If you are not using Solaris Automated Installer to provision machines, you can create Kickstart or autoYaST configuration files that automate the installation of the vRealize Automation guest agent and a Linux operating system on newly provisioned machines.

Table 1. Checklist for Preparing for Linux Kickstart Provisioning by using Configuration Files

Linux Kickstart by using a configuration file

Check Box Ensure that a DHCP server is available on the network. vRealize Automation cannot provision machines by using Linux Kickstart provisioning unless DHCP is available.

Check Box Prepare the configuration file. In the configuration file, you must specify the locations of the vRealize Automation server and the Linux agent installation package. See Prepare the Linux Kickstart Configuration Sample File.

Check Box Edit the isolinux/isolinux.cfg or loader/isolinux.cfg to specify the name and location of the configuration file and the appropriate Linux distribution source.

Check Box (Optional) Add customization scripts.

  1. To specify post-installation customization scripts in the configuration file, see Specify Custom Scripts in a kickstart/autoYaST Configuration File.

  2. To call Visual Basic scripts in blueprint, see Enabling Visual Basic Scripts in Provisioning.

Check Box Create the boot ISO image and save it to the location required by your virtualization platform. Please see the documentation provided by your hypervisor if you do not know the required location.

Check Box Gather the following information so that tenant administrators and business group managers can include it in their blueprints:

  1. The name and location of the ISO image.

  2. For vCenter Server integrations, the vCenter Server guest operating system version with which vCenter Server is to create the machine.

Note:

You can create a build profile with the property set BootIsoProperties to include the required ISO information. This makes it easier for tenant administrators and business group managers to include this information correctly in their blueprints.