Network Shell clients and proxy servers. Similarly.Configuring the Application Server In the command shown above IP_address is the IP address or host name to which the Application Server should listen. the packet is not delivered. Configuring ports for remote execution objects Use this procedure to configure ports used to access remote execution objects. If you have previously instructed an Application Server to listen for a specific IP address. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. 68 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . enter the following: set appserver RMIExecutionPort # where # is the number of the port. 5 Restart the Application Server. such as the management object used by JConsole. you must use all in this command to change those instructions so the Application Server listens on all IP addresses. the Application Server listens on all IP addresses. if you enter all in the command shown above. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. 3 Restart the Application Server. If you do not specify an IP address or host name. You can use this procedure to turn off packet inspection.

If you specify: set appserver VersionCompatibilityCheck micro The check would find that the version numbers are the same and allow the connection.123. By default proxy inspection is turned on. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. minor. 7 is the major part. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 69 . 2 Enter the following command: set appserver VersionCompatibilityCheck major|minor|micro|build (In the version number 7.0. at a level of detail you specify. the Application Server refuses the connection.) major — Sets the check to compare only the major part of the version numbers.125.5. and micro parts of the version numbers. 2 Enable or disable packet inspection by entering the following: set appserver EnableProxyInspection true | false where false turns off proxy inspection and true turns it on.0. minor — Sets the check to compare the major and minor parts of the version numbers. micro — Sets the check to compare the major.5. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. and so on. you can set up a version compatibility check.5. suppose the Application Server version is 7. build — Sets the check to compare all four parts of the version numbers. Ensuring version compatibility between Application Server and client To ensure that a connection does not take place when an Application Server and client are at different versions. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. This check compares the version numbers of the client and the Application Server. 3 Restart the Application Server.Configuring the Application Server 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. If the version numbers are not the same.0. 5 is the minor part. This is the default. For example.125 and the client version is 7.

if you take a snapshot of a directory structure contains multiple instances of the same. You can use this setting to improve database performance. 3 Restart the Application Server. 3 Restart the Application Server. as the file system object is stored in the cache and can be reused. Setting a maximum cache size for file system objects The Application Server lets you specify the maximum number of file system objects that are stored in the cache. For example. the Job does not have to write the same file to the database multiple times. 70 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. enter the following: set appserver FileSystemObjectCacheMaxSize # where # is a the maximum number of file system objects that will be stored in the cache.Configuring the Application Server If you specify: set appserver VersionCompatibilityCheck build The check would find that the version numbers differ and would refuse the connection. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. The default value is 5000. 2 To set a maximum cache size for file system objects.

2 Expand the hierarchy of the Application Servers node. You can adjust this display number by selecting Window => Preferences.Changing the heap size for BMC BladeLogic components Setting the maximum number of items per page The Application Server lets you specify a maximum number of records retrieved from a managed server. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 71 . Expand BMC and Paging Options to change the default. by default. for example. and other BMC BladeLogic components as described in the following sections. From the BMC BladeLogic Console 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. and server objects in the Configuration Object Dictionary. These records are used when working with groups. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. Changing the heap size for BMC BladeLogic components You can change the heap size for the Application Server. database assets. search groups. select Infrastructure Management. You must choose File => Refresh after changing the default to have the change take effect. from the Configuration menu. smart groups. per page. folders. custom objects. TIP In the BMC BladeLogic Console. the Application Server Launcher. large numbers of objects are presented in groups of 50. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. Changing the heap size for the Application Server You can the heap size for the Application Server from the BMC BladeLogic Console or using the blasadmin utility. 2 To set a maximum page size. You can then page through these groups to make working with large numbers of objects more manageable. enter the following: set appserver MaxPageSize # where # is a the maximum number of items retrieved per page. The default value is 1000. 3 Restart the Application Server.

2048 MB Changing the heap size for the Application Server Launcher You can also change the heap size for the Application Server Launcher. ■ On Windows platforms. update the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\BladeLogic\Operations Manager\Application Server\option1 72 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .1024 MB Linux . 4 In the Edit Application Server Profile dialog. by default.1536 MB Solaris .Changing the heap size for BMC BladeLogic components 3 Right-click the Application Server you want to edit and select Edit. To change the heap size for the Application Server Launcher. Using the Application Server Administration console (blasadmin utility) To change the heap size for the Application Server using the blasadmin utility. the recommended Max Heap Size value for each platform is as follows: ■ ■ ■ Windows . Application Servers inherit the heap size value from the Application Server Launcher. perform the following steps according to your environment. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. The Edit Application Server Profile dialog opens. 2 Enter the following command: set AppServer MaxHeapSize heapSize For example: set AppServer MaxHeapSize 1024M TIP Assuming that the Application Server has the recommended configuration of 4GB or more of physical memory. In a multiApplication Server environment. perform the following steps: 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. change the values for the MaxHeapSize attribute.

specifies a max heap size of 1GB. modify the following line in the corresponding script. specifies a max heap size of 1GB. the format for setting the max heap size is jvm.. for example. you modify the configuration script or file for the component. If your system does not use SOCKS Proxy Servers to route to remote servers.. ■ For Windows platforms.Enabling/disabling SOCKS proxy rule evaluation ■ For UNIX and Linux platforms. you can disable routing rule evaluation. the BMC BladeLogic system evaluates communication requests to remote servers against routing rules to determine if the communication needs to be routed through a SOCKS Proxy Server.arg=-Xmx1024M. Changing the heap size for other BMC BladeLogic components To change the heap size for other BMC BladeLogic components. Changing the value to Xmx1G. where -Xmx512M specifies a max heap size of 512Mb. By default. Enabling/disabling SOCKS proxy rule evaluation By default.io./usr/nsh/br directory: $JAVA_HOME/bin/java -Xss2m -Xmx512M Djava. which is located in the .tmpdir=$BLADELOGIC_HOME/tmp……. which is located in the .io./usr/nsh/br directory: $JAVA_HOME/bin/java -Xss2m -Xmx512M Djava. you modify the blclient script. where -Xmx512M specifies a max heap size of 512Mb. Changing the value to Xmx1G. you modify the blasadmin. To change the heap size for the BMC BladeLogic Console on UNIX or Linux.tmpdir=$BLADELOGIC_HOME/tmp…….cfg) file in the br directory. the configuration files are located in C:\Program Files\BMC Software\Bladelogic\versionNumber\NSH\br. modify the following line in the blappserv script. modify the corresponding configuration (. For example. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 73 .cfg file. to change the heap size for the blasadmin utility on Windows. In the configuration file. for example.. ■ For UNIX and Linux platforms..

■ The file server should have substantial disk space (see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Installation Guide for exact recommendations). and metabase values longer than 255 characters. Configuring the file server To configure a file server you must specify a host and directory where BMC BladeLogic stores content. you must perform this procedure. For information on setting up communications to remote servers through SOCKS Proxy Servers. Network Shell scripts. enter the following: set RoutingConfig EvaluateSocksProxyRules true|false Where: true — Turns on routing rule evaluation. the file server stores registry. NOTE Do not limit access to the file server by pushing agent ACLs to the agent on the file server. routing rule evaluation is turned on. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. the system does not evaluate communication requests against routing rules. BMC BladeLogic uses the file server to store the contents of files included in snapshots. By default. and other types of information that is not easily stored in the database.Configuring the file server 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. software packages. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. A file server should meet the following requirements: ■ An RSCD agent should be installed and licensed. false — Turns off routing rule evaluation. All users need to be mapped to the same user on the file server. 74 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Before you can start BMC BladeLogic for the first time after a fresh installation. 2 To enable or disable routing rule evaluation. The system evaluates communication requests against routing rules. BLPackages. 3 Restart the Application Server. In addition. COM+.

1 Select Configuration => Infrastructure Management. as opposed to a Windows-style path. Updating a file server You can update the status or change the properties of a file server using the Infrastructure Management window. Without this mapping a user may not be able to access a file that another user has stored on the file server. One way to accomplish the necessary mapping is to create an entry like the following in the exports file on the file server: applicationServer rw. 3 To specify the location of the file server directory. enter the following: set fileserver location directory where directory is the directory on the file server where data is stored. such as /c/FileServer. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. and all BMC BladeLogic users must be mapped to that user. For more information see “Exports file” on page 240. 2 Right-click the file server and select choose from the following options: Option Update File Server Status Description Contacts the file server to determine current status Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 75 . Setting up the file server 1 Start the Application Server Administration console.Configuring the file server ■ A user name must be defined on the file server. 2 To specify the name of the file server. user=userName where applicationServer is a comma-separated list of Application Server names or IP addresses and userName is the name to which all users are mapped. 4 Restart the Application Server. enter the following: set fileserver name hostname where hostname is the name of the server where data is stored. such as C:\FileServer. Use a Network Shell style path to a directory.

where you can modify the host name or the file server root directory. 2 To specify the name or IP address of the SMTP server. enter the following: set emailconfig smtpserver hostname where hostname is the name or IP address of the host managing email. 5 Restart the Application Server. To modify the file server to an advanced file server.Configuring a mail server Option Refresh Properties Description Updates the status of the server Launches the properties dialog. You do not have to configure a mail server if you are not using the system’s ability to generate email. see “Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers” on page 312 Configuring a mail server BMC BladeLogic jobs can generate email upon their completion. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console.) 3 To specify the email address from which system-generated email is sent. To enable this capability. 76 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . For more information. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. (SMTP stands for simple mail transfer protocol. enter the following: set emailconfig fromaddress address where address is the address from which mail should be sent. you must configure a mail server. 4 To display the email address for technical support. select the Enable Advanced File Server option. enter the following: show emailconfig techsupport NOTE The techsupport parameter is a read-only parameter.

when an Audit Job detects consistent or inconsistent results. Configuring an SNMP server When a BMC BladeLogic job completes. it too can generate an SNMP trap. enter the following: set snmpconfig snmpport # where # is the port used to contact the SNMP server. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. enter the following: set snmpconfig snmpserver hostname where hostname is the name or IP address of the host managing SNMP trap notifications. 3 Restart the Application Server. 3 To specify a listening port for the SNMP server. To enable SNMP traps. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. 4 Restart the Application Server. you should configure the Application Server so it knows the location of the Perl executable. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. 2 To specify the name or IP address of the SNMP server. such as /c/perl/bin/perl.Configuring Perl Configuring Perl The BMC BladeLogic Console and Network Shell both support the Perl scripting language. it can generate an SNMP trap. you must configure an SNMP server. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 77 . In addition.exe. If you are using Perl. 2 Specify the path and name of the Perl executable by entering the following: set perlconfig location pathToPerl where pathToPerl is a Network Shell-style path.

The connection string can use one of the following formats: ■ ■ jdbc:oracle:thin:@DBSERVER:PORT:SID jdbc:sqlserver://DBSERVER:PORT. the server running the database. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console”.driver. By default.jdbc. a BMC BladeLogic installation uses the following database ports: Port Number 1521 1433 ■ ■ Database Type Oracle SQL Server 3 To specify the driver class for the database. Replace PORT with the port number the database is listening on.Configuring a database server Configuring a database server BMC BladeLogic works in conjunction with an Oracle® or SQL Server database server. The installation program can configure the Application Server to communicate with this database. However. do the following: ■ Replace DBServer with the name or IP address of the server running the database. 2 To specify a connection string for the database. Depending on the type of database you are using. Replace DBNAME with the name of the database or replace SID with the Oracle SID. you can manually configure the Application Server to communicate with the database. enter the following: set database driverclass class where class is the Java® class used to communicate with the database. and SQL Server database name or Oracle SID. you can define the class with one of the following strings: ■ oracle. enter the following: set database connectionstring string where string is a string that specifies the database type.DatabaseName=DBNAME.SelectMethod=cursor When using one of the formats shown above.OracleDriver 78 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . the port the database listens on. as described in this procedure. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console.

SQLServerDriver 4 To specify the user ID and password for the database. 5 To specify a commit size for an Oracle database. enter the following two commands: set database userid id set database password ****** where id is the user name that the database needs to authenticate your connection and ****** is the password assigned to that user ID. The Application Server transfers the necessary information to the child process. Spawning processes externally can be beneficial for memory management. TIP Because Oracle databases can be highly tuned. a separate dedicated process (the process spawner) is used only for spawning processes. Primarily. A larger commit size means database processes execute more quickly.sqlserver.microsoft.jdbc. If you configure an Application Server in this way. When the Application Server needs to spawn a process. but at the same time you run the risk of losing more data should a database process fail. enter the following: set database commitsize size where size is the maximum number of rows that can be updated in an Oracle database before you either have to commit your updates or roll them back. which starts a new child process. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 79 . Configuring the process spawner An Application Server can be configured to spawn processes externally to the Application Server process itself. you may want to consult your Oracle DBA to achieve best results when defining a commit size. 6 Restart the Application Server. Commit size is primarily used when taking snapshots or performing audits in BMC BladeLogic.Configuring the process spawner ■ com. an Application Server spawns processes for Network Shell Script Jobs and some types of extended objects. it contacts the process spawner.

See “Configuring an Application Server to use the process spawner”. do the following: 1 Configure the Application Server to use the process spawner. see “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. 2 Configure the process spawner itself. 80 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . NOTE If you set the ProcessSpawner SpawnExternally value to true. For example: blasadmin -s JobServer1 For more information on methods for starting this console. The default port is 1067 and is the port recommended by BMC BladeLogic. this value is set to false. See “Configuring the process spawner” on page 81. By default. 2 Specify that processes be spawned externally from the Application Server process. Configuring an Application Server to use the process spawner 1 Start the Application Server Administration console for the Application Server that you want to execute the NSH jobs. 4 Restart the Application Server. Enter the following: set ProcessSpawner RegistryPort # where # is the number of a port.Configuring the process spawner To configure the process spawner. BMC Software recommends that you run the following command before starting the Application Server service (to avoid ‘connection refused’ failures for any scheduled jobs): ■ ■ run /etc/init. Enter the following: set ProcessSpawner SpawnExternally true Setting this value to false indicates the process spawner runs within the Application Server process.d/blprocserv start (UNIX) net start “BladeLogic Process Spawner” (Windows) 3 Specify a port for communicating with the process spawner.

from the Start menu. On a UNIX-style system. Do one of the following: ■ On Windows. Double-click Administrative Tools. 6 Set the Registry Port for the process spawner to match the port specified to the when you configured the Application Server to use the process spawner. enter the following: /etc/init. 7 Restart the process spawner. see “Starting the Application Server Administration console”. Enter the following: set AppServer RegistryPort # where # is the number of a port. and double-click Services. select Settings > Control Panel. The default port is 1067 and is the port recommended by BMC BladeLogic.Configuring the process spawner Configuring the process spawner 5 Start the Application Server Administration console for the process spawner deployment. Right-click BMC BladeLogic Process Spawner and select Restart from the pop-up menu. blasadmin -s _spawner For more information on methods for starting this console.d/blprocserv restart ■ Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 81 .

NOTE If a job exceeds the timeout value in the NshScriptJobCredentialTimeout setting. By default. processing does not cross mount points. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. see “Configuring the process spawner” on page 81. and packaging of BLPackages. 3 Restart the Application Server. all active client connections are closed.Configuring expiration time for credentials of jobs Configuring expiration time for credentials of jobs Use this procedure to set a timeout value for the session credentials that are passed to jobs. if you want to cross mount points. enter the following: set mountconfig SnpAudPkgCrossMounts true|false 82 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Processing across mount points Use this procedure to configure the Application Server so snapshots. audits. an error message is written to the Application Server log and the job log. The default setting is 96 hours. Choosing not to cross mount points can substantially increase the speed of snapshots. For more on the process spawner. enter the following: set ProcessSpawner NshScriptJobCredentialTimeout # where # is the number of hours (minimum of 24). and BLPackages in BMC BladeLogic can be processed across UNIX mount points and network mount points for remote file systems shared through NFS. audits. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. For example. 2 To set a timeout value for the job session credentials. 2 To specify how UNIX mount points are processed. Once the credentials expire. you can perform a snapshot or audit of / and processing can traverse other volumes such as /home or /usr that may reside under /. The NshScriptJobCredentialTimeout setting is a global setting that applies to all jobs.

4 Restart the Application Server. Restricting the size of configuration and extended objects Use this procedure to limit the number of records that a server can provide to an Application Server for a single configuration object or extended object. and BLPackages crosses network mount points. enter the following: set mountconfig SnpAudPkgNetworkMounts true|false In the command shown above. enter the following: set AssetThresholds MaxConfigRecords # where # is the maximum number of records to be processed.000. 2 To limit the number of records that an Application Server can process for a single configuration object or extended object. and BLPackages crosses mount points. 3 Restart the Application Server. To set SnpAudPkgNetworkMounts to true. Using this procedure can help prevent the Application Server from running out of memory. If a job targets a server that returns more records for a configuration object or extended object than the limit set in this procedure. Setting this value to 0 means no records are processed. 3 To specify how network mount points are processed. the job fails on that server with a parsing error. By default this value is set to 50. Configuration objects and extended objects can be used in component templates. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. the SnpAudPkgCrossMounts option must also be set to true (see step 2). Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 83 . Processing large numbers of records for a configuration object or extended object can consume large quantities of memory. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console.Restricting the size of configuration and extended objects In the command shown above. true means processing of audits. snapshots. and Compliance Jobs. false means that processing does not cross network mount points (this is the default value). particularly when the Application Server processes multiple configuration objects or extended objects on multiple servers simultaneously. false means that processing does not cross mount points (this is the default value). and in live browsing. Audit. snapshots. true means processing of audits. Snapshot.

BMC BladeLogic users have the option of hiding or displaying no access nodes. true indicates that no access nodes can be shown in the BMC BladeLogic Console. 3 Restart the Application Server. enter the following: set ConfigManagerUI ShowNoAccessNodes true|false In the command shown above. false indicates no access nodes are hidden. This setting has no effect on smart groups. If you use this procedure to hide no access nodes. users can delete groups and folders even when they contain system objects. 2 To show or hide no access nodes. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. users can potentially see system objects even when those users do not have appropriate permissions to interact with those objects. This procedure lets you globally show or hide no access nodes. users cannot display no access nodes.Configuring user interface settings Configuring user interface settings The Application Server Administration console gives you several options for controlling the behavior of the BMC BladeLogic Console and the BLCLI. If you use this procedure to show no access nodes at the Application Server level. 84 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . The following procedures describe the available options: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Displaying no access nodes in the BMC BladeLogic Console Deleting groups in the BMC BladeLogic Console Creating properties automatically in the BMC BladeLogic Console Limiting the number of results displayed when browsing Controlling the permissions of copied objects Enabling export and import of property dictionaries and classes Setting temporary group location for update Displaying no access nodes in the BMC BladeLogic Console In the BMC BladeLogic Console. Deleting groups in the BMC BladeLogic Console Use this procedure to specify that users of the BMC BladeLogic Console cannot delete groups or folders unless they are empty. BMC BladeLogic calls these type of objects no access nodes. which users can always delete. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. By default.

true indicates that groups must be empty before they can be deleted. BMC BladeLogic can automatically create properties so you can map them to the properties referenced by the imported object. Creating properties automatically in the BMC BladeLogic Console When you import objects into the BMC BladeLogic Console and those objects reference properties not defined on the destination system. enter the following: set ConfigManagerUI AutoCreate true|false In the command shown above. which can slow your system performance. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. Limiting the number of results displayed when browsing Use this procedure to limit the number of results displayed when a user is browsing in the BMC BladeLogic Console. false indicates properties are not automatically created. This procedure lets you specify whether properties should be created automatically during the import process. Selecting some nodes while browsing can potentially display large numbers of results. enter the following: set ConfigManagerUI GroupsMustBeEmpty true|false In the command shown above. 3 Restart the Application Server. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45.Configuring user interface settings 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. This procedure lets you set an arbitrary limit to the number of results that can be displayed during live browse. By default. true indicates that properties are automatically created. 2 To specify whether users can delete groups or folders. 3 Restart the Application Server. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. properties are automatically created. false indicates users can delete groups and folders even when they contain objects. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 85 . 2 To turn the automatic creation of properties on or off.

Configuring user interface settings In the BMC BladeLogic Console. true means that when you copy and paste an object. 3 Restart the Application Server. The limit set in the console cannot exceed the limit established with this procedure. and the newly created object has the permissions that are specified for that type of object in the object permissions template defined for the user’s role. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. enter the following: set ACLCopy UseDefaultAclOnObjectCopy true In the command shown above. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. By default this option is set to false. enter the following: set AssetThresholds MaxAllowedLiveBrowseResults # where # is the maximum number of results that can be displayed for any node when browsing in the console. Controlling the permissions of copied objects Use this procedure to control the permissions that are assigned to objects during copy and paste operations in the BMC BladeLogic Console. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. Normally. After you use blasadmin to perform this procedure. when users copy and paste an object. the newly created object has the same permissions as those assigned to the object that was copied. 2 To limit the number of live browse results that can be displayed. a * authorization).000. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. By default this option is set to 50. users can set a preference that also establishes a limit for results displayed while browsing. users can copy and paste an object. 2 To enable copying of objects so that the copied objects are assigned a default set of permissions. 3 Restart the Application Server. Also the user’s role is granted full permission to the object (that is. the newly created object has the same permissions that were defined for the object that was copied. false means that when you copy and paste an object. 86 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Setting this number to 0 indicates no results are displayed. the newly created object is granted a default set of permissions.

the import and update process creates a temporary group at the root of the relevant workspace and uses that group to store the imported object. Setting temporary group location for update When you run any of the BLCLI importAndUpdate commands in the Template or BlPackage name spaces. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. enter the following: set ConfigManagerUI PropertySync true|false In the command shown above.Configuring user interface settings Enabling export and import of property dictionaries and classes Use this procedure to enable or disable the export and import of the entire Property Dictionary or specific custom property classes. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. 2 To enable or disable the import and export of the Property Dictionary or custom property classes. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 87 . true indicates that you can export and import the Property Dictionary or custom property classes. By default this option is set to false. this option must be set to true on both the exporting and the importing Application Server. This temporary group is deleted at the end of the update operation. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. 2 To specify a new location for the temporary group. By default. false indicates import/export is disabled. enter the following: set ConfigManagerUI DefaultImportAndUpdateFolder /path/to/some/folder 3 Restart the Application Server. the temporary group is /importAndUpdate. To enable import/export. This procedure lets you change this group to another name or location. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. 3 Restart the Application Server.

■ ■ 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. you can require users specifying passwords to provide a password of minimum length. ■ To specify how long a user is locked out when he or she has surpassed the lockout threshold. For more information on RBAC see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. Entering a 0 indicates there is no minimum length for passwords. enter the following: set accountconfig MaxPasswordAge # where # is a period of time in days. Maximum password age—By setting a maximum password age. 2 Do any of the following: ■ To specify a minimum password length. Entering a 0 indicates passwords do not expire. there is no minimum length for passwords. By default. you can require users to change passwords at specified intervals.Setting SRP login requirements Setting SRP login requirements Use this procedure to configure the Application Server so it forces users logging in via SRP to meet any of the following requirements: ■ Minimum password length—By setting a minimum password length. enter the following: set accountconfig AccountLockoutThreshold # where # is the number of failed logins that trigger a lockout. enter the following: 88 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Account lockout—By setting a threshold and duration for account lockouts. In RBAC you can specify that passwords never expire no matter what expiration period you specify. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. ■ To specify how many times a user can fail to log in before being locked out. you can specify how many failed logins cause a user to be locked out and how long that lockout lasts. Entering a 0 indicates that users cannot be locked out because of login failures. ■ To specify how long it takes for a password to expire. enter the following: set accountconfig MinPasswordLength # where # is the minimum length for passwords.

255. you must set up a PXE Server.2. Configuring the PXE Server When provisioning some types of servers.0 to 239.255.Configuring the PXE Server set accountconfig AccountLockoutDuration # where # is the number of minutes the user is locked out.255.1. By default. which provides instructions for downloading the bootstrap program needed to begin the provisioning process. 5 Identify the IP address of a multicast TFTP server by entering the following: set pxeserver mtftp_address MTFTP_address where MTFTP_address is the multicast address that the TFTP listens on.0. you might enter the name of a network interface card. a BMC BladeLogic PXE Server listens on the multicast address of 224. Servers being provisioned download bootstrap programs from a TFTP server. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 89 . Use this procedure to provide various parameters needed to run a PXE Server. 3 Identify the address of the TFTP server by entering the following: set pxeserver default_address TFTP_address where TFTP_address is the IP address of the TFTP server. For example. Multicast addresses must fall in the range 224. such as eth0 or eth1. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console and specify the PXE Server deployment (_pxe). 4 Identify the IP address of the multicast group that the PXE server listens on by entering the following: set pxeserver multicast_address address where address is an IP address.0. Entering a 0 indicates that users can only be unlocked by an administrator using RBAC.0. Enter the following: blasadmin -s _pxe 2 Identify the type of Ethernet interface that the PXE server uses to listen by entering the following: set pxeserver interface_to_bind interfaceName where interfaceName is the type of Ethernet interface.

1—The PXE Server can use a multicast. By default BMC BladeLogic uses port 1759. 9 Specify whether the PXE Server uses a multicast by entering the following: set pxeserver is_use_multicast # where # can be one of the following: ■ ■ 0—The PXE Server cannot use a multicast.Configuring the PXE Server 6 Identify the multicast port that PXE clients should use to communicate with the TFTP server by entering the following: set pxeserver mtftp_client_port port where port is the multicast port that servers being provisioned should use to communicate with the TFTP server. the boot prompt does not display. 8 Identify the PXE Server’s listening port by entering the following: set pxeserver listen_port port where port is the port on which the PXE Server listens for connections from PXE clients. 7 Identify the port that the TFTP server should use to listen for traffic from PXE clients by entering the following: set pxeserver mtftp_server_port port where port is the multicast port. By default BMC BladeLogic uses port 1758. 90 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 10 Specify whether the PXE Server can use a broadcast by entering the following: set pxeserver is_use_broadcast # where # can be one of the following: ■ ■ 0—The PXE Server cannot use a broadcast. 1—The PXE Server can use a broadcast. 11 Specify the amount of time the boot prompt displays before the boot process begins by entering the following: set pxeserver prompt_timeout # where # is the maximum amount of time the boot prompt can display. If you enter 0.

use the show parameter instead of the set parameter. Configuring the Licensing Module The Application Server communicates with the BMC Software Licensing Portal to register or deregister managed servers.bmc. 13 Identify the PXE Server’s domain by entering the following: set pxeserver domain domain_name where domain_name is the name of the PXE Server’s domain.Configuring the Licensing Module 12 Identify the base directory on the TFTP server where operating system bootstrap programs are stored. Task Set the location of Licensing Portal for registering servers Set the location of Licensing Portal for deregistering servers Command set Licensing LicenseServiceURL http://www. enter: show Licensing ServiceUsername Connecting to the Licensing Portal Use the following parameters for the Licensing command to specify the location of the portal and the credentials the Application Server uses to communicate with the Licensing Portal. Use the Licensing command to specify the information required to access the services of the Licensing Portal.bladelogic. to display the user name the Application Server uses to connect to the Licensing Portal. 14 Restart the PXE Server. For example.com/services/LicensingWS set Licensing DeregisterServiceURL https://webapps. TIP To display the value of a parameter you have set previously.com/ BMCBladelogicLicensingWS/services/BMCBladelogic LicenseService Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 91 . Enter the following: set pxeserver tftpd_base_dir directory where directory is the base directory on the TFTP server for storing bootstrap programs.

Turning asynchronous execution on or off does not affect the Staging phase of a Deploy Job. the password is displayed in encrypted form. Asynchronous execution can occur during the Simulate and Commit phases of a Deploy Job as well as during an undo. Connecting to the Licensing Portal using a proxy These optional parameters for the Licensing command specify the system and credentials for the proxy host through which the Application Server communicates with the Licensing Portal. Notes Enter the fully-qualified name of the host machine. This allow an Application Server to process a Deploy Job more efficiently and frees up valuable Application Server resources that can be used by other jobs. When you use the show Licensing ServicePassword command. it is stored in the database in encrypted form.Enabling asynchronous execution Task Set the user name and password Command set Licensing ServiceUsername userName set Licensing ServicePassword password Note: While the password is entered in clear text. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. it is stored in the database in encrypted form. When you use the show Licensing ProxyPassword command. the password is displayed in encrypted form. Task Set the proxy host name Set the proxy port Set the proxy user name and password Command set Licensing ProxyHost hostName set Licensing ProxyPort portNumber set Licensing ProxyUsername userName set Licensing ProxyPassword password While the ProxyPassword is entered in clear text. Enabling asynchronous execution Asynchronous execution lets Deploy Jobs run without blocking work item threads for extended periods of time. 2 To enable or disable asynchronous execution. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. enter the following: 92 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .

You can configure each additional Application Server so it performs one or more distinct functions. install and configure the Application Server on the host machine. Configuring multiple Application Servers on the same host BMC BladeLogic lets you run multiple Application Servers on a single host. in addition to the Application Server initially installed.) Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 93 . Using separate Application Servers in this way. Defining multiple Application Servers also lets you utilize more fixed memory on a host system because the JavaVM heap limit would otherwise restrict a single Application Server to a fixed amount of memory. To configure multiple application servers on the same host. 3 Restart the Application Server. see “Using the Post-Install Configuration wizard to configure the default application server” on page 34. the performance of one Application Server does not affect the behavior of another. The easiest way to achieve this result is to run the Post-Install configuration wizard as the last step of the Application Server installation. follow these steps: 1 If you have not done so already. enter the following: set AppServer enableWebServices true For information about additional web services settings. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Web Services Developer Guide. All Application Servers on the same host must use the same database connection. (For information.Enabling web services set appserver EnableAsyncExecution true | false By default this value is set to true. such as a Configuration Server or a Job Server. Enabling web services To enable web services.

See “Using the Application Server Administration console (blasadmin) to configure Application Servers” on page 44. use the Application Server Administration console (blasadmin) to further configure Application Servers. The table describes each deployment and the effect of configuration changes on it. 94 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . you must use options to specify the Application Server you are configuring or to specify configuration of all Application Servers on the host. The creation process not only creates the additional Application Servers but also gives them an “out-of-the-box” configuration.About Application Server deployments and profiles 2 Use the Infrastructure Management window or the Application Server Administration console (blasadmin) to create and configure additional Application Servers on the host. NOTE When you start blasadmin. See “Creating additional Application Servers”. based on their Application Server Type and other information you specify. Application Server deployments A deployment is a directory of services that an Application Server runs. 3 Optionally. About Application Server deployments and profiles The following sections provide an overview of Application Server deployment and the different types of Application Servers.

default The deployment for a single Application Server or the initial Application Server when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host. see “Using the application server configuration wizard to change configuration settings” on page 39. each Application Server’s profile determines the number and type of services in its deployment. This deployment is created during BMC BladeLogic installation. Configuration changes you make using blasadmin -a affect this deployment. ■ AppServerName The deployment for each Application Server created on the same host (in addition to the default Application Server). This deployment is created when a single or initial Application Server is first started. See “Using the application server configuration wizard to change configuration settings” on page 39. The following configuration changes affect the default deployment: ■ Changes you make using the Application Server Administration console from the BMC BladeLogic menu or using blasadmin without the -a option or -s option. See “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. When there are multiple Application Servers configured on the same host. ■ Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 95 . This deployment contains default (“out-of-the-box”) settings and initial configuration settings made with the Post-Install Configuration wizard. Changes you make using blappconf -s appServerName For more information. See “Starting blasadmin to Configure the Default Application Server” on page 45. The following configuration changes affect the deployment: ■ Changes you make using blasadmin -s appServerName or blasadmin -a.About Application Server deployments and profiles Deployment Name _template Description The “master” from which other Application Server deployments are created. The start-up process copies the _template deployment to create the default deployment. Changes to this deployment affect all new Application Servers created. Changes you make using the Application Server Configuration Wizard or the blappconf command with no -s option.

While a CONFIGURATION server can create jobs and start the execution of jobs. See “Configuring the PXE Server” on page 89. The attributes needed for each type are predefined in the profile for the type. Executes work items needed to process a job. and attributes. Application Server types The Application Server Type defines the work that an Application Server performs and services that it runs. The following table lists Application Server types and describes each. Each Application Server has a different profile. BMC BladeLogic uses the profile to create and update an Application Server’s deployment (the services that the Application Server runs). You specify the Application Server types when you create the Application Server. Application Server Type CONFIGURATION Functional Description Handles all requests from the BMC BladeLogic Console and the BLCLI. AppSvcPort) is open.About Application Server deployments and profiles Deployment Name _spawner _pxe _launcher Description The deployment for the process spawner. provided that one or more of the connection ports (for example. A JOB server responds to local connection requests from the BMC BladeLogic Console or the BLCLI. See “Configuring the process spawner” on page 81. An Application Server profile can include attributes of one or more Application Server types. A JOB server never responds to remote connection requests. The deployment for the PXE Server. An Application Server’s profile is essentially a pre-packaged set of configuration options for an Application Server. Application Server profiles A profile is a definition of an Application Server’s identity: its name. JOB 96 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . regardless of settings for the connection ports. See “The Application Server Launcher” on page 34. only a JOB server can run the work items needed to process a job. The deployment for the Application Server Launcher. type.

select Infrastructure Management. 2 Expand the Application Server Launchers node and right-click the Application Server Launcher that you want to control the new Application Server. Creating additional Application Servers from the BMC BladeLogic Console Use this procedure to create Application Servers in addition to the Application Server installed on a host. Click Yes to redeploy the unmanaged deployment with the base port and configuration type you specify. Choose one of the following options: ■ Click No to return to the new Application Server dialog. An NSH_PROXY server cannot service requests from the BMC BladeLogic Console or the BLCLI. Then select New Application Server. 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. NSH_PROXY) An Application Server with its type set to ALL performs the functions of all Application Server types. If there are unmanaged deployments which match this new Application Server request. from the Configuration menu. JOB. ALL Creating additional Application Servers You can create additional Application Servers from the BMC BladeLogic Console using the Infrastructure Management window or from the command line using the Application Server Administration console (blasadmin). Equivalent to (CONFIGURATION. you are presented with the option of using the unmanaged deployment or creating a new one. ■ 3 In the New Application Server dialog.Creating additional Application Servers Application Server Type NSH_PROXY Functional Description Manages traffic between Network Shell clients and remote servers. entering the following information for the new Application Server. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 97 . Note that you will not preserve the data that was in the previous unmanaged deployment.

_template. JOB. The name can include letters. NSH_PROXY. hyphens (-). See “Viewing and editing an Application Server’s profile” on page 100. see “Application Server types” on page 96. digits. The name can be no more than 200 characters in length. BMC BladeLogic uses the base port with the last two digits of the default port. the SRP Port to 9929. Do not use the following reserved names: default. and underscores (_). if the default port numbers have a base of 9800 (9836 for Registry Port. The creation process sets the Registry Port to 9936. Used internally within the BMC BladeLogic environment. Accept the default (All Server Types) or uncheck All Server Types and select one or more types. Application (Required) Specifies the type of Application Server to create: Server Type(s) CONFIGURATION. The system creates a profile for the new Application Server. Specify a number that makes the new Application Server’s default ports unique on the host. _old. For example. _install. you can change the Display Name. 5 A prompt appears. 98 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 4 Click OK. Base Port (Required) The number that BMC BladeLogic uses to automatically generate default port numbers for the new Application Server. (Use Shift + Click to select multiple contiguous types. For information on each type.Creating additional Application Servers Field Application Server Name Description (Required) The name for the new Application Server. _pxe. and so on. The number must be between 1000 and 65536. as well as for the Display Name in the interface. _launcher. you could specify 9900 as the base port for the new Application Server. _spawner. The Application Server Type determines the attributes included in its Application Server profile. or ALL (a combination of all three types). However. _util. asking if you want to edit the new Application Server’s profile. 9829 for SRP Port. Do not use the same name as the default Application Server. Follow these guidelines: ■ Specify a name that is unique on the host. To generate the numbers. _postmig ■ ■ ■ You cannot change the Application Server Name after configuration. and so on). use Ctrl-Click to select individual items).

) ■ BMC BladeLogic creates the Application Server. To add a new deployment 1 Start blasadmin for the _template deployment by entering the following: blasadmin -s _template 2 Create a new default deployment of a specific type by entering the following: create deployment_name base_port profile_types where deployment_name is the name of the new deployment you are creating. or All (a combination of all three types). Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 99 . You can create deployments while executing from a shell or while reading in a file. The Edit Application Server Profile dialog appears. see “Viewing and editing an Application Server’s profile” on page 100. If the base_port is 9500. For information on each type. click No.Creating additional Application Servers ■ To add or change attributes for the server. For guidelines for creating the name. Job. This command provides the ability to set up an environment from the command line. click Yes. see “Viewing and editing an Application Server’s profile” on page 100. For example. base_port is a number that is combined with offset values to determine Authentication and Application Server port numbers. For information. profile_type is a comma separated list of the type of Application Server to create: Configuration. the authentication port would be 9540. see the description of the Application Server Name field in “Creating additional Application Servers from the BMC BladeLogic Console” on page 97. To accept the profile. the offset for the authentication port is 40 by default. (You can always edit the profile later. NSH_Proxy. Creating additional Application Servers from the command line You can also add a new Application Server deployment using the blasadmin Create command. You can either start the Application Server or deploy it and start it later.

type a value in the blank field. The fields in this dialog are effectively overrides to default values or to previouslyspecified configuration parameters. select Infrastructure Management. Viewing and editing an Application Server’s profile An Application Server profile is a definition of an Application Server’s identity: its name. To remove an attribute from the profile. clear the field. 4 In the Edit Application Server Profile dialog. Do not use the blasadmin utility. To change an existing value. use the Edit Application Server Profile dialog. type. 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. and attributes (configuration parameters).Viewing and editing an Application Server’s profile NOTE For instructions on using blasadmin to create a stand-alone NSH Proxy. clear the field and type the value you want. To view an Application Server’s profile or change attribute values. The Edit Application Server Profile dialog opens. from the Configuration menu. ■ To add an attribute to the Application Server’s profile or to change a default value. NOTE Always use the Edit Application Server Profile dialog to add or change the attributes (configuration parameters) in an Application Server’s profile. 3 Start the Application Server on the machine where you are setting up the deployment. 2 Expand the hierarchy of the Application Servers node. see “Setting up a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server” on page 145. ■ ■ 100 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . See “Starting Application Servers” on page 41. 3 Right-click the Application Server you want to edit and select Edit. add or change values for attributes.

See “Application Server types” on page 96. You cannot edit this attribute. Do not use the same name as the default Application Server. If you specify a name. If you leave this field blank. ServiceType Determines if the Application Server should be automatically started by the AppServerLauncher. The following table describes all attributes that a profile can include. NSH. hyphens (-). ■ A ServiceType of Manual. You cannot edit this attribute. _template. or ALL. Attribute Application Server Name Display Name Description The name for the Application Server. follow these guidelines: ■ Specify a name that is unique on the host. ■ By default. For information. _install. The type can be one or more of the following: CONFIGURATION. You do not have to specify a name. JOB. Do not use the following reserved names: default. _pxe. specified during configuration. which means that the Application Server can only be started using the Infrastructure Dialog. You cannot edit this attribute. digits. False —The Application Server do not use the default deployment. _launcher. A ServiceType of Automatic means that the Application Server will be started automatically by the AppServerLauncher. _old. Server Profile Type(s) The Application Server’s type.Viewing and editing an Application Server’s profile Attributes listed depend on the Server Profile Type (Application Server Type). see “Editing the list of roles with Application Server Launcher access” on page 113. and underscores (_). Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 101 . The name can include letters. _spawner. rather than the Application Server name. the ServiceType is Automatic. ■ ■ True — The Application Server uses the default deployment. the Display Name is the same as the Application Server name. The name that appears in all user interfaces. as specified during configuration. _util ■ ■ Default Deployment Shows whether the Application Server uses the default deployment.

bladelogic:blsess://10. 102 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . BLCLI commands used for import or export must run on an Application Server with its type set to CONFIGURATION or ALL. it cannot process BLCLI commands used for import/export. To include this attribute in the profile. unless the server is also a configuration server (Application Server Type JOB and CONFIGURATION). the Application Server does not run an Application Service. When you create a new Application Server.Viewing and editing an Application Server’s profile Attribute AppServiceURLs Description The Application Service URLs distributed in the session credentials issued by the Authentication Service. If you set this value to 0.10. specify one or more comma-separated values.bladelogic:blsess://localhost:9841. Note: When you create a job server (Application Server type JOB). If you set this value to 0. By default BLCLI commands run on the Application Server processing the job. AuthSvcPort The listening port for the Authentication Service (the service that authenticates user identities).10. CLRProxyPort The listening port for Network Shell (NSH) communication. service:appsvc. you do not need to specify a value for this attribute. However. it runs a ClientConnectionService. the Application Server does not run an Authentication Service. BMC BladeLogic sets this value to the Base Port plus 41. unless the server is also a configuration server (Application Server Type JOB and CONFIGURATION). This convention avoids conflicts when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host.10:9841 Typically. When you create a new Application Server. the default is Base Port plus 40. AppSvcPort The listening port for the Application Service (the service that accepts client connections). if you want to run Network Shell Script Jobs that include BLCLI commands. BMC BladeLogic sets this value to the Base Port plus 40. you can direct these commands to run on a particular Application Server. Note: When you create a job server (Application Server Type JOB). For example: service:appsvc. this port defaults to 0. that service accepts only connections from the local machine. If that Application Server is a JOB type Application Server. This convention avoids conflicts when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host. the port is disabled. If you set this value to 0. However. In that case.

MaxHeapSize You can specify a value for MaxHeapSize but you are not required to do so. use the standard Java notation. the Application Server uses the heap size set in the Application Server start-up script or service definition. MinPort The minimum dynamic port number. Determines how many targets can be processed in parallel. it is assumed to be valid and is used when the Application Server is started. the Application Server does not start.log extension. BMC BladeLogic sets this value to the Base Port + 50. When you create a new Application Server. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 103 . specify a name that is unique on the host. By default. When you create a new Application Server. If you specify a value. This convention avoids conflicts when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host. JMXManagementPort The port used to access the BMC BladeLogic JConsole. When you create a new Application Server. For information on recommended maximum Java heap size for Application Servers. If the value is not valid. the value for JVMArgs is used instead of MaxHeapSize. The default is 20. MaxJobs MaxPort The maximum number of jobs the Application Server can execute simultaneously. This value is usually adequate. This convention avoids conflicts when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host. This convention avoids conflicts when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host. If you edit this attribute. When you create a new Application Server. LogfileName The name of the log file for the Application Server. The default is 50. The maximum dynamic port number. BMC BladeLogic sets the console log file’s name to the Application Server name plus “_console”. specify a name that is unique on the host. If you do not specify a value. Specify any argument that can be specified to the Java command line If the MaxHeapSize attribute is set and you specify an -Xmx flag for JVMArgs. The console log file contains all information logged to the Application Server log. To specify a value. If you edit this attribute. You do not need to specify a value for this attribute. see the hardware requirements for the Application Server in the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Installation Guide. MaxWorkItemThreads The maximum size of the pool of threads that can be used to process BMC BladeLogic Console jobs. This convention avoids conflicts when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host. for example: 1G or 225M. this value is set to Base Port + 99. JVMArgs Arguments to pass to Java Virtual Machine for this Application Server. plus any information logged to the console.Viewing and editing an Application Server’s profile Attribute ConsoleLogfileName Description The name of the console log file for the Application Server. BMC BladeLogic sets this value to the Base Port plus 38. BMC BladeLogic sets the log file’s name to the Application Server name plus the .

specify a name that is unique on the host.bladelogic.properties sql/reports-sql. For example: service:proxysvc.bladelogic:blsess://host2. If you leave this field blank.com:9842 ProxySvcPort The listening port for a Network Shell Proxy Service.properties sql/blas-sqlmap. BMC BladeLogic sets this value to the Base Port plus 31. You must manually define a listening port for the default deployment of an Application Server. This convention avoids conflicts when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host. you can override the default list by typing a comma-separated list of properties in the field. service:proxysvc. the Application Server does not run a Network Shell Proxy Service.Viewing and editing an Application Server’s profile Attribute ProxyServiceURLs Description The Network Shell Proxy Service service URLs. RegistryPort The listening port for traffic between Application Servers that cooperate by distributing jobs to each other.com:9842. BMC BladeLogic sets this value to the Base Port plus 36. type a comma-separated list in the field. This convention avoids conflicts when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host.bladelogic. the list is: sql/sqlmap. Typically. the system uses the default URLs. You can modify this value if necessary. this name is the same as the Application Server Name and its location is: installDirectory/tmp/temporaryDirectoryName When you create a new Application Server. SqlFiles The list of SQL properties files used by the Database Service. To override the default URLs. If you leave this field blank. TempDirectoryName The name of the directory that stores the Application Server’s tmp files. Usually. SSLPort The listening port for SSL communication. When you deploy a new Application Server with its type set to NSH_PROXY or ALL. 104 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . ProxySvcPort is set to 9842 for the default Application Server.properties In most cases. This convention avoids conflicts when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host. BMC BladeLogic sets the temporaryDirectoryName to the Application Server Name. there is no need to change this list.properties sql/streamable_sqlmap. When you create a new Application Server. the ProxySvcPort is automatically set to the Base Port plus 42. However.bladelogic:blsess://host1. If you edit this attribute. If this value is blank. When you create a new Application Server.

see “Listing conflicting attributes” on page 105. 7 Start or restart the Application Server to have changes take effect. click OK. These conflicts prevent an Application Server from starting or restarting if it has conflicts with one or more currently running Application Servers. 6 Click OK on the warning that configuration changes do not take effect until you restart the Application Server.Listing conflicting attributes 5 When you are finished editing the profile. Typically. All other attributes must be unique. 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. ■ ■ Listing conflicting attributes When there are Application Servers on the same host. expand the hierarchy of the Application Servers node. You can also use the List Conflicts operation to identify attributes on an Application Server that conflict with attributes on other Application Servers. When an Application Server’s profile has a conflicting attributes. each should have a unique profile. or SqlFiles. 2 In the Infrastructure Management window. Multiple Application Servers can have the same value for MaxJobs. select Infrastructure Management. Failure to make them unique results in conflicts that can cause a start or restart failure in one or more Application Servers. For the most part. The Application Server Launcher automatically detects attribute conflicts among the Application Servers that it controls. attributes for these Application Servers cannot have the same values. For information on identifying conflicts in Application Servers’ attributes. MaxWorkItemThreads. from the Configuration menu. Rules for defining unique attributes Several rules apply when assigning unique values to attributes: ■ Multiple Application Servers can share any port that is set to 0 if that setting of 0 disables the port. regardless of what that value is. a conflict occurs because the same port number has been assigned to more than one Application Server. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 105 . its Application Server details shows State = CONFLICT.

host (using the same database). 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. Do the following: A list of Application Servers on the Expand the Application Servers node.Getting information about Application Servers 3 Right-click an Application Server and select List Conflicts. To display. 2 Expand the hierarchy of the Application Servers node.. General information about an Application Server Click the Application Server’s name in the left pane. the panel shows the attribute name and the name of Application Server that has the same attribute value specified. Getting information about Application Servers You can display information about an Application Server and the services that it runs. The left pane lists each Application Server’s Display Name and Authorization Port. from the Configuration menu.. 4 Click OK. For each attribute. NOTE To display information about the Application Server. select Infrastructure Management.Read authorization. The right pane shows: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Software version Number of jobs running Number of work item threads Database connections Host operating system JVM memory usage 106 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . A Warning panel lists the attributes that conflict with those other Application Servers. This information can be useful for diagnostic purposes. your role must be granted the BL_Administration.

. Start Date — The date when the Application Server was started. or starting up. Elapsed Time — The uptime of the Application Server. specified during configuration.) Expand the hierarchy of the Application Server. Needs Restart — (True | False) Whether the Application Server has been reconfigured and needs to be restarted. State — (VALID | CONFLICTS) Whether the Application Server’s profile has conflicts that can keep the Application Server from starting. In the right pane. (This information is displayed if your role has authorization to access the Application Server Launcher. (The number and type of services vary according to the Application Server’s type.) Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 107 . A menu of actions you can perform Right-click the Application Server. The right pane shows: ■ The Application Server Launcher that controls the Application Server Name — The name for the Application Server.The Application Server Launchers node To display. see “The Application Server Launcher” on page 34. scroll down. on the Application Server The Application Server Launchers node The Application Server Launchers node lists a node for each Application Server Launcher that is configured to use the database and is available. Display name— The name that appears in all BMC ■ ■ BladeLogic user interfaces.) Do the following: Click the Application Server’s name in the left pane. ServiceType — (Manual | Automatic) Whether the Application Server is automatically started by the AppServerLauncher. stopped. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ A list of the services that an Application Server provides Status information about an Application Server service Expand the hierarchy of an Application Server. Status information from the Application Server Launcher. Click the service name. (For information. Status — (Ready | Stopped | Starting) Whether the Application Server is ready to perform tasks. ■ ■ Server Type— Application Server Type..

such as UTF8 or Western (windows-1252). from the pull-down menu. However. 108 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . select a directory where the report should be stored. type a file name for the report. Create new Application Servers. select a file format. General information for each PXE server connected to the database and detailed status information about each PXE Servers services. click Export Detail Report . select a subdirectory by double-clicking its name in the panel. from the Configuration menu. Through the Application Server Launchers node. select the type of character encoding that should be used for the exported data. 5 Click Save.Reporting Application Server information The Application Server Launcher lists a node for each Application Server it controls. 4 On the dialog. B For Object Type. enter the information for the report file: A For Object Name. Edit the list of roles allowed access to the Application Server Launcher. The report includes: ■ General information for each Application Server configured on the host machine (and using the same database) and detailed status information about each Application Server’s services. ■ ■ 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. you can get the same information about Application Servers and perform the same operations as with the Application Servers node. C For File Encoding. Reporting Application Server information You can generate a report containing information about all of the Application Servers on the host. Optionally. 3 On the Export AppServer Details Report dialog. select Infrastructure Management. it is only through the Application Server Launcher that you can: ■ ■ ■ Obtain port information for the Application Server Launcher. 2 In the Infrastructure Management window. Information about the database to which the Application Server is connected.

