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As previously noted in this chapter, NetMRI provides a dedicated virtual machine environment, called the Sandbox, where Perl/Python scripts are automatically run on behalf of the user. Perl and Python also provides provide access to operating system internals, interacting with appliance services, performing data I/O operations, and reading from and writing to blocks of appliance memory.

The sandbox runs an instance of the same operating system kernel as the NetMRI appliance, which is a standard Unix variant, with the normal operating system utilities and file system. You can install Perl/Python modules from CPAN into the sandbox environment and use them for scripting. You can install any Perl/Python distributions, executables and modules into the sandbox environment. The NetMRI sandbox environment provides a Perl/Python interpreter and supporting modules to support script execution.

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Note: The instructions in this section are for the VMware VSphere® platform. For the OpenStack platform, refer to the Infoblox Deployment Guide for NetMRI and Operations Center.

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To configure the Remote Sandbox, do the following:

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