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Video: Rapid IT Deployment with Login AM Blueprints

Video: Rapid IT Deployment with Login AM Blueprints

Hi, I am Mike and today I need to test a very important application update that just came in. My finance colleagues need this update. In the past, setting up a test environment simply took too long. With pressure from my superiors building up, I would often take my chances and implement the update directly on the production systems manually. And I must admit, I wasn’t always successful. This is where Login AM Blueprints come in.

These blueprints allow me to deploy an entire test environment with only a few mouse clicks. Here’s how it works: I install a fresh instance of Login AM and now I am ready to import our blueprint by selecting the Blueprint import options from the Options menu. Login AM asks me where my blueprint is located. Using the browse button I can locate and select the blueprint I want to deploy. The information panel might contain important information that I need to know about this blueprint before I continue. I have deployed this blueprint many times before, so I am just going to skip this for now.

The following screen shows the content of the blueprint and it asks me if I want to import the software media which is needed to deploy the blueprint.

rapid it deployment with login am blueprints import wizard archive contents vmware horizon view

I am going to import that media since I installed a fresh copy of Login AM. Then, Login AM displays an overview of the required software media. In this case all media is included in the blueprint which is a big timesaver. When media inclusion is not possible, this page will allow me to browse for external media in order to complete the deployment.

Now I need to assign computers to the collections within my blueprint. In this case, I only need to deploy two systems. 90% of all required deployment parameters are hidden from view as they are the same in all my environments. But this page allows me to enter those settings that are specific to my test environment.

rapid it deployment with login am blueprints import wizard variable values

I’m almost there. This review panel shows all the choices I made and it asks me if I want to immediately deploy the blueprint. Let’s just go ahead and deploy. Before the actual deployment starts, Login AM will first check the connectivity to the target machines. This may take a while.

When connectivity is okay, we are ready to roll. Collections and packages are created, media is imported and our target systems are deployed. And all that while I’m headed for the coffee making machine… uh I mean that important meeting. And we are finished.

Login AM should have installed all necessary software and created the required security groups in the active directory. Let’s see if we can log on to the system. I am switching over to my VMware View client. I need to add my freshly installed connection server using the Add Server option.

Now let’s see if we can connect to our VMware connection server. I need to enter my username and password. And finally, let me just launch my hosted notepad to verify that my deployment actually works.

vmware horizon client notepad

So there you have it. VMware Horizon up and running in just a few clicks. Well now it’s time for me to go ahead and start testing the new Internet Explorer plugin.

Make sure you check out the growing list of blueprints that are provided by Login AM at our website.

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