Stopping a specific Application Server The stop operation ends running jobs and stops the Application Server. 2 Expand the Application Servers node. you manage the additional Application Servers through the Infrastructure Management window. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 109 . if it has not been deployed. NOTE You cannot use the stop operation on an Application Server to which a BMC BladeLogic Console is connected. from the Configuration menu. You can perform any of the following management tasks: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Starting a specific Application Server Stopping a specific Application Server Redeploying a stopped Application Server Terminating a specific Application Server Restarting a specific Application Server Removing an Application Server Adding unmanaged deployments Starting a specific Application Server The start operation starts the Application Server and automatically deploys it. providing a controlled shutdown. select Infrastructure Management. 3 Right-click the Application Server and select Start. You can select options for handling the running jobs.Managing multiple Application Servers on the same host Managing multiple Application Servers on the same host When there are multiple Application Servers configured on the same host. 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console.

Application Server Type: select the profile type for this Application Server: ■ CONFIGURATION. 3 Right-click the Application Server and select Redeploy. see “Application Server types” on page 96. 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. Stop when all running jobs finish. 110 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . the offset for the authentication port is 40 by default. For information on each type. 4 On the Stop Application Server dialog. select Infrastructure Management. NSH_PROXY. 3 Right-click the Application Server and select Stop. or ALL (a combination of all three types). If the base_port is 9500. enter the following ■ Base port: enter a new base port. from the Configuration menu. Stop when all running jobs finish OR after specified number of minutes. For example. Redeploying a stopped Application Server You can select a stopped Application Server and then redeploy it with a different profile type. select Infrastructure Management. 5 Click OK. 4 On the Redeploy Application Server dialog.Redeploying a stopped Application Server 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. from the Configuration menu. whichever comes first. NOTE This action is only available for stopped Application Servers. the authentication port would be 9540. select the method for handling any running jobs: ■ ■ ■ Stop immediately without waiting for running jobs to finish. JOB. 2 Expand the Application Servers node. 2 Expand the Application Servers node. base_port is a number that is combined with offset values to determine Authentication and Application Server port numbers.

Restarting a specific Application Server The Restart operation first stops the Application Server and then starts it again. NOTE You cannot use the terminate operation on an Application Server to which BMC BladeLogic Console is connected. from the Configuration menu. those options are ignored. 2 Expand the Application Servers node. This option automatically migrates any customizations from the existing deployment to the new deployment. when the Application Server is hung. 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. NOTE You cannot use the restart operation on an Application Server to which BMC BladeLogic Console is connected. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 111 . 5 Click OK to validate the information you entered and execute the action on the Application Server launcher. select Infrastructure Management. You cannot enter a new Application Server name. for example. Terminating a specific Application Server The terminate operation terminates the Application Server process immediately. This selection is useful in cases where Stop does not work.Terminating a specific Application Server ■ Preserve Existing Data: Check this box if you want to preserve deployment data from the existing deployment. Use this operation to have configuration changes take effect. In the case where there are options in the customized deployment that do not exist in the new deployment type. 3 Right-click the Application Server and select Terminate.

it uses this deployment directory. This operation can be useful in situations where an Application Server is “missing” and no longer in use. 3 Right-click the Application Server and select Restart. 112 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 2 Expand the Application Servers node. the Application Server still appears under the Application Server Launchers node Removes the Application Server. Removes the Application Server and deletes its deployment directory. select Infrastructure Management. from the Configuration menu.Removing an Application Server 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. This selection ensures that the Application Server can still be referenced from routing rules. deletes its database entry. In addition. and removes references to the Application Server from routing rules. this selection removes the Application Server from the BMC BladeLogic environment. 2 Expand the Application Servers node. The Application Server is removed from the Application Server Launcher. Removing an Application Server The remove operation removes an Application Server from the Application Server Launcher so the Application Server does not automatically restart when the Application Server Launcher starts. such as when a system has been decommissioned or repurposed. from the Configuration menu. Delete deployment Preserve server registration Delete server registration 5 Click OK. Option Preserve deployment Description Removes the Application Server but leaves its deployment directory unchanged. 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. In effect. select Infrastructure Management. specify options for handling the Application Server’s deployment directory and the database registration. 3 Right-click the Application Server and select Remove. 4 In the Remove Application Server dialog. If you create a new Application Server with the same name. Removes the Application Server but does not delete the database entry for the Application Server.

1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. NOTE The option is displayed only if there are unmanaged deployments for this Application Server Launcher. 2 Expand the Application Server Launchers node. enabling you to manage these deployments as you would any other deployment in the system. Then click the left arrow. Users with this role can use the Edit Application Server Launcher Roles dialog to grant or deny authorization to other roles. select one or more roles. 3 Click OK. only the BLAdmins role is granted authorization to access to the Application Server Launcher. Then click the right arrow to move the role to the Selected Roles list. but have had their deployments preserved (using the Preserve deployment option). 4 Under Available Roles. Editing the list of roles with Application Server Launcher access At BMC BladeLogic installation time. select one or more roles you want to have access to the Application Server Launcher. under Selected Roles. The Application Server Launcher added the deployments you selected as managed Server Profiles. 1 Right-click an Application Server Launcher node and select Add Unmanaged Deployments. select one or more unmanaged deployments you want to add to the Application Server Launcher. you can add the deployment back into the system without having to restart the launcher.Adding unmanaged deployments Adding unmanaged deployments If you have Application Servers which have been removed from the system. select Infrastructure Management. To remove roles from the selected list. from the Configuration menu. 2 On the Add Unmanaged Deployments dialog. 3 Right-click the Application Server Launcher and select Edit Role List. Chapter 3 Configuring the Application Server 113 .

114 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . commit. use this procedure to update the password on the Application Server. update bluser set password = ''.conf_created_on'. See “Using the application server configuration wizard to change configuration settings” on page 39.Resetting database passwords for the Application Server 5 When you have finished editing the list. 1 Execute the following command to set the passwords to a blank value. delete from system_property where name = 'tpasswd. 2 Run the application server configuration wizard and set the new password on the Database page of the wizard. Resetting database passwords for the Application Server In the event that the database user password has been changed. click OK.

depending on which system components are communicating. including a discussion of some fundamental security concepts (see “Fundamentals of BMC BladeLogic security” on page 117). the approaches to security vary. In BMC BladeLogic. Chapter 4 Administering security 115 . The following graphic illustrates the various communication legs possible within a BMC BladeLogic system.Chapter 4 4 Administering security This chapter describes the approaches to security that are possible with BMC BladeLogic.

This chapter includes links to specialized terms that are defined in the Chapter 9. A discussion of network security requires many technical terms. “Security Glossary”. 116 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .See “Security for different communication legs” on page 130 for a discussion of the security approaches that are possible with each leg and references to any implementation procedures required.

when an Application Server establishes an authenticated connection with an agent. or BLCLI) and middle tier applications (Application Server or Network Shell Proxy Server). he or she must authenticate with the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service (one of the services hosted by a BMC BladeLogic Application Server) prior to establishing a client/server session. For example. client users authenticate with the Authentication Service and acquire a BMC BladeLogic single sign-on (SSO) session credential. Written into the session credential are service URLs. Then the client uses that session credential to establish an application session with middle tier services. but in some situations the entity is a service. BMC BladeLogic employs a twostep process. allowing client users to re-establish new application sessions without re-authenticating.Fundamentals of BMC BladeLogic security Fundamentals of BMC BladeLogic security To implement a secure data center automation system. the identity to be verified is the server hosting the Application Service. which are the identities and addresses of the Application Services and Network Shell Proxy Services that can be accessed using the session credential. see “Single sign-on” on page 121. BMC BladeLogic client applications can cache SSO session credentials obtained from the Authentication Service. On the other hand. First. a user can launch the BMC BladeLogic Console and authenticate. If the user’s session credential is cached and the credential has not expired. BMC BladeLogic offers the following capabilities: ■ ■ ■ ■ Authentication Session layer security Impersonation and privilege mapping Authorization Authentication Authentication is the process of verifying the identity claimed by a system entity. the user can then exit the console and start a BLCLI session without authenticating again. For any entity that communicates directly with agents—including Network Shell clients that access agents without going through a Network Shell Proxy Server— authentication relies on the TLS protocol’s support for client authentication via clientside X. when a user starts the BMC BladeLogic Console.509 certificates. Chapter 4 Administering security 117 . For communication between most client tier applications (the BMC BladeLogic Console. For more information on single sign-on. Often that entity is a user. Network Shell. depending on the communication leg. For example. BMC BladeLogic uses different approaches for authentication. In this way a user’s context can easily be passed between BMC BladeLogic client applications.

509 certificate. Communication with middle tier When a BMC BladeLogic client establishes a TLS connection with a middle tier entity (that is. see “Securing communication with CA certificates” on page 224. Application. ■ ■ ■ The BMC BladeLogic Application Server and all client applications use FIPS 140-2 certified modules for cryptographic operations on all transported data. or Network Shell Proxy Services). For the sake of simplicity. ■ Session layer security BMC BladeLogic uses TLS for session layer security across all communications legs.) When a client first accesses a middle tier entity (by necessity. which includes the following capabilities: ■ RSA key negotiation 128-bit AES block encryption algorithm CBC (Cipher Block Chaining) block cipher mode SHA1 HMAC construction for integrity protection. At installation. BMC BladeLogic system components employ TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA for the TLS cipher suite. The client cannot recognize the certificate as trusted so the client prompts the user to accept or reject the self-signed certificate. 118 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . you can provision middle tier entities with certificates issued by a CA. the Authentication. the client is presented with the Application Server’s self-signed X. (Optionally. this document refers only to TLS. the client establishes a TLS connection with the Application Server hosting the Authentication Service. the certificate is added to the client’s list of trusted certificates and a secure session is established for the client. In the course of the TLS handshake. When Network Shell connects to a Network Shell Proxy Server. middle tier entities are provisioned with self-signed X. as well as its SHA1 and SHA256 fingerprints.509 certificates. In all contexts (excluding BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation). If the user chooses to trust the self-signed certificate. If the user chooses not to trust the self-signed certificate. For more information. this document refers to that state as Network Shell operating in proxy mode. SSL. the client must validate a certificate from that entity. the Authentication Service) to authenticate and obtain an SSO credential.Session layer security NOTE Be aware of the following documentation conventions: ■ BMC BladeLogic supports both TLS and its predecessor. the session is terminated. The client application displays the certificate’s content.

509 certificate is added to or removed from the trusted certificate store. Network Shell Proxy Servers. A client’s list of trusted certificates are stored in a file written in the Privacy Enhanced Mail (PEM) format. or Network Shell clients. Network Shell Proxy Server.Impersonation and privilege mapping All client services running on a BMC BladeLogic Application Server (Authentication Service. but you can modify that location.local configuration files can specify the local user context under which the client’s commands should execute. If your installation employs multiple Application Servers or stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Servers. The keystore resides in a default location. or Network Shell client establishes a connection with the agent. BMC BladeLogic does not use client-side certificates. you must provision agents with the SHA1 fingerprints of trusted clients’ self-signed certificates.pem in the directory where the agent is installed. the agent creates one. the agent temporarily acquires the privileges that the managed server’s operating system grants to this local user. as described in “Setting override locations for client SSO files” on page 150. settings in the exports. If this file is not present. When a client—that is an Application Server. repeater. Once a client application has added the Authentication Service’s certificate to its list of trusted certificates. Communication with server tier Self-signed certificates are used to secure communication between entities that communicate directly with agents. The certificate is stored in a file called certificate. Chapter 4 Administering security 119 . see “How BMC BladeLogic grants access to RSCD agents” on page 237. If this file is present. user. These entities could be Application Servers. it is read every time an Application Server. By default. they too share the same certificate. This file is known as a keystore. BMC BladeLogic generates self-signed certificates when an agent is installed on a server. Impersonation and privilege mapping Impersonation (on UNIX) and privilege mapping (on Windows) allow a user to assume an effective user identity and a set of user permissions on remote servers. or Network Shell client—contacts an RSCD agent on a remote server. However. and users. the user is no longer prompted to trust that certificate when establishing future sessions with any of these other related entities. Client applications re-write the keystore file when a trusted X. repeaters. you can choose to use self-signed client-side certificates for TLS sessions with RSCD agents. In this way BMC BladeLogic takes advantage of the access control mechanisms provided by the remote server’s operating system. By default. and Network Shell Proxy Service) share the same certificate. Application Service. Self-signed server-side certificates are used to secure the exchange of TLS session keys between agents and entities that communicate with agents.) If entries in the configuration files map the client user to a local user. To accomplish this. (For details on this process. Network Shell Proxy Server.

Authorization If the managed server is a UNIX-style system. If there is no user mapping defined in the exports. the user will take on the privileges and permissions of the user “joe” on the target server. (Network Shell users communicating directly with agents do not assume any particular role. If the managed server is a Windows machine. On Windows systems the agent performs user privilege mapping. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. For more on impersonation and privilege mapping. on UNIX systems the agent fully impersonates the user through setuid. Or. users are mapped to an underprivileged account (nobody on UNIX or Anonymous on Windows). “Setting up configuration files. BMC BladeLogic uses a technique called user privilege mapping. or users. and those ACLs can grant a range of authorizations to users. the user is assigned that user’s permissions in the same manner as if there was explicit mapping—that is. the agent fully impersonates a user through a call to the setuid command.) For example. For example. the BMC BladeLogic Console can allow users with an expert role to create component templates and other users with a junior admin role to check for compliance with these templates. see Chapter 5. If user equivalency is not possible (that is. user.” Authorization Authorization refers to the process of giving someone access to resources or permissions to perform certain actions.local configuration files. which allows the agent to temporarily grant the local user’s group privileges to an unprivileged user account called BladeLogicRSCD. BMC BladeLogic supports authorization via a role-based access control (RBAC) model and a set of very granular access control lists (ACLs). joe does not exist on the target server as a user). grep. or ps on certain directories within a group of servers. This privilege mapping mechanism allows the agent to acquire the mapped local user’s group privileges without having to access that user’s Windows credentials (user name and password). For more on RBAC and authorization in BMC BladeLogic. if a user authenticates as “joe” and then begins to use Network Shell. Every system object that you manage with the BMC BladeLogic Console has ACLs defined for it. a Network Shell user with a junior admin role can be permitted to perform read-only Network Shell commands such as ls. You can also define authorizations for Network Shell users if they are configured to communicate through a Network Shell Proxy Server. 120 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . but that same junior administrator cannot make any changes on those servers. the system attempts to match the user ID of the incoming user to a user ID defined on the managed server where the RSCD agent is installed. If there is a match.

The BMC BladeLogic Console has user authentication utilities built into it. the command line applications require access to a session credential that was acquired previously. BMC BladeLogic provides a command linebased user authentication utility called blcred. Users can authenticate with blcred and acquire session credential for the command line applications. A reports user logs in by providing the user credentials required for his or her authentication type. SSO session credentials have a finite lifetime and can be cached in the file system of the client host. The reports server uses these credentials to authenticate to the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service. If a client application's credential cache contains an unexpired session credential. Single sign-on functionality supports the following authentication mechanisms: SRP LDAP RSA SecurID PKI Active Directory/Kerberos Domain Authentication Chapter 4 Administering security 121 .Single sign-on Single sign-on BMC BladeLogic employs a two-stage procedure for authenticating client application users to their respective middle-tier servers. All BMC BladeLogic client applications except BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation can share the same session credential. First. The two client command line applications (BLCLI and Network Shell) do not. Once the TLS session is established. This constraint will be relaxed in a future release. Then. Readers familiar with HTTP cookies may view SSO session credentials as analogous to cookies used to communicate an authenticated identity to a BMC BladeLogic service. The session credential cache file can only hold one session credential. the client application establishes a TLS session with a middle tier service—either an Application Service or Network Shell Proxy Service. the client presents its SSO session credential to the service. which validates the credential and uses it to establish the identity of the client user. BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation is a web-based application that uses BMC BladeLogic single sign-on functionality in a different manner than other BMC BladeLogic applications. client users authenticate with a BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service (one of the services hosted by a BMC BladeLogic Application Server) and acquire an SSO session credential. having acquired a credential. To connect to a middle tier server. that credential can be used to establish a new client/server session without requiring the user to re-authenticate. BMC BladeLogic Console users can choose whether to cache newly acquired session credentials in a cache file.

122 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . that registry is a user table in the central Application Server’s database. Non-disclosing authentication protocols protect against man-in-the-middle attacks. users can set up a list of multiple LDAP servers that provide the same directories of user information. After successfully authenticating the SRP user. To take advantage of automatic failover. the Authentication Service issues the client a session credential. If the LDAP server successfully authenticates the user. LDAP BMC BladeLogic authentication can be based on Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). This type of protocol allows a client-tier user to prove to an Authentication Service that he or she has knowledge of a password without ever revealing that password to the middle-tier service. When a BMC BladeLogic client-tier user logs in and provides an LDAP “distinguished name” and password. Client-tier users are correlated to identities maintained in directories on external LDAP servers. allowing password-based mutual authentication of a client and server. tree-like structure. For SRP. The Authentication Service authenticates users by contacting the first available LDAP server in the list. Information in the user table is derived from the RBAC utility in the BMC BladeLogic Console. In BMC BladeLogic. the Authentication Service issues the client a session credential. At that point a BMC BladeLogic client application can use the session credential to establish a secure authenticated session with the Application Service or a Network Shell Proxy Service identified by the service URLs in the session credential. a protocol for querying and modifying directory entries that are arranged in a hierarchical. the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service connects to an LDAP server to authenticate the user.SRP SRP The secure remote password (SRP) protocol is a non-disclosing authentication protocol (also characterized as a zero-knowledge protocol). At that point a BMC BladeLogic client application can use the session credential to establish an authenticated secure session with the Application Service or Network Shell Proxy Service identified by the service URLs in the session credential. the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service authenticates client-tier users against a registry of authorized users.

RSA SecurID RSA SecurID BMC BladeLogic authentication can incorporate RSA’s Authentication Manager to utilize its two factor authentication mechanism. the user must insert a smart card into a card reader and enter a PIN. At that point a BMC BladeLogic client application can use the session credential to establish a secure authenticated session with the Application Service or Network Shell Proxy Service identified by the service URLs in the session credential. The passcode consists of a PIN and the current token code. When an Active Directory domain user chooses to authenticate using AD/Kerberos. Client-tier users in BMC BladeLogic are correlated to identities maintained within RSA’s Authentication Manager rather than the central Application Server’s RBAC-based database. the Authentication Service issues the client a session credential. which is obtained from an RSA SecurID token. SecurID users authenticate by providing a user name and a passcode. Through middleware. After successfully Chapter 4 Administering security 123 . PKI BMC BladeLogic authentication can be based public key infrastructure (PKI) for users who present a type of smart card known as a common access card (CAC). Kerberos mediates an authentication exchange between the client (the BMC BladeLogic Console or the blcred utility) and the domain controller as well as between the client and the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service. At that point a BMC BladeLogic client application can use the session credential to establish a secure authenticated session with the Application Service or Network Shell Proxy Service identified by the service URLs in the session credential. AD/Kerberos authentication correlates client-tier users to identities maintained within an Active Directory domain controller rather than the central Application Server’s RBAC-based database. a BMC BladeLogic client can access the appropriate certificate and private key on the smart card to authenticate the user. The current status of a certificate can be verified by contacting an OCSP Responder. Active Directory/Kerberos Active Directory/Kerberos (AD/Kerberos) authentication integrates BMC BladeLogic with a key distribution center (KDC) to utilize the Kerberos v5 protocol for authenticating client-tier users. While logging into a BMC BladeLogic client. If authentication is successful. If the information the user enters is valid and the OCSP Responder verifies the validity of the user’s certificate. the Authentication Service issues the client a session credential.

domain. At that point. a user can log into Windows as Sally@DOMAIN. the Authentication Service issues the client a session credential. Domain Authentication The Domain Authentication solution integrates BMC BladeLogic with Active Directory without requiring users to obtain a Kerberos ticket—that is. a Windows user credential. If the domain controller successfully authenticates the user. it can authenticate AD/Kerberos users who provide a user name. Authentication profiles To facilitate single sign-on. A user logging into the BMC BladeLogic Application Server can authenticate with a different user name than the user name used to log into the Windows system hosting the BMC BladeLogic client application. and password.COM and then log into BMC BladeLogic as Administrator@DOMAIN. The BMC BladeLogic client application can then use the session credential to establish an authenticated secure session with the Application Server or a Network Shell Proxy Service identified by the service URLs in the session credential. An authentication profile identifies the following: 124 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service issues the BMC BladeLogic client an SSO session credential. A user logging into the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service authenticates with the same user credential he or she acquires when the logging into the Windows domain. domain. which are collections of information that a BMC BladeLogic client application needs to log into the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service. Although BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation does not support AD/Kerberos authentication. In Domain Authentication.COM. and password (see Domain Authentication). a BMC BladeLogic client application can use that session credential to establish an authenticated secure session with the Application Server or a Network Shell Proxy Service identified by the service URLs in the session credential. For example. BMC BladeLogic clients use authentication profiles. BMC BladeLogic clients (the BMC BladeLogic Console or the blcred utility) accept a user’s name. Domain Authentication provides greater flexibility than AD/Kerberos. This information is passed to the Authentication Service. AD/Kerberos takes advantage of the Windows single-sign on functionality.Domain Authentication authenticating the domain user. which delegates user authentication to the Active Directory domain controller.

The client application looks in its cache of session credentials to determine if it holds a current credential that was acquired under the conditions defined by the authentication profile. users do not define authentication profiles. so a user does not have to specify an Application Server or listening port. PKI. users simply specify an authentication type. If a user wants to connect to all three from the same client application. establishment of the client/server session is aborted if the session credential cache does not contain a session credential matching the requirements specified in the authentication profile. LDAP. each pointing to a different instance of BMC BladeLogic. when logging on.Authentication profiles ■ Application Server host name Listening port for the Authentication Service hosted by the Application Server Authentication protocol: SRP. SecurID. In another example. he or she must specify an authentication profile. The BLCLI or Network Shell user can use the BMC BladeLogic Console or the blcred utility to obtain and cache the appropriate SSO session credential. he or she would need an authentication profile for each mechanism. For BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation. Each reports server always accesses the same Authentication Service. the port used to access the Authentication Service. one for QA. he or she would need three different authentication profiles. or Domain Authentication Information specific to individual authentication protocols. the BMC BladeLogic Console prompts the user to log into the Authentication Service identified by the specified authentication profile. if a user plans to log into the Application Server using various authentication mechanisms. For example. and one for Development. such as the distinguished name template for LDAP. If a cached session credential includes information matching these specifications. AD/Kerberos. Each authentication profile specifies an Application Server hosting an Authentication Service. ■ ■ ■ A user can define multiple authentication profiles. Instead. If the client application does not possess an appropriate session credential. In Network Shell or BLCLI. an organization might employ three instances of BMC BladeLogic—one for Operations. and an authentication mechanism. Chapter 4 Administering security 125 . the client application establishes a connection to the service listed in the session credential. Using authentication profiles When a user launches a BMC BladeLogic client application (except BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation).

see “Using the blcred utility” on page 226. For more information on using blcred.Single sign-on session credentials The BMC BladeLogic Console provides a dialog that allows users to add or delete authentication profiles as well as select an authentication profile for the purpose of logging in. The blcred utility also can be used to add or delete authentication profiles. A session credential contains the following information: ■ BMC BladeLogic user name 126 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . see “Environment variables” on page 129. but you can modify that location. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. Authentication profiles are stored in a single XML file. The following table summarizes these options. For more information on using environment variables. Note that BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation does not require authentication profiles so it is not listed in the table below. The XML file resides at a default location. Mechanisms to Identify Authentication Profile environment variable: BL_AUTH_PROFILE_NAME secure file setting: auth_profile BLCLI command line option: -v authenticationProfileName environment variable: BL_AUTH_PROFILE_NAME Takes precedence over environment variable Application Network Shell (in proxy mode) Precedence Takes precedence over secure file setting BMC BladeLogic Console login dialog For more information on setting up authentication profiles for the BMC BladeLogic Console. as described in “Setting override locations for client SSO files” on page 150. it issues a session credential to the client application. The BMC BladeLogic Console lets users choose to cache session credentials. BMC BladeLogic clients use session credentials to establish secure sessions with Application Servers and Network Shell Proxy Servers. Single sign-on session credentials When an Authentication Service authenticates a user. The blcred utility always caches any session credential it obtains from the Authentication Service. The BMC BladeLogic command line applications provide various options for identifying an authentication profile by name. Within that file each authentication profile must have a unique name.

the user provides data required for authentication. SSO session credentials are cached in a file on the client host. The reports server relays this information to the Authentication Service and obtains a session credential for the user. and its port. but you can modify that location. Each time a user logs into the reports server from a browser. A BMC BladeLogic service. as described in “Setting override locations for client SSO files” on page 150. its host address. AD/Kerberos. SecurID. Each of these URLs specifies the type of service. The session credential cache file resides at a default location. LDAP. its host address.Single sign-on session credentials ■ Protocol used to authenticate user: SRP. verifies the digital signature to ensure the credential’s authenticity and integrity. and its port. the reports server does not cache the session credential on the client’s system. This allows users to schedule recurring report jobs. BMC BladeLogic relies on system access controls to restrict access to the session credential cache. File system access controls only allow the user for whom the credential was issued to access the credential cache Unlike other BMC BladeLogic system components. BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation can automatically renew the user’s session credential without requiring the user to re-authenticate. upon being presented with a session credential. This restriction will be relaxed in a future release. or Domain Authentication Service URL. which identifies the Authentication Service that issued the session credential. Expiration time for session credential Maximum lifetime for session credential Client system’s IP address Authorized roles for user Service URLs of BMC BladeLogic services that the credential can be used to access. On both Windows and UNIX. such as Application Services and Network Shell Proxy Services. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Session credentials are digitally signed by the issuing Authentication Service. the credential cache can hold a maximum of one session credential at any time. The reports server can potentially hold the user’s session credential even after the user’s connection with the reports server terminates. Chapter 4 Administering security 127 .

Keytab files Keytab files If you are using SRP authentication. Keytab files provide the blcred utility with long-term user credentials that can be used to authenticate a user.dat. a user must be assigned to an RBAC role. The following table summarizes the options available to specifying a role. If a user is authorized for only one role. the user can interactively select a role while logging into a BMC BladeLogic client application. the role may be specified through an environment variable. Note that BMC BladeLogic also employs a keytab file for its AD/Kerberos implementation. if multiple roles are defined interactive prompts from command line dialog command line option: -r roleName environment variable: BL_RBAC_ROLE Network Shell (in proxy mode) interactive prompts from command line dialog environment variable: BL_RBAC_ROLE Takes precedence over environment variable 128 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . For instructions on setting up user_info. The SRP keytab file is called user_info. access to keytab files should be tightly controlled. he or she is assigned to that role after logging into an application. BMC BladeLogic command line applications can specify a role using a command line option or an environment variable. BMC BladeLogic only supports a keytab file for SRP authentication. When a user is authorized for multiple roles. In this release.dat. Application BMC BladeLogic Console BLCLI Mechanisms to Specify a Role Precedence GUI dialog. Because of their sensitive nature. see “Generating a user information file” on page 230. Procedures for the AD/Kerberos implementation explain the use of a keytab file in that context. Network Shell also provides a command called chrole. keytab files are useful when running unattended automation scripts that make use of Network Shell proxy services or make calls to the BLCLI. which lets you change roles after a Network Shell session is established. for single sign-on. When using Network Shell or BLCLI. RBAC role selection When a session is established. If a user is authorized for multiple roles.

Environment Variable BL_SSO_TRUSTED_CERT_ KEYSTORE_FILE BL_RBAC_ROLE Description Specifies location of file storing trusted certificates Specifies RBAC role For More Information: “Trusted keystore” on page 151 “RBAC role selection” on page 128 BL_SSO_CRED_CACHE_FILE Specifies location of session “Session credential cache file” credential cache file on page 151 BL_AUTH_PROFILES_FILE Provides location of file containing authentication profile definitions Identifies authentication profile to use when authenticating “Authentication profile file” on page 151 “Using authentication profiles” on page 125 BL_AUTH_PROFILE_NAME Chapter 4 Administering security 129 . The command line options take precedence over environment variable settings. use a procedure like the following: % BL_SSO_CRED_CACHE_FILE=userHomeDirectory\bladelogic_alt\bl_sesscc % export BL_SSO_CRED_CACHE_FILE The following table details the environment variables that can be used with single sign-on functionality. BLCLI and blcred also provide command line options for providing the same data. To set an environment variable.Environment variables Environment variables BMC BladeLogic provides environment variables that can be used to pass configuration data to the command line client applications (BLCLI and Network Shell) and the blcred utility.

BLCLI to Application Server For traffic between BLCLI and an Application Server.Security for different communication legs Security for different communication legs Although some aspects of security—session layer security. BMC BladeLogic relies on TLS to secure communication between client and server and single sign-on credentials to authenticate client users. Client users obtain single sign-on credentials by authenticating themselves to the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service. and authorization—are consistent throughout BMC BladeLogic. see “Implementing single sign-on” on page 135. authentication can be configured differently for the various communication legs. 130 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . privilege mapping. Implementation A default BMC BladeLogic installation sets up a single sign-on system using SRP authentication and TLS session layer security. The BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service supports many authentication mechanisms. BMC BladeLogic relies on TLS to secure communication between client and server and single sign-on credentials to authenticate client users. SRP is the default user authentication mechanism. The following sections describe security for the following communication legs in BMC BladeLogic: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ BMC BladeLogic Console to Application Server BLCLI to Application Server Network Shell to Network Shell Proxy Server Reports client to reports server Application Server to agent or repeater Network Shell to agent Repeater to agent BMC BladeLogic Console to Application Server For traffic between the BMC BladeLogic Console and an Application Server. For implementation details. Additional configuration is necessary if you want to customize the default behavior or use other authentication protocols.

Implementation ■ A default BMC BladeLogic installation sets up a single sign-on system using SRP authentication and TLS session layer security. Network Shell users obtain single sign-on credentials by authenticating themselves to the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service. blcred. ■ Network Shell to Network Shell Proxy Server For traffic between a Network Shell client and a Network Shell Proxy Server. to authenticate themselves to an Authentication Service and acquire a SSO session credential. SRP is the default user authentication mechanism.Network Shell to Network Shell Proxy Server BLCLI users obtain single sign-on credentials by authenticating themselves to the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service. to authenticate themselves to an Authentication Service and acquire a SSO session credential. see “Implementing single sign-on” on page 135. implement any authentication mechanism other than SRP. see “Implementing single sign-on” on page 135. Additional configuration is necessary to set up a Network Shell Proxy Service. Network Shell can use that credential. The BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service supports many user authentication mechanisms. BMC BladeLogic relies on TLS to secure communication between client and server and single sign-on credentials to authenticate client users. Chapter 4 Administering security 131 . Users can acquire and cache a SSO session credential through the BMC BladeLogic Console and the BLCLI can use that credential. BLCLI users can use a separate user authentication command line utility. or customize SSO behavior. SRP is the default user authentication mechanism. Users can acquire and cache a SSO session credential through the BMC BladeLogic Console. For information on using the blcred utility to obtain session credentials. Alternatively. The BLCLI does not have a built-in authentication utility. see “Using the blcred utility” on page 226. For implementation details. Implementation ■ A default BMC BladeLogic installation sets up a single sign-on system using SRP authentication and TLS session layer security. For implementation details. Network Shell users can use a separate user authentication command line utility. Network Shell does not have a built-in authentication utility. Additional configuration is necessary if you want to customize the default behavior or use other authentication protocols. blcred. The BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service supports many user authentication mechanisms. Alternatively.

the reports server obtains data for reports from the reports data warehouse. For traffic between the reports client and the reports server. user authentication functions much like authentication for other BMC BladeLogic applications. Implementation A default installation of BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation sets up a BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service called BMC SARA Authentication. By default 132 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . By default the reports server uses a self-signed certificate. see “Using the blcred utility” on page 226. Server-side certificates are used during the TLS handshake to establish session keys for encrypting traffic between the web browser and the reports server. After users are authenticated. they are granted session credentials. but you can replace it with a custom certificate. Once a user on the reports client is authenticated. Reports client to reports server A BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation client is a web browser that connects to the reports server. Users authenticate themselves to the reports server over the HTTPS session. Server-side certificates The TLS communication protocol automatically negotiates an encryption algorithm to secure data. BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation supports all BMC BladeLogic authentication protocols except AD/Kerberos. you can use a tool such as OpenSSL. domain. To generate a new certificate. BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation data is packaged using Cognos Reports.Reports client to reports server ■ For information on using the blcred utility to obtain session credentials. which can authenticate AD/Kerberos users when they provide their user name. The reports server accesses the BMC SARA Authentication Service to authenticate a user and acquire SSO credentials in the name of the authenticated user. BMC BladeLogic relies on the HTTPS protocol (HTTP over TLS) to secure communication between the browser and reports server. Organizations that want Kerberos-based authentication for BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation can use the Domain Authentication protocol. Authentication For BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation. and password.

see “Exports file” on page 240. Additional configuration is necessary if you want to use an Authentication Server that is not located on the same machine as the reports server. If you want to set up self-signed certificates for a Network Shell Proxy Server. see “TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Windows Application Server” on page 202 or “TLS with client-side certs – Securing a UNIXbased Application Server” on page 206. Application Server to agent or repeater For traffic between an Application Server and an agent or repeater. modify the exports file on each agent or repeater. use these procedures as well. For more information. see the BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation User Guide. Implementation A default installation of BMC BladeLogic provides no authentication for this communication leg. For all implementation details. The procedure is identical. Network Shell to agent For traffic between a Network Shell client and an agent. BMC BladeLogic relies on TLS to secure communication and the following options for authenticating the Network Shell client to the agent: Chapter 4 Administering security 133 . BMC BladeLogic relies on TLS to secure communication and the following options for authenticating the Application Server host to the repeater or agent: ■ Self-signed certificates—Enables agents or repeaters to authenticate Application Servers. ■ No authentication—By default. when an Application Server connects to an agent or repeater. To accomplish this. ■ IP address—Limits incoming traffic for an agent or repeater to IP addresses of specific Application Servers. no authentication occurs.Application Server to agent or repeater only SRP authentication is enabled on the BMC SARA Authentication Service. Implementation To implement this approach. Implementation For implementation details. agents and repeaters are provisioned with the SHA1 fingerprints of the Application Servers’ self-signed certificates.

see “TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Network Shell client” on page 212. Implementation A default installation of BMC BladeLogic provides no authentication. Implementation For implementation details.Repeater to agent ■ Self-signed. Instead. no authentication occurs other than the authentication provided by the underlying operating system of the host where Network Shell is running when a Network Shell user logs in. client-side certs—Enables agents to authenticate repeaters. ■ No authentication—By default. Implementation For implementation details. this configuration relies on the host operating system of the Network Shell client to authenticate a user. (If necessary. see “Implementing Security – Repeater to agent” on page 217. 134 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Repeater to agent For traffic between a repeater and an agent.) Implementation To implement this approach. agents are provisioned with SHA1 fingerprints of repeaters’ selfsigned certificates. client-side certs—Enables agents to authenticate Network Shell clients. To accomplish this. To accomplish this. ■ IP address—Limits an agent’s incoming traffic to IP addresses of specific Network Shell clients. modify the exports file on each agent. when a Network Shell client connects to an agent. BMC BladeLogic relies on TLS to secure communication and the following options for authenticating the repeater host to the agent: ■ Self signed. see “Exports file” on page 240. agents are provisioned with SHA1 fingerprints of Network Shell clients’ self-signed certificates. For more information. Application Servers can also be specified in the same way.

A standard installation of BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation sets up a stand-alone Authentication Server for reports users. After a client user authenticates. the client application is issued a session credential. modify the exports file on each agent. SRP authentication is supported by default for all BMC BladeLogic applications. the client application is issued a session credential. no authentication occurs.Implementing single sign-on ■ IP address—Limits an agent’s incoming traffic to IP addresses of specific repeaters. A standard installation of the Application Server sets up the Application Service. A standard installation of the Application Server includes an Authentication Service. you need the following services: ■ Authentication Service—Used for authenticating user identities and issuing session credentials to authenticated users. Network Shell Proxy Service—Used for accessing the functionality of a Network Shell Proxy Server. All communication with the Network Shell Proxy Service occurs over TLS. Chapter 4 Administering security 135 ■ ■ . Implementation A default installation of BMC BladeLogic provides no authentication for this communication leg. ■ No authentication—By default. Application Service—Used for accessing the functionality of the BMC BladeLogic Application Server. all requests from the BMC BladeLogic Console or the blcred utility. when a repeater connects to an agent. Implementing single sign-on To implement the BMC BladeLogic single sign-on system. see “Exports file” on page 240. The Authentication Service processes all user authentication requests—that is. Some configuration is necessary to set up a Network Shell Proxy Service. A Network Shell client presents the session credential to the Network Shell Proxy Service to establish a secure session with the Network Shell Proxy Server. For more information.) Implementation To implement this approach. (If necessary. After a client user authenticates. A client application (the BMC BladeLogic Console or the BLCLI) presents the session credential to the Application Service to establish a secure session with one of the targeted services listed within the session credential. All communication with the Application Service occurs over TLS. Application Servers and specific clients can be specified in the same way. All communication with the Authentication Service occurs over TLS.

You can optionally use OCSP verification for Application Servers provisioned with custom certificates. A default installation of a BMC BladeLogic Application Server sets up an Authentication Service to support single sign-on for BMC BladeLogic client applications. Each of the steps in this procedure references a section that describes another procedure. 1 If you want to modify the default behavior of an Authentication Service. 3 If you want to use a Network Shell Proxy Server.Implementing single sign-on Use the following master procedure to implement the single sign-on system. 2 If you want to modify the default behavior of the Application Service. see “Setting override locations for client SSO files” on page 150. OCSP verification is only enabled by default for PKI authentication. see “Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service” on page 142. see “Setting up certificate verification using OCSP” on page 153. you can instruct a client application to use different files. see any of the following: Implementing LDAP authentication Implementing RSA SecurID authentication Implementing PKI authentication Implementing Active Directory/Kerberos authentication Implementing Domain Authentication 136 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . If necessary. The files used by the SSO system reside at default locations. 5 If you want to set up OCSP verification of certificates. see “Configuring the Authentication Service” on page 137. A default installation of a BMC BladeLogic Application Server sets up an Application Service to support single sign-on. Currently. see “Configuring the Application Service” on page 140. 4 If you want to modify the location of any SSO files used by any BMC BladeLogic client application. 6 If you want the SSO system to support any authentication protocol other than SRP.

There are various options for modifying the standard behavior of an Authentication Service. enter the following: set AuthServer AuthSvcPort # where # is the number of the port. The Authentication Service runs on the same machine as the Application Server. By default. enter the following: set AuthServer IsSRPAuthEnabled true|false By default this value is set to true. of issued session credentials. Additional configuration is necessary to support other authentication protocols. ■ To enable or disable LDAP authentication. 4 To specify the types of authentication mechanisms that are enabled. Setting AuthSvcPort to 0 turns off the Authentication Service.Configuring the Authentication Service Configuring the Authentication Service A default installation of a BMC BladeLogic Application Server sets up an Authentication Service to support single sign-on and SRP authentication. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console (that is. Use the following procedure to set any of those options. enter the following: set AuthServer SessionCredentialLifetime # where # is the lifetime. this value is set to false. do any of the following: ■ To enable or disable SRP authentication. ■ To enable or disable SecurID authentication. the blasadmin utility). enter the following: set AuthServer IsLdapAuthEnabled true|false By default. enter the following: set AuthServer IsSecurIdAuthEnabled true|false Chapter 4 Administering security 137 . 2 To specify a listening port other than 9840 for the Authentication Service. the session credential lifetime is 600 minutes (10 hours). in minutes. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. 3 To specify the duration of session credentials that the Authentication Service issues.

service:appsvc. do any of the following: ■ To override the default Application Service URL. this value is set to false.Configuring the Authentication Service By default. ■ To enable or disable Domain Authentication.com:9841 Typically. By default BLCLI commands run on the Application Server processing the job.serviceURL is a list of alternative Application Service’s service URLs. this value is set to false. bladelogic:blsess://host2.. this value is set to false. ■ To configure the Authentication Service so it does not write any Application Service service URLs into the session credential it issues. you do not need to change the default Application Server URL. enter the following: set AuthServer AppServiceURLs " " Note the blank space between the quotation marks. BLCLI commands used for import or export must run on an Application Server with its type set to CONFIGURATION or ALL. it cannot process BLCLI commands used for import/export. ■ To enable or disable PKI authentication. enter the following: set AuthServer IsDomainAuthEnabled true|false By default. enter the following: set AuthServer AppServiceURLs serviceURL. if you want to run Network Shell Script Jobs that include BLCLI commands.. this value is set to false. enter the following: set PkiAuth IsEnabled true|false By default.bladelogic. enter the following: set AuthServer IsADKAuthEnabled true|false By default. 138 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . However.com:9841. 5 To write non-default destination service URLs into a session credential.. ■ To enable or disable AD/Kerberos authentication.bladelogic: blsess://host1. For example: set AuthServer AppServiceURLs service:appsvc... If that Application Server is a JOB type Application Server. you can direct these commands to run on a particular Application Server.serviceURL where serviceURL...bladelogic..

com:9842 If you are setting up a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server.serviceURL where serviceURL. then any Network Shell commands run by jobs on this Application Server are routed to the Network Shell Proxy Servers identified by ProxyServiceURLs.bladelogic.bladelogic: blsess://host1.service:proxysvc. see “Setting up a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server” on page 145. enter the following: set AuthServer AppServiceURLs "" Note that there is no blank space between the quotation marks. ■ To configure the Authentication Service so it reverts to its default behavior of writing the service URL of the local Network Shell Proxy Service into session credentials (assuming the local proxy service is enabled). enter the following: set AuthServer ProxyServiceURLs "" Note that there is no blank space between the quotation marks. Chapter 4 Administering security 139 . NOTE If you provide a value for ProxyServiceURLs on an Application Server that is defined as type ALL. you must identify the URL for the stand-alone server’s Network Shell Proxy Service service URL. set AuthServer ProxyServiceURLs service:proxysvc. For more information on setting up a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server. bladelogic:blsess://host2.serviceURL is a list of alternative Network Shell Proxy Service’s service URLs.com:9842. enter the following: set AuthServer ProxyServiceURLs " " Note the blank space between the quotation marks. ■ To override the default Network Shell Proxy Service service URL.Configuring the Authentication Service ■ To configure the Authentication Service so it reverts to its default behavior of writing the service URL of the local Application Service into session credentials. For example. enter the following: set AuthServer ProxyServiceURLs serviceURL.bladelogic. ■ To configure the Authentication Service so it does not write any Network Shell Proxy Service service URLs into the session credential it issues.

Configuring the Application Service A default installation of BMC BladeLogic sets up an Application Service to support single sign-on. include its service URL in the session credential it issues. By default.Configuring the Application Service Providing service URLs lets you specify alternative addresses (in the form of service URLs) for an Application Service or Network Shell Proxy Service. Typically. There are various options for modifying the standard behavior of an Application Service. enter the following: set AuthServer AuthSvcSocketTimeout # where # is the maximum number of minutes to wait for a response from a worker thread. 8 Restart the Application Server (see “Restarting a specific Application Server” on page 111). If the local Network Shell Proxy Service is enabled. 7 To specify a time-out for responses from Authentication Service worker threads. 6 To specify the maximum number of worker threads used for authentication. Once the maximum is exceeded. a client cannot use it to access an Application Service or Network Shell Proxy Service. by default. enter the following: set AuthServer MaxAuthSvcThreads # where # is the maximum number of threads that can process requests from clients. a firewall) that requires address translations. the connection times out. This is particularly useful when your installation has a network configuration (for example. no additional configuration is necessary. Overriding the defaults and specifying empty service URLs results in session credentials with no destination service URLs. Use the following procedure to set any of those options. the Authentication Service will. By default the maximum is 1. When a session credential has no destination service URL. 140 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . the maximum is 5. By default the Authentication Service creates a session credential that only includes the service URL for the local Application Service.

2 To specify a listening port other than 9841 for the Application Service. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. Setting AppSvcPort to 0 turns off the Application Service. By default. Set this value to false only if you are using a network load balancer for your Application Servers or Network Shell Proxy Servers.Configuring the Application Service 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. the client is denied access. 4 To specify whether the service URL of the Application Service or Network Shell Proxy Service specified in a client’s service request should be compared to the actual service URL of that service. By default. this option is set to true. this option is set to true. enter the following: set appserver ValidateRequestURL true|false In the command shown above: ■ true means the service URL of the Application Service or Network Shell Proxy Service handling the request must match the service URL to which the request was addressed. ■ false means the IP address of the client does not have to match the client’s IP address included in the session credential. and a client can access any one of many Application Servers when establishing a session connection. you are not using a load balancer for the Authentication Service. If the IP addresses do not match. 3 To specify whether the client’s IP address included in a session credential should be compared to the IP address of the client that is presenting the credential. enter the following: set appserver AppSvcPort # where # is the number of the port. Chapter 4 Administering security 141 . ■ false means the receiving service’s URL does not have to match the service URL to which the request is addressed. enter the following: set appserver ValidateClientIpAddress true|false In the command shown above: ■ true means the IP address of the client must match the client’s IP address included in the session credential.

a Network Shell Proxy Server can accommodate all authentication protocols that BMC BladeLogic supports. If an Application Server experiences high traffic loads that include Network Shell activity. See “Setting up a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server” on page 145. When setting up a Network Shell Proxy Server. ■ ■ This section also includes a description of how to set up Network Shell Proxy Services for Application Servers that process jobs (see “Setting up Network Shell Proxy Services for Windows user mapping” on page 149). A default installation of a BMC BladeLogic Application Server does not set up a Network Shell Proxy Server. It can relieve the overall workload by processing all Network Shell traffic. See “Setting Up a Network Shell Proxy Server” on page 142.Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service Always set this value to false if you are using a network load balancer for your Application Servers or Network Shell Proxy Servers. 142 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . A stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server cannot access the BMC BladeLogic database. Setting up an Application Server that serves as a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server. See “Setting Up a Network Shell Proxy Server” on page 142. you may want to reduce overall traffic loads by setting up an Application Server that functions exclusively as a Network Shell Proxy Server. you have the following options: ■ Setting up an Application Server that performs many functions including that of Network Shell Proxy Server. This procedure is only necessary if you want to use Windows user mapping to run jobs that act on Windows target servers. Setting Up a Network Shell Proxy Server Use this procedure to configure an Application Server so that it either functions as an Application Server that also manages traffic from Network Shell clients or it only manages Network Shell traffic. Using this configuration. and a client can access any one of many Application Servers when establishing a session connection. Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service Use this procedure to set up a Network Shell Proxy Server that manages traffic from Network Shell clients. which means it only manages Network Shell traffic and performs no other Application Server functionality. 5 Restart the Application Server (see “Restarting a specific Application Server” on page 111). Setting up an Application Server that functions exclusively as a Network Shell Proxy Server.

enter the following: set appserver NshProxyMaxThreadIdleTime # where # can be any of the following: Chapter 4 Administering security 143 . Each proxy thread can accommodate multiple Network Shell client connections by switching between connections when there is no traffic on a particular connection. Increasing the maximum number of proxy threads can improve performance for Network Shell users. enter the following: set appserver MaxNshProxyThreads # where # is the maximum number of threads. 5 To adjust the performance of proxy threads processing Network Shell client connections. By default this value is set to 5. To accomplish this. However. see “Configuring multiple Application Servers on the same host” on page 93. using an excessive number of threads can potentially degrade the performance of a Network Shell Proxy Server. 3 If necessary. ■ For more information on application server profiles. If this value is acceptable. 4 To specify the maximum number of threads that are available to process Network Shell client connections. NSH_PROXY—The Application Server functions exclusively as a Network Shell Proxy Server. modify the listening port for the Network Shell Proxy Server by entering the following: set appserver ProxySvcPort # where # is the number of the port on the Application Server that listens for Network Shell traffic. 2 Start the Application Server Administration console. By default the Network Shell Proxy Server listens for traffic on port equal to Base Port plus 42. If a value is not set for ProxySvcPort. the Application Server does not run a Network Shell proxy service. specify a maximum idle time for thread processing. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45.Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service 1 Start the Network Shell Proxy Server using an application server profile with its Type set so it includes one of the following: ■ ALL—The Application Server performs many functions including Network Shell Proxy Server. you do not have to set a value for ProxySvcPort.

