A software repository is a central location where all kind of software is packaged. You can use it to search, list, download and install packages easily, either via command line or user interface. If you’re using Linux, you should already be familiar with it. RedHat or CentOS Linux, for example, use "yum" as their package manager. Other Linux flavors and even Windows provide similar package repositories and managers. It is obvious that this mechanism simplifies the installation and maintenance of software. The package manager automatically selects the correct version for your platform and also handles the installation of updates.
Wouldn't it be nice to have the HPE Software integrated in this package repository? This would give all the advantages I listed above, i.e., simpler installation and maintenance. And the good news is: There is now a repository solution available for the HPE Operations Agent. It’s part of the new release of the HPE Operations Agent 12.
The HPE Operations Agent 12 is bundled with an installation repository from where you can download, install and upgrade the agent binaries. This repository can be integrated as a third-party repository via yum.
What is AIRVA?
AIRVA stand for Agent Installation Repository Virtual Appliance. The HPE Operations Agent 12 ships as an appliance, including agent packages version 11 and version 12. It can be integrated via the yum package repository and includes a puppet automation. The AIRVA provides the same advantages as described above: a central location for Operations Agent binaries. With this, yum will automatically pick the correct Operations Agent files. In case the Operations Agents binaries are updated in the repository, they can be pulled automatically via the yum package manager.
Are you using another package repository or Windows? No problem! There is a script available for use with Linux or Windows. With this you can download and update the Operations Agent automatically.
Here are the steps to setup an AIRVA from the vSphere console:
This will download, install and activate the agent. No need to do anything else. Just wait a few seconds and you should see the agent is installed and configured. The only thing left is to accept the certificate request on your Operations Manager server.
Hint: The installation via script will also activate the agent if you provide the -om <management_server> parameter.
The new AIRVA, which is part of the HPE Operations Agent 12, makes it easy to install, update and maintain agent binaries. Just include AIRVA in your software repository. It is easy and simple. Once set up, your Operations Agent can be kept automatically up-to-date in the same way as all your software. Using Windows or puppet? No problem! Just use the scripts supporting these integrations Very cool!