Installing HCL Launch#

An HCL™ Launch installation consists of the HCL Launch server, a database, and at least one agent. The installation can include the blueprint design server and its engine and database.

Typically, the server, database, agents, engine, and blueprint design server are installed on separate systems, although for a simple evaluation they can all be installed on the same system.

Installing HCL Launch usually involves the following general steps:

  1. Add licenses to the server. For more information about the licenses that are available, see License management.
  2. If you are using a database other than Apache Derby, install the database before you install the server. See Installing the server database. Apache Derby is appropriate for evaluation installations only. If you choose Apache Derby, the server installation steps install Derby automatically, so you do not need to install it manually.
  3. Install the server. See Installing the server.
  4. Install agent relays. See Installing agent relays.
  5. Install one or more agents. See Installing agents.
  6. Start the server. See Starting and stopping the server.
  7. Optional: Install plug-ins. See Installing plug-ins.
  8. Optional: Install and configure the blueprint design server. To use the blueprint designer, you must complete the following steps:
    1. Acquire a Heat orchestration engine. To connect to OpenStack and OpenStack-based clouds, extend the existing Heat engine for the cloud; see Extending an existing OpenStack engine. To connect to non-OpenStack clouds, such as Amazon Web Services and MIcrosoft Azure, install an engine with HCL Launch; see Installing the engine.
    2. Configure a database for the blueprint design server. See Blueprint design server database configuration.
    3. Install the blueprint design server. See Installing the blueprint design server.
    4. Connect the blueprint design server to the server. See Connecting the blueprint design server to the server.
    5. Set up access control. See Configuring security for the blueprint design server.

The following diagram illustrates this process:

A diagram that shows the basic steps that are involved in installing HCL Launch

For information about accessing the HCL Launch web application, see Accessing HCL Launch.