The longer you instruct a thread to be idle. the connection is automatically closed. By default this value is set to 0. the harder it is for that thread to process more than one connection. A value greater than zero specifies a period. This value specifies the number of seconds for obtaining a NSH proxy socket connection to the Application Server. 144 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . the thread can switch to another connection. When the specified period expires. Each thread is dedicated to a single connection so the thread never switches connections. By default this value is set to 60 seconds. While the thread is idle it continues to serve the current connection. enter the following: set appserver IdleNshProxyPruneTime # where # is a value in minutes. enter the following: set appserver NshProxySocketConnectTimeout # where # is a value in seconds. which means the connection is never closed. By default this value is set to 7200 seconds. This value specifies the number of seconds for NSH proxy socket reads before the socket times out. 8 To specify the timeout settings for NSH proxy socket reads. enter the following: set appserver NshProxySocketOperationTimeout # where # is a value in seconds.Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service 0 – Provides the best thread switching performance. 9 Restart the Application Server (see “Restarting a specific Application Server” on page 111). that a thread should remain idle. >0 – Provides a compromise between the two settings described above. When there is no traffic over the connection between a Network Shell client and its proxy for this period of time. A thread is always available to serve another connection after traffic ends on the current connection. -1 – Provides the fastest performance for a particular connection. 6 To specify the maximum idle time for a connection with a Network Shell client. By default NshProxyMaxThreadIdleTime is set to 500 ms. 7 To specify the timeout settings for obtaining a NSH proxy socket connection to the Application Server. in milliseconds.

To accomplish this. A stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server can perform no other Application Server functionality.keystore file from the central Application Server. provide the same password for the Application Server’s certificate that you entered when installing the central Application Server. 3 On the Network Shell Proxy Server. 2 Copy the bladelogic. In this configuration. search for all instances of bladelogic. It cannot even access the BMC BladeLogic database. and you must perform some configuration on the central Application Server. perform the following steps: A Start blasadmin for the _template deployment by entering the following: blasadmin -s _template Chapter 4 Administering security 145 . such as the _template and _launcher directories. you can find bladelogic. use the Application Server Administration console (that is. See “Setting up a Network Shell Client to run in proxy mode” on page 147. you must create a Network Shell Proxy Server deployment using the blasadmin utility. On the central Application Server.keystore on the Application Server where you are setting up a Network Shell Proxy Server. You must repeat this step for every Network Shell client that should communicate with the Network Shell Proxy Server.keystore file. Setting up a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server Use this procedure to configure a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server.keystore.keystore at installDirectory/br/deployments/_template/bladelogic. On the Network Shell Proxy Server.Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service 10 Set up a client for Network Shell users. 11 Assign the NSH_PROXY. a deployment of an Application Server is configured to function only as a Network Shell Proxy Server. To perform this procedure. NOTE You cannot use Windows user mapping to grant permissions to a user on a managed server when that user is running a Network Shell client to access a managed server through a standalone Network Shell Proxy Server. 1 Install an Application Server on the machine where you want to create a standalone Network Shell Proxy Server. Do not run the Post-Install Configuration wizard. blasadmin) to create a new deployment of type NSH_PROXY and configure it as a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server. When installing. Using the copied bladelogic. replace all occurrences of bladelogic.Connect authorization to any role that should be used to connect to a Network Shell Proxy Server.keystore that may exist within installDirectory/br/deployments or any of its subdirectories.

and select Edit. C On the Edit Application Server Profile. enter the following: 146 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . you do not have to set a value for ProxySvcPort. If the base_port is 9500. for ProxyServiceURLs. If this value is acceptable. If a value is not set for ProxySvcPort. modify the listening port for the Network Shell Proxy Server by entering the following: set appserver ProxySvcPort # where # is the number of the port on the Application Server that listens for Network Shell traffic. the Network Shell Proxy Server listens for traffic on a port equal to Base Port plus 42. For new deployments of an Application Server.Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service B Create a new default deployment of a Network Shell Proxy Server by entering the following: create new_proxy base_port NSH_PROXY new_proxy is the name of the new Network Shell Proxy Server you are creating. configure the central Application Server by doing the following: A Select Configuration => Infrastructure Management. right-click. C Switch to the newly created deployment by entering the following: switch new_proxy D If necessary. B Expand Application Servers. select the central Application Server. See “Starting Application Servers” on page 41. the Application Server does not run a Network Shell Proxy Service. base_port is a number that is combined with offset values to determine Authentication and Application Server port numbers. For example. 5 Using the BMC BladeLogic Console. the authentication port would be 9540. E Indicate that the Network Shell Proxy Server should not contact the BMC BladeLogic database by entering the following command: set appserver PwdStore file 4 Start the Application Server on the machine where you are setting up a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server. the offset for the authentication port is 40 by default.

so it can communicate with servers via a Network Shell Proxy Server. You must repeat this step for every Network Shell client that communicates with the Network Shell Proxy Server. see the blcred man page.Connect authorization to any role that should be used to connect to a Network Shell Proxy Server. Additionally. Note that the BL_AUTH_PROFILE_NAME environment variable can override the value of this secure file setting. 1 Start Network Shell for a client installation and use the secadmin utility to create an entry in the secure file that specifies the following: ■ auth_profile=authProfile. NOTE To use the blcred utility. 8 Assign the NSH_PROXY. See “Setting up a Network Shell Client to run in proxy mode” on page 147. 6 Restart the central Application Server (see “Restarting a specific Application Server” on page 111). You can use the blcred utility to authenticate a user and acquire a new session credential. Chapter 4 Administering security 147 . 7 Set up a client for Network Shell users. The value used for authProfile must match the name of an authentication profile included in that file.bladelogic:blsess://NSH_proxy_server_host:proxy_svc_port In this entry NSH_proxy_server_host is the host where you have set up the Network Shell Proxy Server and proxy_svc_port is the port number you defined in step D above (under step 3). if you plan to run Network Shell and BLCLI scripts unattended on this client machine. this procedure includes steps to ensure that the scripts have access to valid SSO session credentials. For a complete description of blcred. Primarily this procedure consists of some settings you must add to the secure file for a client installation. you must have the BMC BladeLogic Console installed. Authentication profiles are defined in the authentication profiles file.Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service service:proxysvc. where authProfile is the name of the authentication profile that holds a description of the Authentication Service from which the required session credential should be issued and the authentication mechanism that was used to authenticate the user when the session credential was acquired. Setting up a Network Shell Client to run in proxy mode Use this procedure to configure a Network Shell client so it can run in proxy mode— that is.

xml file. 3 To run Network Shell and BLCLI scripts unattended from this client machine. You can create an authentication profile using blcred or you can create one beforehand using theBMC BladeLogic Console. 148 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . You can provide an authentication profile name using a command line option for blcred or by defining the BL_AUTH_PROFILE_NAME environment variable. see “Secure file” on page 253. the following is a default entry in the secure file on a client machine running Network Shell: default:protocol=5:auth_profile=QAProfile: auth_profiles_file=/c/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/ version/NSH/br/ authenticationProfiles. see “Using the secadmin utility” on page 258. ■ appserver_protocol=ssoproxy For example.xml: appserver_protocol=ssoproxy:tls_mode=encryption_only:encryption= tls To use the secadmin utility to generate the default entry shown above. 2 Assign the NSH_PROXY. you can use the BMC BladeLogic Console to generate authentication profiles on this client machine (see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide for details). where fileName is the Network Shell-style path to the XML file containing authentication profile definitions. See the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide for information on using the BMC BladeLogic Console to set up authentication profiles. or you can copy authenticationProfiles. enter the following from Network Shell: secadmin -m default -p 5 -auth_profile QAProfile -auth_profiles_file "/c/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br /authenticationProfiles.xml from a machine where the console is installed and authentication profiles have already been created.Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service ■ auth_profiles_file=fileName.Connect authorization to any role that should be used to connect to a Network Shell Proxy Server. To create the authenticationProfiles.xml" -appserver_protocol ssoproxy -T encryption_only -e tls For more information on the secure file. such as /c/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/authenticationProfiles.xml. Note that the BL_AUTH_PROFILES_FILE environment variable can override the value of the auth_profiles_file setting in the secure file. do the following: A Provide an authentication profile name that can be used to generate an SSO session credential. For more information on secadmin.

Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service B Provide user information required for the authentication mechanism specified in the authentication profile by doing any of the following: — Enter command line options to blcred that provide a user name. For information on setting up user_info. and role. set up a keytab file called user_info. provide a value for ProxyServiceURLs. your Application Server environment must meet certain criteria. This procedure also requires you to modify the secure file on the Application Server. Setting up Network Shell Proxy Services for Windows user mapping If you are using automation principals to implement Windows user mapping. Right-click the Application Server you want to modify and select Edit. or the job may not run at all. — Let the blcred utility prompt for a user name. This procedure is only necessary for Application Servers that handle jobs and are defined as type ALL or JOB.dat. and other information required for the authentication mechanism. 3 On the Edit Application Server Profile dialog. The following procedure configures an Application Server so that Network Shell traffic will be routed through a Network Shell Proxy Service for any Application Server that is processing jobs. password. make a role selection by doing one of the following: — Define the BL_RBAC_ROLE environment variable. password. jobs acting on target servers may not use Windows user mapping and instead may operate using user privilege mapping. C If the user is authorized for multiple roles. — For SRP authentication. Chapter 4 Administering security 149 . — Provide a BLCLI command line option that specifies the user’s role.dat. 1 Using the BMC BladeLogic Console. — Let the Network Shell client (operating in proxy mode) and the BLCLI prompt the user to make a role selection after establishing an SSO session. which stores a user name. If Application Servers are not correctly configured. password. see “Generating a user information file” on page 230. 2 Expand the Application Servers node. and other information required for the authentication mechanism. select Configuration => Infrastructure Management.

see “Secure file” on page 253. If necessary. you can instruct a client application to use a file in a different location.bladelogic:blsess://nshProxyServerHost:portNumber In the value shown above. see “Viewing and editing an Application Server’s profile” on page 100. Setting override locations for client SSO files The BMC BladeLogic system of single sign-on stores SSO user information in the following files: Authentication profile file Session credential cache file Trusted keystore Each of these SSO files resides at a default location. For more information. 6 Restart the Application Server (see “Restarting a specific Application Server” on page 111). nshProxyServerHost is the fully qualified name of the host where a Network Shell Proxy Server is running. By default. 4 If necessary. The following procedures let you define override locations for SSO files for the different BMC BladeLogic client applications: ■ ■ Setting SSO file locations for BLCLI Setting SSO file locations for Network Shell 150 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . ProxySvcPort is set to Base Port plus 42. 7 Configure the secure file on the Application Server so the appserver_protocol option is set to ssoproxy. The value you provide should have the format service:proxysvc. provide values for other Application Server attributes. 5 Click OK.Setting override locations for client SSO files This value should identify a Network Shell Proxy Service running in the Application Server’s environment. For more information. portNumber is the value provided for ProxySvcPort on that Network Shell Proxy Server.

Session credential cache file When an Authentication Service authenticates a user. Within that file each authentication profile must have a unique name. as described below: Chapter 4 Administering security 151 .Setting override locations for client SSO files Authentication profile file Authentication profiles are collections of information that a BMC BladeLogic client application needs to log into the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service.bladelogic/bl_sesscc where userHomeDirectory is the home directory of the user running the client application C:\Documents and Settings\WindowsUserName\ Application Data\BladeLogic\bl_sesscc Trusted keystore When a BMC BladeLogic client first accesses a middle tier entity (by necessity.xml file. as described below. The user is asked to trust the certificate. Platform Solaris Linux AIX HP-UX Windows Default Location userHomeDirectory/. the certificate is added to the client’s list of trusted certificates. All authentication profiles are stored within a single XML file. session credentials are automatically cached.xml file from a client machine where the console is installed and authentication profiles have already been created.509 certificate. BMC BladeLogic Console users can choose to cache session credentials. BMC BladeLogic clients use session credentials to establish secure sessions with Application Servers and Network Shell Proxy Servers. or you can copy the authenticationProfiles. you can use the BMC BladeLogic Console to generate authentication profiles in their default location (see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide for details). If the user does. the Authentication Service) to authenticate and obtain an SSO credential. resides in a default location. When authenticating with the blcred utility. it issues a session credential. To create the authenticationProfiles. that XML file resides at installDirectory/br/authenticationProfiles. In the course of the TLS handshake. the client is presented with the Authentication Server’s self-signed X. This list.xml. A standard BMC BladeLogic installation uses a default location for caching session credentials. BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation does not need an authentication profile to authenticate users. the client establishes a TLS connection with that entity. which is known as a keystore. By default.

The following table identifies SSO file locations you can specify and the mechanisms available to provide that information. you can either provide command line arguments or define environment variables.pkcs12. see “Environment variables” on page 129.Setting override locations for client SSO files Platform Solaris Linux AIX. Setting SSO file locations for Network Shell To specify alternative locations for SSO files used by Network Shell operating in proxy mode. Mechanisms to Identify Location command line option: -f credentialCacheFileName environment variable: BL_SSO_CRED_CACHE_FILE Authentication profile definitions command line option: -w authenticationProfilesFile environment variable: BL_AUTH_PROFILES_FILE Keystore for trusted X. For more information on setting environment variables. A location provided in a command line option takes precedence over a location provided with an environment variable.pkcs12. A location provided in an environment variable takes precedence over a secure file setting. see the BLCLI Help. 152 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .pem where userHomeDirectory is the home directory of the user running the client application C:\Documents and Settings\WindowsUserName\ Application Data\BladeLogic\client_keystore.pem Setting SSO file locations for BLCLI To specify alternative locations for SSO files used by the BLCLI.509 certificates command line option: -x certificateStore environment variable: BL_SSO_TRUSTED_CERT_KE YSTORE_FILE Takes precedence over environment variable Takes precedence over environment variable SSO File SSO session credentials Precedence Takes precedence over environment variable For more information on using command line options in BLCLI. you can define environment variables or make settings in the client’s secure file.bladelogic/client_keystore. The following table identifies SSO file locations you can specify for BLCLI and the mechanisms available to provide that information. HP-UX Windows Default Location userHomeDirectory/.

For almost all situations. For example. the OCSP Responder sends back a signed message indicating the certificate’s revocation status. Setting up certificate verification using OCSP The Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) is an Internet standard used to verify the revocation status of X. You will need to perform additional configuration for OCSP if any of the following conditions are true: ■ In the smart card certificate. When a BMC BladeLogic Authentication Server uses this type of verification. You want to override the URL for the OCSP responder in the smart card certificate. see “Secure file” on page 253. this default approach is sufficient and users do not have to perform any additional configuration for OCSP checking.509 certificates environment variable: BL_SSO_TRUSTED_CERT_KE YSTORE_FILE For more information on defining settings in the secure file. an Authentication Server uses the information in a certificate to determine which OCSP Responder to access when verifying a certificate. You want failover capability that tries a second OCSP Responder in situations when the first OCSP Responder fails. Chapter 4 Administering security 153 ■ ■ . there is no URL for the OCSP Responder. Not only is OCSP checking enabled by default for PKI authentication.Setting up certificate verification using OCSP SSO File SSO session credentials Authentication profile definitions Mechanisms to Identify Location environment variable: BL_SSO_CRED_CACHE_FILE environment variable: BL_AUTH_PROFILES_FILE secure file setting: auth_profiles_file Precedence Takes precedence over secure file setting Keystore for trusted X. BMC BladeLogic will contact that URL to verify the certificate. it can also be used to further secure communication between components of the BMC BladeLogic system. OCSP can determine the revocation status of customer-provisioned certificates for Application Servers (see “Securing communication with CA certificates” on page 224). For more information on setting environment variables. Typically.509 certificates. see “Environment variables” on page 129. In response. If the certificate includes a valid URL for an OCSP Responder. it sends a message over HTTP to an OCSP Responder. OCSP checking can be used to improve the security of the overall BMC BladeLogic system.

the Authentication Server can then contact a secondary responder. The Authentication Server can first attempt to contact the OCSP Responder identified within a certificate. you must create a trust store used specifically for validating communication with the trusted responder. identified within the BMC BladeLogic system. in some situations. Trusting the response from an OCSP responder If you have used the BMC BladeLogic system to designate an OCSP Responder. If that attempt fails. see “Enabling or disabling nonce support” on page 154. Enabling or disabling nonce support Use this procedure to enable or disable nonce support when contacting OCSP Responders. The response BMC BladeLogic receives is signed either by the CA that issued the certificate or a responder designated by the CA. 154 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . you can set up a failover capability (see “Configuring failover to an OCSP responder” on page 155). In such a situation.Setting up certificate verification using OCSP ■ Your OCSP Responder signs OCSP responses with a private key that is unrelated to the Certificate Authority that issued your smart card certificates. For more information on this capability. When nonce is enabled. an organization can use the BMC BladeLogic system to designate another OCSP Responder (see “Configuring an additional OCSP responder” on page 155). the Authentication Server may be contacting a trusted responder specified within the BMC BladeLogic system. No additional configuration is needed to validate responses sent by the OCSP Responder. When you use BMC BladeLogic to designate an OCSP Responder. The Authentication Server expects that same value will be returned in the response message from the OCSP Responder. Designating another OCSP responder In some circumstances an organization may want to designate an OSCP Responder. However. you may want to enable the OCSP “PKCS” extension. In this situation. the Authentication Server contacts the OCSP Responder identified within a certificate. the Authentication Server encloses a unique value in an OCSP request message. you may need to set up a trust store so the OCSP responses can be validated (see “Setting up a trust store for an OCSP trusted responder” on page 156). To enhance the security of communication with an OCSP Responder. Using nonce helps to thwart replay attacks. The response from that trusted responder may be using a certificate that was not issued by the CA that originally signed the certificate being verified. either because a certificate does not include a URL for an OSCP Responder or conditions prevent users from contacting that responder. In a typical configuration.

Once you perform this procedure to define an OCSP Responder. enter the following command: set OCSP IsNonceEnabled true|false By default nonce support is disabled. 2 Specify the additional responder by entering the following command: set OCSP ResponderUrl responderURL where responderURL is the URL of the additional responder. a second OCSP Responder can be contacted in the event that the first fails for any reason. the Authentication Server only contacts the responder identified in this procedure unless you have defined a failover capability (see “Configuring failover to an OCSP responder” on page 155). the blasadmin utility). start the Application Server Administration console (that is. start the Application Server Administration console (that is. 2 To enable or disable nonce support. With failover. 3 Restart the Application Server. start the Application Server Administration console (that is. This procedure enables the Authentication Server to send the OCSP request to the specified URL. the blasadmin utility). 3 Restart the Application Server. the blasadmin utility).Setting up certificate verification using OCSP 1 On the Authentication Server. enter the following command: Chapter 4 Administering security 155 . If you set responderURL to an empty string (""). the only URL used to find an OCSP Responder is the URL obtained from the certificate. 1 On the Authentication Server. By default this value is set to an empty string. 1 On the Authentication Server. Configuring an additional OCSP responder Use this procedure to define an OCSP Responder other than the responder specified in a certificate. 2 To enable failover between OCSP Responders. Configuring failover to an OCSP responder Use this procedure to set up failover capability between OCSP Responders.

when the Authentication Server contacts an OCSP Responder. 156 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . true means the Authentication Server first contacts the additional responder you have defined using the BMC BladeLogic system (see “Configuring an additional OCSP responder” on page 155). The trust store must contain a certificate that allows the Authentication Server to trust messages from the OCSP Responder. NOTE The Application Server only reads its certificate store when it starts up. 1 Obtain certificates for all OCSP trusted responders from a certificate authority. enter the following command: set OCSP UseCustomResponder true|false In this command. in some circumstances an OCSP trusted responder may sign its response with a key derived from some other entity. To establish secure communication with an OCSP trusted responder. be sure to restart the Application Server. 3 To specify which OCSP Responder the Authentication Server should contact first. If you change the certificate trust store. However. the response is signed with the private key that was also used to sign the certificate being verified. you must set up a trust store used exclusively for validating communication with the OCSP trusted responder. No additional configuration is required. Setting this value to false means the Authentication Server first contacts the OCSP Responder defined in the certificate. The certificate to be added to the OCSP trust store must be the same certificate that the OCSP Responder inserted into OCSP response messages or the certificate used to issue the certificate that was inserted into OCSP response messages. Setting up a trust store for an OCSP trusted responder Use this procedure to import a certificate and set up a trust store that is used to verify messages from an OCSP trusted responder. 4 Restart the Application Server. In this situation. a trust store may be necessary in some unusual circumstances. Typically. 2 Import the certificates into a trust store file on the Authentication Server.Setting up certificate verification using OCSP set OCSP IsFailoverEnabled true By default this value is set to false and failover is not enabled.

pkcs12—Trust store uses the PKCS12 format. -storepass provides the password for accessing the trust store. if you are importing certificates with the Authentication Server’s version of keytool. 4 Make the OCSP trust store available to the Authentication Server by entering the following command: set OCSP TruststorePathname certificateStore where certificateStore is the local path to the OCSP trust store. and -alias is the name you are assigning to the certificate you are adding to the trust store.jks -storepass ****** -file DODOcspCert. 3 On the Authentication Server. -file identifies the certificate you are importing.cer -alias ocspt where -keystore identifies the trust store you are setting up. For example. it is displayed in clear text. OCSP verification is enabled by default for PKI authentication only. which is available on any machine where the Authentication Server is installed. If you attempt to view this password later using the show command. ■ 7 Restart the Application Server. 5 Provide the password needed to decrypt the certificate by entering the following command: set OCSP TruststorePassword ****** When you enter the password. Enabling or disabling OCSP Use this procedure to enable or disable OCSP support. it displays in encoded text. Chapter 4 Administering security 157 . start the Application Server Administration console (that is. 6 Specify the type of OCSP trust store by entering the following command: set OCSP TruststoreType trustStoreType In this command trustStoreType can be either of the following: ■ jks—Trust store uses the “JKS” format.Setting up certificate verification using OCSP There are many methods for importing a certificate. you might enter a command like the following: installDirectory/jre/bin/keytool -import -keystore PkiOcspTruststore. Currently. One approach is to use Java’s keytool utility. the blasadmin utility).

2 To enable or disable OCSP support. Implementing LDAP authentication The BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service can authenticate users defined in an LDAP registry. If the bind is successful. Overview of LDAP configuration tasks This section provides an overview of the concepts you should understand and the tasks you must perform to set up LDAP-based authentication. start the Application Server Administration console (that is. the Authentication Service uses the LDAP Service.Implementing LDAP authentication 1 On the Authentication Server. the blasadmin utility). See “Configuring LDAP authentication” on page 161 for a step-by-step procedure describing how to set up LDAP authentication. When a user logs in and provides an LDAP distinguished name and password. 3 Define a distinguished name template. For more information. see step 2 on page 161 in “Configuring LDAP authentication” on page 161. the Authentication Service issues a session credential with the user’s distinguished name. see step 3 on page 161 in “Configuring LDAP authentication” on page 161. to connect to an LDAP server and authenticate a user. To accomplish this. 158 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . see “Certificate trust store” on page 159. the service uses that information to bind to an external LDAP server—that is. 2 Provision the Authentication Server with trusted certificates for all LDAP servers. 1 Specify the LDAP servers. including any servers used for high availability purposes. enter the following command: set OCSP IsEnabled true|false By default OCSP is enabled. For more information on high availability. For details on how to specify LDAP servers to the Authentication Server. see “High availability configurations” on page 159. 3 Restart the Application Server. For details on how to configure the Authentication Server to use a trust store for certificates.

Certificate trust store The Authentication Service uses TLS to encrypt its connection to the LDAP Server. 4 On the BMC BladeLogic client: A Set up a distinguished name template. B Set up an authentication profile for LDAP authentication. LDAP servers are authenticated via X. see “Distinguished names” on page 160. see “Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database” on page 160. You must repeat this procedure each time an LDAP server’s certificate is updated. see step 4 on page 162 in “Configuring LDAP authentication” on page 161. see “Distinguished names” on page 160 and the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide.509 certificates for the Authentication Server’s trust store.509 certificates that LDAP servers provide during the TLS handshake. For more information. High availability configurations When the Authentication Service needs to authenticate a user by connecting to an LDAP server. LDAP connects to the first functional LDAP server in the list. 5 Cross-register LDAP users with the users in the RBAC user database. When a list of multiple LDAP servers is available. For details on how to set up a distinguished name template for the Authentication Server. The Authentication Service sends the user’s credential to the LDAP Server only if it can validate the LDAP server’s certificate. you can use one of the following approaches: ■ Install certificates for all LDAP servers.High availability configurations For more information. When configuring LDAP. Listing multiple servers helps to ensure high availability and failover capability. For more information. if necessary. see “Authentication profiles” on page 124 and the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. This file is the trust store. you may want to provide a list of LDAP servers that it can potentially contact. Chapter 4 Administering security 159 . When provisioning X.509 certificates. you must identify a file that contains trusted X. For more information.

Use RBAC to add users to the BMC BladeLogic database. users only have to enter the part of a DN that is unique to their accounts. use the blcred utility. Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database Users must be registered in both LDAP registries and BMC BladeLogic’s RBAC-based user database. the Authentication Service requires a full DN and a corresponding password. CN=Users. If the user enters “admin” as a user name when logging in. CN=sub1 before sending it to the Authentication Service.509 certificates to the Authentication Server’s trust store. the profile template transforms the name to CN=admin. be sure to also set IsHostValidationEnabled to True. For example. Cross-registration allows users to be authorized for RBAC roles. For information on adding users to RBAC. o=bladelogic. There it is transformed into CN=admin. ou=dev. o=bladelogic. with a DN template of CN={0}. the authentication profile DN template might be CN={0}. ou=dev. such as CN=admin. To authenticate a user. DC=sub1. 160 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . For example. and the Authentication Service DN template might be {0}. DC=com before it is used to contact the LDAP server. The two templates can be used together or by themselves. DN templates can be defined in two places: the Authentication Service and LDAP authentication profiles (described in the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide). which is replaced with the name the user provides when logging in. o=bladelogic.Distinguished names ■ Install the certificate of the trusted Certificate Authority that issued certificates to the LDAP servers. Distinguished names LDAP users are uniquely identified by distinguished names (DN). the user only enters a string such as “qatest3”. CN=Users. Only users authorized to use BMC BladeLogic should be entered into the BMC BladeLogic database. The name the user provides is transformed to a full DN by the use of a distinguished name template. Rather than entering a full DN. DC=sub1. see the blcred man page. If the common names (CN) specified in the issued certificates are set to the directory server’s fully qualified domain names. DC=bladelogic. however. For more information. CN=Users. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. ou=dev. the user’s DN becomes CN=qatest3. all current and future LDAP certificates are automatically trusted. A DN template is a static string containing a {0} substring. which replaces the {0} substring. DC=com. Consequently. be sure to enter the users full distinguished name in both RBAC and the LDAP registry. When cross-registering users. Since all CA-issued certificates are trusted. DC=bladelogic. To add X.

B To specify the amount of time to wait for an LDAP server to respond before terminating the connection. use the blcred utility. To provision a trust store. start the Application Server Administration console (that is. including any servers used for high availability configurations. enter the following: set Ldap ConnectionTimeoutMs # where # is the number of milliseconds to wait. enter the following: set Ldap TrustStore certificateStore where certificateStore is the local path to a trust store. For more information on high availability configurations in LDAP. 1 On the Authentication Server. enter the following: set Ldap IsHostValidationEnabled true Chapter 4 Administering security 161 .509 certificates. B To identify the trust store containing trusted certificates. URLs must point to LDAPv3 servers that support the StartTLS extension. enter the following: set Ldap LdapServerURLs serverList where serverList is a list of one or more URLs. 2 To identify LDAP servers. do the following: A Provision a trust store with X. the blasadmin utility). either by adding certificates from individual LDAP servers or by importing a certificate from a PEM file. do the following: A To specify URLs of LDAP servers. Separate URLs with commas or other delimiters (see “Specifying multiple values for a parameter” on page 50). In a high availability configuration. this is the amount of time the service waits for a response from one URL before trying the next URL in the list you provided in step A. 3 To set up a trust store for X.509 certificates. see “High availability configurations” on page 159. C To check that the certificate’s common name matches the LDAP server’s fully qualified name.Configuring LDAP authentication Configuring LDAP authentication Use this procedure to configure the Authentication Service so it can perform LDAP authentication.

See “Crossregistering users in the BMC BladeLogic database” on page 166. see “Certificate trust store” on page 159. 8 Set up authentication profiles using LDAP authentication on the BMC BladeLogic client. 4 To define an LDAP distinguished name template.Configuring LDAP authentication Setting this value to true causes the Authentication Server to reject X. See “Authentication profiles” on page 124 and the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. 5 To enable LDAP authentication. For more information on X. NOTE The Application Server only reads its certificate store when it starts up. NOTE The blasadmin utility provides two additional commands for the Ldap component that are not documented here: DefaultUser and DefaultPassword.509 certificates and setting up trust stores. See “Certificate trust store” on page 159 for more information on using this option. enter the following: set AuthServer LdapUserDnTemplate "text {0} text" where text represents any distinguished name objects that should be included in the template. enter the following: set AuthServer IsLdapAuthEnabled true By default LDAP authentication is not turned on. These commands are only used by BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation. be sure to restart the Application Server. 162 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 6 Restart the Application Server (see “Restarting a specific Application Server” on page 111). See “Distinguished names” on page 160 for more information on using a distinguished name template.509 certificates if the LDAP server’s fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is not contained in one of the alternative names or the common name (CN). 7 Cross-register LDAP users with the users in the RBAC user database. If you change the certificate trust store.

This file provides the address of the RSA Authentication Manager Server and other parameters needed to contact it. The following sections describe those requirements. BMC BladeLogic does not require one to be installed on the Application Server. you must configure a client to use an authentication profile set up for SecurID authentication. RSA Authentication Agents are used to protect computers and other resources.Implementing RSA SecurID authentication Implementing RSA SecurID authentication The BMC BladeLogic Application Server can authenticate users by means of RSA SecurID. 2 Copy the sdconf. In that situation you do not have to perform the following procedure. In some situations the user may be prompted for a new PIN before authentication can occur.rec file to the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Server.rec. See “Authentication profiles” on page 124 and the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide for more information on authentication profiles. the Authentication Service issues a session credential to the user.rec) for the newly created agent. Configuring RSA Authentication Manager BMC BladeLogic assumes you have installed RSA Authentication Manager and are familiar with its functionality. the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service can share that agent’s configuration file. If the information the user enters is valid. which consists of a PIN and the current token code displayed on an RSA SecurID Token. 1 Log in to RSA Authentication Manager and define an Authentication Agent Host using the Application Server’s name or IP address. Configuring a BMC BladeLogic system to support SecurID authentication requires configuration beyond the default setup. In addition. Then generate a configuration file (sdconf. Chapter 4 Administering security 163 . If a user is registered in the RBAC system. Users might choose to install an RSA Authentication Agent to help troubleshoot SecurID. BMC BladeLogic’s integration with SecurID requires the presence of a host configuration file called sdconf. that user can authenticate by providing his or her user name and passcode. Configuring SecurID authentication Use this procedure to configure the Authentication Server so it can perform SecurID authentication. If an RSA Authentication Agent is installed.

enter the following: set SecurID StatusFilePath filePath where filePath is a local path to that file. If you do not provide a path. 1 On the Authentication Server.rec) by entering the following: set SecurID ConfigFilePath filePath where filePath provides a local path to the sdconf.1. When set to false. 5 Do any of the following to set additional configuration options for SecurID: ■ To instruct the RSA Authentication Agent which IP address to use if the Authentication Server has multiple IP addresses. enter the following: set SecurID ReadConfigInterval interval where interval is the interval in seconds for reloading the configuration file. you must wait the amount of time specified by ReadConfigInterval (described below) until the new configuration values are read. 2 To enable SecurID authentication. the blasadmin utility). 3 Restart the Authentication Server. The default is 600 seconds. The valid range is 0-86400 (24 hours). a new file is created in BMC BladeLogic’s /br directory. start the Application Server Administration console (that is. ■ To specify the path to the RSA Authentication Manager’s optional configuration file (sdopts. if you change the SecurID configuration. enter the following: set SecurID AgentHost iPAddress ■ To specify the interval at which SecurID settings are read. ■ To specify the path to the RSA Authentication Manager’s server status file. enter the following: set AuthServer IsSecurIDAuthEnabled true By default SecurID authentication is not turned on. However. all SecurID login attempts are rejected.Configuring SecurID authentication When you perform this procedure.rec). enter the following: 164 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .rec file. you do not have to restart the Authentication Server if you are making changes to SecurID configuration. The default file name is JAStatus. 4 Provide the path to the RSA Authentication Manager’s configuration file (sdconf.

■ To turn on logging. When multiple applications share a node secret file. the RSA SecurID module creates log entries in the file specified by the LogFilePath option. enter the following: set SecurID LogLevel OFF | DEBUG | INFO | WARN | ERROR | FATAL By default this option is set to OFF. If you do not define a path. If multiple Application Servers are running on the same host. Chapter 4 Administering security 165 . Other applications may have similar access requirements. you must ensure that the Application Server can access the node secret file by granting the appropriate operating system-level permissions to the file. enter the following: set SecurID NodeSecretFilePath filePath where filePath is a local path to that file. the file is automatically created in BMC BladeLogic’s /br directory. This configuration file is used to configure a manual authentication load balancing policy. ■ To set the logging level. ■ To specify the path to the RSA Authentication Manager’s node secret file. If you are running other applications that also use RSA authentication. on Windows you must grant permission to SYSTEM. By default this option is set to false. This file is created automatically the first time the Authentication Service successfully connects to the RSA Authentication Manager. they should all use the same node secret file. they may need to share the same node secret file that the Application Server is using. The default file name is securid. ■ To specify the path to the SecurID log file. enter the following: set SecurID LogToFile true | false If set to true. enter the following: set SecurID LogFilePath filePath where filePathis local path to the log file.Configuring SecurID authentication set SecurID OptionsFilePath filePath> where filePath is a local path to that file. you must grant permission to the bladmin user. On UNIX.

such as RSA_ENABLE_DEBUG=YES. You can manually edit this file to specify additional debug options. see “Setting up certificate verification using OCSP” on page 153. By default. 7 Set up authentication profiles using SecurID authentication on the BMC BladeLogic client. a BMC BladeLogic client can access the appropriate certificate and private key on the smart card to authenticate the user.properties. For information on adding users to RBAC. For more information on setting up OCSP. See “Authentication profiles” on page 124 and the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. 166 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Only users authorized to use BMC BladeLogic should be entered into the BMC BladeLogic database. BMC BladeLogic documentation assumes you know how to add users to the SecurID user registry. Use RBAC to add users to the database.Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database NOTE SecurID configuration settings are stored in installDirectory/br/deployments/ deploymentName/options/securid-options. Cross-registration allows users to be authorized for RBAC roles. the Authentication Server can access an OCSP Responder. OCSP verification is enabled for PKI authentication. Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database Users must be registered in both the SecurID user registry and the BMC BladeLogic RBAC-based user database. the Authentication Service issues the client a session credential. To verify whether a certificate is currently valid. If the information the user enters is valid and the OCSP Responder verifies the validity of the user’s certificate. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. the user must insert a smart card into a card reader and enter a PIN. Implementing PKI authentication The BMC BladeLogic Authentication Server can use public key infrastructure (PKI) to authenticate users who present a type of smart card known as a common access card (CAC). While logging into a BMC BladeLogic client. Refer to RSA’s product documentation for a more complete description of supported settings. 6 Cross-register users in both the SecurID user registry and the RBAC user data base. Through ActiveClient middleware. See “Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database” on page 166.

see “Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database” on page 166. Configuring PKI authentication Use this procedure to configure the Authentication Server so it can perform PKIbased authentication. 3 To register users by the common name portion of the subject name within a user’s certificate. If you are implementing PKI. you cannot also crossregister users by their distinguished name.Configuring PKI authentication BMC BladeLogic does not provide a default set of trusted CA certificates for use with PKI authentication. users must be cross-registered according their full distinguished name (DN). you must obtain certificates yourself from a CA. See “Setting up a trust store for PKI authentication”. When set to false. NOTE In this release. For more information on registering users. enter the following: set PkiAuth IsEnabled true By default PKI authentication is not turned on. If you choose to cross-register users by their common name. 2 To enable PKI authentication. 4 Set up a trust store for a PKI certificate. enter the following: set PkiAuth useCommonName true By default cross-registration by common name is not turned on. You must choose between the common name or the distinguished name approach. 1 On the Authentication Server. the blasadmin utility). PKI authentication is not supported for Windows 64-bit platforms. Note that many steps in this procedure reference a sub-section that describes another procedure. all PKI-based login attempts are rejected. start the Application Server Administration console (that is. Chapter 4 Administering security 167 .

start the Application Server Administration console (that is. be sure to restart the Application Server. 4 Make the trust store available to the Authentication Server by entering the following command: set PkiAuth TruststorePathname certificateStore 168 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . If you change the certificate trust store. -storepass provides the password for accessing the trust store (needed later in step 5). 7 Set up authentication profiles using PKI authentication on the BMC BladeLogic client. the blasadmin utility). NOTE The Application Server only reads its certificate store when it starts up. 6 Cross-register users in both the user registry maintained for smart card holders and the RBAC user data base. 2 Import the certificate into a trust store file on the Authentication Server. There are many methods for importing a certificate. Setting up a trust store for PKI authentication Use this procedure to import a certificate into a trust store and then make that trust store available to the Authentication Server. see “Setting up certificate verification using OCSP” on page 153.cer where -keystore identifies the trust store you are setting up. For example. See “Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database” on page 169. See “Authentication profiles” on page 124 and the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. 1 If you haven’t already done so. One approach is to use Java’s keytool utility.Configuring PKI authentication 5 To configure certificate verification using an OCSP Responder. 3 On the Authentication Server. obtain the certificate for the certificate authority that issued the certificates on the smart card. you might enter a command like the following: installDirectory/jre/bin/keytool -import -keystore PkiTruststore.jks -storepass ****** -file DODJITCCA_19. which is available on any machine where the Authentication Server is installed. In most situations. and -file identifies the certificate you are importing. if you are importing a certificate with the Authentication Server’s version of keytool. OCSP verification is enabled for PKI authentication and no additional configuration is necessary.

BMC BladeLogic documentation assumes you know how to add users to the registry of smart card holders. Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database Users must be registered in both the registry maintained for smart card holders and the BMC BladeLogic RBAC-based user database. see “Configuring PKI authentication” on page 167. Cross-registration allows users to be authorized for RBAC roles. 6 Specify the type of trust store by entering the following command: set PkiAuth TruststoreType trustStoreType In this command trustStoreType can be either of the following: ■ jks—Trust store uses the “JKS” format. Only users authorized to use BMC BladeLogic should be entered into the BMC BladeLogic database. Optionally. Use RBAC to add users to the database. The Application Server Administration console encodes the password that is displayed. Chapter 4 Administering security 169 . For information on adding users to RBAC. For details on this option.Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database where certificateStore is the local path to the trust store. users can be registered by just the common name portion of the subject name within their certificate. By default. pkcs12—Trust store uses the PKCS12 format. ■ 7 Restart the Application Server. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. 5 Provide the password needed to decrypt the certificate by entering the following command: set PkiAuth TruststorePassword ****** Enter the password using clear text. users are registered by their full distinguished name.

Configuring a BMC BladeLogic system to support Domain Authentication requires configuration beyond the default setup. If you have already set up AD/Kerberos authentication for BMC BladeLogic. For details on this process. and password. After you configure BMC BladeLogic for Domain Authentication. you must configure a client to use an authentication profile set up for Domain Authentication. 170 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . which relies on the Active Directory registry to store the names and passwords of registered users within its Kerberos realm. domain. Users provide a user name. In Windows. The Authentication Service uses that information to authenticate the user to the Active Directory KDC.Implementing Domain Authentication Implementing Domain Authentication The BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service can authenticate users via Windows Active Directory user credentials. See “Authentication profiles” on page 124 and the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide for more information on authentication profiles. The following sections provide instructions for setting up Domain Authentication at installations where AD/Kerberos authentication is not already being used for BMC BladeLogic. use your existing Kerberos configuration files and modify as necessary based on the descriptions in this section. see “Configuring BMC BladeLogic for Domain Authentication” on page 171. a Kerberos realm is an Active Directory domain.

You may want to review the diagram in “Sample domain structure” on page 171 for an overview of the domain names and host names used in the examples in this section. The following is a master procedure. This is an example. you must use UPPER CASE LETTERS.Sample domain structure Sample domain structure The following diagram shows a sample domain structure containing a parent domain and two child sub-domains. domain. The sample names shown in this example are used in many procedures that relate to the Domain Authentication and AD/Kerberos solutions. Configuring BMC BladeLogic for Domain Authentication Use this procedure to configure BMC BladeLogic so users can authenticate to the Authentication Service by providing an AD/Kerberos user name. and password. NOTE When you specify a domain name in any of the following steps. Each of the steps in this procedure references a sub-section that describes another procedure. Your domain structure may be simpler or more complex. Chapter 4 Administering security 171 .

See “Locating Active Directory KDCs”. Locating Active Directory KDCs Use this procedure to obtain the host names for Active Directory KDCs._tcp. enter the following: nslookup -type=srv _kerberos. For example: service = 0 100 88 kdc. From a command line. 3 Create the blappserv_login.dev._tcp. 7 Set up authentication profiles using Domain Authentication on the BMC BladeLogic client.sub2.MYCOMPANY._tcp.mycompany.REALM where REALM is a Windows domain name.conf file” on page 174. See “Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database” on page 176. Later in the configuration process. 6 Add users to built-in roles. See “Creating the blappserv_login. which provides necessary authentication information.DEV. 4 Configure the Authentication Service to support Domain Authentication.DEV. See “Defining Authentication Service settings for Domain Authentication” on page 175. See “Authentication profiles” on page 124 and the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide.DEV. also look up the KDC for the parent realm (DEV.SUB1. 5 Add user names based on Kerberos naming conventions to the RBAC user database. 2 Create the blappserv_krb5.MYCOMPANY.conf file. See “Logging on using default users and roles” on page 177. If multiple realms are used.Configuring BMC BladeLogic for Domain Authentication 1 Obtain the host names for Active Directory KDCs.conf file” on page 173.conf file.COM nslookup -type=srv _kerberos.DEV.SUB2. For example: nslookup -type=srv _kerberos. you will need these host names. See “Creating the blappserv_krb5.MYCOMPANY._tcp.com 172 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .COM).COM nslookup -type=srv _kerberos.MYCOMPANY.MYCOMPANY.MYCOMPANY. which defines Active Directory domains and servers.DEV.COM and SUB2. such as SUB1. Look up the KDCs for each realm against which users authenticate.COM.COM The Active Directory KDC’s host name is reported as the value of service (UNIX) or svr hostname (Windows).

This file configures Kerberos so it can communicate with the Active Directory server or servers. list all of those KDCs. USERS_DOMAIN provides DNS names.com = DEV. The Application Server must be able to resolve DNS names of Active Directory servers.com = SUB1.mycompany.sub2. In the “domain_realm” section.conf file. A period before a DNS name indicates you are mapping every system with a DNS name ending with that value to a corresponding Kerberos realm. NOTE When identifying servers in the blappserv_krb5.sub1.conf file.dev.mycompany.mycompany. For example: .MYCOMPANY. you must define a default realm.COM . create a separate stanza for each realm. If users are defined in multiple realms.conf file Use this procedure to create a blappserv_krb5.COM .dev. 1 Create a text file and add the following content to it: [libdefaults] ticket_lifetime = 6000 default_realm = USERS_REALM [realms] USERS_REALM = { kdc = USERS_REALM_KDC:88 } [domain_realm] . do not use IP addresses.COM To obtain host names for any of the KDCs listed in this file. When you create a blappserv_krb5.DEV.com = SUB2. use the nslookup command.Configuring BMC BladeLogic for Domain Authentication Ignore the numbers before the host name. When Domain Authentication users log in and they do not provide a fully qualified user name.MYCOMPANY. USERS_REALM_KDC is the host name for the KDC servicing that realm. as described in “Locating Active Directory KDCs” on page 172. Creating the blappserv_krb5.DEV. Chapter 4 Administering security 173 . If multiple KDCs are running.USERS_DOMAIN = USERS_REALM USERS_REALM is the realm where users are defined.conf.MYCOMPANY. they are authenticated as members of the default realm.dev.

For example.conf For example. the file should be located as follows: C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\br\ blappserv_krb5.sun.Configuring BMC BladeLogic for Domain Authentication 2 Do one of the following: ■ On a UNIX-style system.ADKerberosPasswordLogin { com. save the file to the InstallDirectory\NSH\br directory with the name blappserv_login. save the file to the InstallDirectory/NSH/br directory with the name blappserv_login.auth.security.module. com. if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location. save the file to the InstallDirectory/NSH/br directory with the name: blappserv_krb5. save the file to the InstallDirectory\NSH\br directory with the name: blappserv_krb5. 2 Do one of the following: ■ On a UNIX-style system.conf.conf file.Krb5LoginModule required doNotPrompt=false useTicketCache=false debug=false.bladelogic. if the Authentication Server is installed in the default location.conf ■ On Windows. the file should be located as follows: /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/blappserv_krb5. For example.auth.conf. }. 1 Create a text file and add the text shown below to this file.conf Creating the blappserv_login.conf file You must create a blappserv_login. the file should be located as follows: /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/blappserv_login. the file should be located as follows: 174 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location.service.conf ■ On Windows. This files provides necessary Kerberos authentication information.conf For example. if the Authentication Server is installed in the default location.

do one of the following: — From the Start menu./bin/blasadmin ■ On Windows. you must use the Application Server Administration console.Configuring BMC BladeLogic for Domain Authentication C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\br\ blappserv_login. enter the following: set AuthServer isDomainAuthEnabled true By default this value is set to false. 3 To enable the blappserv_krb5. 2 To allow users to log in using Domain Authentication. — From the directory where BMC BladeLogic is installed. 4 To enable the blappserv_login. By default AuthSvcKrb5Config is set to a value of blappserv_krb5. enter the following: set AuthServer AuthSvcKrb5LoginConfig fileName Chapter 4 Administering security 175 . enter the following: set AuthServer AuthSvcKrb5Config fileName where fileName is the name of the blappserv_krb5. enter the following: \bin\blasadmin.bat Both options run the same command. from the directory where BMC BladeLogic is installed.conf. enter the following: . select Programs => BMC Software => BladeLogic Server Automation Suite => Utilities => Application Server Administration. You can skip this step unless you choose to use a different file name.conf file. To perform this procedure. This file is essential for supporting Kerberos.conf Defining Authentication Service settings for Domain Authentication Use this procedure to define settings for the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service so it can use the Kerberos configurations you set up in previous procedures.conf file.conf file. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console by doing one of the following: ■ On a UNIX-style system.

Only users authorized to use BMC BladeLogic should be entered into the BMC BladeLogic database.DEV. By default AuthSvcKrb5LoginConfig is set to a value of blappserv_login. Each BMC BladeLogic user name must be in the form: USER@DOMAIN where DOMAIN is the domain the user is registered in.COM rather than filling in the name field with a value such as: mary Note that the user name mary@SUB1. Cross-registration allows users to be authorized for RBAC roles.conf file.COM is a different user name than than mary or mary@SUB3. 176 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . You can skip this step unless you choose to use a different file name. BMC BladeLogic documentation assumes you know how to add users to Active Directory.conf.MYCOMPANY. This file is essential for supporting Kerberos.MYCOMPANY. The user’s BMC BladeLogic user name must match the user’s fully qualified Active Directory user name. you would fill in the name field with a value such as: mary@SUB1. you must ensure that domain user names stored in RBAC are fully qualified and that those names match the user names stored in the Active Directory. 5 Restart the Application Server. Use RBAC to add users to the BMC BladeLogic database.COM. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide.DEV.Configuring BMC BladeLogic for Domain Authentication where fileName is the name of the blappserv_login.DEV. Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database Users must be registered in both Active Directory and BMC BladeLogic’s RBACbased user database. For information on adding users to RBAC.MYCOMPANY. Requirements for User Names When using AD/Kerberos to authenticate end users. For example. if you are using RBAC or the bladduser utility to add a new BMC BladeLogic user.

Windows Server 2003/2008 implements a Kerberos Key Chapter 4 Administering security 177 . Windows single sign-on is based on the Kerberos authentication protocol. equivalently. To allow a user to log into the GlobalReportViewers role.MYCOMPANY. Implementing Active Directory/Kerberos authentication The BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service can authenticate users via Windows Active Directory single sign-on credentials or. which has built-in authorizations to see data for all BMC Service Automation Reporting and Analytics sites. you must use RBAC to add a fully qualified user name to the BLAdmins role.DEV. For more information on this command. If you are using that default setup. the administrator should log in as a user authorized for the RBACAdmins role and ensure that each of the four built-in roles—RBACAdmins. when SRP authentication is disabled. a Kerberos user’s ticket granting ticket (TGT). BLAdmins. see the BLCLI help. Logging on using default users and roles The BMC BladeLogic user database comes pre-provisioned with two default SRP users: RBACAdmin and BLAdmin.Implementing Active Directory/Kerberos authentication BMC BladeLogic provides a BLCLI command.DEV. the user would also have to be registered in the Active Directory user registry for the domain SUB2. respectively. no user will be able to access the built-in roles. the GlobalReportAdmins role. you can simply assign a fully qualified domain user name (for example. and GlobalReportAdmins—has at least one registered domain user assigned to that role. RBACRole:syncUsers. These default users are assigned to the default roles RBACAdmins and BLAdmins. If the BMC BladeLogic administrator intends to support AD/Kerberos authentication exclusively and disable SRP user authentication. The same issue applies to the BLAdmins role. then. In a default installation.MYCOMPANY. To allow a user to log into the BLAdmins role. which has read access to all reports at all sites in a BMC BladeLogic installation. GlobalReportViewers. Otherwise. you must use RBAC to add a fully qualified name to the GlobalReportViewers role. RBACAdmin_ADK@SUB2. the RBACAdmins role has the authorizations necessary to manage users and roles. In this example. prior to disabling SRP. you must use RBAC to add a fully qualified user name to the GlobalReportAdmins role.COM. that you can use to synchronize group information in Active Directory with role information in RBAC.COM) to the RBACAdmins role. which has built-in authorizations to change permissions for all system objects in BMC BladeLogic. To allow a user to log into the GlobalReportAdmins role. and the GlobalReportViewers role.

