Using Group Tasks to Install Software and Run Scripts on Groups

Updated by Richard Seroter on Oct 14, 2014
Article Code: kb/961

Last updated:  Thu 10/8/2014 11:24 PST


Administrators use CenturyLink Cloud Blueprints to create templates for servers or entire environments. One valuable stage of this process is where users can select software or script packages to apply to the server(s). This capability helps administrators quickly prepare servers for their intended use. However, if an administrator wishes to install software on multiple servers after they have been provisioned, they either need to create a new blueprint that does this, or, use the Execute Package feature that lets users select a package to run against any or all of the servers in a particular Group. This is useful for performing tasks such as joining an entire set of servers to a domain, installing a new performance monitoring agent, or adding a software patch to a subset of machines. Packages execute against servers whether they are running or not. For servers that are not running, the service puts the server into a running state, executes the package, then restores the server to its previous state.


1. Navigate to a Group of Servers

Using the left navigation menu choose Infrastructure > Servers.

Locate the Group that contains servers that needs a bulk script or software installation. In the example below, the Group is named “Application Servers.” 


2. Execute Package from Group actions menu

  • Hover over the "actions" menu and choose the “execute package” option. 

  • Select a package to apply to the servers in this group. You can view all packages, or filter based on visibility or name. 

  • After selecting a package, the description will appear along with a place to enter values for all the parameters defined the package, if there are any. Fill out all the fields then continue to scroll down.

  • Choose which of the servers in the Group will have the package installed. Only servers built from the package's supported OS templates will show as selectable. Once the server(s) have been selected, click "execute package" to begin the installation.

  • The CenturyLink Cloud Control Portal creates a Blueprint and runs the designated package on the selected machines. 


3. Confirm Group Task Completion

  • Navigate to the server details for one of the servers affected by the package execution. Grab the IP address of the server.
  • Start the OpenVPN client and open up a secure connection to the CenturyLink Cloud.
  • Initiate a Remote connection into the server. For Windows machines, use the RDP client.
  • Confirm the package was run successfully.