BMC BladeLogic end users can use their AD/Kerberos credentials to authenticate themselves to the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service. the Active Directory KDC responds by sending the client a limited-lifetime (typically 10 hours) user credential. This credential consists of a service ticket to the ticket granting service (the Ticket Granting Ticket) and an associated ticket granting service session key. referred to as the Active Directory KDC. 178 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . the Active Directory domain controller or Kerberos KDC mediates the authentication of the end user to the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service. Upon successful Kerberos authentication of the end user. which BMC BladeLogic clients can use to establish secure sessions with the BMC BladeLogic Application Service or Network Shell Proxy Service. When a registered domain user logs into a client platform (Windows or UNIX). The following sections describe those configuration tasks. the login client sends a request to the Active Directory KDC for a Kerberos Ticket Granting Ticket (TGT). Configuring BMC BladeLogic authentication user interfaces and the Authentication Service to support AD/Kerberos authentication requires additional configuration beyond the default configuration of clients and servers.Overview of AD/Kerberos configuration tasks Distribution Center (KDC) as one of its default domain services. The keying material used to generate and verify the request is derived from the user’s password. the Kerberos TGT is also referred to as the domain user credential. it employs the end user's AD/Kerberos credentials to conduct a Kerberos protocol exchange with the Authentication Service. a Kerberos realm is an Active Directory domain. the Authentication Service issues the authentication user interface a single sign-on credential. relies on the Active Directory registry to store the names and passwords of registered users within its Kerberos realm. In this exchange. The request carries encrypted material that allows the KDC to authenticate the request. Overview of AD/Kerberos configuration tasks This section provides a quick overview of the tasks you must perform to set up a BMC BladeLogic environment that supports user authentication via AD/Kerberos user credentials: 1 On the Active Directory KDC: A Create a user account for the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service.keytab file. When a BMC BladeLogic authentication user interface (either the authentication user interface built into the BMC BladeLogic Console or the blcred utility) selects an AD/Kerberos authentication profile. which the client stores in a local credential cache. This Windows Server KDC. Give this file and the SPN to the administrator of the Application Server hosting the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service. In the context of Active Directory. After validating the request. B Export the blauthsvc. In Windows single sign-on.

B Locate the Active Directory KDC for the service principal’s realm. 3 On the BMC BladeLogic client: A Windows only: Update the Kerberos Registry Settings.conf file. set up a Network Shell Proxy Server. G Create an authentication profile using AD/Kerberos authentication. E Define Authentication Service settings to support AD/Kerberos. G If you are using Network Shell to communicate directly with agents. These tasks are described in detail in “Configuring a BMC BladeLogic Client for AD/Kerberos authentication” on page 194.conf file. B Create the blclient_login. making sure each user name includes the user’s Active Directory domain (user@DOMAIN.COM). These tasks are described in detail in “Configuring an Authentication Service for AD/Kerberos authentication” on page 184.conf file.keytab file in the correct directory.conf file.properties file. Chapter 4 Administering security 179 . C Create the blappserv_krb5. F Add users to the BMC BladeLogic RBAC user database. D Create a blclient_krb5. D Create the blappserv_login. C Locate the Active Directory KDC for the client’s realm. 2 On the BMC BladeLogic Application Server: A Put the blauthsvc. E Update the config.Overview of AD/Kerberos configuration tasks These tasks are described in detail in “Registering an Authentication Service in an Active Directory Domain” on page 180. F UNIX only: Obtain a ticket granting ticket (TGT) for the client.

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Registering an Authentication Service in an Active Directory Domain
This section provides procedures that an administrator of an Active Directory KDC can use to register the Authentication Service associated with a BMC BladeLogic Application Server in an Active Directory domain. Refer to this section only if you want to employ AD/Kerberos user credentials to authenticate BMC BladeLogic end users to the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service. The following is a master procedure. Each of the steps in this procedure references a sub-section that describes another procedure.

NOTE
When you specify a domain name in any of the following steps, you must use UPPER CASE LETTERS. You may want to review the diagram in “Sample domain structure” on page 171 for an overview of the domain names and host names used in the examples in this section.

1 Review the required utilities that must be installed on the Active Directory server.
For more information, see “Requirements for the Active Directory server” on page 180.

2 Create an Active Directory user account for the Authentication Service associated
with an Application Server. For more information, see “Creating a user account in the domain of the Application Server” on page 181.

3 Export the user account and SPN information into a keytab file. After you create
the keytab file, you must give this file and the SPN to the administrator of the Application Server. For more information, see “Exporting the keytab file” on page 181.

Requirements for the Active Directory server
The following utilities must be installed on the Active Directory server:
■ ■

ktpass.exe (BMC BladeLogic recommends using version 5.2.3790.2732) setspn.exe

For Windows 2003, both of these utilities are provided as part of the Support Tools Service Pack 1. For Windows 2008 these utilities are provided as part of the core operating system.

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Creating a user account in the domain of the Application Server
Use this procedure to create a user account for the Authentication Service in the domain (that is, the Kerberos realm) where the BMC BladeLogic Application Server is running.

1 On a Windows 2003 or 2008 Server, from the Start menu, select Programs =>
Administrative Tools => Active Directory Users and Computers. The Active Directory Users and Computers window displays.

2 In the left column, expand the domain name for the BMC BladeLogic Application
Server so that it displays the Users folder.

3 Right click the Users folder and select New => User. The New Object – User wizard
displays.

4 For First name, enter a name, such as blauthsvc. For User logon name, enter the name
again. In this example, you would enter blauthsvc again.

5 Click Next. The second screen of the wizard displays, requesting password
information.

6 For Password, set the password to whatever you want. Be sure to use a password
that conforms to the Active Directory password policy. Then check Password never
expires.

7 Click Next. The final summary page of the wizard displays. 8 Click Finish to dismiss the wizard.

Exporting the keytab file
Use this procedure to export a keytab file from the Active Directory server. You must give the keytab file to the administrator of the BMC BladeLogic Application Server. The Application Server needs a keytab file because it holds keying material used for decrypting and validating the service ticket that the domain controller (that is, the KDC) issues to the client. When requesting a service ticket from the KDC, the client identifies the targeted server (that is, the Application Server) by the SPN. Because Kerberos employs mediated authentication for the mutual authentication of both the client and server, both the client and server must be registered with the KDC. The user is registered under a domain user name. The server is registered under an SPN.

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The procedure varies depending on what version of Windows and what service pack you are using. If you are using a Windows 2008 without Service Pack 2, you must work around a Microsoft defect by using a different setup. This defect is corrected in Service Pack 2 for Windows 2008, and it does not affect Windows 2003.

Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 with Service Pack 2 1 Use the ktpass command-line utility to export the keytab file using the command
shown below. Run this utility in a directory suitable for writing a file with sensitive data.
ktpass -out blauthsvc.keytab -princ blauthsvc/instance@DOMAIN -mapuser blauthsvc@DOMAIN +rndPass -minPass 33

In this command, instance is the instance of this Application Server (typically a host name) and DOMAIN is the realm where the Application Server is running. (This is the realm/domain that appeared next to the User logon name when you created the blauthsvc user.) For example, if you used the example names shown in “Sample domain structure” on page 171, you would enter:
ktpass -out blauthsvc.keytab -princ blauthsvc/app4@SUB2.DEV.MYCOMPANY.COM -mapuser blauthsvc@SUB2.DEV.MYCOMPANY.COM +rndPass -minPass 33

2 Give the following to the administrator of the Application Server:

The newly created blauthsvc.keytab file. The blauthsvc.keytab file contains key material, so transfer it between systems with care. The Authentication Service needs this keytab to allow users to authenticate. The service principal name used in the keytab file. For example:
blauthsvc/app4

The name of the domain (that is, the Kerberos realm) for the Application Server. For example:
SUB2.DEV.MYCOMPANY.COM

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Windows 2008 without Service Pack 2 1 On the command line, use the setspn utility to create a service principal name for
the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service by entering the following command:
setspn -A blauthsvc/instance blauthsvc

In this command, instance is the instance of this Application Server (typically a host name). For example, you can enter the following command:
setspn -A blauthsvc/app4 blauthsvc

2 Use the ktpass command-line utility to export the keytab file using the command
shown below. Run this utility in a directory suitable for writing a file with sensitive data.
ktpass -out blauthsvc.keytab -princ blauthsvc@DOMAIN -mapuser blauthsvc@DOMAIN +rndPass -minPass 33

For example, if you used the example names shown in “Sample domain structure” on page 171, you would enter:
ktpass -out blauthsvc.keytab -princ blauthsvc@SUB2.DEV.MYCOMPANY.COM -mapuser blauthsvc@SUB2.DEV.MYCOMPANY.COM +rndPass -minPass 33

Note that the -princ parameter identifies a user principal (blauthsvc) rather than a service principal name.

3 Give the following to the administrator of the Application Server:

The newly created blauthsvc.keytab file. The blauthsvc.keytab file contains key material, so transfer it between systems with care. The Authentication Service needs this keytab to allow users to authenticate. The user principal name used in the keytab file. For example:
blauthsvc

NOTE
The remainder of this guide assumes you are using a service principal name when setting up AD/Kerberos authentication. When this guide provides examples of a service principal name, it uses blauthsvc/app4. However, if you are using Windows 2008 without Service Pack 2, you must work around the Microsoft defect by using a user principal name instead of a service principal name. In that case, you should use blauthsvc instead of blauthsvc/app4.

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The name of the domain (that is, the Kerberos realm) for the Application Server. For example:
SUB2.DEV.MYCOMPANY.COM

Configuring an Authentication Service for AD/Kerberos authentication
Use this procedure to configure a BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service so BMC BladeLogic users can authenticate using the AD/Kerberos user credentials. The following is a master procedure. Each of the steps in this procedure references a sub-section that describes another procedure.

NOTE
When you specify a domain name in any of the following steps, you must use UPPER CASE LETTERS. You may want to review the diagram in “Sample domain structure” on page 171 for an overview of the domain names and host names used in the examples in this section.

1 If you have not done so already, perform the following prerequisite procedure:
“Registering an Authentication Service in an Active Directory Domain” on page 180.

2 Review the information that is needed to perform subsequent steps. See “Required
information” on page 185.

3 Copy the keytab file to the Application Server. See “Copying the keytab file” on
page 185.

4 Obtain the host name of an Active Directory KDC for the service principal’s realm.
See “Locating the Active Directory KDC for the service principal’s domain” on page 186.

5 Create the blappserv_krb5.conf file, which provides essential configuration
information. See “Creating the blappserv_krb5.conf file” on page 186.

6 Create the blappserv_login.conf file, which provides the location of the keytab file.
See “Creating the blappserv_login.conf file” on page 188.

7 Configure the Authentication Service to support Kerberos. See “Defining
Authentication Service settings for AD/Kerberos” on page 191.

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8 Add user names based on Kerberos naming conventions to the RBAC user
database. See “Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database” on page 192.

9 If you are using Network Shell to communicate directly with agents, set up a
Network Shell Proxy Server to manage that traffic. See “Setting up a Network Shell Proxy Server” on page 193.

10 Add users to built-in roles. See “Logging on using default users and roles” on
page 194.

Required information
Before you start configuring an Authentication Service, you must obtain the following from the administrator of the Active Directory KDC:

The blauthsvc.keytab file. The service principal name used for the keytab file. For example:
blauthsvc/app4

The name of the service principal’s domain (Kerberos realm). For example:
SUB2.DEV.MYCOMPANY.COM

For information about creating a user account, service principal name, and keytab file on the Active Directory KDC, see “Registering an Authentication Service in an Active Directory Domain” on page 180.

Copying the keytab file
Use this procedure to copy the blauthsvc.keytab file you obtained from the Active Directory administrator to the correct location on the Application Server hosting the Authentication Service. For the Authentication Service to authenticate users through the AD/Kerberos user credentials, the Authentication Service must be able to accept KDC service tickets. To accept service tickets, the Authentication Service needs the service key in the blauthsvc.keytab file.

1 Locate the blauthsvc.keytab file that was exported from the Active Directory KDC. 2 Do one of the following:

On a UNIX-style system, copy the file to the /NSH/br directory.

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For example, if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location, the file should be located here:
/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/blauthsvc.keytab

On Windows, copy the file to the \NSH\br directory. For example, if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location, the file should be located here:
C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\br\ blauthsvc.keytab

Locating the Active Directory KDC for the service principal’s domain
Use this procedure to obtain the host name for the Active Directory KDC that is running in the realm where the keytab file for the service principal was created. Later in the configuration process, you will need this host name. From a command line, enter the following:
nslookup -type=srv _kerberos._tcp.SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_DOMAIN

In this command, SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_DOMAIN is the domain of the service principal. For example:
nslookup -type=srv _kerberos._tcp.SUB2.DEV.MYCOMPANY.COM

The Active Directory KDC’s host name is reported as the value of service (UNIX) or svr hostname (Windows). For example:
service = 0 100 88 kdc.sub2.dev.mycompany.com

Ignore the numbers before the host name.

Creating the blappserv_krb5.conf file
Use this procedure to create a blappserv_krb5.conf file. This file provides necessary Kerberos configuration information.

NOTE
When identifying servers in the blappserv_krb5.conf file, do not use IP addresses. The Application Server must be able to resolve DNS names of Active Directory servers.

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com = SUB1.dev.mycompany. as described in “Locating the Active Directory KDC for the service principal’s domain” on page 186. For example: .mycompany.dev.sub2.MYCOMPANY.COM .DEV. save the file to the /NSH/br directory with the name: blappserv_krb5. A period before a DNS name indicates you are mapping every system with a DNS name ending with that value to a corresponding Kerberos realm.MYCOMPANY.conf Chapter 4 Administering security 187 . For example: SUB2.SUB2.DEV.Configuring an Authentication Service for AD/Kerberos authentication 1 Create a text file like the following: [libdefaults] ticket_lifetime = 6000 default_realm = SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_REALM [realms] SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_REALM = { kdc = SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_REALM_KDC:88 } [domain_realm] . SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_DOMAIN provides DNS names. In the “domain_realm” section.com = DEV.sub1.mycompany.DEV.MYCOMPANY.COM SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_REALM_KDC is the host name for the Active Directory KDC for the realm where the keytab file was created.dev.COM 2 Do one of the following: ■ On a UNIX-style system. For example: kdc.MYCOMPANY.MYCOMPANY.com = SUB2.SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_DOMAIN = SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_REALM In this text file: SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_REALM is the realm where the keytab file was created.DEV.COM .COM This is the value you got when you ran the nslookup command.

save the file to the \NSH\br directory with the name: blappserv_krb5.auth. assuming BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location.Krb5LoginModule required useKeyTab=true keyTab="keytabFileLocation" storeKey=true principal="blauthsvc/instance@DOMAIN" doNotPrompt=true debug=false. ■ On a UNIX-style system.conf file to find the location of the keytab file.keytab" Be sure to use the double backslash syntax shown above.keytab" ■ On Windows. the keyTab line would look like this: keyTab="C:\\Program Files\\BMC Software\\BladeLogic\\version\\NSH\\br\\ blauthsvc. }.conf Creating the blappserv_login.conf ■ On Windows. if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location.Configuring an Authentication Service for AD/Kerberos authentication For example.security. the file should be located as follows: /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/blappserv_krb5. if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location. The Application Server looks in the blappserv_login.conf file. 1 Create a text file and add the following content to it: com.sun. In this text file. 188 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .conf For example.accept { com.conf file You must create a blappserv_login. assuming BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location.sun.jgss.keytab file on your system.module.security. the file should be located as follows: C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\br\ blappserv_krb5. the keyTab line would look like this: keyTab="/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/blauthsvc. keyTab is the location of the blauthsvc.

principal is the service principal name for the Authentication Service. followed by the @ sign. followed by the Application Server’s domain.MYCOMPANY.COM" If you are using Windows 2008 without Service Pack 2. save the file to the \NSH\br directory with the name blappserv_login.conf. 2 Do one of the following: ■ On a UNIX-style system. 1 Do one of the following: ■ On a UNIX-style system. use blauthsvc instead of blauthsvc/app4.DEV. For example: principal="blauthsvc4@SUB2. you can use the klist utility to display them. See “Using klist to read the keytab file” on page 189. if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location. You obtained the service principal name from the Active Directory administrator.conf. the file should be located as follows: /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/blappserv_login. For example: principal="blauthsvc/app4@SUB2.conf Using klist to read the keytab file You can use the klist utility to read the keytab file and display the name and realm of the service principal. For example. the file should be located as follows: C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\br\ blappserv_login. you should enter a user principal name rather than a service principal name.conf ■ On Windows.DEV. if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location.Configuring an Authentication Service for AD/Kerberos authentication In the text file. In other words. For example. enter the following: Chapter 4 Administering security 189 .COM" If you do not have the service principal name and the Application Server’s realm. save the file to the /NSH/br directory with the name: blappserv_login.MYCOMPANY.

conf file” on page 186. utilityPath provides the path to the klist utility. This procedure is not essential.COM. enter the following: "C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\jre\bin\klist" -t -k "C:\\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\br\ blauthsvc.conf ■ ■ For more information on the blappserv_krb5. Verifying a keytab file Use this procedure to verify that the keytab file you have generated can be used to authenticate.COM The service principal name is blauthsvc/app4@SUB2.conf file.DEV.DEV.ini Solaris: /etc/krb5/krb5. If you do not have klist installed on a UNIX system.conf All UNIX platforms except Solaris: /etc/krb5.MYCOMPANY.MYCOMPANY. ■ On Windows.conf file you set up for the Authentication Server to one of the following locations: ■ Windows: %WINDIR%\krb5.keytab" 2 The klist utility displays output similar to the following: Service principal: blauthsvc/app4@SUB2. 1 Copy the blappserv_krb5. see “Creating the blappserv_krb5.keytab In this command. you must first obtain it. 2 Identify the service account name from the keytab file by entering one of the following: ■ Windows: installDirectory\jre\bin\klist -k -t keytabFile UNIX: utilityPath/klist -k -t keytabFile ■ 190 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .Configuring an Authentication Service for AD/Kerberos authentication utilityPath/klist -t -k /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/blauthsvc. but BMC BladeLogic recommends performing this step to confirm that you have successfully set up authentication based on AD/Kerberos. assuming that BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location. There are many online sources for Kerberos utilities such as klist.

The variable keytabFile identifies the location of the keytab file and servicePrincipal is the entity identified in the previous step.DEV. 1 Start the Application Server Administration console by doing one of the following: ■ On a UNIX-style system. you must first obtain it. keytabFile is set to installDirectory/br./bin/blasadmin Chapter 4 Administering security 191 . If the command does not succeed.COM. For example.Configuring an Authentication Service for AD/Kerberos authentication In this command. if you used the example names shown in “Sample domain structure” on page 171. To perform this procedure. from the directory where BMC BladeLogic is installed. you must use the Application Server Administration console. enter the following: . The variable keytabFile identifies the location of the keytab file you are generating. you must first obtain it. For example. utilityPath provides the path to the kinit utility. If you do not have kinit installed on a UNIX system. verify that the default_realm you have set up in blappserv_krb5.MYCOMPANY. Typically. 3 Using the results of the previous step. utilityPath provides the path to the klist utility. you should be able to authenticate with AD/ Kerberos. There are many online sources for Kerberos utilities such as klist.conf is correct. authenticate to Active Directory by entering one of the following: ■ Windows: installDirectory\jre\bin\kinit -k -t keytabFile servicePrincipal UNIX: utilityPath/kinit -k -t keytabFile servicePrincipal ■ In this command.keytab Running the klist command generates output that identifies the service principal. If this command runs successfully. this command might identify a service principal called blauthsvc/ app4@SUB2. the keytab file for Windows would be C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\br\blauthsvc. If you do not have klist installed on a UNIX system. if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location. Defining Authentication Service settings for AD/Kerberos Use this procedure to define settings for the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service so it can use the Kerberos configurations you set up in previous procedures.

By default AuthSvcKrb5LoginConfig is set to a value of blappserv_login. — From the directory where BMC BladeLogic is installed. 3 To enable the blappserv_krb5.exe Both options run the same command. enter the following: set AuthServer AuthSvcKrb5Config fileName where fileName is the name of the blappserv_krb5. enter the following: set AuthServer AuthSvcKrb5LoginConfig fileName where fileName is the name of the blappserv_login. By default AuthSvcKrb5Config is set to a value of blappserv_krb5. 2 To enable Active Directory/Kerberos authentication.conf.conf file. You can skip this step unless you choose to use a different file name. enter the following: set AuthServer IsADKAuthEnabled true By default Active Directory/Kerberos authentication is not turned on. select Programs => BMC Software => BladeLogic Server Automation Suite => Utilities => Application Server Administration.conf file. enter the following: \bin\blasadmin. do one of the following: — From the Start menu.Configuring an Authentication Service for AD/Kerberos authentication ■ On Windows.conf. Cross-registering users in the BMC BladeLogic database Users must be registered in both Active Directory and BMC BladeLogic’s RBACbased user database. This file is essential for supporting Kerberos. 192 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 5 Restart the Application Server (see “Restarting a specific Application Server” on page 111). Cross-registration allows users to be authorized for RBAC roles.conf file. You can skip this step unless you choose to use a different file name. 4 To enable the blappserv_login.conf file. This file is essential for supporting Kerberos.

COM. For example. RBACRole:syncUsers. BMC BladeLogic provides a BLCLI command.Configuring an Authentication Service for AD/Kerberos authentication Only users authorized to use BMC BladeLogic should be entered into the BMC BladeLogic database. see the BLCLI help.DEV.COM is a different user name than than mary or mary@SUB3.MYCOMPANY. Requirements for User Names When using AD/Kerberos to authenticate end users. that you can use to synchronize group information in Active Directory with role information in RBAC. Setting up a Network Shell Proxy Server If you cross-register users in Active Directory and RBAC and then you run an ACL Push Job on a server. Chapter 4 Administering security 193 .COM).MYCOMPANY.MYCOMPANY. The user’s BMC BladeLogic user name must match the user’s fully qualified Active Directory user name.COM rather than filling in the name field with a value such as: mary Note that the user name mary@SUB1. Network Shell users may not be able to communicate directly with the agent on that server because the agent will expect user names to include domain information (such as mary@SUB1. if you are using RBAC or the bladduser utility to add a new BMC BladeLogic user. For more information on this command. Use RBAC to add users to the BMC BladeLogic database. you must ensure that domain user names stored in RBAC are fully qualified and that those names match the user names stored in the Active Directory. BMC BladeLogic documentation assumes you know how to add users to Active Directory. you would fill in the name field with a value such as: mary@SUB1.MYCOMPANY.DEV. Each BMC BladeLogic user name must be in the form: USER@DOMAIN where DOMAIN is the domain the user is registered in. Network Shell user names do not include domain information. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide.DEV. For information on adding users to RBAC.DEV.

when SRP authentication is disabled.MYCOMPANY. you must use RBAC to add a fully qualified name to the GlobalReportViewers role. set up a Network Shell Proxy Server.DEV. respectively. no user will be able to access the built-in roles. see “Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service” on page 142. which has read access to all reports at all sites in a BMC BladeLogic installation. GlobalReportViewers. you can simply assign a fully qualified domain user name (for example.DEV. Otherwise. and the GlobalReportViewers role. If you are using that default setup. To allow a user to log into the GlobalReportViewers role. In a default installation. To allow a user to log into the GlobalReportAdmins role. the user would also have to be registered in the Active Directory user registry for the domain SUB2.COM) to the RBACAdmins role. These default users are assigned to the default roles RBACAdmins and BLAdmins.COM.Configuring a BMC BladeLogic Client for AD/Kerberos authentication To avoid this problem and maintain communication with agents via Network Shell. To allow a user to log into the BLAdmins role. you must use RBAC to add a fully qualified user name to the BLAdmins role. Logging on using default users and roles The BMC BladeLogic user database comes pre-provisioned with two default SRP users: RBACAdmin and BLAdmin. the GlobalReportAdmins role. you must use RBAC to add a fully qualified user name to the GlobalReportAdmins role. then. prior to disabling SRP. If the BMC BladeLogic administrator intends to support AD/Kerberos authentication exclusively and disable SRP user authentication. which has built-in authorizations to change permissions for all system objects in BMC BladeLogic. BLAdmins. The same issue applies to the BLAdmins role. For more information.MYCOMPANY. the administrator should log in as a user authorized for the RBACAdmins role and ensure that each of the four built-in roles—RBACAdmins. Configuring a BMC BladeLogic Client for AD/Kerberos authentication This section describes how to configure a BMC BladeLogic client (the BMC BladeLogic Console or the blcred utility) to authenticate with a BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service using AD/Kerberos user credentials. and GlobalReportAdmins—has at least one registered domain user assigned to that role. the RBACAdmins role has the authorizations necessary to manage users and roles. RBACAdmin_ADK@SUB2. In this example. 194 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . which has built-in authorizations to see data for all BMC Service Automation Reporting and Analytics sites.

conf file. See “Performing Windows-only client configuration tasks” on page 196. 6 Update the BMC BladeLogic config. 8 Set up authentication profiles using AD/Kerberos authentication on the BMC BladeLogic client. See “Locating the Active Directory KDC for the client’s domain” on page 197. 5 Create a blclient_krb5. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. Chapter 4 Administering security 195 . you must use UPPER CASE LETTERS. You may want to review the diagram in “Sample domain structure” on page 171 for an overview of the domain names and host names used in the examples in this section.properties file” on page 200. See “Creating the blclient_login. The following is a master procedure.conf file” on page 196.properties file. For more information on defining authentication profiles.conf file. For UNIX environments. each user must manually perform a kinit to obtain a ticketgranting ticket (TGT). the equivalent of a “kinit” is performed automatically. perform the following prerequisite procedures: ■ “Registering an Authentication Service in an Active Directory Domain” on page 180 “Configuring an Authentication Service for AD/Kerberos authentication” on page 184 ■ 2 For Windows clients.conf file” on page 198. Each of the steps in this procedure references a sub-section that describes another procedure. 3 Create the blclient_login. which provides essential configuration data. skip this step. 7 For UNIX clients. which provides essential Kerberos configuration information. a user must also define an authentication profile that calls for AD/Kerberos authentication. update registry settings and perform other configuration tasks. NOTE When you specify a domain name in any of the following steps. See “Updating the config. 4 Locate the Active Directory KDC for the client’s realm. When a Windows user logs into the Active Directory. See “Obtaining a TGT for a BMC BladeLogic client (UNIX only)” on page 201. 1 If you have not done so already. This step provides information that is needed for subsequent steps in this procedure.Configuring a BMC BladeLogic Client for AD/Kerberos authentication In addition to the procedures described here. See “Authentication profiles” on page 124 and the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. See “Creating the blclient_krb5.

Configuring a BMC BladeLogic Client for AD/Kerberos authentication Performing Windows-only client configuration tasks Use this procedure to modify registry settings and perform other configuration tasks on Windows client machines. Create a new registry value of type REG_DWORD. Create a new registry value of type REG_DWORD.conf file Use this procedure to create the blclient_login. 2. Navigate to \HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\Kerberos\ Parameters. Create a new registry value of type REG_DWORD. Open the Windows Registry Editor. Open the Windows Registry Editor. 4. Reboot the workstation. Open the Windows Registry Editor.conf file. 2. 4. Do one of the following: Platform Windows 2003 and 2008 Actions 1. Windows Vista 1. Navigate to \HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\Kerberos\ Parameters. Creating the blclient_login. Reboot the server. 3. If you are configuring a UNIX-style system. It should be named allowtgtsessionkey and it should have a value of 1. 5. Disable User Account Control (UAC). It should be named allowtgtsessionkey and it should have a value of 1. 3. This procedure is only necessary in Windows environments. 3. 196 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Windows XP 1. skip this section. Navigate to \HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\Kerberos. This file provides necessary configuration information. It should be named allowtgtsessionkey and it should have a value of 1. 2.

COM Chapter 4 Administering security 197 .module._tcp.jgss._tcp.security. }. 2 Do one of the following: ■ On a UNIX-style system.Krb5LoginModule required doNotPrompt=true Debug=false useTicketCache=true.DEV. if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location. From a command line. the file should be located as follows: /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/blclient_login. save the file to the /NSH/br directory with the name: blclient_login. For example. save the file to the \NSH\br directory with the name: blclient_login.conf Locating the Active Directory KDC for the client’s domain Use this procedure to obtain the host name for the Active Directory KDC that is running in the domain that includes the client machine.conf.security. if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location.conf.Configuring a BMC BladeLogic Client for AD/Kerberos authentication 1 Create a text file and add the following content to it: com. You will need this host name later in the configuration process. the file should be located as follows: C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\br\ blclient_login.conf ■ On Windows. enter the following: nslookup -type=srv _kerberos.auth.CLIENT_DOMAIN where CLIENT_DOMAIN is the domain containing the user’s workstation where the client is running. For example: nslookup -type=srv _kerberos. For example.initiate { com.SUB1.MYCOMPANY.sun.sun.

Creating the blclient_krb5. For example: service = 0 100 88 kdc.conf file Use this procedure to create the blclient_krb5.MYCOMPANY.PARENT_DOMAIN = PARENT_REALM In this text file: CLIENT_DOMAIN is the realm containing the user’s workstation.SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_DOMAIN = SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_REALM .com Ignore the numbers before the host name. For example: kdc. For example: SUB1.COM 198 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .DEV.dev.DEV.COM CLIENT_DOMAIN_KDC is the host name where the Active Directory server is running in your client’s realm. where the BMC BladeLogic client is running.CLIENT_DOMAIN = CLIENT_REALM .sub1.mycompany. This file provides necessary Kerberos configuration information.conf file.SUB1. 1 Create a text file like the following: [libdefaults] ticket_lifetime = 6000 default_realm = CLIENT_DOMAIN [realms] CLIENT_DOMAIN = { kdc = CLIENT_DOMAIN_KDC:88 } SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_DOMAIN = { kdc = SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_DOMAIN_KDC:88 } PARENT_DOMAIN = { kdc = PARENT_DOMAIN_KDC:88 } [domain_realm] .MYCOMPANY.Configuring a BMC BladeLogic Client for AD/Kerberos authentication The Active Directory KDC’s host name is reported as the value of svr host name (Windows) or service (UNIX).

as described in “Locating the Active Directory KDC for the service principal’s domain” on page 186.DEV.conf ■ On Windows. A period before a DNS name indicates you are mapping every system with a DNS name ending with that value to a corresponding Kerberos realm.dev.DEV. In the “domain_realm” section. For example.dev.com = DEV. as described in “Locating the Active Directory KDC for the client’s domain” on page 197. save the file to the \NSH\br directory with the name blclient_krb5. For example: .MYCOMPANY. if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location.conf.dev. For example: kdc.conf.COM .COM 2 Do one of the following: ■ On a UNIX-style system.MYCOMPANY.sub2.mycompany.COM This is the value you obtained when you ran the nslookup command.Configuring a BMC BladeLogic Client for AD/Kerberos authentication This is the value you obtained when you ran the nslookup command.MYCOMPANY. For example.mycompany. SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_DOMAIN provides DNS names.com = SUB2. SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_DOMAIN is the realm where the keytab file was created. the file should be located as follows: /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/blclient_krb5. if BMC BladeLogic is installed in the default location. For example: SUB2.SUB2.COM .mycompany.com = SUB1.COM SERVICE_PRINCIPAL_DOMAIN_KDC is the host name where the Active Directory server is running in the realm where the keytab file was created.MYCOMPANY.sub1.conf Chapter 4 Administering security 199 . the file should be located as follows: C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\br\ blclient_krb5.DEV.MYCOMPANY. save the file to the /NSH/br directory with the name: blclient_krb5.DEV.

using the examples in “Sample domain structure” on page 171.COM:88 } Updating the config.MYCOMPANY.SUB2.MYCOMPANY.properties 200 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .properties When a user runs the console for the first time.DEV.properties file Use this procedure to modify the config.COM:88 } SUB2.properties ■ Windows systems: C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\br\ config.DEV.MYCOMPANY. you must add additional DOMAINS to the [realms] section of the blclient_krb5.COM:88 } DEV.DEV. assume that there is no direct trust between the child domains SUB1.bladelogic/config.MYCOMPANY. 1 Open the config.properties is placed in the following user-specific location: ■ UNIX-style systems: userHomeDirectory /.properties file on the BMC BladeLogic client.COM = { kdc = kdc. In this case. These additional DOMAINS specify the explicit path you need to traverse from the first child domain. By default.SUB1. this file is initially stored in the following location: ■ UNIX-style systems: /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/config.DEV.DEV. up the tree to the root domain and back down to the other child domain.COM = { kdc = kdc. a copy of config.DEV.MYCOMPANY.MYCOMPANY.MYCOMPANY.Configuring a BMC BladeLogic Client for AD/Kerberos authentication NOTE If there is no direct trust between the two child domains.conf file. For example.MYCOMPANY.properties file.COM.DEV.COM and SUB2. the [realms] section would look something like this: [realms] SUB1.COM = { kdc = kdc.

auth.conf). Alternatively. Note that in either case you must use a backslash to escape the colon and backslash after the drive letter. you can use a backslash as a path separator but you must escape it with another backslash (such as. this procedure is not necessary.conf= javax.krb5.conf). use forward slashes as path delimiters (such as.properties in both locations—its initial location and in your own user-specific location. Chapter 4 Administering security 201 .conf file.conf In this entry. The TGT is the AD/Kerberos user credential that domain users need to authenticate with the BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service. java. For Windows paths. C\:\\Program Files\\BMC Software\\BladeLogic\\version\\NSH\\br\\ blclient_krb5. If an entry does not already exist in the config. If a user already has a valid TGT. use forward slashes as path delimiters (such as. typically a TGT is valid for 10 hours. Alternatively. Although the life span of a TGT is configurable. path/blclient_krb5.security.security.config= Value path/blclient_login. a terminal server) and you have already run the BMC BladeLogic Console. For Windows paths. C\:\\Program Files\\BMC Software\\BladeLogic\\version\\NSH\\br\\ blclient_login. add it at the end of the file.login.auth.conf).conf file. you should modify config. Note that in either case you must use a backslash to escape the colon and backslash after the drive letter. C\:\\Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/ version/NSH/br/blclient_krb5.conf In this entry. path is the full path to the blclient_login.properties If you are setting up an AD/Kerberos environment that many users are sharing (for example.Configuring a BMC BladeLogic Client for AD/Kerberos authentication ■ Windows systems: userHomeDirectory\Application Data\BladeLogic\config. This procedure must be performed every time a user needs a TGT on a UNIX client. 2 Set the following entries to the values shown below. C\:\\Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/ version/NSH/br/blclient_login.useSubjectCredsOnly= false Obtaining a TGT for a BMC BladeLogic client (UNIX only) Users of the BMC BladeLogic Console and the blcred utility running on a UNIX-style host must manually run a kinit to obtain a ticket-gathering ticket (TGT). Entry java. you can use a backslash as a path separator but you must escape it with another backslash (such as.properties file.conf).security. path is the full path to the blclient_krb5.

The user name you provide for the kinit command does not have to be fully qualified.conf to /etc/krb5.conf file.conf by renaming the copy of blclient_krb5. you must first obtain it.conf with the contents of krb5. then you must integrate the contents of blclient_krb5.conf. If you are using a Windows client. There are many online sources for Kerberos utilities such as kinit. client-side certificate for a Windows Application Server. 1 Copy blclient_krb5. skip this procedure.Implementing security – Application Server to agents or repeaters This procedure is only necessary in UNIX-style environments. 2 To obtain a TGT. you should repeat this procedure for each Application Server.conf. you can replace the existing version of krb5. Implementing security – Application Server to agents or repeaters This section provides the following procedures to secure access between the BMC BladeLogic Application Server and RSCD agents or repeaters by employing TLS client authentication: ■ ■ TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Windows Application Server TLS with client-side certs – Securing a UNIX-based Application Server TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Windows Application Server Use this procedure to generate a self-signed. and configure those agents or repeaters to authenticate incoming requests using client-side certificates. identified when you created the client’s blclient_krb5. utilityPath provides the path to the kinit utility. If you already use krb5. 202 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .conf. The name you provide is associated with the client’s realm. run the following command: utilityPath/kinit userName In this command.conf. If you are not already using krb5. If your environment includes multiple Application Servers. If you do not have kinit installed.conf. provision all targeted agents or repeaters with an SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed certificate.

See “Provisioning agents and repeaters with a SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed certificate” on page 204. a “client” refers to an Application Server that is attempting to establish contact with the server hosting an agent.TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Windows Application Server Note that in the context of this section. 1 Create a self-signed. generate a self-signed Application Server certificate by entering the following: Chapter 4 Administering security 203 . see “TLS with client-side certs – Discontinuing use of client-side certificates” on page 210. client-side certificates. Then add the passphrase used to encrypt the private key to the securecert file on the Application Server. See “Creating a self-signed client-side certificate on the Application Server” on page 203. If you want to stop using self-signed. 2 Create a directory called C:\WINDIR\rsc\certs\SYSTEM. in BMC BladeLogic documentation a “client” refers to a host running the BMC BladeLogic Console or Network Shell. 1 Log into a Windows Application Server as Administrator. client-side certificate on the Windows Application Server. The following is a master procedure.pem. 3 Using a command line. In the path shown above. 2 Provision all targeted agents or repeaters with an SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed certificate. 3 Configure all targeted agents or repeaters to authenticate incoming requests using client-side certificates. You can use this procedure to use TLS with client-side certificates to secure communication between a Windows-based Network Shell Proxy Server and agents or repeaters. which contains the self-signed certificate for the Application Server and the private key associated with the certificate. Generally. WINDIR is typically winnt (on a Windows 2000 server) or windows. See “Configuring agents or repeaters to authenticate incoming requests with client-side certificates” on page 206. Each of the steps in this procedure references a sub-section that describes another procedure. The procedure for a Network Shell Proxy Server is identical to the procedure for an Application Server. Creating a self-signed client-side certificate on the Application Server Use this procedure to create a file called id. Then add the passphrase for that certificate to the securecert file.

you can find securecert in installDirectoryN\version\NSH\conf\securecert. For example. 4 Update the securecert file to include an encoded copy of the passphrase. 1 Ensure that the secure file on all managed servers is configured so that tls_mode=encryption_only. This file contains the SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed certificate. To accomplish this. This passphrase is used to encrypt the private key in the id. An agent or repeater uses this fingerprint to validate the selfsigned certificate received from the Application Server in the course of the TLS handshake.pem file is created in the C:\WINDIR\rsc\certs\SYSTEM directory. Provisioning agents and repeaters with a SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed certificate Use this procedure to create. the contents of the securecert file are updated to something like the following.pem file. The id. you can find the securecert file in the C:\WINDIR\rsc directory. If you prematurely set the rscd entry in a secure file so that tls_mode=encrytion_and_auth. The encoded passphrase will vary. you must ensure that the secure file on the agent or repeater is configured correctly. [default] SYSTEM=FCUVOMLNGLVRZNOO For the initial installation of BMC BladeLogic. on each managed server and repeater a file named SYSTEM. generate this setting by running the following secadmin command on each agent: secadmin -m rscd -p 5 -T encryption_only -e tls Before you can provision a managed server with the fingerprint of the Application Server’s certificate. the default location for the second instance of BMC BladeLogic would be C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic2\version\NSH. The secure file (located in the C:\WINDIR\rsc directory on a Windows server and in /usr/lib/rsc on a UNIX-style server) must have the rscd entry set to the following when deploying the certificate fingerprint: 204 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . or update. you are prompted to provide and then confirm a passphrase. use the command line to enter the following: secadmin -m default -cu SYSTEM -cp passPhrase After issuing this command. If necessary.TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Windows Application Server bl_gen_ssl -appcert After you enter the command. the agent or repeater will refuse the incoming connection because it will not have the SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed cert. If additional instances of BMC BladeLogic are installed.

you should replace the host wildcard (“*”) with a more restrictive setting. you must have root or Administrator privileges on the server hosting the agent.user=Administrator On a UNIX server. 3 Using a command line on the Application Server. Otherwise. update the exports file on a Windows server by creating the following entry: * rw. cd to C:\WINDIR\rsc\certs\ SYSTEM. To provision an agent or repeater with the SHA1 fingerprint of an Application Server’s certificate.agentN where agent1.agentN is a space-delimited list of the host names or IP addresses of the managed servers hosting agents or repeaters. the fingerprint file for a Windows Application Server is /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/certs/SYSTEM. you should provision each Application Server with its own self-signed certificate. so in most situations there is no need to perform this step. To grant this privilege. the directory containing the id. on a UNIX machine. This command creates or updates a fingerprint file on each targeted agent or repeater. Chapter 4 Administering security 205 . 2 Set up root or Administrator privileges on each managed server hosting an agent.user=root To be safe. the fingerprint file for a Window Application Server is C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\RSCD\certs\ SYSTEM. 5 Revert the setting in the exports file on managed servers back to a more restrictive user mapping...pem file.. On a Windows machine..TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Windows Application Server rscd:port=4750:protocol=5:tls_mode=encryption_only:encryption=tls This is the default setting after a fresh installation of an agent.pem agent1. 4 Push the SHA1 fingerprint to managed servers by entering the following command: putcert SYSTEM id. Performing this procedure for each of those Application Servers generates multiple fingerprints in the SYSTEM file. update the exports file by creating the following entry: * rw. such as the IP address or host name of the Application Server. all users accessing those agents will be mapped to root or Administrator. In environments where multiple Application Servers communicate with agents.

client-side certificate for a UNIX-based Application Server. the secure files on those agents must be updated so tls_mode=encryption_and_auth. in BMC BladeLogic documentation a “client” refers to a host running the BMC BladeLogic Console or Network Shell. see “TLS with client-side certs – Discontinuing use of client-side certificates” on page 210.TLS with client-side certs – Securing a UNIX-based Application Server Configuring agents or repeaters to authenticate incoming requests with client-side certificates Use this procedure to update the rscd entry in each agent's secure file so it reads as follows: rscd:port=4750:protocol=5:tls_mode=encryption_and_auth:encryption=tls After agents are provisioned with the SHA1 fingerprint of an Application Server’s self-signed certificate. You can use this procedure to use TLS with client-side certificates to secure communication between a UNIX-based Network Shell Proxy Server and agents or repeaters. If you want to stop using self-signed. TLS with client-side certs – Securing a UNIX-based Application Server Use this procedure to generate a self-signed. provision all targeted agents or repeaters with an SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed certificate. use Network Shell to enter the following secadmin command: secadmin -m rscd -p 5 -T encryption_and_auth -e tls This procedure is also necessary if you are configuring a repeater to authenticate incoming requests from an Application Server. The procedure for a Network Shell Proxy Server is identical to the procedure for an Application Server. Generally. To modify the rscd entry in the secure file on each targeted agent. and configure those agents or repeaters to authenticate incoming requests using client-side certificates. a “client” refers to an Application Server that is attempting to establish contact with the server hosting an agent. Each of the steps in this procedure references a sub-section that describes another procedure. The following is a master procedure. 206 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . client-side certificates. This setting requires client authentication via clientside certificates. Note that in the context of this section. This section is intended for administrators of BMC BladeLogic Application Servers.

you are prompted to provide and then confirm a passphrase. and then enter the following command: su .bladelogic directory. 3 Enter exit to revert back to the root user.pem file is generated. BMC BladeLogic will not load the certificate if group or world permissions are set for the id. See “Provisioning agents and repeaters with a SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed certificate” on page 208.pem file or the . 1 Log into the UNIX system on the Application Server as root.pem file. The id.TLS with client-side certs – Securing a UNIX-based Application Server 1 Create a self-signed client-side certificate on the UNIX Application Server. which contains the self-signed certificate for the Application Server and the private key associated with the certificate. See “Configuring agents or repeaters to authenticate incoming requests with client-side certificates” on page 209.pem. In UNIX the Application Server runs as the bladmin user. Creating a self-signed client-side certificate on the Application Server Use this procedure to create a file called id. where the id. use Network Shell to enter the following: secadmin -m default -cu bladmin -cp passPhrase Chapter 4 Administering security 207 . 2 Provision all targeted agents or repeaters with an SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed certificate. 2 Enter the following command: /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/bin/bl_gen_ssl After entering the command. Then add the passphrase for that certificate to the securecert file. To accomplish this. 4 Update the securecert file (contained in the /usr/lib/rsc directory) to contain an encoded copy of the passphrase. See “Creating a selfsigned client-side certificate on the Application Server” on page 207. Then add the passphrase used to encrypt the private key to the securecert file on the Application Server.bladelogic directory. This passphrase is used to encrypt the private key in the id.bladmin This command logs you in as the bladmin user.pem file is created in the bladminUserHome/. 3 Configure all targeted agents or repeaters to authenticate incoming requests using client-side certificates.

on each managed server or repeater a file named bladmin. or update. An agent or repeater uses this fingerprint to validate the selfsigned certificate received from the Application Server in the course of the TLS handshake.bladelogic directory by running the following commands: chmod 700 /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/. 1 Ensure that the secure file on all managed servers is configured so that tls_mode=encryption_only. If necessary. the agent or repeater will refuse the incoming connection because it will not have the SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed cert. The secure file (located in the C:\WINDIR\rsc directory on a Windows server and in /usr/lib/rsc on a UNIX-style server) must have the rscd entry set to the following when deploying the certificate fingerprint: rscd:port=4750:protocol=5:tls_mode=encryption_only:encryption=tls This is the default setting after a fresh installation of an agent. generate this setting by running the following secadmin command on each agent: secadmin -m rscd -p 5 -T encryption_only -e tls Before you can provision a managed server with the fingerprint of the Application Server’s certificate. The encoded passphrase will vary.TLS with client-side certs – Securing a UNIX-based Application Server After issuing this command.pem Provisioning agents and repeaters with a SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed certificate Use this procedure to create. 2 Set up root or Administrator privileges on each managed server hosting an agent. 208 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . the contents of the securecert file are updated to something like the following.bladelogic/id. so in most situations there is no need to perform this step. [default] bladmin=FCUVOMLNGLVRZNOO 5 Ensure that access is restricted to the id.pem file and the . This file contains the SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed certificate. you must ensure that the secure file on the agent or repeater is configured correctly. If you prematurely set the rscd entry in a secure file so that tls_mode=encrytion_and_auth.bladelogic chmod 600 /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/.

3 Using a command line on the Application Server. the directory containing the id. cd to /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/ NSH/br/. all users accessing those agents will be mapped to root or Administrator. update the exports file on a Windows server by creating the following entry: * rw.. This command creates or updates a fingerprint file on each targeted agent or repeater. On a Windows machine. 4 Push the SHA1 fingerprint to managed servers by entering the following command: /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/sbin/putcert bladmin id.. Configuring agents or repeaters to authenticate incoming requests with client-side certificates Use this procedure to update the rscd entry in each agent's secure file so it reads as follows: rscd:port=4750:protocol=5:tls_mode=encryption_and_auth:encryption=tls Chapter 4 Administering security 209 ..agentN is a space-separated list of the host names or IP addresses of the managed servers hosting agents or repeaters. Performing this procedure for each of those Application Servers generates multiple fingerprints in the bladmin file.agentN where agent1. such as the IP address or host name of the Application Server. To grant this privilege. the fingerprint file for a Windows Application Server is /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/certs/bladmin.pem file. on a UNIX machine. update the exports file by creating the following entry: * rw.bladelogic. you must have root or Administrator privileges on the server hosting the agent.pem agent1. In environments where multiple Application Servers communicate with agents. you should replace the host wildcard (“*”) with a more restrictive setting. 5 Revert the setting in the exports file on managed servers back to a more restrictive user mapping.user=root To be safe.TLS with client-side certs – Securing a UNIX-based Application Server To provision an agent or repeater with the SHA1 fingerprint of an Application Server’s certificate. you should provision each Application Server with its own self-signed certificate.user=Administrator On a UNIX server.. the fingerprint file for a Window Application Server is C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\RSCD\certs\ bladmin. Otherwise.

This setting requires client authentication via clientside certificates. update the exports file on a Windows server by creating the following entry: * rw. TLS with client-side certs – Discontinuing use of client-side certificates Use this procedure to stop using client-side certificates that secure access between Application Servers and agents or repeaters. use Network Shell to enter the following secadmin command: secadmin -m rscd -p 5 -T encryption_and_auth -e tls This procedure is also necessary if you are configuring a repeater to authenticate incoming requests from an Application Server.TLS with client-side certs – Discontinuing use of client-side certificates After agents are provisioned with the SHA1 fingerprint of an Application Server’s self-signed certificate..user=root To be safe. the secure files on those agents must be updated so tls_mode=encryption_and_auth. 1 Set up root or Administrator privileges on each managed server hosting an agent or repeater. you may want to replace the host wildcard (“*”) with the IP address or host name of the Network Shell client. update the exports file by creating the following entry: * rw..user=Administrator On a UNIX server. To grant this privilege. 2 Remove the SHA1 fingerprint of the Application Server’s self-signed certificate from managed servers by entering the following command: nukecert SYSTEM|bladmin agent1. you must have root or Administrator privileges on any servers hosting agents or repeaters where you want to discontinue use of clientside certificates. To perform this procedure. 210 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .agentN where SYSTEM|bladmin is SYSTEM for a Windows Application Server or bladmin for a UNIX Application Server and agent1.agentN is a space-delimited list of the names or IP addresses of the servers where you want to stop using the Application Server’s self-signed certificate.. To modify the rscd entry in the secure file on each targeted agent..

The following options are available: ■ ■ No authentication – Using a default installation TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Network Shell client No authentication – Using a default installation A standard installation of BMC BladeLogic requires no user authentication between Network Shell clients and servers hosting agents. the bladmin directory can be found at /opt/bmc/ BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/. the SYSTEM directory can be found at C:\ WINDIR\rsc\certs\SYSTEM. see “Exports file” on page 240. Chapter 4 Administering security 211 . For Windows Application Servers. all users accessing those agents will be mapped to root or Administrator.bladelogic. Typically administrators use the exports file to limit Network Shell client access to agents by restricting access to certain client IP addresses. 5 Remove certificates from Application Servers by deleting the SYSTEM directory for Windows Application Servers or the .Implementing security – Network Shell to agent 3 Configure the secure file on all agents or repeaters where you want to stop using certificates by using Network Shell to run the following secadmin command: secadmin -m rscd -p 5 -T encryption_only -e tls Running this command generates an rscd entry in the secure file like the following: rscd:port=4750:protocol=5:tls_mode=encryption_only:encryption=tls 4 Revert the setting in the exports file on managed servers back to a more restrictive user mapping. For more information on using the exports file. Otherwise.bladelogic directory for UNIX Application Servers. Implementing security – Network Shell to agent This section provides procedures to secure access between Network Shell clients and servers hosting RSCD agents. For UNIX Application Servers.

Later in this procedure you will change the tls_mode setting. BMC BladeLogic will not load the certificate if group or world permissions are set for the id. Then this procedure calculates the SHA1 fingerprint of the client certificate and pushes it to targeted agents using the putcert utility. NOTE The machine where you are creating a certificate must have the capability to generate random numbers. That file contains the client’s digital certificate and the corresponding private key. provision all targeted agents with an SHA1 fingerprint of the self-signed certificate. At this point in the procedure the rscd entry in the secure file should be set to tls_mode=encryption_only. The installation program also allows you to install a daemon or create a random number seed that BMC BladeLogic uses for generating random numbers. On UNIX machines running Network Shell clients. so in many situations there is no need to perform this step. 2 Set up root or Administrator privileges on each managed server hosting an agent. client-side certificates. This procedure creates a file on the client called id. and configure those agents to authenticate incoming requests using client-side certificates.pem file or the .TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Network Shell client TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Network Shell client Use this procedure to generate a self-signed. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide.pem. the client uses the contents of the id.pem file is generated. If necessary. 1 Ensure that the secure file is configured correctly on all agents where you want to set up secure access.pem file (certificate and corresponding private key) and the agents uses the SHA1 fingerprint. During the TLS handshake. client-side certificate for a Windows Network Shell client. If you want to stop using self-signed. see “Discontinuing use of client-side certificates” on page 216. The BMC BladeLogic installation program for the Application Server tests whether a machine has the capability to generate random numbers. For more information. 212 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . The SHA1 fingerprint is written into fingerprint files on the agents. which is encrypted using a password supplied when the self-signed certificate is created. where the id. generate this setting by running the following secadmin command on each agent: secadmin -m rscd -p 5 -T encryption_only -e tls This is the default setting after a fresh installation of an agent.bladelogic directory.

bladelogic/id. generate a self-signed certificate by entering the following: bl_gen_ssl 4 Enter a passphrase. agentN where userName is the name of the user who created the certificate and agent1 .bladelogic directory by running the following commands: chmod 700 /home/userName/.pem is stored. In UNIX.. BMC BladeLogic generates a self-signed certificate in a file named id. In Windows.. where userHomeDirectory is the user’s home directory. 6 For UNIX machines running Network Shell clients. The passphrase is used to encrypt the private key in the id.bladelogic chmod 600 /home/userName/. Chapter 4 Administering security 213 .pem file.pem is stored in /userProfileDirectory/Application Data /BladeLogic.. such as /home/userName. id.pem. 3 Using a command line on the Network Shell client. update the exports file by creating the following entry: * rw.pem file and the . To grant this privilege.bladelogic.pem agent1 . where userProfileDirectory specifies a path such as /Documents and Settings/userName. ensure that access is restricted to the id. update the exports file on a Windows server by creating the following entry: * rw.TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Network Shell client To provision an agent with the SHA1 fingerprint of a client’s certificate. Then confirm the passphrase by entering it again. you should replace the host wildcard (“*”) with the IP address or host name of the Network Shell client. agentN is a space-delimited list of the names or IP addresses of the servers to which you want to push the certificate. id..pem 7 Push the SHA1 fingerprint of the self-signed certificate to managed servers by entering the following command: putcert userName id.user=root To be safe. you must have root or Administrator privileges on the server hosting the agent.pem is stored in /userHomeDirectory /.user=Administrator On a UNIX server. 5 Cd to the directory where id.

pem file) constitute a user credential that the holder of the credential can use to assume the identity of the user named within the credential. C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\RSCD\certs \userName is the fingerprint file.TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Network Shell client This command creates or updates a fingerprint file on each targeted agent. /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/ NSH/certs/userName is the fingerprint file. To keep private keys safe. The procedure for activating the private key cache varies for Windows and UNIX-style systems. When you start Network Shell. The procedure is the same as the procedure for Application Servers. On a Windows agent. For information on setting up client-side certificates on these entities. On a UNIX agent. You can also use these procedures to set up client-side certificates on Network Shell Proxy Servers.pem file is generated. BMC BladeLogic provides a password mechanism. Otherwise. For more information. This step sets tls_mode=encryption_and_auth on the targeted agents. Caching private keys A client certificate and its associated private key (that is. When an id. see “Caching private keys” on page 214. 10 If you plan to use Network Shell to run non-interactive tools such as the BLCLI. which means these agents will require Application Servers or Network Shell Proxy Servers to also use client-side certificates. If the private key in the id. the private key is encrypted using the password you provide when you run the bl_gen_ssl utility. 9 Revert the setting in the exports file on managed servers back to a more restrictive user mapping. all users accessing those agents will be mapped to root or Administrator. anyone gaining access to the file can assume the identity of the user named in the certificate. Network Shell decrypts and caches your private key. BMC BladeLogic provides a private key cache so users do not have to retype their passwords every time they start a new Network Shell session. making it available to any command running under the shell. Once you provide the password. the contents of the id. the system prompts you for your private key password.pem file is not password-protected. Because each Network Shell session requires knowledge of the private key password. you should cache your private key for your client-side certificate. 214 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 8 Modify the rscd entry in the secure file on each targeted agent by entering the following secadmin command: secadmin -m rscd -p 5 -T encryption_and_auth -e tls NOTE Performing this step could have implications for Application Servers or Network Shell Proxy Servers when they communicate with the same targeted agents. see “TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Windows Application Server” on page 202 or “TLS with client-side certs – Securing a UNIX-based Application Server” on page 206.

indicating the private key password is shared. Network Shell only prompts for the password when you start the new session. and then start Network Shell again. exit Network Shell. The BMC BladeLogic icon displays in the system tray on the task bar. enter the following command.TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Network Shell client TIP If you are already running Network Shell and you create a certificate. 2 Enter the password and click OK. Network Shell prompts you for a password every time you issue a command during that session. NOTE This command must be run in the foreground because it prompts for a password. create the certificate. Activating the private key cache in UNIX 1 On the Network Shell client. 3 To stop sharing the password. Chapter 4 Administering security 215 . bl_ssl_agent --background The system prompts for your private key password. right-click the BMC BladeLogic icon in the system tray and select Exit from the pop-up menu. The system generates a message like the following: set BL_X509_KEY to xy to reuse this private key where xy is the hexadecimal value of the location of the shared memory segment. enter the following command: bltray -blkey A dialog prompts for your private key password. Activating the private key cache in Windows 1 From a Windows command line. The command will spawn a new process that will remain in the background to cache the password in a shared memory segment. To avoid this. 2 Enter the password.

Discontinuing use of client-side certificates Use this procedure to stop using client-side certificates that secure access between Network Shell clients and agents. you must have root or Administrator privileges on any servers hosting agents where you want to discontinue use of client-side certificates. bl_ssl_agent runs in the background with the password cached in a shared memory segment. 3 To reuse this shared memory segment with Network Shell.. 1 Set up root or Administrator privileges on each managed server hosting an agent.. set the BL_X509_KEY environment variable by entering the following command: BL_X509_KEY=xy 4 Export the BL_X509_KEY environment variable by issuing the following command: export BL_X509_KEY The bl_ssl_agent program remains in the background holding the private key password cached in a shared memory segment until you kill it. self-signed certificate from managed servers by entering the following command: nukecert userName agent1. 2 Remove the SHA1 fingerprint of a client-side. To grant this privilege.TLS with client-side certs – Securing a Network Shell client After entering your password.user=root To be safe. you may want to replace the host wildcard (“*”) with the IP address or host name of the Network Shell client.. update the exports file on a Windows server by creating the following entry: * rw. 3 Configure the secure file on all agents where you want to stop using certificates by using Network Shell to run the following secadmin command: 216 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .agentN where userName is the name of the user who created the certificate and agent1. To perform this procedure.agentN is a space-delimited list of the names or IP addresses of the servers where you want to stop using certificates.user=Administrator On a UNIX server.. update the exports file by creating the following entry: * rw. This shared memory segment is only usable by the person who ran bl_ssl_agent.

id. see “Discontinuing use of client-side certificates” on page 222. On Windows. In Windows. If you want to stop using self-signed. This step sets tls_mode=encryption_only on the targeted agents.Implementing Security – Repeater to agent secadmin -m rscd -p 5 -T encryption_only -e tls Running this command generates an rscd entry in the secure file like the following: rscd:port=4750:protocol=5:tls_mode=encryption_only:encryption=tls NOTE Performing this step could have implications for Application Servers or Network Shell Proxy Servers when they communicate with the same targeted agents.pem is stored in /userProfileDirectory/Application Data /BladeLogic. In UNIX. 5 Remove certificates from clients by deleting the id. 4 Revert the setting in the exports file on managed servers back to a more restrictive user mapping. which means these agents will not require Application Servers or Network Shell Proxy Servers to also use client-side certificates. all users accessing those agents will be mapped to root or Administrator. Typically. provision all targeted agents with an SHA1 fingerprint of the repeater’s self-signed certificate. id. such as /home/userName. The following is a master procedure. Implementing Security – Repeater to agent Use this procedure to generate a self-signed. On UNIX repeaters. Each of the steps in this procedure references a sub-section that describes another procedure.pem file. you must perform this procedure for the BladeLogicRSCD user. you must perform this procedure for every user to whom connecting users are mapped.pem is stored in /userHomeDirectory /. client-side certificate for a repeater.bladelogic. Otherwise. client-side certificates. where userProfileDirectory specifies a path such as /Documents and Settings/userName. where userHomeDirectory> is the user’s home directory. Chapter 4 Administering security 217 . and configure those agents to authenticate incoming requests using clientside certificates. users are mapped to root but mapping to other user names is possible.

where the id. See “Creating a self-signed client-side certificate on the repeater” on page 218. Creating a self-signed client-side certificate on the repeater Use this procedure to create a self-signed certificate for the repeater and then add the passphrase for that certificate to the securecert file on the repeater.bladelogic directory.Creating a self-signed client-side certificate on the repeater 1 Create a self-signed. Create a directory called C:\WINDIR\rsc\certs\BladeLogicRSCD. 3 Configure all targeted agents to authenticate incoming requests using client-side certificates.pem file or the . 4 Using a command line. Enter the following command for generating a certificate: bl_gen_ssl -repeatcert 5 Enter a passphrase for the private key to the certificate. 2 Provision all targeted agents with an SHA1 fingerprint of the repeater’s self-signed certificate. do the following: A. client-side certificate on the repeater. WINDIR is typically winnt (on a Windows 2000 server) or windows. B. See “Provisioning agents with an SHA1 fingerprint of the repeater’s self-signed certificate” on page 219. 218 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . In the path shown above. issue the following command for generating a certificate: bl_gen_ssl ■ On Windows. and then add the passphrase for that certificate to the securecert file. C. Then confirm the passphrase by entering it again. Log into the Application Server as Administrator.pem file is generated. BMC BladeLogic will not load the certificate if group or world permissions are set for the id. Then. generate a self-signed certificate by doing one of the following: ■ On UNIX-style systems. On UNIX repeaters. See “Configuring agents to authenticate incoming requests with clientside certificates” on page 221. log into the repeater as a user to whom connecting users are mapped (typically root).

pem file and the . id. For example. the file is created in userHomeDirectory /.. enter the following: secadmin -m default -cu user -cp password where user is BladeLogicRSCD for Windows repeaters and the user who created the certificate (such as root) for UNIX-style repeaters. On UNIX. this command might create an entry like the following. For example. The secadmin utility encrypts the password. (The encoded passphrase will vary.bladelogic directory by running the following commands: chmod 700 /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/. 6 Update the securecert file to contain an encoded copy of the passphrase.bladelogic/id.pem. After issuing this command.pem Provisioning agents with an SHA1 fingerprint of the repeater’s self-signed certificate Use this procedure to provision managed servers with the SHA1 fingerprint of the repeater’s self-signed certificate.) [default] BladeLogicRSCD=FCUVOMLNGLVRZNOO 7 For UNIX repeaters. ensure that access is restricted to the id. the file is created in WINDIR\rsc\certs\BladeLogicRSCD. Using Network Shell.bladelogic/id. where WINDIR is typically windows or winnt.bladelogic chmod 600 /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/.pem is created in /root/.bladelogic.pem. the contents of the securecert file are updated to include an entry for your current user name. if you are logged in as root. such as root or BladeLogicRSCD. An agent uses this fingerprint to validate the selfsigned certificate received from the repeater in the course of the TLS handshake. Enter the password in clear text. On Windows. where userHomeDirectory is the user’s home directory. Chapter 4 Administering security 219 .Provisioning agents with an SHA1 fingerprint of the repeater’s self-signed certificate BMC BladeLogic generates a certificate in a file named id.

so in most situations there is no need to perform this step. you may want to replace the host wildcard (“*”) with the IP address or host name of the Application Server. where WINDIR is typically windows or winnt.pem. id.bladelogic/id. On Windows. To grant this privilege.user=Administrator On a UNIX server. The secure file (located in the C:\WINDIR\rsc directory on a Windows server and in / usr/lib/rsc on a UNIX-style server) must have the rscd entry set to the following when deploying the certificate fingerprint: rscd:port=4750:protocol=5:tls_mode=encryption_only:encryption=tls This is the default setting after a fresh installation of an agent. id. update the exports file by creating the following entry: * rw. 2 Set up root or Administrator privileges on each managed server hosting an agent.user=root To be safe. To provision an agent with the SHA1 fingerprint of an Application Server’s certificate. you must ensure the secure file on the agent is configured correctly.pem is created at /root/. generate this setting by running the following secadmin command on each agent: secadmin -m rscd -p 5 -T encryption_only -e tls Before you can provision an agent with the fingerprint of the repeater’s certificate. the agent will refuse the incoming connection because it will not have the SHA1 fingerprint of the repeater’s self-signed cert. update the exports file on a Windows server by creating the following entry: * rw.Provisioning agents with an SHA1 fingerprint of the repeater’s self-signed certificate 1 Ensure that the secure file on all managed servers is configured so that tls_mode=encryption_only.pem is stored. id. if you are logged in as root. On UNIX-style servers.pem resides in WINDIR\rsc\certs\BladeLogicRSCD.pem resides in userHomeDirectory/. 3 Cd to the directory on the repeater where id.. 220 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .bladelogic. you must have root or Administrator privileges on the server hosting the agent. where userHomeDirectory is the user’s home directory. If necessary. For example. If you prematurely set the rscd entry in an agent's secure file so that tls_mode=encrytion_and_auth.

pem file for BladeLogicRSCD in a file called BladeLogicRSCD.pem file for root in a file called root. When you issue the putcert command.agentN is a space-separated list of the host names or IP addresses of the managed servers hosting agents. To accomplish this. This setting requires client authentication via clientside certificates. use Network Shell to enter the following: putcert user id. The file resides in the /nsh/certs directory on UNIX-style servers and in \rsc\certs on Windows.Configuring agents to authenticate incoming requests with client-side certificates 4 Push the SHA1 fingerprint for the repeater’s certificate to managed servers that communicate with the repeater. user is either the name of the UNIX user you were logged in as when you created the certificate or BladeLogicRSCD if the repeater is on a Windows platform. agent1.. It places the SHA1 fingerprint of the id..pem agent1.. BMC BladeLogic places the SHA1 fingerprint of the id. 5 Revert the setting in the exports file on managed servers back to a more restrictive user mapping. the secure files on those agents must be updated so tls_mode=encryption_and_auth. Otherwise. Configuring agents to authenticate incoming requests with client-side certificates Use this procedure to update the rscd entry in each agent's secure file so it reads as follows: rscd:port=4750:protocol=5:tls_mode=encryption_and_auth:encryption=tls After agents are provisioned with the SHA1 fingerprint of an Application Server’s self-signed certificate. all users accessing those agents will be mapped to root or Administrator. use Network Shell to enter the following secadmin command: secadmin -m rscd -p 5 -T encryption_and_auth -e tls Chapter 4 Administering security 221 .. To modify the rscd entry in the secure file on each targeted agent.agentN where.

agentN where user is BladeLogicRSCD for a Windows repeater and typically root for a UNIX repeater. update the exports file by creating the following entry: * rw. To accomplish this. 1 Set up root or Administrator privileges on each managed server hosting an agent. you must have root or Administrator privileges on any servers hosting agents where you want to discontinue use of client-side certificates. To grant this privilege. In the command shown above agent1.. This step sets tls_mode=encryption_only on the targeted agents. 222 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . To perform this procedure. such as the IP address or host name of the Network Shell client.. 2 Remove the SHA1 fingerprint of the repeater’s self-signed certificate from managed servers. update the exports file on a Windows server by creating the following entry: * rw. use Network Shell to enter the following: nukecert user agent1.. you should replace the host wildcard (“*”) with a more restrictive setting. 3 Configure the secure file on all agents where you want to stop using certificates by using Network Shell to run the following secadmin command: secadmin -m rscd -p 5 -T encryption_only -e tls Running this command generates an rscd entry in the secure file like the following: rscd:port=4750:protocol=5:tls_mode=encryption_only:encryption=tls NOTE Performing this step could have implications for Application Servers or Network Shell Proxy Servers when they communicate with the same targeted agents.user=root To be safe.Discontinuing use of client-side certificates Discontinuing use of client-side certificates Use this procedure to stop using client-side certificates that secure access between repeaters and agents. which means these agents will not require Application Servers or Network Shell Proxy Servers to also use client-side certificates.user=Administrator On a UNIX server. If other UNIX users have fingerprints on the agent. you must remove those user names as well..agentN is a space-delimited list of the names or IP addresses of the servers where you want to stop using the repeater’s self-signed certificate.

Using certificates to secure communication between clients and Application Servers 4 Revert the setting in the exports file on managed servers back to a more restrictive user mapping. the id. For more information on that procedure.pem file resides in userHomeDirectory/. you may need to manually generate a self signed certificate for an Application Server.. and it will be stored under the “blade” alias. all users accessing those agents will be mapped to root or Administrator.pem file resides in WINDIR\rsc\certs\BladeLogicRSCD. On Windows. see “Generating a selfsigned certificate for an Application Server” on page 223. 1 From installDirectory/bin. On UNIX-style servers. For more information on that procedure. 5 Remove certificates from repeaters by deleting the id. you may choose to provision Application Servers with a CA-issued certificate or certificate chain. where WINDIR is typically windows or winnt. However. For example. the id. Generating a self-signed certificate for an Application Server Performing this procedure generates a 2048-bit RSA key and a self-signed certificate for an Application Server. In some situations. enter the following command: blmkcert CN=hostname jksFileName password The command shown above has the following parameters: ■ hostname—Typically set to the host name where you are generating the certificate. Chapter 4 Administering security 223 .pem resides in /root/.pem. id.pem file storing the certificate. Using certificates to secure communication between clients and Application Servers Typically BMC BladeLogic uses self-signed certificates to secure communication between clients and Application Servers. The certificate will be valid for three years.bladelogic/id.bladelogic. Otherwise. if you are logged in as root. where userHomeDirectory is the user’s home directory. see “Securing communication with CA certificates” on page 224.

A trust store only contains certificates. the installation procedure provisions the Application Server with a self-signed certificate. you might enter a command like the following: blmkcert CN=winappserver1 "C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\ NSH\br\deployments\_template\bladelogic. see “Importing CA-issued certificates into clients” on page 226. ■ For example. For information on this process.) If the certificate you are importing includes a URL for an OCSP Responder. you set up a keystore that takes the place of the bladelogic.keystore created automatically when you install the Application Server. This file should be stored in the /deployments directory for the Application Server that is being updated. Securing communication with CA certificates When you install an Application Server. For more information on that procedure. see “Synchronizing keystore files of multiple Application Servers” on page 58. update the password for each cooperating Application Server. After you provision Application Servers with CA-issued certificates. do not provision the Application Server with a certificate that includes an OCSP URL. If a new password is needed. When you perform this procedure. copy the JKS file you generated in step 1 from this Application Server to all cooperating Application Servers. 1 Obtain a certificate chain from a certificate authority. such as installDirectory/br/deployments/_template. (A keystore contains certificates and a private key. However.keystore" ******** 2 If you are using a multi-Application Server environment. if you are generating a self-signed certificate on a Windows server called winappserver1.Securing communication with CA certificates ■ jksFileName—The path to the keystore you are generating. some organizations may choose to use a CA-issued certificate or certificate chain rather than the default selfsigned certificate. If you do not want clients to verify a certificate’s revocation status. 2 Import the certificate and its corresponding private key into a keystore file on the Application Server. 224 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . you should import those certificates into client trust stores. the client will attempt to verify the revocation status of the Application Server’s certificate. password—A password used to encrypt the generated keystore file.

you must convert your certificates and private keys into JKS. bladelogic. you are prompted for a destination keystore password. When you enter the command shown above. see “Synchronizing keystore files of multiple Application Servers” on page 58. If your CA cannot create a JKS file and instead provides you with a PKCS12 file. This file should be stored in the /deployments directory for the Application Server that is being updated. such as installDirectory/br/deployments/_template. which is the password originally used to create the PCKS12 file.p12 -destkeystore bladelogic. If you are importing a certificate with the Authentication Server’s version of keytool. your certificate authority should create a certificates and private keys and output them using the JKS format. For example. the alias you use to identify the certificate must be blade and the format of the keystore must be jks. The command shown above also prompts you for the source keystore password. you can use Java’s keytool utility.keystore is the name of the keystore file you are creating. For information on this process. 3 If you are using a multi-Application Server environment. This is the password used to encrypt the keystore. There are various tools for performing this type of conversion. update the password for each cooperating Application Server. pkcs12Alias is the alias under which the certificate and private key are stored. When you use the blasadmin utility to set up keystores for cooperating Application Servers (described in the next step) you must provide this password.keystore -srcstoretype pkcs12 -deststoretype jks -srcalias pkcs12Alias -destalias blade In this command bladelogic. Chapter 4 Administering security 225 . you might enter a command like the following: installDirectory/jre/bin/keytool -importkeystore -srckeystore bladelogic.p12 is the file being imported. If a new password is needed. which is available on any machine where the Authentication Server is installed.Securing communication with CA certificates Ideally. NOTE No matter what method you use to import the certificate. copy the JKS file you generated in step 2 from this Application Server to all cooperating Application Servers.

and trusted certificates. This procedure is not essential. this command imports the certificate to C:\Documents and Settings\ user\Application Data\BladeLogic\client_keystore. which uses self-signed certificates. the certificate that you import into the client’s trust store should be the issuing certificate for the top of the certificate chain. or it could be a CA’s certificate that can be used to verify the validity of the Application Server’s certificate. 226 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . The authentication profile specifies a BMC BladeLogic Authentication Service and the mechanism that should be employed to authenticate the user. you should import a related certificate into the client’s trust store. when you establish a connection to the Application Server. user name. To log into a BMC BladeLogic system. OCSP verification on the client side will only happen if the CA certificate was imported and the Application Server’s certificate contains an OCSP URL.bladelogic/ client_keystore. Once the Authentication Service validates a user.PEM.pkcs12. a user must provide an authentication profile. To use blcred. On Windows. session credentials. and password. Using the blcred utility The blcred utility manages authentication profiles. this command imports the certificate to userHomeDirectory/.pkcs12.PEM. you must install the BMC BladeLogic Console. The related certificate should be the issuing certificate for the Application Server’s certificate. If the Application Server is provisioned with a certificate chain. but performing it configures the client so it communicates more securely with the Application Server.Using the blcred utility Importing CA-issued certificates into clients If you have provisioned an Application Server to use a certificate or certificate chain obtained from a Certificate Authority (see “Securing communication with CA certificates” on page 224). If you do not perform this procedure. On UNIX. This file must use the PEM or DER format. you are prompted to trust the certificate. This session credential can be stored in a credential cache file. This functionality is equivalent to the default approach for BMC BladeLogic. the Authentication Service issues a session credential. This file could be the Application Server’s certificate file. Use the blcred utility to import the certificate into the client trust store by entering the following command: blcred cert -import certificateFile In this command certificateFile provides the path to the certificate you are adding to the trust store.

as described below: — SRP—user name and password. — Domain Authentication—User name (in the form user@KRBDOMAIN.509 certificates are used when establishing a TLS connection to an Authentication Service. ■ ■ Test whether a valid session credential already exists and determine the lifetime remaining for that credential. X. add. — LDAP—distinguished name and password. it cannot be used to establish a client/server session. users do not explicitly use the command line interface to provide AD/Kerberos credentials.509 certificates. BMC BladeLogic users can log on and acquire session credentials using the BMC BladeLogic Console or blcred command line utility.COMPANY. import. On Application Servers. — SecurID—user name and passcode (PIN plus token code). ■ ■ Chapter 4 Administering security 227 . an established client/ server session can continue even though the session credential used to establish that session has expired.COM) and password. or Network Shell Proxy Server. After a session credential has expired. When operating in a command line environment. — AD/Kerberos—The blcred utility retrieves the AD/Kerberos user credential from the host system's AD/Kerberos credential store. You must insert the smart card before you can use blcred to run the acquire command to obtain a session credential. On clients. and delete authentication profiles. add. However. Application Server. Review.509 certificates are used when establishing a TLS connection to an LDAP server.Using the blcred utility BMC BladeLogic client applications use session credentials to establish secure sessions with a middle tier service—either the Application Service or the Network Shell Proxy Service. Session credentials have a finite lifetime. — PKI—Insert a smart card into a smart card reader and provide the appropriate PIN for that smart card. the blcred utility lets you: ■ Create an authentication profile Acquire a session credential by providing an authentication profile and the appropriate user credentials for each authentication protocol. Review. and delete trusted X. X. BMC BladeLogic client applications can use a cached session credential when the owner of the credential cache file invokes the client application.

enter a command like the following: blcred cred -test -profile MyProfile -time 500 where 500 is a remaining lifetime in minutes. it generates a return code of 0. run the following command: blcred cred -acquire 228 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . run the following command: blcred cred -test -profile MyProfile where MyProfile is the name of the authentication profile for which a session credential has been issued. which means a valid session credential does exist for MyProfile. Interactively obtaining a session credential If you are interactively running Network Shell (in proxy mode) or the BLCLI and you need to obtain a session credential but cannot use the console. Typical scenarios The following sections describe some typical scenarios for using blcred. which means the MyProfile session credential is valid for at least 500 minutes. To determine whether a credential's remaining lifetime exceeds a specified number of minutes.Options Options For a complete description of all available command line options. Testing for valid session credentials If you are using a command line (BLCLI or Network Shell in proxy mode) and you want to determine whether you have a valid session credential. If this command is successful. refer to the man page for blcred. If this command is successful. it generates a return code of 0.

you can specify the profile name. you can direct blcred to obtain a session credential. you need to obtain a session credential non-interactively. you can direct blcred to retrieve an SRP user name and password from an SRP keytab file. user name and password as command line options. $ blcred cred -acquire profile name: srpProfile username: BLAdmin password ****** Authentication succeeded: acquired session credential If you are using AD/Kerberos authentication. (Alternatively.) When employing AD/Kerberos authentication. $ blcred cred -acquire profile name: adkProfile Authentication succeeded: acquired session credential Obtaining a session credential by referencing a keytab file If you are running Network Shell or the BLCLI in batch mode and you need to obtain a session credential non-interactively. it retrieves the user’s Kerberos credential from the host operating system’s AD/Kerberos credential cache. blcred cred -acquire -profile srpProfile -username BLAdmin -password ****** Chapter 4 Administering security 229 . using a command like the following blcred cred -acquire -profile srpProfile -i /home/user/user_info. Alternatively. but when prompted for an authentication profile name.Typical scenarios The blcred utility will prompt for an authentication profile name. and you are using SRP authentication. you must enter a profile name that calls for AD/Kerberos authentication.dat Obtaining a session credential using SRP authentication profile If you are running Network Shell or the BLCLI in batch mode. Note that UNIX users must first manually run a kinit before attempting to authenticate. The example below shows an authentication session that prompts the user for credential information. Instead. you can specify the profile name as a command line option. user name and password if the named profile specifies SRP authentication. as described in “Obtaining a TGT for a BMC BladeLogic client (UNIX only)” on page 201. blcred does not prompt the user for a name or password. you can enter the same command.

which caches your user ID.0. If you are using a distinguished name template.bladelogic:blauth://localhost:9840 Fri Aug 17 20:57:29 EDT 2007 Sat Aug 18 06:57:29 EDT 2007 127. run the command bl_gen_blcli_user_info.dat.bladelogic:blsess://localhost:9842 Generating a user information file Use this procedure to generate a user information file. you can direct blcred to obtain a session credential.bladelogic:blsess://localhost:9841 service:proxysvc.exe. ■ The utility prompts you to create a file name. and you are using LDAP authentication. 2 Name the file user_info. On UNIX. 1 From installDirectory/bin. password. Displaying the contents of a session credential Using a blcred command like the following. blcred cred -acquire -profile ldapProfile -username admin -password ****** If you are not using distinguished name templates. you must provide a full distinguished name and a password.0. 230 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . do one of the following: ■ On Windows.1 Destination URLs: service:appsvc. Username: Authentication: Issuing Service: Expiration Time: Maximum Lifetime: Client address: Authorized Roles: RBACAdmins RBACAdmin SRP service:authsvc. run the command bl_gen_blcli_user_info. you need to obtain a session credential non-interactively.Generating a user information file Obtaining a session credential using an LDAP authentication profile If you are running Network Shell or the BLCLI in batch mode. and role. you only have to provide a partial distinguished name (in this case admin) and an LDAP password. you can display the contents of your current session credential.

user/user_info.dat ■ UNIX: userHomeDirectory/. the user_info. enter your user name.bladelogic/. To determine the userHomeDirectory for LocalSystem. run the following command as root or a user with root privileges: sudo -u bladmin echo $HOME Chapter 4 Administering security 231 . password.dat 5 Make sure that only you have permission to access the directory where you have stored the user_info.dat file must be saved in the userHomeDirectory for the LocalSystem account on Windows or the bladmin user on UNIX.Generating a user information file 3 When prompted. and role. NOTE When running a Network Shell Script Job based on a Network Shell script that contains CLI commands.dat file. run Network Shell on the Application Server and enter the following command: echo $USERPROFILE To determine the userHomeDirectory for bladmin. 4 Move the file created in step 2 to one of the locations shown below: ■ Windows: userHomeDirectory\Application Data\BladeLogic \user\user_info.

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The secure files on both the client and server configure how clients communicate with servers. each machine where an RSCD agent is installed). secure. which clients and users have access to RSCD agents.txt files are also installed for each client installation.txt files reside on each server (that is. The secure. and log4crc. the client user can be granted permissions on the server using two approaches: through configuration files on the agent (a process called user privilege mapping) or through Windows user mapping. and log4crc. securecert. The chapter also provides an overview of logging in BMC BladeLogic. even if there are multiple client installations on the same machine. securecert.Chapter 5 5 Setting up configuration files This chapter describes how to modify BMC BladeLogic configuration files.local.local secure securecert log4crc. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 233 . and discusses how logging is performed.txt. users. The configuration files control how communication occurs between RSCD agents and their clients. users. The exports. When a client connects to a server. Introduction to the configuration files BMC BladeLogic provides the following configuration files: exports users users.

For more information on configuring clients to use a Network Shell Proxy Server. Any user mapping information in these entries is ignored for roles that employ Windows user mapping through automation principals. see the man page for the chapw command.Introduction to the configuration files In BMC BladeLogic. users.0 or later can recognize automation principals. Disabling user privilege mapping BMC BladeLogic provides a mechanism for disabling user privilege mapping on Windows servers. Consequently. you can grant permissions to roles that are mapped to local or domain users who are authorized for a Windows server. you should still push agent ACLs to servers when you add or modify user or role information in the BMC BladeLogic Console. This approach should always be used in the following situations: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ When a user is accessing any UNIX server. It uses a combination of the exports.local configuration files. see “Setting up a Network Shell Client to run in proxy mode” on page 147. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. 234 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . When you are using Windows user mapping to grant permissions to roles. The information in these entries defines whether users can access a server.local. even if you are using Windows user mapping. and users. The alternative approach to user privilege mapping is to implement Windows user mapping. these files define what permissions apply during the connection. When a user runs a Network Shell client to connect directly to a server. Together. you must still create entries for the users. When a user is running a Network Shell script defined to use the first and second script types and the appserver_protocol setting in the secure file is not set to ssoproxy. When a user is using a Network Shell client to connect to servers via a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server. the standard approach to granting user permission on managed servers is user privilege mapping. For information on implementing Windows user mapping. Using this technique. or exports files. NOTE Only Windows servers running BMC BladeLogic 8. When a user is accessing a Windows server and the user’s role is not mapped to a Windows user through an automation principal. users. For more information.

509 certificates.) A client’s secure file specifies how the client communicates with agents. An Application Server’s secure file specifies how the Application Server communicates with agents and how the file server (typically created on the same host as the Application Server) communicates with clients. ■ securecert—Stores passphrases used to encrypt the private keys for X. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. A utility called secadmin allows you to configure the secure file on a particular machine. With log4crc. RSCD agents. Storing passphrases lets BMC BladeLogic access private keys without any need for user interaction.txt. and client installations each have their own secure file. With the exports file you can also establish global user permissions. ■ secure—Sets communication parameters that define how client and server machines communicate.Configuration file functions Configuration file functions The configuration files function as follows: ■ exports—Sets access permissions for client machines that communicate with a server. the values specified in the users file are ■ automatically generated to implement decisions made in RBAC.local—Set access permissions for individual users that communicate with a server. Although you can edit the secure file by hand.local file to override any permissions defined in the users file.local files override any global user permissions defined in the exports file. Permissions set in either the users and users. ■ log4crc.) You can use the users. a single machine can have multiple client installations.txt—Controls logging in BMC BladeLogic so that all events are logged using consistent formats. The secure file also determines whether a Network Shell client communicates with servers via a Network Shell Proxy Server. BMC BladeLogic recommends that you always use secadmin. so that a single log file cannot get excessively large. Typically. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 235 . (For more information on RBAC. Strong security for communication requires X.509 certificates. (On Windows. Application Servers. you can also control the rolling of log files. A server’s secure file specifies how an agent communicates with clients. users and users.

For example.168.255.0 might look like the following: @192.10.255. In the configuration files.0/24 The following are sample subnet mask definitions: 255.255.100. a subnet with a subnet mask of 255. you can use a resolvable host name.255. exports.Subnet designations The following graphic illustrates how the secure.0/24 236 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . After the IP address or host name. provide the number of bits in the mask. A subnet represents a range of IP addresses.000 @192. and users configuration files work together to control access to a server. an IP address. a subnet designation uses the following format: @<IP address or hostname>/mask The @ symbol indicates that a subnet is being defined.168. or a subnet. Subnet designations When designating a host in the configuration files.

255. a connection is established.193/26 255.168.100.255.168.255.100. see “Secure file” on page 253.100. Then.168.168.255.168. access to the agent is denied. If there is no entry for that client in the secure file of the server. If there is an entry and the communication parameters in the secure file on the server match those in the secure file on the client.240 @192.192 @192.129/25 255.How BMC BladeLogic grants access to RSCD agents 255.255.255.255. see Chapter 4. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 237 .100.255. “Administering security.128 @192. additional measures may be required before a connection can be successfully established between clients and servers.100. the client reads its secure file to determine whether it includes an entry for a particular server.” For more information on using on the secure file. Depending on the type of authentication and encryption specified in the secure file. the client uses the information in the entry to establish a connection with the server. First. the RSCD agent on the server reads its secure file to determine if it has an entry for the incoming client.241/28 255.225/27 255. BMC BladeLogic uses the following algorithm to determine whether a user has permissions for accessing the agent: 1 Every client installation (on Windows there can be multiple clients) and the RSCD agent each have their own secure file.255. For a complete description of how to set up communication security for a BMC BladeLogic system. If an entry for that server exists.224 @192.248 @192.249/29 How BMC BladeLogic grants access to RSCD agents When a client contacts an RSCD agent.255.

local and users. you can map users to root on UNIX-style systems or Administrator on Windows. If a role is mapped to a Windows user through an automation principal. see “Exports file” on page 240.local file take precedence. the incoming role is granted the permissions of a local or domain user on the server and the process if complete. all users are domain users. incoming users can only be mapped to local users. 238 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 4 The system checks the users. A Network Shell client must be communicating through a Network Shell Proxy Server. the algorithm continues to step 3 ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ The agent being contacted must be running on a Windows server.local and users files produce no user mapping. Any job acting on a target server must be running in an Application Server environment that meets the following criteria: — The Application Server must also be running a Network Shell Proxy Service or the ProxyServiceURLs value in the Application Server profile must point to a valid Network Shell Proxy Server. the exports file produces no user mapping. entries in the users. with the user= field. 3 Once a connection is established between the client and server.How BMC BladeLogic grants access to RSCD agents 2 Assuming the conditions described below are satisfied. To take advantage of Windows user mapping. Using the map= field. Typically. — The secure file on the Application Server must be defined so the appserver_protocol option is set to ssoproxy. For more on the exports file.local and users configuration files to determine if these files include any map= entries that supersede definitions set in the exports file. if you are using Windows user mapping. you can map a user on a client to a user on a server. where the user= field can map users connecting from specified machines to a particular user on the server. If any of the following conditions are not satisfied. Network Shell cannot contact an agent directly or communicate through a stand-alone Network Shell Proxy Server. Note that on Windows. the users. If the same users have entries in both users.0. you can map a user to a domain user. however.local file is used for granting user permissions on a per-agent basis rather than granting system-wide user privileges. On domain controllers. For example. The agent must be running BMC BladeLogic 8. the users file is used to implement the permissions that are defined and granted to users on a system-wide basis through RBAC Management. If a role is mapped to a Windows user through an automation principal. The agent being contacted must be running on a server that has already been added to the BMC BladeLogic system. the system checks the exports configuration file. On Windows domain controllers. The users.00 or later.

users. In UNIX-style systems. by default.local files.local. users are granted the permissions of user “Anonymous. or users files. and the user that is being mapped to does not exist. you can use the anon= field to specify how to deal with anonymous users. if the role is not mapped to an automation principal. The anon= field is not supported for Windows. a mapping exists in the exports or users file. Also. If a root= field is found. by default. any client user found to be a member of the Administrators group cannot be mapped by default to an equivalent user on the server. see “Users and users. mapped to nobody unless a corresponding entry for the root= field is found. by default. access to the agent is denied.local files” on page 247. For example. Note that.How BMC BladeLogic grants access to RSCD agents For more on the users and users. including rejecting them with anon=-1. users are granted the permissions of user “nobody. On Windows. if an entry in the users file says betty map=WindowsUser then any user named betty that tries to make a connection to this machine is mapped to the local user named WindowsUser. be aware that the validusers= option is treated the same as the allowed= option. user “root” on a UNIX-style client is not allowed to map to its equivalent user “root” on a UNIX-style server. then that user is. then root equivalence is allowed. if you are not using Windows user mapping. on Windows. the system attempts to match the user ID of the incoming user to a user ID defined on the server where the RSCD agent is installed. If there is no user named WindowsUser. mapped to Anonymous unless a corresponding entry for the root= field is found.” On Windows systems. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 239 . users coming in as root are. If there is a match. Similarly. 6 If none of the previous steps succeed. on Windows. if an incoming user is not mapped to an automation principal and that user is a member of the Administrators group.” Note that on UNIX. On UNIX-style systems. 5 If there is no user mapping defined in the exports. on Windows. the system maps the incoming user to a default user. Similarly. access is denied. the user is assigned that user’s permissions.

The exports file resides in different locations in Windows and UNIX-style systems. when necessary. All subsequent client connections have the access permissions defined in the modified version of the exports file. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide.local files to override those permissions for particular users. it automatically reads the exports file. Access permissions are defined for each individual RSCD agent and must be configured separately on each host where the RSCD agent is running. When an rscd daemon starts on a server. You do not have to restart the agent or otherwise instruct it to read the new exports file. Linux. With the exports file you can set permissions on a per-client basis and. Existing client connections are not affected by the changes. Platform Solaris. the exports file may still include entries that apply to Windows servers. Often the exports file is used to set global permission that apply to users on all client machines. Then you can use the users or users.) The exports file does not grant permissions on Windows servers to roles that are set up for Windows user mapping. Updating the exports file on the host where you are running Network Shell or other BMC BladeLogic applications does not set access permissions for managed servers. WINDIR can be \windows or \winnt.local files to specify individual users who are granted read/write permission on that server. For example. the daemon automatically re-reads it. you cannot establish a connection with an agent. When changes are made to the exports file. If you are using Windows user mapping to grant permissions to roles.Exports file Exports file The exports file determines which BMC BladeLogic clients have access to a server. AIX. you can use the exports file to limit all clients to readonly permission on the server. If the exports file does not exist or it does not contain any configuration information. as described in the following table. Only the user mapping information in the exports file is ignored. 240 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . HP-UX Windows Location /usr/lib/rsc/exports WINDIR\rsc\exports (For example. For information on Windows user mapping. use the users or users.

resolvable host names. Option allowed=username[:username] Description This option can be used to restrict access to specific users who do not have a local account.Configuring the exports file Configuring the exports file The exports file consists of multiple entries..optionN is a list of comma-separated fields. option1. with each entry identifying client hosts and the access permissions granted to those hosts. Use the following format for each entry: hostNnames option1. or subnet designations. as in the following: validusers=user1:user2 Lines in the exports file that begin with # are considered to be comments. separate each value with a colon. see “Options for exports file” on page 241.. The user names entered here should be the login names of the users on the client machines. use the validusers option instead of the allowed= option. To configure the exports file. Subnet designations are used to define a range of addresses (see “Subnet designations” on page 236). you can apply any of the options listed below. enter options in a comma-separated list.optionN hostNnames is a list of comma-separated IP addresses. Using an asterisk (*) instead of a list of host names defines default options that apply to any host not specifically named in the exports file. Options for exports file For each of the entries in the exports file.. If possible. For a complete list of available options. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 241 . Each option defines a type of access permission that applies to the hosts you have named in that entry. create entries that correlate the host names of clients with the permissions that should be granted to those clients. If a single option sets multiple values. This option is similar to the validusers option except that the users named here are not required to have an account on the local system. The allowed= option is read before the validusers= option.. When defining multiple options.

the GID is set to the GID for the user nobody. Hosts not specified have read/write permissions if rw is defined or they are listed in the rw= option. (UNIX only.Options for exports file Option anon=uid Description (UNIX only. described below. If rw is not set or the host is not listed in the rw= option. the ro and rw options are ignored.) By default.) This option specifies how unknown users should be treated. the client is denied access.) By default. the value 65534 is used. If both the ro= and rw= options are defined. commands=cmd1[:cmd2] By default. If a request comes from an unknown user. the client is denied access. ro=hostname[:hostname] Hosts listed in this option are granted read-only permissions. See “Restricting commands” on page 244 for more details on how to use this option. The commands= option allows you to limit the commands a client can execute against an agent. Setting anon=-1 disables anonymous access. the corresponding UID and GID are determined and set accordingly. the ro and rw options are ignored. If the GID is not found. root=hostname[:hostname] This option gives root access to root users from specified hosts. If the user nobody does not exist. If both the ro= and rw= options are defined. clients are allowed to create special files (character special and block special). The ro option takes precedence over the rw option if both are defined. 242 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . a corresponding GID is searched for. If a UID is entered. If ro is not set or the host is not listed in the ro= option. Hosts not specified have read-only permissions if ro is defined or they are listed in the ro= option. BMC BladeLogic clients are allowed to execute any command against an agent. Specifying the nomknod option instructs the RSCD agent to prevent the client from making a mknod(2) call generating an EACCES (Permission denied) error. nomknod nosuid ro rw All clients have read-write access except those listed in the ro= option. the RSCD agent silently ignores any attempt to enable the setuid or setgid bits when creating a file or changing a file’s permissions. The default value for anon= is the UID of the user nobody. (UNIX only. The ro option takes precedence over the rw option if both are defined. clients are allowed to create files with the setuid or setgid bits enabled and to set setuid and setgid permission via chown(2). All clients have read-only access except those listed in the rw= option. rw=hostname[:hostname] Hosts listed in this option are granted read/write permissions. Root users (uid 0) are always considered “unknown” by the RSCD agent unless they are included in the root= option. If a user name is entered. The default is for no hosts to be granted root access. If you specify the nosuid option. The value entered can be numeric or a user name. the user is treated as an anonymous user and the effective user ID is uid.

the RSCD agent looks at the effective GID of the calling user (as reported by the calling host) and only allows it access if the GID is in the specified list. The comparison is done as a numeric equivalency and as such group names must be known on the local system to determine their corresponding GID. On Windows.Options for exports file Option rootdir=dirname Description By default. Numeric GIDs do not have to correspond to a local group name. This option takes precedence over the root= and anon= options if they exist. The user name you enter is validated against the domain users on the domain controller. you can use the native file naming convention rather than a Network Shellstyle path. The rsu= entry defines which users the client is allowed to rsu without challenging them for a password. default user mapping applies. Group information can be provided in the form of group names or numeric GIDs. Enter user groups in a colon (:) separated list. then its corresponding GID is also set. If the user name entered is not known. By default the client is challenged for the user’s password. On UNIX. If the client tries to use the rsu command with the -p option (that is. Note that on Windows domain controllers. If the user name that is entered is not known. if a user name or user account SID is entered. rsu=user[:user] user=username validgroups=groupname[:groupname] This option allows you to specify user groups that are allowed access. The single entry you provide for username can be a user name or a numeric UID (UNIX only). Clients can only see files and directories from dirname on down. If the GID is not in the list. no password challenge) and then tries to switch to a user not in the list. access is denied. it is validated against a list of local users on the machine. you can map a user to a domain user. if a user name is entered. you can enter Windows user account SIDs rather than user names. If an account is associated with a UID. the connection is refused. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 243 . access to the machine is denied. By specifying the rootdir= option. see “How BMC BladeLogic grants access to RSCD agents” on page 237. Use /etc/groups to define group names. See “How BMC BladeLogic grants access to RSCD agents” on page 237 for more details. the rscd server sets the “root” directory to dirname by making a call to or emulating chroot(2). (For more details on user privilege mapping. but with the -p option no password is requested. When setting rootdir= on Windows systems.) If a numeric UID is entered. then the corresponding UID on the server is used even if no known user account is associated with that UID. the rscd server allows the client to “see” the complete directory tree from / on down. For each group name and/or GID entered. The client command rsu allows a client to get alternate remote permissions on the agent. the UID and GID for the user are determined and set accordingly. This option forces all incoming client connections to run with the permissions of username. For Windows systems.

that is. Restricting commands The RSCD agent reads entries in the exports file to determine what access permissions a calling client should have. and netstat.Restricting commands Option validusers=username[:username] Description This option allows you to specify users who are allowed access. you must 244 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . kill. Given that these commands are internal to nsh. A distinction exists between distributed commands and remote commands. The other type of command that a client can run is called a remote command (remote. This can be done using the commands= option in the exports or users files. the RSCD agent looks up the corresponding UID and user name to create a user name/UID combination. and by the commands a user can run. pwd. false. Enter users in a colon (:) separated list. each distributed utility contains an encrypted string that is used to hard code the name of the utility into the executable. If the user name and UID of the client connection does not exactly match one of the user name/UID combinations generated by the daemon. These commands do not have distributed capabilities and run remotely on the server host. including cd. The RSCD agent then matches the user name/UID combination to each attempted client connection. Once you use the commands= option to authorize the nsh command to run against a server. df. In some circumstances you may want to restrict the commands a user can execute. If no corresponding user account can be found. To allow remote commands. The first are Network Shell utilities. from the client’s perspective). ls.) For example. For example. The order in which commands are entered and the format of the commands= field affect the way permissions are determined. set. you cannot use the commands= option to explicitly restrict their use. the nsh utility provides access to many internal commands. the entry is ignored. and midair. The user information you provide for validusers= can be in the form of user names or numeric UIDs. hostname $ mkdir //athens/tmp/foo //rome/tmp/bar Besides launching external applications. remote commands include ps. by user name. you also inherently authorize the use of all nsh internal commands against the server. true. the connection is refused. BMC BladeLogic clients can run two types of commands. You must first define the allowable distributed commands and then define the allowable remote commands. To prevent individuals from renaming executables to trick the RSCD agent. User names and UIDs must correspond to a locally known user account. and more. such as nsh. which each have distributed capabilities. echo. (The process is conceptually similar to doing an rsh. For each user name and/or UID that is entered. Remote commands do not include this safeguard. Access can be limited by host or subnet.

commands=nexec:df:ps:netstat allows the user to execute all distributed commands but only allows the user to execute three remote commands on this host. Once the nexec entry is found. In order to ensure that only the desired remote commands are executed. the last of which should be the nexec command. if you enter commands=nsh:nexec:/bin/ps the following commands work as expected (executing from /bin/ps): rome $ nexec athens ps -ef rome $ cd //rome/etc athens $ ps -ef Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 245 . Then you define the remote commands. For example. This prevents users from trying to execute a different executable than the intended one. For example. first you define the distributed commands. This command does allow the user to do things like: rome $ ls //athens/foo/ If you only want to limit the remote commands that can be executed. The entry commands=ls:nexec:ps:df allows a user to execute the remote commands ps and df but does not allow a user to cd to the host because cd is not a remote command and the nsh command has not been authorized. you can specify the full pathname of the remote executable. For example. No remote commands such as ps or df are allowed. all subsequent commands in the list are assumed to be remote commands.Restricting commands also allow the distributed command nexec. commands=nsh:mkdir:rmdir allows users to execute Network Shell’s internal commands as well as to create and remove directories. The decision to allow or disallow execution of a remote command is based on comparison of the effective (basename) of the command. In other words. you can leave out the list of distributed commands.

host2. admin1. Because Windows machines have no inherent concept of root. granting them root access from only one host and changing the root directory to /reports: host1. This entry would be added to the exports file on every remote server being managed by the two administrators.user=Administrator NOTE On Windows.root=host1 host4. and it also maps their user privileges to root. need to manage remote UNIX servers. When using the exports file to set up user privilege mapping on Domain Controllers. * rw. * rw.user=root 246 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . The asterisk means permissions apply to all clients unless there are other entries that define different permissions for specific hosts.rootdir=/reports The following example is a configuration that could be assigned when administrators. who typically work on Windows clients.rootdir=/pubs. A configuration like this is typically necessary if you are deploying BLPackages to Windows machines because you need Administrator privileges to deploy packages.rootdir=/reports. map users to Administrator or the administrator account for the domain.allowed=sysadmin1:sysadmin2. * ro.user=guest The following example grants read/write access to all users but turns off the setting of setuid/setgid bits and denies unknown users access.anon=-1 The following example maps incoming connections from machines called admin1 and admin2 to the local user called Administrator. all users are domain users. the user name entered is validated against a list of local users on the machine.nosuid. The following example allows both read/write and read-only access for selected hosts.host5 ro. a configuration entry something like this example is important if administrators working on Windows clients want to modify the configuration of UNIX servers. This example grants read-only access to all clients and maps all incoming connections so that users have “guest” privileges. The root directory for these users is set to /pubs. on Windows Domain Controllers.Examples Examples The following example allows customers access to software updates from servers.admin2 rw. It grants two users (sysadmin1 and sysadmin2) read/write permission for all servers. However.host3 rw.

local file is used for granting permissions on a per-server basis rather than granting system-wide user privileges. (For more on RBAC.10.root=host1.10.168.168.129/25 Users and users.com/26 The following is an example where an address range of 192. Typically the users. If you want to have different access (ro/rw) permissions for various hosts within a subnet.10. you should first define the exception hosts and then define the default value for the remaining subnet.1/24 rw=@192. The agent on a server enforces user permissions defined in an ACL by mapping incoming users to users defined on the server.local files The users and user. @192. In this scenario.com ro @host1.foo.local file take precedence. In the example below the host host1.local and users.255. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. Together these entries are called an access control list (ACL). The permissions in the users and user. Running an ACL Push Job automatically converts your role definitions and role assignments into entries in the users file on that server.local files The following example demonstrates subnets.168.local file is scanned before the users file. when user betty attempts to connect to a server.foo.local file to override RBAC policy on a particular server. If the same users have entries in both users. host1. The agent accomplishes this by doing the following: ■ Incoming users are matched to a user name on the server. Administrators may want to modify the users.1/25.168.10.com has read/write privileges while everybody else in the subnet (subnet mask 255. she must operate with the privileges already assigned to user betty on that server.local files grant access permissions to specific users connecting to a server. entries in the users.Users and users. You can apply RBAC decisions to a server by running an ACL Push Job in the BMC BladeLogic Console.1-255 is split up so that the range from 1-127 has read/write privileges while the range 128-255 has readonly privileges. The permissions granted in the users and user.192) has read-only privileges.com rw. a user cannot connect to a server unless a matching user name has been defined on a server. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 247 . but the users. The users file is primarily used to implement user permissions that are defined through RBAC.local files are defined on a per-user basis.foo.255.local files have the same format.local files override any permissions defined on a per-client basis in the exports file.) With RBAC you define the characteristics of a role and assign users to that role. In other words.ro=@192.foo. Both the users and users.

while users connecting to a Windows system can be mapped to Administrator. Platform Solaris. no command authorizations for that role are pushed to the agent. The job uses the following algorithm to create users file entries relating to command authorizations: ■ If no command authorizations are specified on the server in the BMC BladeLogic Console and no command authorizations are specified for a role.local files ■ Incoming users are mapped to a specified user name. This means the role has full authorization to use any Network Shell and nexec commands on that server.Users and users. This means the role has full authorization to use any Network Shell and nexec commands on that server. the command authorizations common to both are pushed to the agent. You do not have to restart the agent or otherwise instruct it to read the new users or users.) 248 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . those command authorizations are pushed to the agent. ■ ■ ■ When you make changes to the users or users. the RSCD agent automatically detects your new settings and uses them for all subsequent client connections. This means the role is authorized to perform those commands on the agent. no command authorizations for that role are pushed to the agent. If no command authorizations are specified on the server in BMC BladeLogic Console but command authorizations are specified for a role.local files. Linux. UNIX users are mapped to user nobody and Windows users are mapped to Anonymous.local WINDIR\rsc\users WINDIR\rsc\users. incoming users are automatically mapped to a user with downgraded permissions. AIX. WINDIR can be \windows or \winnt. If command authorizations are specified on the server in BMC BladeLogic Console and command authorizations are specified for the role.local files.local (For example. ■ An ACL Push Job generates users file entries that grant a variety of permissions. If command authorizations are specified on the server in BMC BladeLogic Console but no command authorizations are specified for a role. For example. including permissions for commands.local files reside in different locations in Windows and UNIX-style systems. all users connecting to a UNIX system can be mapped to root. This means the role is authorized to perform only those commands on the agent. HP-UX Windows Location /usr/lib/rsc/users /usr/lib/rsc/users. If neither of the two previous techniques are possible. as described in the following table. The users and users.

The name of a Network Shell user should match the name of the user on the client host who is attempting to make a connection to this server. For a complete list of available permissions.local files should still include an entry for each role so that role can be granted access to a Windows server. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 249 . The first field provides a role and a user name. even if you are using Windows user mapping. such as BLAdmins:BLAdmin. The second field is a comma-separated list of permissions that apply to the user defined in the first field. you should still push agent ACLs to servers when you add or modify user or role information in the BMC BladeLogic Console. For example. No role is necessary because Network Shell does not recognize roles. separate each value with a colon. However.local files do not grant permissions on Windows servers to roles that are set up for Windows user mapping.local files” on page 251.Configuring the users or users.local files” on page 251. For Network Shell users that are not communicating with servers through a Network Shell Proxy Server. Only the user mapping information in the users and users. If an option sets multiple values.local files Both the users and users. see “Options for users and users.local files The users and users. For information on Windows user mapping. see “Options for users and users.local files are a list of entries. Configuring the users or users. the first field in a users file entry provides only a user name. Each entry grants permissions to a user.local files is ignored for roles that employ Windows user mapping through automation principals. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. The format of each entry consists of two fields. hosts=host1:host2. separated by a colon. For example. All other settings still apply. For a complete list of available permissions. the users or users. The second field is a commaseparated list of permissions that apply to the user defined in the first field. hosts=host1:host2. If an option sets multiple values. Consequently. separate each value with a colon.

local file The users. 250 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .map=root # NSH-only ACLs entries for Network Shell users george betty rw. In this example. The users file can also include a nouser entry. This capability is unique to the users.map=root rw.map=root An entry like this grants read/write access to all users who have assumed the role of SecOpcs.local file allows you to use a wild card in place of user names when defining role:user combinations. For example. All users in the role are mapped to root.local files Below is a sample users file with entries for DBAdmins:george and DBAdmins:betty. DBAdmins is the role and george and betty are users.local file.map=root nouser If george and betty communicate with the server by means of a Network Shell Proxy Server.Configuring the users or users. the Network Shell entries shown above would not be necessary. Below these entries. Including this entry instructs a server to allow a connection from a user only when that user has been explicitly defined in the users configuration file. In these entries george and betty are not paired with any role # DBAdmins ACLs entries for DBAdmins role DBAdmins:george DBAdmins:betty rw.local files that begin with # are considered to be comments.map=root rw. BMC BladeLogic places a nouser entry in the users file if that server has a property called PUSH_ACL_NO_USERS_FLAG set to true. The entries for DBAdmins:george and DBAdmins:betty would grant george and betty access to this server. two more entries grant george and betty access to this server using Network Shell. Using wild cards in the users. Lines in the users and user. you could create a users file entry such as: SecOps:* rw. When you use an ACL Push Job to push a users file to a server.

local file override entries in the users file. exists hosts=hosts1[:host2 . See “Restricting commands” on page 244 for more details on the use of this field. Options for users and users. the entry applies to the user named in the first field regardless of what host that user is connecting from. the entries you make in the users. Using a wild card like this also lets you authorize all members of a role to perform certain types of actions.local file should reflect those naming decisions.local file is a capability that should be used sparingly. Using wild cards for user names in the users.. You do not have to update entries in the users.local files The users and users.local files Identifying users with a wild card provides some benefits. This entry tells the RSCD agent that permissions should only apply if the user named in the first field is connecting from one of the hosts in this list of colon (:) separated host names and/or addresses. Because these roles cannot be deleted. If no hosts field is provided.local files provide the following options that you can use to assign access permissions to users: Option Description commands=cmd1[:cmd2 . If no commands= option is given. they provide a way to access a server in case you accidentally revoke everyone else’s permissions for that server.] (Unix only. running an ACL Push Job may first require a lengthy change control process. TIP BMC BladeLogic recommends adding an entry for RBACAdmins:RBACAdmin and BLAdmins:BLAdmin to the users. By performing a modification like this.local file when users are added to or removed from a group. the corresponding entry in the exports file determines what commands the user can run. you can temporarily allow all users in a role to access a server without first running an ACL Push Job to change the users file on that server.local file for every server..) This entry tells the RSCD agent that an account with the same user name must exist on this host..Options for users and users.] This is a list of colon (:) separated commands that the user is allowed to execute on the local host.. Thus an entry like the one shown above overrides any more restrictive settings defined for the role using RBAC. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 251 . In some organizations. Entries in the users. If you choose to rename the RBACAdmins or BLAdmins roles.

Examples Option map=username Description This entry forces incoming client connections to run with the permissions of username.] rw validuser Examples In the following example. The named user has read-only access. generating an EACCES (Permission denied) error.) By default. the RSCD agent silently ignores any attempt to enable the setuid or setgid bits when creating a file or changing a file’s permissions.local file. (Unix only. If you specify the nosuid option. For Windows systems.local files. access is denied. (Unix only. do not associate those users with a role but do 252 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . The rsu= entry defines which users the client is allowed to rsu without challenging them for a password. no password challenge) and then tries to switch to a user not in the list. By specifying the rootdir entry. see “How BMC BladeLogic grants access to RSCD agents” on page 237.. or emulating. Specifying the nomknod option instructs the RSCD agent to prevent the client from making an mknod(2) call. The client command rsu allows a client to get alternate remote permissions on the agent. who are associated with the role of SrAdmin. you can enter a Windows user account SID rather than a user name. By default. This entry tells the daemon that the user name/UID/GID combination of the remote (incoming) user must match a user name/UID/GID combination on the local host. chroot(2).. Clients can then see files and directories from dirname on down. Because no hosts field is provided. For more information. If the client tries to use the rsu command with the -p option (that is.local files. the RSCD agent sets the “root” directory to dirname by making a call to. clients are allowed to create special files (character special and block special). When the nouser name is included in the users or users.) By default. The named user has read/write access. The third and fourth entries. By default the client is challenged for the respective user’s password but with the -p option no password is requested. user1 and user2 can access this server from any other server. clients are allowed to create files with the setuid or setgid bits enabled and to set setuid and setgid permission via chown(2). nomknod nosuid nouser ro rootdir=dirname rsu=user1[:user2 . which are for user1 and user2. server access is limited to users specifically included in the users or users. This is a special user name that denies user access to the server unless the user has an entry specifically configured in the users or users. the first and second entries in the users file grant read/ write access to user1 and user2. the RSCD agent allows the client to “see” the complete directory tree from / on down. Both users are mapped to Administrator on this server.

user1 user2 rw rw nouser Secure file The secure file defines how BMC BladeLogic applications for a client installation and the RSCD agent on a server communicate with each other.rootdir=/data. SrAdmin:user1 rw. users. user2 is granted read-only permission. and users. who is associated with the role of JrAdmin and is mapped to Anonymous on this server.rw.map=Administrator user2 rw.local file grants read/write access to user1 and user2 and forbids access to all other users. If user2 is not connecting from host1 or host2. or Network Shell Proxy Server that communicates directly with an RSCD agent or repeater.validuser hosts=host1:host2. a client application can be a Network Shell client.local file grants read/write access to user1 and user2 if they are connecting from either host1 or host2 and they have a local account with the same user name and user ID as they do on the host from which they are connecting. The fifth entry grants read-only access to user3. BMC BladeLogic Application Server.local files” on page 247). The secure file on the server defines parameters that the RSCD agent uses to communicate with BMC BladeLogic applications on clients. user1 user2 user1 user2 hosts=host1:host2.map=Anonymous nouser The following example in the users. then user1 is only given access to the /data directory and granted the permissions of user3. The secure file for a client application defines parameters that BMC BladeLogic applications use to communicate with the RSCD agent on a server. These entries are used for granting permissions to Network Shell users.validuser rw.map=Administrator user1 rw.rw. The last entry forbids access to all users who are not specified in the users file.local files control user access to servers (see “Exports file” on page 240 and “Users and users. If user1 is not connecting from host1 or host2.map=Administrator SrAdmin:user2 rw. The exports.map=Administrator JrAdmin:user3 ro.map=user3 ro The following example in the users.Secure file map them to user Administrator. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 253 . In this discussion.

you can have multiple instances of BMC BladeLogic client applications. For more information. /etc/services). and the secure file By default. Using the secadmin utility ensures that the secure file is formatted correctly. Always use the secadmin utility to modify the secure file. The port number can be set with an entry in the Internet services databases (for example. the application searches for an entry 254 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Stronger security requires additional modifications to a system.Clients. WINDIR can be For example. Name and location of secure file for first instance of BMC BladeLogic /usr/lib/rsc/secure Platform Solaris Linux AIX HP-UX Windows Name and location of secure file for additional instances Not applicable WINDIR\rsc\secure installDirectoryN\version\NSH\conf\secure For example. client and server processes communicate via TCP/IP port 4750 with the server process listening on all configured NIC (Network Interface Card) addresses. see “Using the secadmin utility” on page 258. See Chapter 4. each with their own secure file. servers. you need only modify the secure file to establish how data is communicated between clients and servers. The following table shows how the location of the secure file on Windows varies between the first instance and all subsequent instances. servers. “Administering security” for a full description of all the procedures needed to implement security in a BMC BladeLogic system. If an entry for the target server exists in the secure file. Clients. On Windows. the application first checks the secure file for a client to see how the connection should be established. the application checks the secure file to see if and how the connection should be redirected and whether data should be encoded. The secure file resides in different locations in Windows and UNIX-style systems. or sent as clear text. If an entry for the remote host is not found. the default location for the second instance of BMC BladeLogic would be \windows or \winnt. and the secure file When a BMC BladeLogic application on a client attempts to connect to an RSCD daemon on a server. C:\Program Files\BMC Software\ BladeLogic2\version\NSH. as described in the following table. For simpler security installations. encrypted.

If no entry for the connecting host is found. it can only listen on one NIC or all NICs. the BMC BladeLogic default communication protocol. Configuring the secure file When configuring the secure file. the daemon listens by default to port 4750 (or as otherwise defined in the Internet services databases). see “Session layer security” on page 118. protocol 5 uses Transport Layer Security (TLS).Communication protocol called default to determine how the connection to the remote host should be made. The RSCD daemon cannot listen to a port on a list of specified NICs. see “Configuring the secure file” on page 255. If such an entry exists. The rscd entry can specify which port and address to listen to for connection requests and it can specify default communication parameters. which automatically negotiates the strongest form of encryption that clients and servers can support. By default. TCP is a bi-directional virtual circuit protocol. as described in “Options for secure file” on page 258). (For more on configuring the rscd entry. the daemon uses the default values from the rscd entry. The RSCD first checks for an entry for the connecting host. To determine where to listen for connection requests. If an rscd entry is found. establishes rules for communication between BMC BladeLogic clients and Application Servers and the RSCD agent. see “Configuring the secure file” on page 255. If an entry is not found. the RSCD daemon again refers to the secure file to determine what data encoding/encryption it should expect from the client host. the successor to SSL.) The RSCD daemon can listen on a specified port on all available NICs or a particular NIC (specified using the host= field. As such. (For more on configuring entries in the secure file. when a client establishes a connection to an RSCD daemon on a server. the software treats it as a special entry used by the RSCD daemon. For a more detailed description of the capabilities of this suite. BMC BladeLogic clients and RSCD agents use the TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA cipher suite. the RSCD daemon consults the secure file on the server. Communication protocol Protocol 5. the agent uses the connection parameters defined in that entry.) If the secure file does not include an entry for the remote host or a default entry. In other words. you can make three types of entries: ■ ■ default rscd Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 255 . the attempt to establish a connection is aborted. that connection is used to both send and receive data. It looks for an entry for a host named rscd. When a client establishes a connection.

It defines standard connection parameters that are used for an RSCD agent on a server communicating with clients when those clients are not included in the list of host entries on the server’s secure file. The default entry that is automatically generated in a client’s secure file reads as follows: default:port=4750:protocol=5:tls_mode=encryption_only:encryption=tls rscd entry The secure file allows for another special host name called rscd.. the BMC BladeLogic consoles. The default entry specifies that the client use protocol 5 and instructs clients and servers to communicate using the TLS protocol for secure communication.. The secadmin utility encrypts any keys needed for data encryption and guarantees that the secure file is formatted correctly. The default entry also designates the default port as 4750.. where optionN is a list of colon-separated fields. An rscd entry in the secure file uses the following format: rscd:option1:option2:option3. When you initially install Network Shell.Configuring the secure file ■ host Always use the secadmin utility to configure the secure file. For more information. Creating an rscd entry is an easy way to define the same communication parameters for all of the servers in your system that are not otherwise configured in the secure file. or the RSCD agent. Default entry The secure file allows for a special host name called default. see “Options for secure file” on page 258. a default entry is automatically created in the secure file. It defines connection parameters for servers that otherwise do not have an entry in the secure file. A default entry in the secure file uses the following format: default:option1:option2:option3. see “Using the secadmin utility” on page 258. Creating a default entry is an easy way to define the same communication parameters for multiple servers without having to configure entries for each of those servers.. 256 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . For a complete list of available options. Each option in the list defines a parameter for communicating with all servers that do not have a host entry specifically defined for them.

The rscd entry also designates the default port as 4750..Configuring the secure file where optionN is a list of colon-separated fields. where. see “Options for secure file” on page 258. For a complete list of available options. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 257 . The rscd entry that is automatically generated in the secure file on a server reads as follows: rscd:port=4750:protocol=5:tls_mode=encryption_only:encryption=tls Host entries Host entries in the secure file on a server set connection parameters that define how that server communicates with individual clients. Each option in the list defines a parameter for communicating with all agents that do not have a host entry specifically defined for them. Subnet designations are used to define a range of addresses (see “Subnet designations” on page 236). an rscd entry is automatically created in the secure file. optionN is a list of colon-separated fields. Use the following format for each entry: hostName:option1:option2:option3. create entries that define parameters for a connection with a particular host. To configure host entries in the secure file. hostName can be a resolvable host name. Host entries in the secure file on a client set connection parameters that define how that client communicates with individual servers. hostName is the host with which the client or server is communicating. or subnet designation. IP address. see “Options for secure file” on page 258. For a complete list of available options. When you initially install an RSCD agent on a server. you must restart both the Application Server as well as the RSCD agent on the system(s) where you changed the secure file for the change to take effect. Each option defines a parameter for communicating with the host (or subnet) named in hostName. NOTE If you change the RSCD agent port number in the secure file. You must make corresponding entries in the secure file on both the client and server to establish a connection between client and server. The rscd entry specifies that the RSCD agent use protocol 5 and instructs clients and servers to communicate using the TLS protocol for secure communication..

you must use secadmin to modify the secure file on host2. Additionally. modify. the secadmin utility lets you modify entries in the securecert file. or delete default or rscd entries in the secure file. and host4. or delete entries in a secure file. Example If you are using protocol 5 and you want to specify TLS-style encryption between a client called host1 and three servers called host2. modify. host3. you can find secadmin in the following locations: ■ UNIX: /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/secadmin Windows: C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\RSCD\secadmin ■ For a complete description of the secadmin utility. and host4 by entering the following command on each of those servers: secadmin -m host1 -p 5 -T encryption_only -e tls If you are using secadmin on a server where Network Shell is not installed. host3. You can also create. you can create. you must include the full path to the secadmin utility when running a secadmin command. Options for secure file An entry in the secure file can include the following fields: 258 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . you would use secadmin to make the following additions to the secure file on host1: secadmin -a host2 -p 5 -T encryption_only -e tls secadmin -a host3 -p 5 -T encryption_only -e tls secadmin -a host4 -p 5 -T encryption_only -e tls Next.Options for secure file Using the secadmin utility With the secadmin utility. see the man page for secadmin. By default.

Set this field to tls. You can set protocol to the following: ssoproxy Use the single sign-on functionality when communicating with the Network Shell Proxy Server. If you want to use data compression. sessions may hang indefinitely leaving hung processes or threads on the agent. Typically you should use compression when communicating through a thin pipe. you do not have to set this field because the agent automatically listens on the default system NIC card (address). then it will be the responsibility of the of the remote daemon to forward the data to an RSCD daemon and also return any data it may return. see “Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service” on page 142. The default value. the host= field can be used to redirect data between hosts. that better compression is more CPU intensive. Be aware.Options for secure file Option Description appserver_protocol=protocol This field specifies the authentication protocol used when communicating with a Network Shell Proxy Server. For more on Network Shell Proxy Servers. the host= field determines the address to which the agent should listen for client connections. however. where a higher number calls for better compression. In a LAN environment the overhead required for compressing and uncompressing data is usually greater than the time saved transferring compressed data. If TCP keep-alives are not sent. if unset. This field is used differently. set value to a number between 1 and 9. By default. If keep-alive messages are sent. ■ When applied to a non-rscd entry. If the remote daemon to which the data is being sent is not another RSCD daemon. Possible values for this field are yes or no. the connecting system will notice the death of a connection or a machine crash. The host= field should only be used for systems with multiple NIC cards (real or virtual) so you can select the NIC (address) to which the RSCD agent should listen. data is not compressed. This field determines the type of data encryption that should be used. depending on whether a secure file entry defines the special host name rscd: ■ When applied to an rscd entry. This field specifies whether the agent should send TCP keepalive messages to the other side of a connection. This is the default value for appserver_protocol. encryption=type host=value keepalive=value Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 259 . is yes. which specifies that BMC BladeLogic should automatically negotiate an encryption method (usually AES). If a system has a single NIC card. compression=value This field sets a data compression level.

Options for secure file

Option lock=value

Description When set to a non-zero positive value, this field determines the maximum number of times a bad connection is allowed from a source address before the address is locked. A bad connection can happen if encryption is not set up properly or a particular host is not granted access. The address is locked for a period of time as defined by the unlock= field (see below). This field can be used to redirect data to a port other than the default port of 4750. On most UNIX systems, access to port numbers under 1024 requires root permissions. When selecting an alternate port number, make sure it does not conflict with some other existing service. Also, when using this field, make sure that both the client and server machines are configured to use the same port number. This field determines the transport protocol used for communication between BMC BladeLogic applications and the RSCD agent. Protocol 5, the default protocol, uses the TLS protocol (TLS is the successor to SSL) for communication between client and server. This field identifies the authentication profile that should be used to provide session credentials to Network Shell when communicating with a Network Shell Proxy Server. If you need to use multiple Network Shell Proxy Servers, you can set up a different secure file entry for each profile. Using the BL_AUTH_PROFILE_NAME environment variable, you can override the value defined with this field. For more on Network Shell Proxy Servers, see “Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service” on page 142. This field provides the Network Shell-style path to the file containing authentication profile definitions, which are necessary when Network Shell communicates with a Network Shell Proxy Server. Using the BL_AUTH_PROFILES_FILE, you can override the value defined with this option. For more on Network Shell Proxy Server, see “Configuring the Network Shell Proxy Service” on page 142. When first contacting a remote server, the TCP protocol may continue to contact an offline or unavailable server for several minutes before finally giving up and reporting that a server is unavailable. This option lets you set the maximum number of seconds that a client will wait before giving up. The default value is 30 seconds. This timeout mechanism is implemented within the BMC BladeLogic code and does not in any way alter any system wide TCP parameters. If the operating system has an effective TCP timeout less than the value defined here, the OS value will take precedence.

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Option tls_mode=value

Description When using protocol 5, this field specifies one of the following values: encryption_only Use the TLS protocol to autonegotiate an encryption type (that is, a cipher) and then use that cipher to communicate. Client-side authentication or certificates are not required. Use TLS for encryption and clientside authentication. This option requires a certificate. For more on certificates, see “Implementing security – Application Server to agents or repeaters” on page 202.

encryption_and_auth

unlock=value

This field is used in conjunction with the lock= field, which allows you to lock out IP addresses that repeatedly fail to connect to the (RSCD agent) server. These failures are limited to encryption misconfigurations and host authorization errors. With the unlock= field, you can specify how many minutes the IP address should be locked before allowing connection attempts to resume. If value is a negative number, the IP address is locked until the RSCD agent is restarted. The default value for unlock= is 1 minute. This field turns off X11 forwarding. By default this field is set to on and X11 forwarding is enabled for this agent. This field defines an offset from 6000, and together these values specify the port that the agent binds to for X11 forwarding. By default X11 forwarding starts at port 6010 (6000 plus an offset of 10). Any new connections afterwards increments the offset by one (that is, 6011, 6012, and so forth).

x11_fwd=on |off x11_port_offset=value

Examples
The following examples are meant to serve as sample uses of the fields available in a secure file. To generate entries in a secure file like those shown below, use the secadmin utility. Using the secadmin utility ensures that the secure file is formatted correctly. For more information, see “Using the secadmin utility” on page 258. The following example shows a typical default entry for BMC BladeLogic clients.
default:port=4750:protocol=5:encryption=tls

The following example shows a subnet in an entry:
@192.168.12.13/24:protocol=5:encryption=tls

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Securecert file

The following example instructs a Network Shell client to communicate with a Network Shell Proxy Server using an authentication profile called QAProfile. The authentication profile is stored in the default location for the authentication profile file: default:protocol=5:encryption=tls:appserver_protocol=ssoproxy: auth_profile=QAProfile:auth_profiles_file=/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/br/ authenticationProfiles.xml The following example shows how to use a port other than the default port of 4750. If you use host1 as the client host and host2 as the remote host, the following entry should be in the secure file of host1
host2:port=987

while the following entry should be in the secure file of host2:
host1:port=987

The following example shows how to instruct the RSCD agent to listen on a specific address for client connections: rscd:host=192.168.10.20

Securecert file
The securecert file stores passphrases used to encrypt the private keys for X.509 certificates. By storing passphrases in the securecert file, BMC BladeLogic can access those passphrases without any user interaction. Accessing passwords noninteractively is essential for setting up secure, certificate-based communication with an Application Server. It is also necessary when using secure communication to deploy assets via repeaters (that is, with an indirect deployment). When setting up a securecert file for an Application Server, you must provide an entry for the owner of the process that communicates securely with repeaters and servers. The owner of the process is bladmin on UNIX-style systems and SYSTEM on Windows. When setting up a securecert file for a repeater, you must provide an entry for all users that communicate with servers. On UNIX-style systems, you must provide an entry for any users to whom other users are mapped (typically root). On Windows, you must provide an entry for the user named BMC BladeLogicRSCD. For more information on using the securecert file while setting up security for a BMC BladeLogic system, see Chapter 4, “Administering security.”.

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The securecert file resides in different locations on Windows and UNIX-style systems, as described in the following table. On Windows, you can have multiple instances of BMC BladeLogic client applications, each with their own securecert file. The following table shows how the location of the securecert file on Windows varies between the first instance and all subsequent instances.
Name and location of securecert file for first Name and location of securecert file for instance of BMC BladeLogic additional instances /usr/lib/rsc/securecert Not applicable

Platform Solaris Linux AIX HP-UX Windows

WINDIR\rsc\securecert For example, WINDIR can be \windows or \winnt.

installDirectoryN\version\NSH\conf\ securecert For example, the default location for the second instance of BMC BladeLogic would be C:\Program Files\BMC Software\ BladeLogic2\version\NSH.

Configuring the securecert file
When configuring a securecert file, you can make entries for the Application Server and repeaters. On the Application Server, create an entry like the following for the owner of the process that communicates securely with repeaters and servers:
[Default] processOwner=********

where processOwner is bladmin for UNIX-style systems and SYSTEM for Windows. You must use the secadmin utility to modify a securecert file. (For more on secadmin, see “Using the secadmin utility” on page 258 or the man page for secadmin). To create an entry like the one shown above using the secadmin utility, enter the following command:
secadmin -m default -cu bladmin -cp password

Enter the password in clear text. The secadmin utility encrypts the password. On repeaters, create an entry like the following for the administrative user that communicates with servers:

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[Default] adminUser=********

where adminUser is typically root for UNIX-style systems and BladeLogicRSCD for Windows. Using the secadmin utility to create the entry like the one shown above, enter the following command:
secadmin -m default -cu root -cp password

BMC BladeLogic log file reference
About logging configuration for BMC BladeLogic
BMC BladeLogic uses log4j to capture log messages from the console and the BMC BladeLogic Application Server. Log4j is an open source logging framework used to control logging output from Java applications. For more information on log4j, see http://jakarta.apache.org/log4j/docs/. Unless instructed otherwise by BladeLogic Support, the default logging configuration is recommended for normal operation. BladeLogic Support may ask the Application Server Administrator to enable DEBUG logging for a single logger when debugging a particular issue. This change will typically be backed out once the requested DEBUG information has been gathered.

Overview of BMC BladeLogic log files
A standard BMC BladeLogic installation provides default logging behavior that satisfies the needs of many organizations. Defaults vary for Windows and UNIX-style systems. The default behavior for Windows is:

The RSCD agent logs to rscdInstallDirectory\rscd.log as a rollfile at the info1 level. The RSCD agent service logs to rscdInstallDirectory\rscdsvc.log as a rollfile at the info level. BLPackage Deploy Jobs log at the debug level to locations based on the name and location of the jobs.

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BLPackage Deploy Jobs on the console log to stdout as a stream at the debug level. The priority level can be overridden using Transaction Options when defining the BLPackage Deploy Job. For more information, see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. The Application Server logs to installDirectory\br\appserver.log as a stream at the info level.

The default behavior for UNIX is:

The RSCD agent logs to rscdInstallDirectory/log/rscd.log as a rollfile at the info1 level. BLPackage Deploy Jobs log at the debug level to locations based on the name and location of the jobs. BLPackage Deploy Jobs on the console log to stdout as a stream at the debug level. The priority level can be overridden using Transaction Options when defining the BLPackage Deploy Job. For more information, see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. The Application Server logs to installDirectory/br/appserver.log as a stream at the info level.

Table 1 lists the various log files that are used by BMC BladeLogic which may be of interest to you. Table 1 Overview of BMC BladeLogic log files (part 1 of 3)
Description and default location Application Server appserver.log Application Server log installDirectory/br/appserver.log Infrastructure Management => AppServer Launcher => Edit AppServer LogfileName attribute installDirectory/br/deployments/ deploymentName/log4j.properties AppServerLauncher.log AppServer Launcher log installDirectory/br/ AppServerLauncher.log post_install.log Application Server configuration log installDirectory/br/post_install.log installDirectory/br/deployments/ deploymentName/log4j.properties installDirectory/br/deployments/ _template/log4j.properties Where to configure

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Description and default location Application Server Console log installDirectory/br/Console.log Where to configure Infrastructure Management => AppServer Launcher => Edit AppServer ConsoleLogfileName attribute installDirectory/deployments/ deploymentName/log4j.properties RSCD Agent (Windows)

Log file name Console.log

rscd.log*

Windows RSCD Agent log rscdInstallDirectory\rscd.log

rscdInstallDirectory\log4crc.txt

keystroke.log*

nexec session log rscdInstallDirectory\keystroke.log*

rscdInstallDirectory\log4crc.txt

rscdsvc.log*

RSCD agent service rscdInstallDirectory\rscdsvc.log

rscdInstallDirectory\log4crc.txt

*.log

Deploy Job log rscdInstallDirectory\Transactions\log\*.log RSCD Agent (UNIX)

rscdInstallDirectory\log4crc.txt

rscd.log*

UNIX RSCD Agent log rscdInstallDirectory/log/rscd.log

rscdInstallDirectory/log4crc.txt

keystroke.log*

nexec session log rscdInstallDirectory/log/keystroke.log*

rscdInstallDirectory/log4crc.txt

*.log

Deploy Job log rscdInstallDirectory/Transaction/log/*.log RCP Client (Windows)

rscdInstallDirectory/log4crc.txt

.log

BMC BladeLogic Console log WindowsHomeDirectory\BladeLogic\ 1_1_2\Workspacen\.metadata\.log

installDirectory\br\rcp.cf

BLWorkbenchPlugin.log BLWorkbenchPlugin log WindowsHomeDirectory\BladeLogic\ 1_1_2\Workspacen\.metadata\.plugins\ com.bladelogic.client.ui\ BLWorkbenchPlugin.log RCP Client (UNIX) .log BMC BladeLogic Console log /root/.bladelogic/1_1_2/Workspacen/ .metadata/.log 266 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide

installDirectory\br\rcp.cf

installDirectory/br/rcp.cf

properties file.log PXE server pxesrvr. Application Server logging output is written to the appserver.plugins/ com.log file.properties configuration file. Within the configuration files for each specific deployment. The following sections provide information on the log4j.bladelogic/1_1_2/Workspacen/ .log* BLCLI (Windows) blcli.cf Application Server logging Logging is controlled at the Application Server instance level. the file is located in installDirectory/br/deployments/deploymentName/log4j.log* TFTP Server log installDirectory/br/tftpsvr.Application Server logging Table 1 Overview of BMC BladeLogic log files (part 3 of 3) Description and default location Where to configure installDirectory/br/rcp.log BLCLI (UNIX) blcli.properties installDirectory/br/tftpsvr.cf Log file name BLWorkbenchPlugin.log* PXE Server log installDirectory/br/pxesrvr. also located in the Application Server installation directory for the specific deployment.log BLWorkbenchPlugin log /root/.bladelogic/blcli-log.bladelogic/blcli. which is located in the Application Server installation directory for that deployment.metadata/.ui/ BLWorkbenchPlugin.properties By default.bladelogic.client.cf C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BladeLogic\blcli-log. By default.log BLCLI Windows log C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\BladeLogic\blcli. logging is controlled by the log4j. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 267 .log BLCLI UNIX log /.cf /.log* tftpsvr.log installDirectory/br/deployments/ _pxe/log4j.

You can enable logging of timing information pertaining to the Deploy Jobs.properties file. You can set the number of roll-over files using the log4j. This value controls how many backup files will be retained. You can set the maximum file size for the log file using the log4j. You can enable logging of Content Authoring debug information. There are comments within the file describing other options not defined here. This option instructs the log4j system to use the specified path for logging.Application Server logging Modifying logging configuration using log4j. 268 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .MaxBackupIndex option.properties file contains a large list of loggers that can be configured to add useful debug information. These loggers are initially configured with the log level INFO to prevent the log files from containing too much information.appender. the maximum log file size is 5000KB. You can enable logging of performance-related information pertaining to the Application Server. When debugging specific issues with the system.File option.R.properties In addition to controlling the logging information. specifying the relative or full path of the log file.appender. Table 2 Attribute Log Files Location Modifying basic Application Server logging attributes Description You can set the log file location using the log4j. you can modify one or more of the specified loggers in the file to set the log level to DEBUG.R. To do so. the log4j. Maximum file size Number of roll-over files Performance logging Timing for Deploy Jobs Content Authoring Log configuration Additional debug logging The log4j. locate the BlDeploy appserver performance logging section in the file and uncomment the lines in that section.MaxFileSize option. By default. the maximum number of roll-over files is 5. This section describes how to manipulate some of the basic properties of the configuration file. When a log file reaches its maximum size.properties file can also control where the logging information is stored and how the log files are managed.appender. Modifying basic logging attributes Table 2 on page 268 describes some of the basic log attributes that can be controlled by modifying options in the log4j. locate the timing for deploy jobs section in the file and uncomment the lines in that section. To do so. By default. a backup file will be made and a new log file will be created. locate the Content Authoring related debug logs section in the file and uncomment the lines in that section. To do so.R.

com. To enable basic debug logging 1 Open the log4j. from the Configuration menu.Application Server logging NOTE Debugging issues with the Application Server often require assistance by BMC BladeLogic Customer Support. 2 Expand the hierarchy of the Application Servers node. The Edit Application Server Profile dialog opens. R. the application server will automatically detect the logging level modification after a short period of time and being logging data in debug mode.com.properties file.DBServiceImpl – This logger controls messages generated by the database service.mfw. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 269 . 2 Locate the following line: log4j. There are many logger options that give you the ability to enable debug logging for very specific tasks.rootLogger=INFO.db.demux.logger. the following options in the log4j. For example. 1 In the BMC BladeLogic Console. See the comment lines in the log4j. ■ log4j.app.bladelogic. C 3 Modify the line to read: log4j.rootLogger=DEBUG. Modifying log file names from the BMC BladeLogic Console You can also modify basic logging options for the Application Server from the BMC BladeLogic Console.logger. R.properties file control loggers that are useful for debugging: ■ log4j.bladelogic. C Once saved.properties file for additional information on these logger options. 3 Right-click the Application Server you want to edit and select Edit.Demux – This logger controls messages generated by the networking layer. select Infrastructure Management.

6 Click OK on the warning that configuration changes do not take effect until you restart the Application Server. LogfileName The name of the log file for the Application Server. but in addition it also captures any output that does not go through the log4j logging system. specify a name that is unique on the host. This convention avoids conflicts when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host. This convention avoids conflicts when there are multiple Application Servers on the same host.properties file accessed from the _template deployment directory (/br/ deployments/_template/log4j. If you edit this attribute. Console logging is enabled by default.properties). The console. 5 When you are finished editing the profile.log extension. specify a name that is unique on the host. The console. BMC BladeLogic sets the log file’s name to the Application Server name plus the . The console log file contains all information logged to the Application Server log. When you create a new Application Server.log.log file. an Application Server running on Linux or Solaris can be configured to write all the standard output and standard error information into a file called console. plus any information logged to the console. Enabling more detailed logging In addition to the appserver.log file contains the same information as the appserver. As with the Application Server log files. set the ConsoleLogfileName to be empty. When you create a new Application Server.log file. click OK. If you edit this attribute. 270 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . add or change values for the following attributes. 7 Start or restart the Application Server to have changes take effect. For example. BMC BladeLogic sets the console log file’s name to the Application Server name plus “_console”.Application Server logging 4 In the Edit Application Server Profile dialog. To disable console logging. information such as the java thread dump and any messages generated by third party code used by the Application Server that logs messages to standard out/err. You can set the number of roll-over files for the console log file in the log4j. Attribute ConsoleLogfileName Description The name of the console log file for the Application Server. the console log files are configured to rollover.log file is useful for debugging when certain output is not captured by the regular log files.

For detailed information. The Generate Support Data tool generates data about the Application Servers and other components in the BMC BladeLogic environment and packages that data into a zip file.cf—Configures tftpsvr.txt file allows you to control Agent logging in BMC BladeLogic so that all Agent events are logged using consistent formats. The log4crc. By modifying XML tags in log4crc. and what sort of layout the contents of each log should use. ■ For more information on log4j. you can control which log files BMC BladeLogic generates. BMC BladeLogic uses the following configuration files (all found in installDirectory/br) to control logging with log4j: ■ ui. which logs messages from the TFTP server. PXE Server logging The log file for the PXE Server is controlled with the log4j.txt file” on page 272. Collecting log data You can use the Support Data Generation tool to capture log data that you can then send to BMC Software Customer Support.org/log4j/docs/. how much information is included in each file. where each log file is generated.properties file located in the PXE server deployment (_pxe directory). see “Generating data for support” on page 19. For specific instructions.txt.log. which logs messages from the BMC BladeLogic Console. You access the tool from the BMC BladeLogic Console by selecting Configuration => Generate Support Data.txt file is XML-based.log. see http://jakarta. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 271 . This data can be useful for diagnostic purposes when you contact Customer Support.Agent logging Agent logging The log4crc. see “About the Log4crc.cf—Configures ui. tftpsvr.apache. Additional log files of interest Additionally. how often logs are rotated.

Syntax The syntax of the log4crc. how much information is included in each file. you can have multiple instances of BMC BladeLogic client applications. you control logging attributes using the Infrastructure Management window on the BMC BladeLogic Console and in the Application Server profiles of each default and custom profiles.txt file.txt file on Windows varies between the first instance and all subsequent instances. For Application Server logging.txt Platform Solaris Linux AIX HP-UX Windows Name and location of log4crc.txt file is XML-based.txt file resides in different locations on Windows and UNIX-style systems.properties file. where each log file is generated.txt file About the Log4crc.txt file The log4crc. The log4crc. Name and location of log4crc. how often logs are rotated. For more information. The following table shows how the location of the log4crc. each with their own log4crc. the default location for the second instance of BMC BladeLogic would be C:\Program Files\BMC Software\ BladeLogic2\version\NSH. as described in the following table.txt file for first instance of BMC BladeLogic /usr/lib/rsc/log4crc. WINDIR can be \windows or \winnt. see “Application Server logging” on page 267. and what sort of layout the contents of each log should use. and logging format for Application Server logs are controlled using the log4j. On Windows.txt For example.txt file is used to control Agent logging.txt For example. NOTE The log4crc. By modifying XML tags in log4crc. The log4crc. installDirectoryN\version\NSH\conf \log4crc.txt file for additional instances Not applicable WINDIR\rsc\log4crc.txt file allows you to control Agent logging in BMC BladeLogic so that all Agent events are logged using consistent formats. The log appender.txt.About the Log4crc.txt file consists of three tags: <category> <appender> <layout> 272 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . you can control which log files BMC BladeLogic generates. logging level.

log" debugappender="stderr"/> <category name="bldeploy" priority="debug"/> <category name="bldeployConsole" priority="debug" appender="stdout"/> <categoryname="bldeployAppserver"priority="error"appender="blbasic"/> The name= option identifies the type of log file BMC BladeLogic generates. and appender. For more information. The <category> tag can include three options: name. The following table identifies the possible priority levels: Priority fatal error warn info Description Logs only fatal errors.log"/--> <category name="rscdsvc" priority="info" appender="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/ BladeLogic/version/RSCD/rscdsvc. Do not modify this <category> tag. Logs only connection information. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 273 .About the Log4crc. Generates a log for the RSCD agent server. Agitator managed internally by Deploy Job executables. The following list shows the <category> tags included by default in the log4crc. rscdsvc bldeploy bldeployConsole bldeployAppserver The priority= option specifies the amount of information included in a log. By default. Do not modify this <category> tag. this is disabled (commented out). Agitator managed internally by Deploy Job executables. <category name="root" priority="info"/> <category name="rscd" priority="info1" appender="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/ BladeLogic/version/RSCD/rscd. Generates a keystroke log that records nexec sessions.txt file in a Windows installation.txt file category The <category> tag identifies the types of logging that BMC BladeLogic generates. including fatal errors. priority. Default values vary somewhat for UNIX-style installations. which monitors the RSCD agent and restarts the agent if necessary. The following table identifies all possible names: Name rscd keystroke Description Generates a log for the RSCD agent. Logs all errors. This option only applies to Windows installations.log" debugappender="stderr"/> <!-category name="keystroke" priority="info1" appender="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/keystroke. Do not modify this <category> tag. Uncomment it to enable keystroke logging. Logs all warnings and errors. see “Enabling keystroke logging” on page 283. A category managed internally by Deploy Job executables.

Do not use a Network Shell-style path.log1. the <category> tag named rscd). This priority is only valid for the RSCD agent log (that is. the <category> tag named rscd). Logs the STDIN.txt file Priority info1 Description Logs connection information and user actions. The appender= tag provides a name and path for a log file. the file is renamed with a number appended to its name. rscd. appender The <appender> tag specifies whether logging information is stored as a stream in a file or periodically rolled over into a new file. The <appender> tag also lets you specify secure agent logging and keystroke logging. rscd. usually to prevent log files from getting excessively large.log file.About the Log4crc. as well as all the system calls that an RSCD agent performs to execute user actions. All new information is then recorded in the rscd. This priority is only valid for the RSCD agent log (that is. This priority corresponds to logging level 1 in older releases of BMC BladeLogic. Logs the STDIN and STDERR streams of the command being run by nexec. Logs all messages. Enter the path using a UNIX or Windows format. and all new information is recorded in rscd. You can specify that log files are rolled at specified intervals or when log files reach a particular size. 274 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . the current log file is renamed to rscd. info2 debug Note that keystroke logs (where name is set to keystroke) support only the following options: Priority info info1 info2 Description Logs only the STDIN stream of the command being run by nexec. When the log file is rolled again.log is renamed to rscd. STDERR. For example. When a log file is rolled.log.log1 is renamed to rscd.log1. Logs connection information and user actions. This priority corresponds to logging level 2 in older releases of BMC BladeLogic. and STDOUT streams of the command being run by nexec.log2.

If multiple sources are output to the same log. a feature that is disabled by default. Type stream syslog Description Logging information is output in a continuous stream to a file.log" type="rollfile" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated"/> <!-appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/ rscd. see “Using secure agent logging” on page 277 and “Using keystroke log files” on page 281. The following list shows the <appender> tags that are included by default in the log4crc.txt file The <appender> tag can include three options: name. you cannot use type=rollfile to roll log files.log" type="digisign" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated" certfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate.pem"/--> <appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/rscdsvc.pem" privatekeyfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate. type.txt file. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 275 . and layout. If you are using this option for UNIX systems. The type= option specifies what type of log file to generate.log" type="rollfile" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated"/> The name= option must match the name (including its full path) assigned to an appender option in a <category> tag. you must configure the UNIX syslog daemon (see “Configuring the UNIX syslog” on page 284). The following table identifies the possible types: NOTE You can only roll log files when one source of logging data is being used to create a log file. In other words. NOTE The two commented out entries (where type is set to digisign or encrypt) are used in secure logging. For information about secure logging.pem"/--> <!-appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/ keystroke.pem" privatekeyfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate. Logging information is output to the UNIX syslog. Instead. only one category can be output to a single log. you must set type=stream.About the Log4crc. <appender name="stdout" type="stream" layout="basic"/> <appender name="stderr" type="stream" layout="basic"/> <appender name="syslog" type="syslog" layout="basic"/> <appender name="/tmp/bllog" type="stream" layout="dated"/> <appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/rscd.log" type="encrypt" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="rawtime" certfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate.

digisign needs the following additional parameters: certfile privatekeyfile Specifies the file containing the agent’s certificate.10 is lost. In addition. 276 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . you can store log files named log. The parameters rollsize. When the file reaches that maximum.1 to log. and rollmaxfiles mean the same as they do for rollfile. if you set rollmaxfiles=10. encrypt Used for keystroke log files. logging information is output to a file that is periodically rolled over into another file. If you set type=rollfile.10. log files are rolled. rolltimeinsec rollmaxfiles digisign As with rollfile. The parameters rollsize. you can specify how log files are rotated by including one or more of the following options in the <appender> tag: rollsize Specifies a maximum number of characters for the log file. log entries and rolled log files are protected using the security mechanisms described in “Using secure agent logging” on page 277.txt file Type rollfile Description Logging information is output to a file that is periodically rolled over into another file. rolltimeinsec and rollmaxfiles mean the same as they do for rollfile. For example. encrypt needs the following additional parameters: certfile privatekeyfile Specifies the file containing the agent’s certificate. the next time the log files roll over. Specifies the file containing the agent’s private key. Specifies the file containing the agent’s private key. log entries and rolled log files are encrypted and protected using the security mechanisms described in “Using keystroke log files” on page 281. In addition to these parameters. As with rollfile. In addition. if you have already generated ten log files. the information in file log. Specifies an interval in seconds for rolling log files. rolltimeinsec. In this case.About the Log4crc. Specifies the maximum number of files used for logging. In addition to these parameters. logging information is output to a file that is periodically rolled over into another file.

Used only when type is set to encrypt. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 277 .txt file The layout= option specifies the type of layout used for logging information. and recording the status of each verification. Protecting rolled log files with digital signatures. rawtime <layout> The <layout> tag defines the format of logging entries. This layout outputs minimal information in the log file—just the timestamp and the actual message. ■ ■ For additional information about secure agent logging. contact BMC Software support.About the Log4crc. You can later check log file integrity by using the bllogman command. Users should not modify the syntax of the <layout> tag. log entries use the same format as the data that is generated for the log message. Verifying the integrity of log files. A time stamp precedes all log entries. Except for the time stamp. The following table identifies all possible layouts: Type basic dated Description Log entries use the same format of the data that is generated for the log message. To develop additional logging formats. Using secure agent logging Secure agent logging is a rolling log mechanism that protects your RSCD agent log files by: ■ Securing each entry in the current log file with a Message Authentication Code (MAC) and sequence number. It does not output the category name and log level that the basic and dated layouts do. see: ■ ■ ■ ■ Overview of the security processes Verifying the integrity of log files Enabling secure agent logging Disabling secure agent logging Overview of the security processes Here is an overview of the security processes that take place as an agent writes and rolls a log file.

2. It also verifies the sequence number (or in other words. the status field is set to Consistent. the status field is set to Inconsistent.20. rscd.log1.log is rolled to rscd. 278 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . The agent will use this key to calculate a Message Authentication Code (MAC) for each entry in the log file. If the rolled log file passed the MAC test and the sequencing test.log1. against each entry’s MAC. The agent creates a corresponding digital signature file for the rolled log file rscd.txt file 1.log. the order) of each log entry. When this log file is rolled and it is time to start a new log file. Before beginning to write its first log file.21. In this case. If either the MAC test or the sequencing test fails. — The signature file has a status field.222 23694 99/99 (Administrator): nexec: nexec engrhes40vm10 ifconfig -a 3.log. it uses the session key to calculate a MAC and associate this MAC with each log entry.10. The agent verifies the integrity of each log entry in the rolled log file.log1.269 INFO rscd . the agent raises an event (in EventLog on Windows and syslog on UNIX-style systems) indicating that the file has been tampered with. The following events take place at rollover: ■ MAC verification test and sequencing test. It also associates a sequence number with each entry. If the rolled log file failed the MAC test or the sequencing test. ■ Digital signature file. the agent will generate a new session key. When it is time for a rollover.sig1. The RSCD agent starts writing its first log file—rscd. MAC Sequence number 3d8591f27a805b0edac5 0000000012 07/28/07 02:45:16.About the Log4crc. rscd. Note that this session key will be used only for the writing of this one log file. the corresponding signature file would be called rscd. As it writes each log entry. the RSCD agent generates a random session key.

the previous log file is automatically rolled and signed at agent startup.log () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/rscd. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 279 .log4 () --> Consistent engw2k3agt1% In the above example. 4. see the bllogman man page. — At the next roll. which indicates that it has been tampered with. The cycle begins again. as described the procedure below. with the creation of a new random session key for use in creating MACs for the next version of rscd.About the Log4crc. Enabling secure agent logging You can enable secure agent logs as part of your initial installation (see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide) or later on. NOTE If an agent is restarted. bllogman. there are five log files on the agent machine. engrhes40vm10. — The MAC and sequence number fields are stripped as part of the process of signing the rolled log file.log3 () --> Inconsistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/rscd. One file (rscd. The agent also does the MAC verification test and sequencing test on the rolled log file.log3) is reported as Inconsistent. as described in “Verifying the integrity of log files” on page 279.log. Verifying the integrity of log files You can verify the integrity of all agent log files by using the NSH command. Example: engw2k3agt1% bllogman list --verify engrhes40vm10 Logfile(s) for host engrhes40vm10 with status: /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/rscd. For additional information about bllogman.txt file You can use the information stored in the status field to verify the integrity of a rolled log file. the signature file will be rolled along with its associated log file.log2 () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/rscd.log1 () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/rscd.

log appender entry that has type set to rollfile: <!-appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/ rscd.txt configuration file: 280 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 5 Make the following changes to the log4crc. 4 Make the following changes to the log4crc.log1. and so on. secure agent logs are only enabled (even if you have followed these steps) if the server on which the agent is running has either a working random number generator or PRNGD installed. 3 Stop the RSCD agent.pem file and the signature files. rscd.log1.log" type="digisign" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated" certfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate.log2. usual rolling logs will be generated. rscd. remove or comment out the rscd. Disabling secure agent logging If you have enabled secure agent logging and you now want to disable it: 1 Back up the certificate.log" type="rollfile" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated"/--> Uncomment or add the following entry where type is set to digisign: <appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/rscd. These files have names like rscd. 2 Back up all your existing agent log files (if any). Otherwise.txt configuration file: In the <appender> section. These files have names like rscd. NOTE On UNIX agents.log2.pem" privatekeyfile="C:/ WINDOWS/rsc/certificate.log. rscd. 3 Delete all the agent log files. See the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Installation Guide for more information. rscd.About the Log4crc.txt file 1 Back up all your existing agent log files (if any).log. 2 Stop the RSCD agent.pem"/> 5 Start the RSCD agent. and so on. 4 Delete all the agent log files.

add or uncomment the rscd. the keystroke log captures and stores the command’s STDIN.log" type="digisign" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated" certfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate. or a particular keystroke log file on an agent machine. Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 281 . you can verify the integrity of all the keystroke logs on an agent machine.About the Log4crc.pem" privatekeyfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate. Keystroke logs are similar to the secure agent logs described in “Using secure agent logging” on page 277: keystroke logs are rolled periodically and are digitally signed after they are rolled. STDOUT.pem"/>--> ■ Start the RSCD agent. By using the NSH command blkeylogman. which lets you verify the integrity of a keystroke log file. keystroke logs are encrypted and so are not readable. Using keystroke log files You can configure the BMC BladeLogic RSCD agent to generate keystroke logs that record nexec sessions. each keystroke log file is accompanied by a digital signature file. Similar to the secure agent logs. Whenever a remote user uses the NSH command nexec to execute a command on an agent machine.log appender entry that has type set to rollfile: appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/rscd.txt file In the <appender> section. Additionally.log" type="rollfile" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated" Comment out or delete the following entry where type is set to digisign: <!--<appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/ rscd. and STDERR streams.

If the log file was detected Inconsistent during this process.log in the above example) is also protected by MAC codes and sequence numbers. ■ ■ For more details.log1 () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke.txt file Example: engw2k3agt1% blkeylogman list --verify engrhes40vm10 Keystroke Logfile(s) for host engrhes40vm10 with status: \ /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke. The blkeylogman utility also lets you: ■ View the decrypted contents of keystroke log files.log4 () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke. the agent tests it for consistency using the MACs and the sequence numbers.log8 () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke.log6 () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke.log () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke.log5 () --> Inconsistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke.log10 () --> Consistent engw2k3agt1% In the above example. which indicates that it has been tampered with. These two are then stripped off from the file and a digital signature is computed for it. there are ten keystroke log files on the agent machine.log2 () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke.log5) is reported as Inconsistent.log7 () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke. One file (keystroke. View a list of various nexec sessions that have been recorded in the keystroke logs. 282 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .log9 () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke.log3 () --> Consistent /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke. The active keystroke log file (/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke. MAC Sequence number 967ff34b84f754c0774a 0000000011 Zl8abih3bvmLNHwTnE4iK5UqeYXWMk2ZQ4 2xdR3nNo8lE2/xUoVxPOd8CSlg7hAygMQgO7D6VmbB2QZVAG6ucg== When the active keystroke log file is rolled. see the blkeylogman man page. an event is raised (In the Eventlog on Windows and syslog on UNIXstyle systems).About the Log4crc. Copy a (decrypted) keystroke log file from an agent to the client host.

uncomment or add the following entry. where type is set to encrypt: <appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/ keystroke.pem file. NOTE On UNIX agents. 3 Make the following changes to the log4crc. where name is set to keystroke: <categoryname="keystroke"priority="info1"appender="C:/ProgramFiles/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/keystroke. see “Disabling keystroke logging” on page 283. Enabling keystroke logging You can enable keystroke logging as part of your initial installation (see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Installation Guide) or later on. Disabling keystroke logging If you have enabled keystroke logging and you now want to disable it: 1 Back up the certificate. See the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Installation Guide for more information. 2 Make the following changes to the log4crc. To disable keystroke logging. as described in the procedure below. uncomment or add the following entry.pem" privatekeyfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate.txt configuration file: In the <category> section.txt configuration file: Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 283 . 1 Stop the RSCD agent. keystroke logging is only enabled (even if you have followed these steps).log" type="encrypt" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="rawtime" certfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate. as described in “Enabling keystroke logging” on page 283.txt file You can enable keystroke logs as part of your initial installation (see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Installation Guide) or later on. 2 Stop the RSCD agent.log"/> In the <appender> section. if the server on which the agent is running has either a working random number generator or PRNGD installed.pem"/> 3 Start the RSCD agent.About the Log4crc.

Configuring the UNIX syslog If you are logging output to the UNIX syslog.pem" privatekeyfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate. you must configure the syslog daemon to accept output from BMC BladeLogic. comment out or delete the following entry.log" type="encrypt" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="rawtime" certfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate. a priority level. where name is set to keystroke: <!--<category name="keystroke" priority="info1" appender="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/keystroke.conf.pem"/>--> ■ Start the RSCD agent.log"/>--> In the <appender> section. 284 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . and a location for the syslog by creating an entry like the following: local6.txt file In the <category> section. configure a facility.About the Log4crc. comment out or delete the following entry. where type is set to encrypt: <!--<appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/ keystroke. Within /etc/syslog.debug /var/log/rscd-syslog BMC BladeLogic uses the local6 facility.

default appenders ===================================== --> <appender name="stdout" type="stream" layout="basic"/> <appender name="stderr" type="stream" layout="basic"/> <appender name="syslog" type="syslog" layout="basic"/> <appender name="/tmp/bllog" type="stream" layout="dated"/> <appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/rscd.default layouts ======================================= --> <layout name="basic" type="basic"/> <layout name="dated" type="dated"/> <layout name="rawtime" type="rawtime"/> </log4c> Chapter 5 Setting up configuration files 285 .log"/--> <category name="rscdsvc" priority="info" appender="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/ version/RSCD/rscdsvc.1.pem" privatekeyfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?> <!DOCTYPE log4c SYSTEM ""> <log4c version="1.txt file examples The following is an example of a default log4crc.log" type="rollfile" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated"/> <!-.txt file Default default log4crc.log" type="encrypt" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="rawtime" certfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate.root category ========================================= --> <category name="root" priority="info"/> <category name="rscd" priority="info1" appender="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/ version/RSCD/rscd.0"> <!-.txt file for a Windows installation.log" type="digisign" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated" certfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate.About the Log4crc.pem"/--> <appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/rscdsvc. <?xml version="1.pem" privatekeyfile="C:/WINDOWS/rsc/certificate.log" type="rollfile" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated"/> <!-.log" debugappender="stderr"/> <category name="bldeploy" priority="debug"/> <category name="bldeployConsole" priority="debug" appender="stdout"/> <category name="bldeployAppserver" priority="error" appender="blbasic"/> <!-.log" debugappender="stderr"/> <!--categoryname="keystroke"priority="info1"appender="C:/ProgramFiles/BMCSoftware/ BladeLogic/version/RSCD/keystroke.pem"/--> <!-appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/keystroke.appender name="C:/Program Files/BMC Software/BladeLogic/version/RSCD/rscd.

log" debugappender="stderr"/> <category name="bldeploy" priority="debug"/> <category name="bldeployConsole" priority="debug" appender="stdout"/> <category name="bldeployAppserver" priority="error" appender="blbasic"/> <!-.log"/--> <category name="rscdsvc" priority="info" appender="/tmp/rscdsvc.pem" privatekeyfile="/usr/lib/rsc/certificate.pem"/--> <!--appendername="/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/keystroke.log" debugappender="stderr"/> <!--categoryname="keystroke"priority="info1"appender="/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/ NSH/log/keystroke.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?> <!DOCTYPE log4c SYSTEM ""> <log4c version="1.default layouts ======================================= --> <layout name="basic" type="basic"/> <layout name="dated" type="dated"/> <layout name="rawtime" type="rawtime"/> </log4c> 286 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .log" type="digisign" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated" certfile="/usr/lib/ rsc/certificate.default appenders ===================================== --> <appender name="stdout" type="stream" layout="basic"/> <appender name="stderr" type="stream" layout="basic"/> <appender name="syslog" type="syslog" layout="basic"/> <appender name="/tmp/bllog" type="stream" layout="dated"/> <appender name="/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/rscd.0"> <!-.txt file for a UNIX-style installation.txt file The following is an example of a default log4crc.log"type="encrypt" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="rawtime" certfile="/usr/ lib/rsc/certificate.log" type="rollfile" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated"/> <!-.root category ========================================= --> <category name="root" priority="info"/> <categoryname="rscd"priority="info1"appender="/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/ rscd.log" type="rollfile" rollsize="10000000" rolltimeinsec="2419200" rollmaxfiles="10" layout="dated"/> <!-.pem" privatekeyfile="/usr/lib/rsc/certificate.1.About the Log4crc.pem"/--> <appender name="/tmp/rscdsvc. <?xml version="1.appender name="/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/version/NSH/log/rscd.

the Application Server to which you are connected. or all accessible Application Servers. You can reduce clutter in your workspace from objects created by job runs. For information. You can manage data in these areas: ■ The BMC BladeLogic Console. snapshot results. For information. see “Cleaning up repeater servers” on page 294. and auto-remediation. You can delete these files by using the repeater clean-up utility. ■ ■ ■ ■ Chapter 6 Managing BMC BladeLogic data 287 . These tools let you delete unused data or data no longer needed for BMC BladeLogic operations. You can delete data that has accumulated on target servers (BMC BladeLogic agents) from Deploy Jobs. You can reduce the number of temporary files in the Application Server cache (directory) by using the Application Server clean-up utility. see “Cleaning the Application Server cache” on page 293. This utility lets you delete old temporary files from a specific Application Server. This data consists of old files that are no longer accessed. You can reduce the amount of space taken up by unused data in the database by executing the database clean-up utility. Repeater Servers.Chapter 6 6 Managing BMC BladeLogic data BMC BladeLogic provides a suite of tools for managing data in the BMC BladeLogic system and controlling its growth where necessary. see “Marking data for deletion” on page 289. and compliance results. audit results. Target Servers (Agents). patch analysis. see “Cleaning up the BMC BladeLogic database” on page 288. For information. This utility deletes from the database objects users have deleted in the BMC BladeLogic Console and objects marked for deletion with the retention policy utility. the objects are deleted from the database the next time the database clean-up utility is run. you can use the target server clean-up utility to delete these files. Data from Deploy Jobs can also accumulate in the staging directory on repeater servers. The Application Server Cache. For information. The BMC BladeLogic Database. The database clean-up utility also deletes old audit trail entries. You can mark these objects for deletion. see “Cleaning up target servers (Agents)” on page 293. For information.

if you query again. to avoid longrunning clean-up runs. For information. you must first start the Network Shell and then start the BMC BladeLogic command line interface (CLI). Cleaning up the BMC BladeLogic database BMC BladeLogic provides a database clean-up utility (cleanupDatabase) to minimize the amount of space taken up by unused data. see “Cleaning up the file server” on page 295. Before using the database clean-up utility. These objects include old job runs and job and depot objects automatically created during patching and auto-remediation. For more information on the CLI. While the database clean-up utility is running. Objects marked as deleted with the retention policy utility. To run the database clean-up utility. the initial result displays until the cleanup completes. 288 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . see “Executing the database clean-up utility” on page 292. ■ About the clean-up utility The database clean-up utility works in conjunction with the retention policy utility. You can delete unused files from the file server. see the BLCLI Help. TIP BMC Software recommends that you run the clean-up utility once per week.Cleaning up the BMC BladeLogic database ■ The BMC BladeLogic File Server. you can run the following database query to determine how many depot objects the database clean-up utility will delete: select count (*) from depot_object where is_deleted = ‘1’. The result drops to 0 when the cleanup completes. This utility lets you mark for deletion from the BMC BladeLogic database old job runs and objects automatically generated by operations such as auto-remediation and patch analysis. For information on the retention policy utility. This clean-up utility deletes any data from the database that has been previously marked for deletion. To execute the retention policy utility using the CLI or to run the database clean-up utility. see “Marking data for deletion” on page 289. This data includes: ■ Objects users have already deleted in the BMC BladeLogic Console.

see “Setting the retention period for job runs” on page 290. The following master procedure summarizes the steps for marking job runs for deletion: 1 Enable the retention policy utility. ■ For information on setting the retention period for job runs. Once they are marked for deletion. the retention policy utility is not enabled to avoid the possibility of deleting data unknowingly. the objects are deleted from the database the next time the database clean-up utility is run. Once they are marked for deletion. files associated with the objects are deleted from the File Server the next time the file server clean-up utility is run. Enabling/disabling the retention policy utility The following procedure lets you enable or disable the retention policy. For information on setting the retention period for automatically-generated objects.) Using the retention policy utility in this way lets you manage the amount of physical space the database requires and avoid potential performance issues resulting from your database getting too large. you can use the CLI to run the Delete:cleanupHistoricalData command. By default. See “Enabling/disabling the retention policy utility” on page 289. 2 Set the retention period for objects you want to mark for deletion. the objects that are candidates for deletion (because they are older than the specified retention period) are marked for deletion when the retention policy is executed. (In addition. For more information on this command see the BLCLI Help. see “Setting the retention period for automatically-generated objects” on page 291.Marking data for deletion If you want to remove historical data. Chapter 6 Managing BMC BladeLogic data 289 . such as audit trail information and job run events. These objects include old job runs and job and depot objects automatically created during patching and auto-remediation. See “Executing the retention policy utility” on page 291. By enabling the utility and setting the retention period. the objects are deleted from the database the next time the database clean-up utility is run. Marking data for deletion BMC BladeLogic includes a retention policy utility that allows you to mark objects for deletion from the BMC BladeLogic database. ■ 3 Execute the retention policy utility.

see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. For details on setting a property using the Property Dictionary. You cannot mark objects for deletion during database cleanup. set the RESULTS_RETENTION_TIME property using the Properties tab for a specific job. files associated with the objects are deleted from the file server the next time the file server clean-up utility is run. To set the default retention period for job runs of a specific job. set the RESULTS_RETENTION_TIME property for the Job property class in the Property Dictionary. (Objects are deleted from the database the next time the database clean-up utility is run. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. To set the default retention period for all jobs of a specific type.) false — Disables the retention policy utility. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. In addition. (See “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45.) Setting the retention period for job runs You can set the number of days to retain job runs before marking them for deletion. which lets you mark objects for deletion from the BMC BladeLogic database. enter the following: set Cleanup EnableRetentionPolicy true|false Where: true — Enables the retention policy utility.Marking data for deletion 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. To set the number of days to retain job runs before marking them for deletion. 3 Restart the Application Server to have this change take effect. ■ ■ 290 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . the SnapshotJob property class). set the RESULTS_RETENTION_TIME property for the specific job property class in the Property Dictionary (for example. 2 To enable or disable the retention policy utility. For information on setting property values using the Properties tab for a system object (such as a job). do any of the following: ■ To set the default retention period for all jobs. For details on setting a property using the Property Dictionary.

the CLI prompts you for a user name and password. a specific job value overrides any value defined for the specific job type or for all job types. as described in “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. 3 Restart the Application Server to have this change take effect. Setting the retention period for automatically-generated objects To set the number of days to retain automatically-generated objects before marking them for deletion. do the following: 1 Start the Network Shell and then issue the CLI command that executes the retention policy utility by entering the following: #nsh Server1% blcli Delete executeRetentionPolicy For more information about this command. Enter a user name and password that you use for accessing BMC BladeLogic. 2 If you have not cached your session credentials. see “Starting the Application Server Administration console” on page 45. do the following: 1 Start the Application Server Administration console. Executing the retention policy utility To execute the retention policy utility. Chapter 6 Managing BMC BladeLogic data 291 . For example. see the Delete name space of BLCLI Help.Marking data for deletion NOTE The most specific retention value will be used when executing a retention policy. For information. 2 Specify the retention period (in days) with the set command: set Cleanup AutoGeneratedRetentionTime #days Where: # days — is the number of days that job and depot objects are retained before being marked for deletion (when you execute the retention policy utility).

NOTE BMC BladeLogic also provides the performFullCleanupJob CLI command for database cleanup. the CLI prompts you for a user name and password.System_Cleanup authorization. you can cache your authentication information for repeated use over a given time period. TIP BMC Software recommends that you run the clean-up utility once per week. storing this information in the credentials cache. For information. To execute a database clean-up operation. see “Marking data for deletion” on page 289. For information. Enter a user name and password that you use for accessing BMC BladeLogic. to avoid longrunning clean-up runs. storing this information in the credentials cache. For information. NOTE If you are authenticating with SRP. see the Delete name space of BLCLI Help. see “Single sign-on” on page 121. see the Delete name space of BLCLI Help.Executing the database clean-up utility NOTE If you are authenticating with SRP. see “Single sign-on” on page 121. Executing the database clean-up utility Use this procedure to remove superfluous BMC BladeLogic data from Oracle and SQL Server databases. you can cache your authentication information for repeated use over a given time period. 2 If you have not cached your session credentials. For information on using the retention policy utility. 292 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 1 Start the Network Shell and then issue the CLI command that executes the database clean-up utility by entering the following: #nsh Server1% blcli Delete cleanupDatabase For more information about this command. your role must be granted the BL_Administration.

These files are temporary and will probably no longer be accessed. These files are temporary files no longer needed after the operation. the CLI prompts you for a user name and password.Cleaning the Application Server cache Cleaning the Application Server cache Each Application Server has a file cache (directory) containing files that it uses for operations it performs.System_Cleanup authorization. For information. The utility lets you specify parameters for the cleanup. NOTE If you are authenticating with SRP. transaction information and log files are created on the target servers and in certain cases are not deleted. see the Delete name space of BLCLI Help. Cleaning up target servers (Agents) During Deploy Jobs. use the target server clean-up utility To clean up transactions. such as Application Server name and the minimum elapsed time before files can be considered for deletion. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. To delete these objects from a target server. Chapter 6 Managing BMC BladeLogic data 293 . You can also use the utility to clean up caches of all accessible Application Servers. you can use the Application Server cache clean-up utility to delete them from the cache. To execute a clean-up operation. you can cache your authentication information for repeated use over a given time period. Enter a user name and password that you use for accessing BMC BladeLogic. 1 Start the Network Shell and then issue the CLI command that executes the Application Server cache clean-up utility by entering the following: #nsh Server1% blcli Delete cleanupAppServerCache <retention time> For more information about this command. your role must be granted the BL_Administration. see “Single sign-on” on page 121. storing this information in the credentials cache. objects such as BL packages. For information on configuring this property. the target server clean-up utility uses the value of the server’s TRANSACTIONS_DIR property to locate the transactions directory. 2 If you have not cached your session credentials.

see the Delete name space of BLCLI Help. 1 Start the Network Shell and then issue the CLI command that executes the target server clean-up utility by entering the following: #nsh Server1% blcli Delete cleanupAgent For more information about this command. use the command in a Network Shell Script Job. To execute a clean-up operation. The utility lets you specify parameters for the cleanup. See “Scheduling the target server (Agent) cleanup” on page 300. such as maximum size for the staging directory and the minimum elapsed time before files can be considered for deletion. the CLI prompts you for a user name and password. 294 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . To clean up a set of target servers.System_Cleanup authorization. For information. see “Single sign-on” on page 121. your role must be granted the BL_Administration. NOTE If you are authenticating with SRP. your role must be granted the BL_Administration.Cleaning up repeater servers To execute a clean-up operation. you can cache your authentication information for repeated use over a given time period.System_Cleanup authorization. You can use the repeater clean-up utility to delete these files. Cleaning up repeater servers Old temporary files from Deploy Jobs can accumulate in the staging directory on repeater servers. see the Delete name space of BLCLI Help. 1 Start the Network Shell and then issue the CLI command that executes the repeater server clean-up utility by entering the following: #nsh Server1% blcli Delete cleanupRepeater For more information about this command. storing this information in the credentials cache. Enter a user name and password that you use for accessing BMC BladeLogic. 2 If you have not cached your session credentials.

the system marks for deletion from the file server all files associated with the objects. NOTE If you are authenticating with SRP.Cleaning up the file server 2 If you have not cached your session credentials. these directories still exist. Cleaning up the file server When users delete objects from the BMC BladeLogic Console. Enter a user name and password that you use for accessing BMC BladeLogic. see “Single sign-on” on page 121. see the Delete name space of BLCLI Help. you must run the Delete updateDeleteDependencies to remove these directories. For information. You can use the file server clean-up utility to delete these unused files from the file server and from the temporary file storage on the Application Server. the CLI prompts you for a user name and password. storing this information in the credentials cache. the CLI prompts you for a user name and password. Before you begin When a Custom Package Deploy Job runs. To clean up the file server 1 Start the Network Shell and then issue the CLI command that executes the file server clean-up utility by entering the following: #nsh Server1% blcli Delete cleanupFileServer For more information about this command. Prior to running the Delete cleanupFileServer command. Neither the file server clean-up utility or database clean-up utility removes these directories. Even after the job run history is removed by the retention policy. Enter a user name and password that you use for accessing BMC BladeLogic. you can cache your authentication information for repeated use over a given time period. 2 If you have not cached your session credentials. it creates a subdirectory under the BLPackage directory for every iteration. Chapter 6 Managing BMC BladeLogic data 295 .

For more information about this command. 2 If you have not cached your session credentials. enter the command and specify a value for the objectName variable. Enter a user name and password that you use for accessing BMC BladeLogic. To execute a clean-up operation. The utility deletes the following objects: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Old audit trail entries Audit results Job run events Compliance results Snapshot results Job schedules Using this utility. storing this information in the credentials cache. snapshot results. To clean up one specific type of object. see “Single sign-on” on page 121. 296 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . However. you can cache your authentication information for repeated use over a given time period. for example. you can also clean up historical data by using the historical data clean-up utility. your role must be granted the BL_Administration. you can delete all historical data or only one specific type of object. 1 Start the Network Shell and then issue the CLI command that executes the historical data clean-up utility by entering the following: #nsh Server1% blcli Delete cleanupHistoricalData This command deletes all historical data. Cleaning up historical data As part of its operation. the database clean-up utility (cleanupDatabase) cleans up historical data from the database.System_Cleanup authorization. For information.Cleaning up historical data NOTE If you are authenticating with SRP. see the Delete name space of BLCLI Help. the CLI prompts you for a user name and password.

) File Server cleanup (See “Scheduling the file server cleanup” on page 299. 1 In a text editor. see “Single sign-on” on page 121. Running a utility as a script job lets you schedule the job so it executes on a regular basis rather than running it interactively.) Database cleanup (See “Scheduling the database cleanup” on page 298.Scheduling the cleanup NOTE If you are authenticating with SRP. For information.) Repeater cleanup (See “Scheduling the repeater server cleanup” on page 300.) Application Server cache cleanup (See “Scheduling the Application Server cache cleanup” on page 299. you can cache your authentication information for repeated use over a given time period. The script should consist of the CLI command that invokes the utility: blcli Delete executeRetentionPolicy Chapter 6 Managing BMC BladeLogic data 297 . storing this information in the credentials cache. for example: /Jobs/BMC BladeLogic Administration/Cleanup Scheduling the retention policy utility to mark data for deletion Use this procedure to run the retention policy utility as a Network Shell Script Job.) Target server (agent) cleanup (See “Scheduling the target server (Agent) cleanup” on page 300. You can set up Network Shell Script Jobs for performing these clean-up tasks: ■ Marking data for deletion (See “Scheduling the retention policy utility to mark data for deletion”. create a Network Shell script to run the retention policy utility.) ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ NOTE BMC BladeLogic recommends that you create all Network Shell Script Jobs for cleanup in a single directory. Scheduling the cleanup The clean-up utilities can be run as Network Shell Script Jobs.

add the Network Shell script to the Depot. 3 Create a Network Shell Script Job based on the script you added to the Depot in the previous step. specify the server functioning as the Application Server. Scheduling the database cleanup Use this procedure to run the database clean-up utility as a Network Shell Script Job.Scheduling the database cleanup 2 Using the BMC BladeLogic Console. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. TIP BMC Software recommends that you run the clean-up utility once per week. specify the server functioning as the Application Server. 1 In a text editor. 3 Create a Network Shell Script Job based on the script you added to the Depot in the previous step. 298 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. For information. B Schedule the job to run at a frequency you prefer. For information. to avoid longrunning clean-up runs. create a Network Shell script to run the database clean-up utility. choose the first option. A Assign any name to the script. For information. For information. B Schedule the job to run at a frequency you prefer. A For the target server. A Assign any name to the script. B When you specify the Script Type. B When you specify the Script Type. choose the first option. A For the target server. The script should consist of the CLI command that invokes the utility: blcli Delete cleanupDatabase 2 Using BMC BladeLogic Console. add the Network Shell script to the Depot. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide.

A Assign any name to the script. For information. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. The script should consist of the CLI command that invokes the utility: blcli Delete cleanupAppServerCache <retention time> 2 Using the BMC BladeLogic Console. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide.Scheduling the file server cleanup Scheduling the file server cleanup Use this procedure to run the file server clean-up utility as a Network Shell Script Job. create a Network Shell script to run the file server clean-up utility. choose the first option. For information. B When you specify the Script Type. Scheduling the Application Server cache cleanup Use this procedure to run the Application Server cache clean-up utility as a Network Shell Script Job. choose the first option. Chapter 6 Managing BMC BladeLogic data 299 . 3 Create a Network Shell Script Job based on the script you added to the Depot in the previous step. A Assign any name to the script. The script should consist of the CLI command that invokes the utility: blcli Delete cleanupFileServer 2 Using BMC BladeLogic Console. B Schedule the job to run at a frequency you prefer. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. add the Network Shell script to the Depot. See “Cleaning up the file server” on page 295 for notes on pre-requisites for running the utility. 1 In a text editor. B When you specify the Script Type. For information. A For the target server. add the Network Shell script to the Depot. 1 In a text editor. specify the server functioning as the Application Server. create a Network Shell script to run the Application Server cache clean-up utility.

A Assign any name to the script. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. A For the target server. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. A For the target server. create a Network Shell script to run the target server (agent) cleanup utility. The script should consist of the CLI command that invokes the utility: blcli Delete cleanupAgent 300 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . For information. create a Network Shell script to run the repeater server clean-up utility. Scheduling the target server (Agent) cleanup Use this procedure to run the target server clean-up utility as a Network Shell Script Job. specify the repeater servers you want to clean up. B When you specify the Script Type. For information. specify the server functioning as the Application Server. choose the first option. The script should consist of the CLI command that invokes the utility: blcli Delete cleanupRepeater 2 Using the BMC BladeLogic Console. For information. add the Network Shell script to the Depot. B Schedule the job to run at a frequency you prefer. 1 In a text editor. 3 Create a Network Shell Script Job based on the script you added to the Depot in the previous step. B Schedule the job to run at a frequency you prefer.Scheduling the repeater server cleanup 3 Create a Network Shell Script Job based on the script you added to the Depot in the previous step. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. 1 In a text editor. Scheduling the repeater server cleanup Use this procedure to run the repeater server clean-up utility as a Network Shell Script Job.

Chapter 6 Managing BMC BladeLogic data 301 . A For the target server. B Schedule the job to run at a frequency you prefer. B When you specify the Script Type. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. choose the first option. For information. For information. A Assign any name to the script. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. 3 Create a Network Shell Script Job based on the script you added to the Depot in the previous step. add the Network Shell script to the Depot. specify the target servers (agents) you want to clean up.Scheduling the target server (Agent) cleanup 2 Using the BMC BladeLogic Console.

Scheduling the target server (Agent) cleanup 302 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .

Overview Using advanced file servers and Advanced Repeater servers can help you improve the bandwidth utilization between the central file server and the repeaters. You can also configure bandwidth throttling on links between the Advanced File Server and the Advanced Repeater. the Depot objects are sent to the repeater in their entirety whenever they are required for a deployment. Using an Advanced File Server on the existing File Server with one or more Advanced Repeaters uses a more efficient protocol to ensure that only changes to the content are downloaded across the network.Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 7 An advanced file server or Advanced Repeater server uses BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater technology with deploy jobs to enable file servers and repeater servers to store and share deploy data more efficiently. With the standard BMC BladeLogic Server Automation file server and repeater. Figure 1 shows a sample configuration. Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 303 .

proprietary format that is well suited to providing bandwidth efficient transfer of data. The three key components are the Content Replicator. Both the Advanced Repeater and Advanced File Server are built on BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Client Automation technology. the Transmitter (used by the Advanced File Server). The following list defines some of these key terms. and the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Client Automation Proxy (used by the Advanced Repeater server).Key terms Figure 1 Sample configuration Key terms The BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater is the combination of Advanced File Server and Advanced Repeater server. ■ Advanced File Server . It uses the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Client Automation master transmitter component to hold a second copy of the depot content in a compressed. 304 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .an enhanced Java application server running on an existing File Server.

What is the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater? ■ Advanced Repeater . NOTE For instructions on installing the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater. any targets which have been configured through Routing Rules to use an Advanced Repeater will make use of the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater.a Java application that runs instead of the traditional BMC BladeLogic Server Automation repeater and uses the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Client Automation Proxy component to efficiently download data from the Advanced File Server. See “Best practice information” on page 306. ■ ■ What is the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater? The BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater provides scalable transport of data over wide-area networks.the Advanced Repeater and Advanced File Server are both installed from the same installation file. which use the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater. Using the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater technology for deploying data offers several key benefits: ■ Improved performance of staging data for deploy jobs. you can configure an Advanced File Server and one or more Advanced Repeaters. An RSCD agent must be installed on the servers hosting both the Advanced Repeater and Advanced File Server components. Any targets which are not configured to use a repeater stage the data directly on the target. Using BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater technology enables file servers and repeater servers to store and share deploy data efficiently. Advanced Repeater installer .used to publish the content from the existing file server to the Transmitter on the Advanced File Server. When a Deploy Job is run and is set for indirect staging. It is also used to pull the content down to the file system on the Advanced Repeater. Content Replicator . and is an alternate option when configuring file servers or repeater servers. see “Installing the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater” on page 307. Any targets which have been configured to use a standard repeater continue to do so. Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 305 . using the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Client Automation proxy. If you are using deploy jobs in a large-scale environment. consider setting up Advanced File Servers and using Advanced Repeater servers. Ability to manage the use of network resources by the Advanced File Server and Advanced Repeater server. ■ If the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater components have been installed.

but efficiency degrades. In limited disk space mode. it maintains three times the size of the data as cache. using SSL also increases the CPU usage by about 40% due to the encryption and decryption of the content. If the transmitter does not have enough disk space to maintain the optimal storage size ratio. When the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater has enough disk space.Best practice information NOTE Note the following requirements when configuring Advanced File Servers and repeater servers: ■ ■ An Advanced Repeater server cannot be enabled unless an Advanced File Server is enabled. CPU utilization The advanced file server does not make intensive usage of the CPU. BMC BladeLogic recommends that the file server have 200 GB or more of available RAID 5 disk space. and compressing. and starts maintaining free disk space instead. It is possible to run the transmitter with less than optimal disk space. but the CPU usage will spike when new content is published as this needs to be compressed. non-redundant. disk space. it runs in limited disk space mode. the file server must have a minimum of 72 GB of available. Memory utilization The default Java heap size is configured for a maximum of 512MB in the advanced file server. An Advanced File Server cannot be disabled if there are existing Advanced Repeater servers. 306 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . such as diffing. Best practice information Disk space If you are implementing an Advanced File Server. The Advanced Repeater transmitter component uses the additional space for optimizations that improve the efficiency of data replication. This setting means that about 1GB RAM should be allowed to run the advanced file server. In addition. the transmitter stops maintaining storage size ratio. and attempts to maintain at least 10% free disk space. caching. by removing cache files to reduce the amount of storage.

4 On the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater Installation screen. Installing using the installation program To install the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater 1 Download the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater installation file according to the download instructions in provided in the “Before you begin” chapter of the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Installation Guide. The installer files applicable to the Advanced Repeater are labeled BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater for hostPlatform on the EPD site. copy the installation file to a directory on the server you want to configure as an Advanced File Server or Advanced Repeater Server. click OK. In Linux Environments. 5 On the Welcome screen. The download instructions in the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Installation Guide provide a standard method for downloading the product files from the BMC Software Electronic Product Download (EPD) website. Different installers are provided for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows. Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 307 . 2 Do one of the following: ■ In Microsoft Windows environments.Installing the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater Installing the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater You can install the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater using the installation program or by performing an unattended (silent) installation. upload the installer bin to the file server or repeater server. click Next. ■ 3 Start the BMC BladeLogic installation program for your platform. 6 Accept the license agreement and click Next.

as long as the port number is not already in use. 11 Review the current settings to confirm that you have specified the correct installation configuration. Click Next. 308 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 12 When the installation completes. The Advanced Repeater Credentials window opens. The default port is 7717. click Finish.Installing using the installation program 7 Specify the destination directory. — Transmitter Listener Port: Specify the TCP port for the Transmitter service listener. 10 Specify the following: — Transmitter RPC Port: If the server is using remote procedure calls (RPC). NOTE The default installation folder (AdvancedRepeater) is the same for both Advanced File Server and Advanced Repeater Server. Specify an integer between 0 and 65535. Click Next.port number to be used by the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater. Click Next. A notification panel window appears if the installation program detects an existing installation. NOTE You must use the RPC port number that was set during installation. or accept the default credentials by selecting Use default tuner credential settings. Specify this TCP port if you are installing the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater behind a firewall. 9 Specify the credentials for the Advanced Repeater administrator. The Advanced Repeater Service Port window opens. or accept the default. You can use any port. The default port is 8081. — Click Next. 8 Specify the workspace directory (where the Advanced Repeater stores its channels). enter the port number used to establish a new connection for each RPC client connecting to the RPC server. and then click Install. or accept the default. — Proxy Listener Port: Specify the TCP port for the Proxy Service listener. The Workspace Directory window opens. Click Next to upgrade the installation. The default port is 5282. Specify an integer between 0 and 65535.

8.1).Performing an unattended (silent) installation To uninstall the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater Do one of the following: ■ On Microsoft Windows. For example: -A -P -J -J -J -J -J -J featureAdvancedRepeater installLocation=installationDirectory WORKSPACE_DIRECTORY=pathToWorkspace TUNER_ADMINISTRATION_USER_NAME=admin TUNER_ADMINISTRATION_PASSWORD=password TUNER_ADMINISTRATION_PORT_NUMBER=7177 PROXY_PORT_NUMBER=8081 XMITTER_PORT_NUMBER=5282 Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 309 . On Linux. enter the following command and follow the prompts on the uninstall wizard: ■ :/opt/adv/rptr/version/AdvancedRepeater/UninstallAdvancedRepeater # ./uninstall where version is the version number for BMC BladeLogic Server Automation (for example. Performing an unattended (silent) installation Install the Advanced Repeater using silent mode You can perform an unattended (silent) installation of the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater. create an options file and add the options for the installation that you want to run. To install the Advanced Repeater in silent mode 1 In a text editor. Before you begin Certain Terminal Server configuration options that pertain to temporary folders must be turned off. select Start => All Programs => BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Suite => Uninstall Advanced Repeater and follow the prompts on the uninstall wizard. to enable running the installation wizard through a Terminal Services connection or a remote desktop session.

on Windows: -P installLocation=C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\8. -J XMITTER_PORT_NUMBER= Guidelines ■ Each option must be on a single line.0\AdvancedRepeater\tuner On UNIX: -J WORKSPACE_DIRECTORY=/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8.Performing an unattended (silent) installation Where: Option -P installLocation= installationDirectory Description Sets the installation directory for the product. Specify this TCP port if you are installing the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater behind a firewall. For example. as long as the port number is not already in use.0\AdvancedRepeater On UNIX: -P installLocation= opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8. Specify an integer between 0 and 65535. -J TUNER_ADMINISTRATION_USER_ NAME= -J TUNER_ADMINISTRATION_ PASSWORD= -J The TCP port to be used by the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation TUNER_ADMINISTRATION_PORT_ Advanced Repeater. ■ 310 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . The default is 5282. Specify an integer between 0 and 65535. -J WORKSPACE_DIRECTORY= pathToWorkspace Specifies the workspace directory (where the Advanced Repeater stores its channels). -J PROXY_PORT_NUMBER= The TCP port for the Proxy Service listener.0/AdvancedR epeater/tuner The user name and password for Advanced Repeater administrator. The NUMBER= default is 7717. The TCP port for the Transmitter service listener. For example. The default is 8081. You can use any port. on Windows: -J WORKSPACE_DIRECTORY=C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\8. Specify an integer between 0 and 65535. Values for options may contain spaces.0/AdvancedRepeater -A featureAdvancedRepeater Specifies installation of the Advanced Repeater.

bin -i silent DOPTIONS_FILE=/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8.txt Upgrade the Advanced Repeater using silent mode You can perform an unattended (silent) upgrade of the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater. 1 In a text editor.0\silent_upgrade. AdvancedRepeaterInstallerName -i silent DOPTIONS_FILE=silentOptionsFilePath You must use an absolute path to the options file.txt UNIX example sh AdvancedRepeater_8_1_win32.exe -i silent -DOPTIONS_FILE=C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\8.txt Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 311 . Windows: AdvancedRepeater_8_1_win32.0/silent_install. Windows example AdvancedRepeater_8_1_win32. 3 Run the installation program with the -i silent option. However. 2 Change directory to the location where the installer resides.exe -i silent DOPTIONS_FILE=/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8.0/silent_install. AdvancedRepeaterInstallerName -i silent -DOPTIONS_FILE=silentOptionsFilePath You must use an absolute path to the options file. create an options file that contains this option: -A featureAdvancedRepeater 2 Change directory to the location where the installer resides. you should specify TUNER_ADMINISTRATION_USER_NAME and PASSWORD.Performing an unattended (silent) installation ■ All Java properties have default values if not specified in the options file. 3 Run the installation program with the -i silent option.

See the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide for information on creating automation principals. An automation principal defines a user credential that can be used for accessing external systems. create an automation principal which contains the user-defined Administrator credential used to configure the Advanced File Server. Set up credentials If you have not already done so.Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers UNIX: sh AdvancedRepeater_8_1_win32.txt Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers To adjust the configuration settings for the an Advanced File Server or Advanced Repeater server. 312 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .bin -i silent DOPTIONS_FILE=/opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8.0/silent_upgrade. see the following: ■ Configuring Advanced File Servers Configuring Advanced Repeater servers Changing the administrator user and password for Advanced Repeater Servers ■ ■ Before you begin NOTE Configuring an Advanced Repeater server behind a SOCKS proxy server is not supported.

select Configuration => Infrastructure Management.Configuring Advanced File Servers Configuring Advanced File Servers Use this procedure to modify a file server to be used as an Advanced File Server. 1 Create a file server as described in “Setting up the file server” on page 75. 4 Right-click the file server and select Properties to open the Modify File Server dialog. as described in “Installing the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater” on page 307. NOTE The Advanced File Server Root Directory path is different than the File Server Root Path. If you do not specify the install directory. change the Advanced File Server root directory path to point to the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater installation directory. the Transmitter and Performance tabs are not accessible. 5 On the General tab. Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 313 . while the File Server Root Path points to the directory on the file server where data is stored. 3 On the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Console. which uses the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater. click Enable Advanced File Server. 2 Install the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater on the file server. If necessary. The Advanced File Server Root Directory points to the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater installation directory.

See “Securing communication between Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers (optional)” on page 319. This default automation principal matches the built-in administrator credential. you can use SSL if your environment requires encryption. select "Default". If you have configured secure communication for the file server. This credential is needed by BMC BladeLogic Server Automation to access and configure the Advanced File Server. The automation principal is used to access and configure the Advanced File Server. check SSL Enabled. ■ 314 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . ■ If you have not changed any credential during the installation or post-installation procedures. specify the following: Option SSL Settings Description By default the traffic between the advanced file server and advanced repeater is not encrypted. If you specified a custom user/password combination during installation or in the post-install procedure. select the automation principal that was created for that user/password combination. However. Advanced File Server Administrator Select an Automation Principal from the drop-down list.Configuring Advanced File Servers 6 On the Security tab.

the value for the Transmitter Root Directory field reflects the installation directory for Copy B. you only need to install one copy of the Advanced Repeater on the file server host.Configuring Advanced File Servers 7 On the Transmitter tab. ■ In this case. The Advanced File Server Root Directory field on the General tab will be the same as the value specified here. The Host field on the General tab will be the same as the Transmitter Host Name field on the Transmitter tab. if there is not sufficient disk space on the file server host. Install Copy B on a separate transmitter host. Enter the RPC port number that was set during installation. as long as the port number is not already in use. ■ Install Copy A on an existing file server host. the transmitter (in the Advanced File Server) is located on the same host as the existing file server. Select the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater installation directory. In this case. You can use any port as the listener port. The RPC port is used to administer the Advanced Repeater components. you must install two copies of the Advanced Repeater. Transmitter Listener Port RPC Port Enter the port on which the Advanced Repeater listens for requests. In this case. the transmitter is located on the same host as the File Server. specify the following: Option Transmitter Host Name Transmitter Root Directory Description By default. By default. For example. In some cases. Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 315 . The value Advanced File Server Root Directory on the General tab reflects the installation directory for Copy A. you may want the transmitter to be on a different host than file server. however.

Compression level . If you select the Enable bandwidth management option. you can specify options that help you control the amount of network resources used during deployment. Instead of transferring entire files when updating payloads.Configuring Advanced File Servers 8 On the Performance tab. 316 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Differencing enabled . Set the amount of memory to allocate for differencing.specifies the level of compression the transmitter should use for the files it sends.the file is compressed as much as possible. Maximum throughput . This setting limits the total traffic leaving the transmitter.specifies whether the transmitter should use byte-level differencing. the transmitter automatically deletes optional files. — low . Specify the following: Option Network connections Network bandwidth Description Enter the number of clients (Advanced Repeaters) allowed to connect to the Advanced File Server at one time. A bandwidth setting of “0” (zero) sets specifies maximum bandwidth speed (unlimited). 10 Click OK. the transmitter uses byte-level differencing to send only the changed bytes. — medium .specify the number of kilobits per second that the Advanced File Server can use as throughput.the compression is fast but the file size isn't reduced as much as on high (however the byte-savings difference is minimal). specify the following: Option Disk resources Description Enter the minimum amount of disk space (as a percentage) that the transmitter should keep free. such as files in the index cache. — high . across all parallel connections. 9 On the Network tab. but for large files the process can take a long time and can use many CPU resources. Specify the following: ■ ■ File transfer efficiency ■ Compression enabled .enter the maximum amount of available bandwidth (as a percentage) that the transmitter can use. which allows the transmitter to send faster payload updates and to use less bandwidth.specifies whether the Advanced File Server should compress the files it sends.balances time and size. specify the following: ■ ■ Percentage of bandwidth . To keep the specified amount of disk space free.

If necessary. which uses the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater. 3 Do one of the following: — Right-click Repeater Servers and select New Repeater Server to start the New Repeater Wizard.Configuring Advanced Repeater servers Configuring Advanced Repeater servers Use this procedure to create or modify a server to be used as an Advanced Repeater server. click Enable Advanced Repeater. see the Exports File section in the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide. 2 On the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Console. See “Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers” on page 312. NOTE You must have first configured an Advanced File Server before you can configure an Advanced Repeater server. Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 317 . 1 Install the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater on the system that you will use as an Advanced Repeater server. change the Advanced Repeater root directory path. For more information. — Right-click an existing repeater server select Properties to open the Modify Repeater Server dialog. select Configuration => Infrastructure Management. NOTE The Advanced Repeater server must be able to access the Advanced File Server directly using the user name defined in the exports file on the file server. as described in “Installing the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater” on page 307. 4 On the General panel.

This credential is needed by BMC BladeLogic Server Automation to access and configure the Advanced Repeater. This default automation principal matches the built-in administrator credential. If you specified a custom user/password combination during installation or in the post-install procedure. Once the cache reaches the maximum cache size. However. BMC Software recommends that you set the cache low watermark to a value between 75 and 80 (indicating that it is 75% to 80% of the maximum cache size). specify the following: Option SSL Settings Description By default the traffic between the advanced file server and advanced repeater is not encrypted. you can use SSL if your environment requires encryption.Configuring Advanced Repeater servers 5 On the Security tab. See “Securing communication between Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers (optional)” on page 319. select "Default". ■ 6 On the Cache and Port panel. Enter a percentage that represents the lower limit (cache low watermark) for the Advanced Repeater cache size. specify the following: Option Cache maximum size Description Cache management options Enter the total size (in MB) for the Advanced Repeater cache. Cache low watermark 318 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . select the automation principal that was created for that user/password combination. ■ If you have not changed any credential during the installation or post-installation procedures. If you have configured secure communication. The automation principal is used to access and configure the Advanced File Server. the Advanced Repeater starts garbage collection to delete older channel files from the cache. The cache does not exceed this disk-space limit. check SSL Enabled. it takes a snapshot of the cache and then determines the number of files it must delete to reach the low watermark. Advanced Repeater Server Administrator Select an Automation Principal from the drop-down list. When the Advanced Repeater starts cache garbage collection.

enter the maximum amount of available bandwidth (as a percentage) that the Advanced Repeater can use. specify the following: ■ ■ Percentage of bandwidth . you can specify options that help you control the amount of network resources used during deployment. RPC port 7 On the Network panel. A bandwidth setting of “0” (zero) sets specifies maximum bandwidth speed (unlimited).Changing the administrator user and password for Advanced Repeater Servers Option Listener port Description Port management options Enter the port on which the Advanced Repeater listens for requests. you can change it using a Runchannel command. If you know the administrator user/password combination. — From a command prompt. Specify the following: Option Network connections Network bandwidth Description Enter the number of concurrent connections to the Advanced Repeater. Enter the RPC port number that was set during installation. (On Windows. You can use any port as the listener port. The RPC port is used to administer the Advanced Repeater components.specify the number of kilobits per second that the Advanced Repeater can use as throughput. — Navigate to the Advanced Repeater Server installation directory. when running the installation program. the default directory is C:\Program Files\BMC Software\Bladelogic\8. Changing the administrator user and password for Advanced Repeater Servers You can change the administrator user and password for Advanced Repeater Servers in any of the following ways: ■ In the installation wizard. 8 Click OK. If enabled. as long as the port number is not already in use. execute the following command: ■ Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 319 . Maximum throughput .0\AdvancedRepeater\tuner\). This setting applies for each repeater to file server connection.

execute the following command: tuner. for example) that is able to issue credentials used for PKI authentication. you can use the Tuner program to override the current user/password combination. All other traffic is all local and does not require encryption.exe -admin "newAdminUser. if you are using the built-in default user/password). (Note that the Tuner program can only be run locally.plain:newAdminPwd" ■ If you do not know the administrator user/password combination (for example.) — Navigate to the Advanced Repeater Server installation directory.admin" -value "newAdminUser. the default directory is C:\Program Files\BMC Software\Bladelogic\8.Securing communication between Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers (optional) runchannel http://localhost:5282/Marimba/Current/TunerAdministrator -tuner localhost:7717 -username oldAdminUser -password oldAdminPwd set -property "marimba. Set up the Advanced File Server for secure communication 1 Start the Advanced Repeater.tuner. — From a command prompt.d/advancedrepeater start 320 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .plain:newAdminPwd" Securing communication between Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers (optional) Optionally. using one of the following methods: ■ On UNIX and Linux. all communication between the Advanced File Server and Advanced Repeater servers using the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater can be encrypted using SSL.0\AdvancedRepeater\tuner\). use the following command: /etc/init. You can secure the link between the Advanced Repeater server and the transmitter located on the Advanced File Server. NOTE The following instructions assume you have a valid certificate authority (using OpenSSL. (On Windows.

complete the fields and click Next. Do not enter localhost. from the Start menu. 2 Click Request. select the root certificate you just imported and select SSL from the Trust Type group box. The Certificate Manager dialog is displayed. 7 On the Root Certificates dialog. Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 321 . select Root. 3 Click Next. click Programs => BMC Software => BladeLogic Server Automation Suite => Advanced Repeater. 2 Right-click the Certificate Manager option and select Start. 4 Click Import to display the Import Certificate dialog. The SSL Certificate Request dialog is displayed. Generate the SSL certificate 1 In the Certificate Manager dialog.Generate the SSL certificate ■ On Windows. TIP If you do not see any channels listed in the Channels list. 6 When prompted for a password or nickname. 3 In the left pane. 5 Browse to the location of the root certificate and select it. The root certificate is now configured on the Advanced File Server. 4 On the Class 3 Digital ID Information panel. and click Next. leave the entry field blank. use the actual name of the Advanced File Server host system. 5 Specify a password. select Channel => Show internal channels to populate the list. select SSL in the left pane. TIP When specifying Host name.

12 On the Install SSL Certificate dialog. 11 On the SSL Certificates dialog. complete the following steps on the Advanced File Server.http. click Install. The Unique ID is displayed on the Certificate Information dialog.http.http. The certificate request is generated. 9 Forward the file to your Certificate Authority. 322 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . copy the contents of the file. 1 In the Certificate Manager dialog.Enable SSL on Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 6 Click inside the text box and enter characters until the counter reaches zero. Enable SSL on Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters To configure the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater for secure communication.http. 10 Once you have received the signed certificate.secure true where ■ uniqueID is the ID you obtained in step 3. 4 Using the Unique ID displayed in the certificate. 8 Copy the certificate request and paste it into a text file. enter the following commands to configure the transmitter to use the certificate and only accept https traffic: runchannel transmitterURL runchannel transmitterURL runchannel transmitterURL plain:password runchannel transmitterURL hostname property -setProperty transmitter. 2 Select the certificate you just created.savepw true hostname property -setProperty transmitter.certID uniqueID hostname property -setProperty transmitter.pw hostname property -setProperty transmitter. 3 Click View. select SSL in the left pane. 7 Click Copy CSR to paste buffer. 13 Click Done to complete the SSL certificate. paste the contents of the signed certificate and click Next.

d/advancedrepeater start ■ On Windows. http://localhost:5282/Marimba/Current/TransmitterAdministrator. 1 On the Advanced Repeater server. 2 Right-click the Certificate Manager option and select Start. 3 In the left pane. by entering the following string in any browser address field: https://transmitterURL/?status transmitterURL is the URL to the Transmitter Administrator of the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater. select Root. 6 Restart the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater on the Advanced File Server. click Programs => BMC Software => BladeLogic Server Automation Suite => Advanced Repeater. Configure the Advanced Repeater server for secure communication 1 Copy the root certificate you created to the Advanced Repeater server. For example. 4 Click Import to display the Import Certificate dialog. from the Start menu. 5 Validate that the communication type is enabled. Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 323 . 5 Browse to the location of the root certificate and select it.Configure the Advanced Repeater server for secure communication ■ transmitterURL is the URL to the Transmitter Administrator of the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater installed on the Advanced File Server. start the Advanced Repeater using one of the following methods: ■ On UNIX and Linux. The Certificate Manager dialog is displayed. The browser should display the status information for the Advanced Repeater. For example. use the following command: /etc/init. https://localhost:5282/Marimba/Current/TransmitterAdministrator.

3 Select Enable SSL.secure false 2 Restart the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Advanced Repeater. 2 Right-click the Advanced File Server and choose Properties.Configure the Advanced File Server to use secure communication 6 Click OK to bypass the Enter Password and Enter Nickname dialogs. For more information on using the Certificate Manager.http. clear the Enable SSL check box. Do not enter a password or a nickname. by entering the following string in any browser address field: 324 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . Configure the Advanced File Server to use secure communication You must configure the Advanced File Server to use SSL when communicating with the Advanced Repeater. select the root certificate you just imported and select SSL from the Trust Type group box. NOTE To disable SSL communication. 7 On the Root Certificates dialog. Disabling SSL communication 1 Enter the following command to disable secure communication between the Advanced File Server and the Advanced Repeater server: runchannel transmitterURL hostName property –setProperty transmitter. 3 Validate that the secure communication type has been disabled. 4 Click OK. see BMC Configuration Automation CMS and Tuner Guide. 1 Select Configuration => Infrastructure Management.

Troubleshooting advanced file servers and advanced repeaters http://transmitterURL:portNumber/?status transmitterURL is the URL to the Transmitter Administrator of the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater. The options are ■ ■ Network connections Network bandwidth (Percentage of bandwidth and Maximum throughput) These options enable you to enter a maximum amount of available bandwidth that the Advanced File Server or repeater can use. Troubleshooting advanced file servers and advanced repeaters The following topics may be useful if you are experiencing issues with advanced file servers and advanced repeaters. The browser displays the status information for the Advanced Repeater. Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 325 . as well as the number of kilobits per second that the Advanced File Server or repeater can use as throughput. ■ Configuring bandwidth throttling between Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers Location of log files Location of configuration files Starting and stopping the Advanced Repeater ■ ■ ■ Configuring bandwidth throttling between Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers Both the Advanced File Server and Advanced Repeater server include options that you can use to control the use of network resources during file staging and deployment. For example. The Network tab on the Advanced File Server or Advanced Repeater server Properties include options for controlling the number of network connections and the amount of network bandwidth. The options are particularly useful in large scale environments. http://localhost:5282/Marimba/Current/TransmitterAdministrator. where data is being pushed out to a large number of servers.

marimba/ws3/ Proxy log files access-y<yyyy>-w<w>. The bandwidth setting on Advanced File Server limits the total traffic leaving the transmitter.Location of log files NOTE The bandwidth setting on an Advanced File Server is different from the bandwidth setting on an Advanced Repeater server.0/AdvancedRepeater/tuner/.log The proxy access log is located in: Windows C:\Program Files\BMC Software\Bladelogic\8.log Log files for Advanced Repeater Default location Tuner log files The tuner log file is located in: Windows C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\8. Location of log files Log files specific to the Advanced Repeater are listed in Table 3 on page 325.marimba\proxyroot\lo gs\ UNIX /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8. while the bandwidth setting in Advanced Repeater server is a per connection setting (for each repeater to file server link). across all parallel connections.0\AdvancedRepeater\tuner\.marimba\BCAC\ UNIX /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8.0/AdvancedRepeater/tuner/. Table 3 Log file history-<n>. These options are described in detail in the procedures for Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeater servers and Configuring Advanced Repeater servers.marimba/proxyroot/logs/ 326 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .0\AdvancedRepeater\tuner\.

In general these configuration files should not be modified.txt file (see Table 4 for location of file): marimba.nodisplay=true 2 Restart the advanced file server.txt The main configuration file for the tuner is located in: Windows C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\8.display.txt Configuration file Chapter 7 Configuring Advanced File Servers and Advanced Repeaters 327 .0/AdvancedRepeater/tuner/.txt UNIX /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8.log The proxy admin log is located in: Windows C:\Program Files\BMC Software\Bladelogic\8. perform the following steps: 1 Add the following property to the properties. However.Location of configuration files Table 3 Log file Log files for Advanced Repeater Default location admin-y<yyyy>-w<w>. if you are experiencing problems on Linux or UNIX systems that are not running X-Windows.tuner.marimba\proxyroot\lo gs\ UNIX /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8.0/AdvancedRepeater/tuner/lib/tuner/properties. Table 4 Configuration files for Advanced Repeater Default location Properties file properties.marimba/proxyroot/logs/ Location of configuration files Configuration files specific to the Advanced Repeater are listed in Table 4.0\AdvancedRepeater\tuner\lib\tuner\properties.0\AdvancedRepeater\tuner\.

328 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . use the following command: /etc/init. use one of the following procedures: — From the Start menu.txt UNIX /opt/bmc/BladeLogic/8. start or stop the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater Service.0/AdvancedRepeater/tuner/.d/advancedrepeater {start|stop} ■ On Windows.txt Configuration file prefs.marimba/ws3/prefs. click Programs => BMC Software => BladeLogic Server Automation Suite => Advanced Repeater.txt Starting and stopping the Advanced Repeater Use the following procedures to start and stop the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater: ■ On UNIX. — From the Services dialog.0\AdvancedRepeater\tuner\.marimba\BCAC\prefs.Starting and stopping the Advanced Repeater Table 4 Configuration files for Advanced Repeater Default location Preferences file The preferences file is located in: Windows C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\8.

Levels of integration The following sections provide an overview of the integration points. and describe the configuration tasks in BMC BladeLogic that are required to communicate with BMC Remedy ITSM. NOTE BMC BladeLogic supports integration with BMC Remedy ITSM Change Management. enabling you to track infrastructure change actions. and describe how to enable that integration within BMC BladeLogic. ■ The BMC Continuous Compliance for Servers solution Requirements for integration ■ Chapter 8 Integrating BMC BladeLogic and Change Management 329 . The following topics provide an overview of integrating BMC BladeLogic with the BMC Remedy ITSM change management solution.Chapter 8 Integrating BMC BladeLogic and Change Management 8 You can integrate BMC BladeLogic with your Change Management processes. Once configured and enabled. you can track infrastructure changes when a change is initiated by the BMC BladeLogic operator or when a remediation job is required due to the results of audit and compliance jobs.

For complete details on installing and configuring BMC Atrium Orchestrator and setting up the BMC Remedy ITSM templates and filters. auditing. and remediation processes with IT management systems such as BMC Remedy ITSM. The BMC Continuous Compliance for Servers solution automates the integration of BMC BladeLogic monitoring. The solution reduces the risk of unauthorized and unplanned changes through enforced change tracking and automated documentation of all changes. 330 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . This automation not only saves organizations time. For an overview of these tasks. contact your BMC Software sales representative. compliance.The BMC Continuous Compliance for Servers solution The BMC Continuous Compliance for Servers solution The BMC Continuous Compliance for Servers solution increases the value of BMC BladeLogic by providing an out-of-the-box integration with BMC Remedy ITSM applications. see “Requirements for integration” on page 332. There are also a number of installation and configuration tasks for other BMC Software tasks to enable the solution. These tasks are described in “Enabling BMC Remedy ITSM integration for job approval” on page 333. See “Facilitating BMC BladeLogic operator-initiated change” on page 331. There are several configuration tasks you need to perform to enable the integration of BMC BladeLogic and BMC Remedy ITSM. such as incident management and change management. ensure continuous compliance for servers. Benefits of the integration Implementing the BMC Continuous Compliance for Servers solution enables compliance to the change process without requiring IT personnel to manually create change tickets. but also reduces errors commonly associated with the manual coordination of change and configuration management. see BMC Continuous Compliance for Server Automation Solution Getting Started Guide. enabling an automated coordination of configuration management processes with other ITIL® processes. you can ■ ■ ■ facilitate the tracking of infrastructure change actions initiated by a BMC BladeLogic operator. See “Ensuring continuous compliance for servers” on page 331. If you implement the solution. See “Enriching BMC Remedy ITSM incidents with server configuration information” on page 331. The integration of BMC BladeLogic with BMC Remedy ITSM is accomplished through standard application interfaces (APIs). enrich BMC Remedy ITSM incidents with server configuration information. For more information on the BMC Continuous Compliance for Servers solution.

Ensuring continuous compliance for servers This integration involves automatically creating incidents and change requests if noncompliant servers are detected. the job is scheduled for execution in BMC BladeLogic. or if deviations from a master server configuration are detected. To automate this change tracking process. The main benefit of this integration is to enforce continuous compliance to the change process without introducing labor intensive activities.The BMC Continuous Compliance for Servers solution Facilitating BMC BladeLogic operator-initiated change When operations changes are implemented. the BMC Remedy ITSM change task is closed with an associated completion status and any changed configuration items (CIs). The server auditing and server compliance capabilities in BMC BladeLogic involve: ■ detecting discrepancies between specific servers or component configurations against a baseline server or configuration monitoring and detecting compliance violations between specific servers or component configurations against specific rules related to operations. After the job has run. a change request is automatically created in BMC Remedy ITSM when a BMC BladeLogic operator submits a job that requires BMC Remedy ITSM tracking and approval. The BMC Remedy ITSM user can launch the job details report from the task to verify the change actions. and governance ■ BMC BladeLogic integrates the remediation of discrepancies and compliance violations in BMC BladeLogic to the change management processes facilitated by BMC Remedy ITSM management system. Enriching BMC Remedy ITSM incidents with server configuration information This integration involves automating the addition of information from various relevant sources (such as BMC Atrium Configuration Management Database (CMDB) and BMC BladeLogic servers) to the incident ticket when a server-related incident is detected in BMC Remedy ITSM. These details added to the workinfo note of incident include things such as: ■ ■ ■ ■ audit trails basic server configuration information historical deployments in the past 24 hours links to BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation reports Chapter 8 Integrating BMC BladeLogic and Change Management 331 . operators need to document these changes in BMC Remedy ITSM Change Management. Once the change is approved in BMC Remedy ITSM. security. The integration reduces the risk of unauthorized and unplanned changes through enforced change tracking.

To complete the integration tasks associated with BMC BladeLogic. change tickets. using BMC Atrium Orchestrator as the enabling technology.Requirements for integration Requirements for integration To integrate BMC BladeLogic with BMC Remedy ITSM.The BMC Atrium Orchestrator workflows create incidents. you must have several BMC Software products installed and configured: ■ ■ ■ ■ BMC Atrium Orchestrator BMC Remedy ITSM BMC BladeLogic Server Automation BMC BladeLogic Integration for Atrium The BMC BladeLogic solution integrates the BMC Remedy ITSM and the BMC BladeLogic systems. you must complete the following configuration tasks in BMC Atrium Orchestrator and BMC Remedy ITSM: ■ Tasks for integration with BMC Remedy IT Service Management — Create the user ID which is used for monitoring the BMC Remedy alerts. and tasks using BMC Remedy ITSM templates. see BMC Continuous Compliance for Server Automation Solution Getting Started Guide. 332 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . see “Enabling BMC Remedy ITSM integration for job approval”. ■ Tasks for integration with BMC Atrium Orchestrator — Configure and deploy the required Operations Actions (OA) management modules — Configure BMC Atrium Orchestrator Run Book modules For details on installing and configuring BMC Atrium Orchestrator and setting up the BMC Remedy ITSM templates and filters. To implement the solution. — Review default BMC Remedy templates .

By default. set the Approval Required option for each available job type. Use this procedure to enable or disable the BMC Remedy ITSM job approval capability at the job type level.Enabling BMC Remedy ITSM integration for job approval Enabling BMC Remedy ITSM integration for job approval If your environment has been configured to integrate BMC BladeLogic with BMC Remedy ITSM Change Management (as described in BMC Continuous Compliance for Server Automation Solution Getting Started Guide). select Configuration => Approval Configuration. if integration with BMC Remedy ITSM for job approval is desired. the approval for each supported job type is turned off. 2 On the Job Approval Required Configuration dialog. Chapter 8 Integrating BMC BladeLogic and Change Management 333 . Configuring job approval for job types The Approval Configuration option enables you to configure whether or not jobs of a given type require BMC Remedy ITSM approval. For more information about Workflow Jobs. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. To fully enable the integration. you can track these infrastructure changes when the change is initiated by the BMC BladeLogic operator. complete the following configuration tasks in BMC BladeLogic: ■ Configuring job approval for job types Assigning job approval permissions Setting up the connection to BMC Atrium Orchestrator Enabling HTTPS support for the BMC Atrium Orchestrator connection ■ ■ ■ NOTE Two of these tasks—setting up the connection to BMC Atrium Orchestrator and (optionally) enabling HTTPS support—are necessary also for integrating with BMC Atrium Orchestrator for the creation of Workflow Jobs through the BMC BladeLogic Console. 3 Click OK. To configure job approval for job types 1 From the BMC BladeLogic Console.

5 Click OK to save the updates. Assign the appropriate approval type to each user role.Assigning job approval permissions All job types with Yes specified for the Approval Required option will require the completion of the Approval tab information in the job wizard. the BLAdmins Role has permissions to all approval permissions. When that user logs on. select Roles. 334 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . NOTE By default. 6 Click OK to exit the Update Permissions panel. Assigning job approval permissions Use this procedure to assign permissions to different BMC BladeLogic users for integrating job execution with BMC Remedy ITSM. only the job approval type assigned for the user role is listed when running the job wizard. 4 Add any of the following RBAC controls to enable specific BMC Remedy ITSM job approval permissions ■ ■ ■ ■ Automatic Manual Emergency NoApproval For example. 2 Right-click a role and select Open. 3 Click the Systems tab. To assign job approval permissions 1 In the RBAC Manager workspace of the BMC BladeLogic Console. ensuring that any jobs they initiate would be reviewed and approved by a BMC Remedy ITSM prior to execution. you may create a role for junior operators that has only Manual permission.

2 On the AO Configuration dialog box. This user must be associated with the ADMIN role in BMC Atrium Orchestrator. Parameter Host Port Grid Name Description The IP address or fully-qualified host name of the BMC Atrium Orchestrator CDP server. click Add. and then click OK. The BMC Atrium Orchestrator password for the specified user. The port number used to connect to the BMC Atrium Orchestrator CDP. The connection with BMC Atrium Orchestrator is established through the CDP or through a high availability CDP (HACDP). The amount of time. The name defined for the BMC Atrium Orchestrator grid. Before you begin From the BMC BladeLogic Console.Setting up the connection to BMC Atrium Orchestrator Setting up the connection to BMC Atrium Orchestrator Through the BMC BladeLogic Console. as all defined connections must be on the same grid. To configure the connection with BMC Atrium Orchestrator 1 Select Configuration => AO Configuration. enter the configuration information required to connect to BMC Atrium Orchestrator.* and the AutomationPrincipal. you must add the configuration information required to connect to BMC Atrium Orchestrator. 3 On the Add new AO configuration dialog box. ensure that your role is granted the AOConfig. For any additional CDP connection (see step 4).* authorizations. NOTE The integration between BMC BladeLogic Server Automation and BMC Atrium Orchestrator supports connections to a single grid only. Specify the name of a grid only if this is the first defined CDP connection. in seconds. The default is 300 seconds (five minutes). Other types of peers are not supported. Password Time-out Chapter 8 Integrating BMC BladeLogic and Change Management 335 . User Name The name of the BMC Atrium Orchestrator user used to log on to the CDP. before a BMC BladeLogic job that connects to BMC Atrium Orchestrator times out. this field is read-only.

ensure that you select the correct CDP. Multiple CDPs installed on a grid form a High Availability (HACDP) environment and allow communication to continue even when the connection with one CDP fails. click Check Connection.keystore -storepass changeit The value entered for the -dname option must match the host name where the BMC Atrium Orchestrator CDP is installed. SSL enabled? Whether the connection to the CDP is SSL enabled and based on an HTTPS connection (as described in “Enabling HTTPS support for the BMC Atrium Orchestrator connection”). Enabling HTTPS support for the BMC Atrium Orchestrator connection If you want to secure the communication of data between BMC BladeLogic Server Automation and BMC Atrium Orchestrator. If you define multiple BMC Atrium Orchestrator CDP instances. In this example. grid name. to ensure high availability. create the keystore file by entering a command such as the following example: keytool -genkey -alias w2k3-sp-vm5 -dname "cn=w2k3-sp-vm5" -keyalg RSA -keystore C:\.Enabling HTTPS support for the BMC Atrium Orchestrator connection Parameter Primary AO Description Whether to specify this CDP as the primary instance. If you want to test whether or not you can connect to the CDP with the host. the value is w2k3-sp-vm5. 4 If you want to add additional CDP connections to BMC Atrium Orchestrator. 5 Click Close on the AO Configuration dialog box. as defined in BMC Atrium Orchestrator. and password details that you specified. ensure that only one of your CDPs is set as the primary instance (using the Primary AO check box). To enable HTTPS support on BMC Atrium Orchestrator 1 On the system where the BMC Atrium Orchestrator CDP is installed. repeat step 2 and step 3 for every additional CDP instance of the same grid. user name. port. 336 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . In a high-availability environment with multiple CDP instances. you must enable an HTTPS connection on both products.

keystore file from the BMC Atrium Orchestrator CDP system to the system where the BMC BladeLogic application server is installed. To enable HTTPS support for BMC Atrium Orchestrator on BMC BladeLogic 1 If BMC Atrium Orchestrator is installed on a different machine.Enabling HTTPS support for the BMC Atrium Orchestrator connection 2 Enable HTTPS on Tomcat by completing the following steps: A Open the server.keystore storepass changeit In the command shown above. copy the C:\.1" SSLEnabled="true" maxThreads="150" scheme="https" secure="true" clientAuth="false" sslProtocol="TLS" keystoreFile="C:\. 2 On the system where the BMC BladeLogic application server is installed. note the following: ■ file is the name and location of the certificate file that is going to be created from this command.5.xml file. alias is the name used to distinguish certificates. 3 Restart the BMC Atrium Orchestrator CDP.keystore" truststoreFile="C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1. B Uncomment the following block of configuration information and add two attributes.0_13\jre\lib\security\cacerts" /> The keystoreFile attribute points to the location where the keystore file resides and the truststoreFile attribute points to the CA issued certs in the JDK installation location.csr -keystore C:\. <Connector port="8443" protocol="HTTP/1. export the public certificate from the keystore file which was generated for BMC Atrium Orchestrator to a temporary file by entering a command such as the following example: keytool -export -alias w2k3-sp-vm5 -file C:\cert. ■ ■ 3 Add the public certificate from the temporary file to the trusted certificate file by entering a command such as the following example: Chapter 8 Integrating BMC BladeLogic and Change Management 337 . keystore is the keystore file name and location that you created for BMC Atrium Orchestrator.

Change the path if BMC BladeLogic was installed in a different location.csr -keystore "C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\jre\lib\security\cacerts" -keypass changeit where C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version is the default installation path of BMC BladeLogic. 4 Enter the following command to check whether the certificate was added to the cacerts file: keytool -list -keystore C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\version\NSH\jre\lib\security\cacerts 5 Restart the BMC BladeLogic application server. 338 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .Enabling HTTPS support for the BMC Atrium Orchestrator connection keytool -import -alias w2k3-sp-vm5 -file C:\cert.

which integrates BMC BladeLogic with a key distribution center (KDC) to utilize the Kerberos v5 protocol for authenticating client-tier users. The public key. is used to decrypt the data.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Security Glossary This chapter provides definitions of terms commonly encountered when discussing network security. but for BMC BladeLogic Decision Support for Server Automation. AES The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is an encryption algorithm that has become the encryption standard used in most commercial transactions. known to everyone. Typically. known only to the recipient of the data. such as applications. Network Shell. the authentication service stands alone. asymmetric encryption A method of encryption that uses public and private keys. files. Authentication Service A service implemented within the BMC BladeLogic Application Server that is responsible for authenticating a user and issuing a session credential. printers. and users. is used to encrypt data. or the BLCLI) uses to specify the Authentication Service from which a session credential should be obtained and the authentication mechanism that should be USED to acquire that session credential. A Active Directory Microsoft's directory service. C certificate authority (CA) Security Glossary 339 . and the private key. which provides a centralized system for automating management of networked entities. an authentication service is implemented within the BMC BladeLogic Application Server. AD/Kerberos authentication The Active Directory/Kerberos (AD/Kerberos) approach to authentication. authentication profile A collection of information that a BMC BladeLogic client (BMC BladeLogic Console.

certification request A request for a certificate. Those objects are listed from bottom to top. A certificate is signed with the private key of the entity. certificate management protocol (CMP) A definition of the online interactions between end entities. DC=bladelogic. This leads to a tree-like certification hierarchy. Certificates can be thought of as analogous to passports that guarantee the identity of their bearers. A certificate authority can be managed by an external certification service provider or the CA can belong to the same organization as the end entities in a public key infrastructure (PKI). A certificate binds identity information about an entity to the entity's public key for a certain validity period. For example. DN 340 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . distinguished name An PKCS entry that identifies a user for an LDAP server. a distinguished name might be CN=admin. generated by end entities or registration authority (RA) and sent to the certificate authority (CA). CN=Users. certification service provider (CSP) An organization that acts as a trusted third party or a certificate authority (CA) host providing public key infrastructure (PKI) services to other organizations and individuals. The highest trusted CA in the tree is called a root CA. The CA usually issues new CRLs at frequent intervals. DC=sub1. A certification request contains at least the public key and some identity information about the entity making the request. If allowed by the certificate policy of the CA. DC=kerbtest. registration authority (RA). certificates Digital documents used for secure authentication of communicating parties.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z The trusted party issuing digital certificates (especially X. A certificate is digitally signed by a trusted third party who has verified that the key pair actually belongs to the entity. D Data Encryption Standard (DES) A common method of data encryption using a secret key that is shared by the sender and receiver. DC=com. CAs can also issue certificates to other sub-CAs. a certificate can be issued based on the request. certificate revocation list (CRL) A signed list containing the serial numbers of the certificates that have been revoked or suspended by the certificate issuer (the certificate authority (CA)) before their expiration date.509 public-key certificates) to an identified end entity and vouching for the binding between the data items in a certificate. and the certificate authority (CA) in a public key infrastructure (PKI). A distinguished name consists of the name of an entry as well as the names of the objects above that entry in the LDAP directory.

Domain Authentication An approach to authentication that is based on AD/Kerberos authentication. defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). One server on the network functions as the primary domain controller by managing a master database of users for the domain. which delegates user authentication to the Active Directory domain controller. domain controller A role assigned to a server in a network of computers running the Windows NT operating system. Security Glossary 341 . they can encrypt all of their communications to assure privacy and data integrity. K keystore A file used to store a list of certificates along with their private keys. Kerberos A cross-platform mechanism for mutual authentication between a client and server or between two servers before a network connection is opened between the two. In Windows NT. for protecting IP traffic at the packet level. The BMC BladeLogic implementation of Kerberos is based on MIT’s Kerberos v5. A type of keystore file used for holding certificates. J JKS Java keystore.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z An LDAP distinguished name. F failover A mode of operating in which a secondary component takes over the functions of a primary component when the primary component cannot function. I Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) A protocol suite. After a client and server have used Kerberos to prove their identity. domains are used to manage access to network resources. A user can access network resources by logging into the domain. domain. Additional servers can function as backup domain controllers. The primary domain controller periodically sends copies of its database to the backup domain controllers. The IPSec protocols are defined in RFC 2401. This information is passed to the Authentication Service. and password when logging in. IPSec can be used for protecting the data transmitted by any service or application that is based on IP. The protocol uses strong cryptography so a client can prove its identity to a server (and vice versa) across an insecure network connection. Domain Authentication only requires a user to provide a name.

The number is used only once to ensure that any communication used for authentication cannot be reused. BMC BladeLogic provides an approach to user authentication based on PKI. proxy mode A method of using Network Shell to connect to a remote server via a Network Shell Proxy Server rather than connecting directly to the remote server. encrypt. Many companies are using LDAP-based solutions as directories and user management systems. PKI See public key infrastructure (PKI). public key infrastructure (PKI) A collection of mechanisms that together allow network users to exchange data securely over a network. Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) A directory access protocol for accessing directories supporting the X. In public key cryptography. This means that each participating entity (person or device) of the public key infrastructure (PKI) has two keys. which requires a secure exchange of a shared key. certificate repositories (directories). a public key and a private key. tree-like structure. public key cryptography A method for authenticating a sender or encrypting a message sent over a network. R RC4 An encryption algorithm.500 models. and other mechanisms needed to authenticate. Public key infrastructure consists of a certificate authority (CA). N nonce A random number used for cryptographic processes.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z L LDAP Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). P PKCS A group of public key cryptography standards devised and published by RSA Security. The protocol for querying and modifying directory entries that are arranged in a hierarchical. 342 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . the encryption and decryption of messages is done with different keys. and decrypt communication using public key cryptography.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z RBAC The BMC BladeLogic system of role-based access control (RBAC). BMC BladeLogic clients use session credentials to establish secure sessions with BMC BladeLogic Application Servers and Network Shell Proxy Servers. Session keys are symmetric. For more information on RBAC. session credential A credential issued to a BMC BladeLogic client application after a successful user login. such as expert administrators or help desk personnel. SHA1 is used for many security application and protocols. After the session key is decrypted. meaning the same key is used to encrypt and decrypt data. including TLS. session key A key used for encrypting and decrypting traffic during a communication session. see the BMC BladeLogic Server Automation User Guide. SRP is the default approach to user authentication in BMC BladeLogic. service URL The identity and address of a BMC BladeLogic Application Service or Network Shell Proxy Service that can be accessed using a session credential. S secure remote password (SRP) A protocol for integrating secure password authentication into networked applications. RSA SecurID See SecurID. single sign-on Security Glossary 343 . The RBAC Manager workspace in the BMC BladeLogic Console lets you define roles. A hash function like SHA1 takes a long string as input and produces a fixed-length string as output. it is used for symmetric encryption of all subsequent communication during a session. asymmetric encryption is used only to encrypt a session key. In this way you can define a set of permissions that might be used by an entire class of users. role-based access control (RBAC) A system of granting permissions to perform certain types of actions to a role and then assigning users who need those permissions to the role. SecurID RSA’s authentication protocol based on two-factor authentication. This output is sometimes called a digital fingerprint. SHA1 The most commonly used function in the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) family of cryptographic hash functions. Because symmetric encryption is very fast and asymmetric encryption is very slow.

As long as the session credential is valid. trust store A file used to store a list of trusted certificates.509 A standard for defining digital certificates.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z The capability for users to cache session credentials so they can be used to secure subsequent sessions between client-tier applications and the Application Server or Network Shell Proxy Server.509 recommendation defines the formats for X. authentication. X X. The ITU-T X. the user does not have to authenticate again. TLS is typically used to secure HTTP connections.509 certificates and the X.509 certificate revocation list (CRL). TLS is the successor to the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. T Transport Layer Security (TLS) A protocol providing confidentiality. and integrity for stream-like connections. 344 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide .

conf file 186 creating blappserv_login.txt file 274 <category> tag for log4crc. 185.txt file 273 <layout> tag for log4crc. 237 provisioning with SHA1 fingerprints 204.txt file 277 network throttling options 315 advanced repeater configuring 316 disk space recommendations 306 installing 307 network throttling options 318 overview 305 securing communication 319 using network throttling 324 AES defined 339 agent logs disabling secure logging 280 enabling secure logging 279 security overview 277 verifying integrity of 279 agents and configuration files 233. 208 scheduling cleanup of 300 secure file 253 users file 247 users.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Index Symbols <appender> tag for log4crc.conf file 198 creating blclient_login.conf file 188 creating blclient_krb5. 235 cleanup of 293 configuring to authenticate using client-side certs 206. 237 accounts locking out 88 Active Directory defined 339 Active Directory/Kerberos 123 AD/Kerberos setting up Network Shell Proxy Servers 193 user names 192 AD/Kerberos authentication configuring Authentication Service 184.properties file for clients 200 updating Kerberos registry settings 196 verifying a keytab file 190 advanced file server configuring 312 Index 345 .conf file 196 creating user accounts 181 default users and roles 194 defined 339 exporting keytab file 181 implementing 177 locating KDC for client’s domain 197 locating KDC for service principal 186 overview 178 registering Authentication Service 180 requirements for Active Directory server 180 running kinit to get a TGT 201 sample domain structure 171 updating config. 209 exports file 240 granting access 233. 191 console to Application Server 194 copying keytab file to Application Server 185 creating blappserv_krb5.local file 247 anonymous user on Windows 17 Application Server information about 106 reporting information about 108 Application Server Administration console 44 binding to an IP address 67 canceling jobs 60 configuring Application Server 52 configuring database server 78 configuring file server 74 configuring mail server 76 configuring Network Shell Proxy Server 68 configuring Perl 77 configuring process spawner 79 configuring remote execution objects 68 configuring SNMP server 77 configuring the PXE Server 89 A access to RSCD agents 233.

135 SRP 122 Authentication Service 135 configuring 137 configuring for AD/Kerberos 184. 42. 206 security for 133 setting up to cooperate 58 shutting down gracefully 43 starting 41.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z controlling user interface settings 84 crossing mount points 82 default permissions 86 deleting group 84 enabling asynchronous execution 92 enabling import/export of property classes 87 enabling import/export of Property Dictionary 87 enabling/disabling the retention policy utility 289 evaluating SOCKS Proxy Server rules 73 job distribution 55 limiting smart live browse results 85 preparing HTTP proxy server support 66 restricting size of configuration objects 83 restricting size of extended objects 83 scaling Application Server 52 setting client idle time 60 setting communication ports 65 setting compliance results maximum 62. 151. 126. 191 configuring for Domain Authentication 171 registering in Active Directory domain 180 authorization described 120 automatically-generated objects setting retention time for 291 346 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 96 past due job behavior 63 pausing 43 profiles 93 profiles for 96. 70 setting connection types 65 setting database connections 64 setting login requirements 88 setting past due job behavior 63 setting retention time for automatically-generated objects 291 setting time-out behavior 61 showing no access nodes 84 specifying update group location 87 starting 45 Application Server cache scheduling cleanup of 299 Application Server Launchers editing access list for 113 Application Servers attributes for 100 attributes of 96 authentication framework 33 canceling jobs 60 changing access to 113 changing configuration of 100 cleanup of caches for 293 communication ports 65 compliance results maximum 62. 109. 128. 93 creating client-side certs 203. 111 terminating process for 111 tier 13 time-out behavior 61 types of 96 undeploying 110 understanding 30 work item threads 31 Application Service 135 configuring 140 architecture of BMC BladeLogic system 13 asymmetric encryption defined 339 asynchronous execution enabling 92 audience intended 11 authentication AD/Kerberos 123 Application Server framework 33 described 117 domain 124 for BMC Service Automation Reporting and Analytics 132 LDAP 122. 129. 208 restarting 111 restricting size of configuration objects 83 restricting size of extended objects 83 scaling 52 securing with certificates 223 securing with client-side certs 202. 158 managing profiles with blcred 226 PKI 123 profile files 150. 163. 100 provisioning agents with SHA1 fingerprints 204. 70 configuration wizard 34 configuring 29. 64 deleting the deployment of 110 deployment directories for 95 deployments 94 discontinuing client-side certs 210 introduced 15 job distribution 32 job execution thread 31 managing 44 maximum client idle time 60 multiple 93. 152 profiles 124. 207 creating multiple 97 database connections 33. 166 single sign-on 121. 125 SecurID 123. 109 stopping 42.

202. 11–12 overview 13. 13–19 Perl support 17 security 115.conf file creating for consoles 198 blclient_login. 194 illustrated 116 Network Shell to agent 133. 174. 211. 218. 224 verifying with OCSP 153 certification request 340 service provider 340 chrole command 128 cleanup of agents on servers 293 of BMC BladeLogic database 288 of repeater servers 294 of the Application Server cache 293 of the file server 295 scheduling of 297 cleanupDatabase command 292 client connections maximum idle time 60 client tier 13 of BMC BladeLogic 14 clients connections to database 64 secure file 253 use of term 11 client-side certs 119 discontinuing use 210.properties file for clients 200 configuration for Domain Authentication 172. 221. 115–231 security glossary 339 BMC BladeLogic Console and secure file 253 job parts 31 jobs and Application Server 31 security 130 BMC Service Automation Reporting and Analytics authentication 132 security for 132 server-side certificates 132 BMC Software. 209 commands restricting access with exports file 244 communication legs Application Server to agent or repeater 133. contacting 2 browsing limiting number of results 85 C caching user information 230 certificate authority 339 management protocol 340 revocation list 340 certificate trust store for LDAP 159 certificates defined 340 for BMC Service Automation Reporting and Analytics 132 for secure communication 258 importing to clients 226 managing with blcred 226 setting up 223. 222 for Application Server 202.conf file 173 creating for Application Server 186 blappserv_login.conf file 174 creating for Application Server 188 blasadmin utility 44 starting 45 BLCLI security 130 settings for 84 blclient_krb5. 219. 212 Network Shell to Network Shell Proxy Server 131 repeater to agent 134. 70 config. 207 for Network Shell client 212. 206. 226 bltray 215 BMC Atrium Orchestrator integration 333 BMC BladeLogic architecture 13. 14. 203. 216. 217. 221. 233–264. 219. 175 configuration files exports file 240 Index 347 . 216 for repeaters 218. 222 reports client to reports server 132 security for 130 communication ports setting 65 Compliance Job results setting maximum number displayed 62. 15 configuration files 233.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z B BladeLogic integration configure job approval for job types 333 blappserv_krb5. 271 configuring Application Server 29 default permissions 16 default security configuration 16 introduced 11. 222 used by agents to authenticate 206. 210 BLCLI to Application Server 130 console to Application Server 130. 173.conf file creating for consoles 196 blcred configuring for AD/Kerberos 194 utility 125. 206.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z log4crc. 235 secure file 253. 74 configuring advanced file servers 312 scheduling cleanup of 299 D Data Encryption Standard defined 340 database cleanup 288. 175 default users and roles 177 implementing 170 G groups deleting in console 84 H high availability 159 host entries in secure file 257 HTTP proxy server 66 I impersonation 119 described 119 import and update process specifying temporary group location 87 indirect deployments and certificates 262 Infrastructure Management window Application Server information 106 installing the BMC BladeLogic Advanced Repeater 307 integration and configuration checklist 332 Internet Protocol Security defined 341 348 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 247–253 users. 272–285 overview 233. 240–247 configuring 241 examples 246 introduced 233. 166. 169. 192 customer support 3 user names 176 domain controller defined 341 E encryption described 118 for secure communication 258 environment variables 129 exports file 240. 64 databases configuring 78 connecting to Application Server 15 connections to 64 default entry in secure file 256 deployments 95 deleting for an Application Server 110 of Application Servers 94 DES defined 340 distinguished names for LDAP 160 documentation conventions 12 for Network Shell 12 Domain Authentication 124 configuring 171. 176. 235 options for configuring 241 restricting access to commands 244 extended objects restricting size 83 F file servers cleanup of 295 configuring 37. 289 scheduling 298 utility for 292 database configuration for Application Server 36 database connections for Application Server 33. 253–262 securecert file 262 setting up 233. 247–253 configuration objects restricting size 83 configuration wizard for Application Server 34 connection types for Application Server 65 console settings for 84 conventions used in documentation 12 copying objects default permissions 86 cross-registering users in RBAC database 160.local file 247. 173. 174.txt 272–285 logging 272. 233–264. 172. 271 subnet designations 236 users file 247.

txt file 272. 272–285 <appender> tag 274 <category> tag 273 <layout> tag 277 configuring syslog 284 default values 285 syntax 272 logging configuration file 272 configuring syslog 284 default values 285 login setting requirements 88 K KDC locating for client’s domain 197 locating for service principal’s domain 186 Kerberos defined 341 Kerberos authentication 123.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z introduction to BMC BladeLogic administration 11.conf file 186 creating blappserv_login. 55 past due 63 setting maximum for Application Server 52 L LDAP defined 342 user names 160 LDAP authentication 122 certificate trust store 159 configuring 161 distinguished names 160 high availability 159 implementing 158 overview 158 listening ports on Application Server 65 log4crc.conf file 188 creating blclient_krb5. 11–12 IP address binding Application Server to 67 IPSec defined 341 disabling 283 enabling 283 keytab files 128 copying to Application Server 185 exporting 181 verifying 190 klist displaying SPN for Application Server 189 J job execution thread for Application Server 31 job parts for BMC BladeLogic Console jobs 31 job runs setting retention time for 290 jobs canceling 60 defining time-outs 60 distributing between Application Servers 32.conf file 196 creating user accounts 181 default users and roles 194 exporting keytab file 181 implementing 177 locating KDC for client’s domain 197 locating KDC for service principal 186 registering Authentication Service 180 requirements for Active Directory server 180 running kinit to get a TGT 201 sample domain structure 171 updating config. 191 configuring blcred 194 copying keytab file to Application Server 185 creating blappserv_krb5. 178 client to Application Server 194 configuring Application Server 185 configuring Authentication Service 184.properties file for clients 200 updating Kerberos registry settings 196 verifying a keytab file 190 keystore file for cooperating Application Servers 58 keystroke logs 281 M mail server configuring 76 man pages 12 middle tier communication 118 of BladeLogic 13 of BMC BladeLogic 15 mount points setting up in Application Server 82 N Network Shell and secure file 253 caching private keys 214 discontinuing use of client-side certs 216 Index 349 .conf file 198 creating blclient_login.

169. 221 security for 134 using advanced repeater servers 305 RESULTS_RETENTION_TIME property 290 retention policy utility P passwords requiring periodic changes 88 setting minimum length 88 setting through configuration wizard 38 past due jobs 63 Perl 17 configuring 77 permissions default 16 for copied objects 86 PKCS# 12 defined 342 PKI 350 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 208 securing with client-side certs 218. 166.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z documentation 12 man pages 12 managing private keys 214 securing with client-side certs 212 security 131. 13–19 of Application Server 30 of configuration files 233. 192 defined 343 RC4 defined 342 remote execution objects configuring ports 68 repeater servers cleanup of 294 scheduling cleanup of 300 repeaters and certificates 262 configuring advanced repeaters 316 discontinuing use of client-side certs 222 provisioning with SHA1 fingerprints 204. 149 Network Shell Script Jobs for Application Server cache cleanup 299 for cleanup 297 for database cleanup 298 for file server cleanup 299 for repeater server cleanup 300 for retention policy utility 297 for target server (agent) cleanup 300 network throttling for advanced file servers 315 for advanced repeater 318 overview 324 no access nodes showing in console 84 nobody user on UNIX 17 notifications setting through configuration wizard 38 defined 342 PKI authentication 123 ports Application Server 65 for remote execution objects 68 Post-Install Configuration wizard 34 database configuration 36 file server configuration 37 notification configuration 38 password configuration 38 private keys caching in UNIX 215 caching in Windows 215 managing 214 privilege mapping described 119 process spawner configuring 79 product support 3 profiles 100 property classes enabling import/export 87 Property Dictionary enabling import/export 87 protocol levels defined in secure file 255 for secure communication 258 public key cryptography defined 342 public key infrastructure defined 342 PXE Server configuring 89 O OCSP 153 overview BMC BladeLogic 13. 219. 176. 133 Network Shell Proxy Servers 68 configuring 142 configuring clients for 147 configuring stand-alone 145 setting up for AD/Kerberos 193 user information for scripts 147 Network Shell Proxy Service 135 configuring 142. 235 R RBAC 128 cross-registering users 160.

169 Index 351 . 151. 253–262 certificates 258 client and server interaction 254 communication protocols 255 configuring 255 configuring for agents 210. 135 using blcred 226 self-signed certificates 119 server tier communication 119 of BladeLogic 13 of BMC BladeLogic 15 servers use of term 11 server-side certificates for BMC Service Automation Reporting and Analytics 132 service principal name displaying with klist 189 service URLs 117 session credential cache file 150. 151 described 121 Domain Authentication 124 environment variables 129 implementing 135. 167. 235 secure agent logging 277 disabling 280 enabling 279 secure agent logs security overview 277 secure file 253. 237 secure file 253 users file 247 users.local file 247 rscd entry in secure file 256 SecurID authentication 123 configuring 163. 216 secure remote password defined 343 securecert file 262 configuring 263 SecurID user names 166. 202 authentication using client-side certs 117 authorization 120 BLCLI to Application Server 130 console to Application Server 130 default configuration 16 for different communication legs 130 fundamentals 117 glossary 339 impersonation 119 Network Shell to agent 133. 123.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z description of 289 enabling/disabling 289 executing 291 scheduling for execution 297 retention time for automatically-generated objects 291 for job runs 290 roles selecting 128 RSA SecurID 123 RSCD agents and configuration files 233. 125 certificate verification using OCSP 153 client file locations 152 client files 150. 124. 115–231 Application Server to agent or repeater 133. 211 Network Shell to Network Shell Proxy Server 131 privilege mapping 119 repeater to agent 134. 235 options for configuring 258 protocol levels 258 rscd entry 256 setting defaults for clients 256 setting defaults for servers 256 setting parameters for a client 257 setting up for NSH clients 212. 142 importing CA certs to clients 226 keytab files 128 LDAP authentication 122 S scripts user information for 147 secadmin utility 258 introduced 233. 137. 217 reports client to reports server 132 session layer 118 single sign-on 121. 168 configuring RSA Authentication Manager 163 implementing 163. 126 managing with blcred 226 session key defined 343 session layer security described 118 single sign-on 117 AD/Kerberos authentication 123 authentication profiles 124. 140. 222 configuring for Network Shell Proxy Servers 147 default entry 256 encryption method 258 examples 261 host entries 257 introduced 233. 152 session credentials 121. 166 security administering 115. 235 exports file 240 granting access 233. 122.

247–253 configuring 249 examples 252 introduced 233. customer 3 syntax for log4crc. 192 users file 247. 235 options for configuring 251 T target server scheduling cleanup of 300 target servers cleanup of 293 technical support 3 terminology BMC BladeLogic 11 TGT running kinit to get 201 three-tier architecture 13 ticket-gathering ticket running kinit to get 201 time-outs defining for job parts 60 defining for jobs 60 TLS communication protocol 118 middle tier communication 118 server tier communication 119 TLS with client-side certs Application Server to agent or repeater 202.dat 128 users cross-registering 160. 250 examples 252 introduced 233.A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z overrides for client SSO files 150 PKI authentication 123 SecurID authentication 123 selecting roles 128 session credentials 126 SRP authentication 122 smart card authentication 123 SNMP server configuring 77 SOCKS Proxy Servers 73 SPN displaying with klist 189 SRP defined 343 SRP authentication 122 standard terminology 11 subnet designations 236 support. 176. 221.txt file 272 syslog configuring for logging 284 system architecture overview 13 specifying temporary group location 87 user accounts adding default for AD/Kerberos 194 adding default for Domain Authentication 177 creating in Application Server’s domain 181 locking out 88 user information for Network Shell scripts 147 generating 230 user interfaces settings for 84 user privilege mapping 17. 169. 206.local file 247.509 certificates 118 U update process 352 BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Administration Guide . 222 trusted keystore 150. 119 user_info. 166. 210 Network Shell to agent 212 repeater to agent 218. 192 requirements for names 160. 176. 52. 61 Workflow Jobs 333 X X. 152 W wild cards using in users. 169. 151. 219. 166. 247–253 configuring 249.local 250 Windows client configuration for Kerberos 196 Windows user mapping 149 work item threads for Application Server 31. 235 options for configuring 251 users.

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