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  1. 1. Compelling Events for Automation• Middleware Upgrades It’s great when new vendorsbring out new features - but often taking advantage ofthem takes a good deal of time and effort to upgradethe new infrastructure - and introduces risk. Automatingthe upgrade project speeds it up, reduces the risk andbuilds a more manageable platform in the future.• Migrating off ‘Premium Product’ With the economyas it is, more organizations are forced to tighten theirbelts, and one area that has come under particularscrutiny is the annual cost of maintaining installedsoftware. Some organizations have made the decisionto move less business critical applications off moreexpensive middleware onto open-source platformssuch as JBoss and Tomcat. This type of project isaccelerated when it’s automated and an automationtool makes managing hybrid or heterogeneousenvironments much easier.• Building a PAAS or a private cloud With pressureon businesses to deliver more innovation to theircustomers, faster, we see many of our customersbuilding Platforms As A Service and private clouds.These are a lot faster and quicker to set up using anautomation tool, and a lot quicker to manage demandonce they are up and running.• Core business application upgrades or migrationsMany of our customers occasionally need to upgradeor even replace their core business applications - oftencomplex, multi-layered, integrated systems that haveevolved over time and have many integration pointsand are absolutely critical to the minute by minuteoperations of the business. Using an automation toolcan reduce the risk and time associated with sucha project.• Platform migrations Sometimes it’s time to movefrom one platform to another - for instance, customerssometimes feel that a UNIX based platform willoffer them performance advantages over an OS400platform. But moving hundreds of middlewareapplications might seem like a challenge too far -without automation.WebLogic Insights• WebLogic Application Server is a complex, highlyconfigurable product with literally thousands ofinterrelated configuration items. The WebLogicplugins support deployment of code (in theform of ear/war files) and configuration to theWebLogic domain.• The plugin includes tasks to install and patchWebLogic binaries on the target server.• The plugin includes modules for snapshottingall configuration items in a WebLogic domainfor comparison over time to highlightconfiguration drift. The exported configurationmay also be templated and used as the basis tore-import to this, or another, WebLogic domain.Snapshotting may be achieved by either filebased or JMX methodologies.• The plugin also includes modules for WebLogicconfiguration and code deployment via a Pythonscripting framework. This allows for an application,its mappings and WebLogic configuration itemsto be deployed in an idempotent way (Thedeployment always brings the target up to thedesired state). All common configuration items aresupported in a simple to understand and use way.• It is easy, for example, to set a cluster count andtopology with a couple of configuration lines, insteadof the (potentially) thousands of lines that wouldbe needed using an xml export definition. Then, tocreate a package to increase the cluster count byone cluster member on each node in the topology isa single character change to the configuration file.This will be rolled out and updated automatically onthe next deployment to this environment, along withany other code and configuration changes bundledinto this package. Packages can be rolled forwardsand back as required.MidVision Extension to the IBM RationalAutomation Framework: WebLogicMidVision Extensions extend the target platforms of the IBM Rational AutomationFramework which provides organisations with Application Release Automation capabilitiesto reduce costs, improve productivity and time to value and assure compliance. Thisdatasheet refers to the MidVision Extension for WebSphere Message Broker.MidVisionExtensiontoIBMRAF
  2. 2. • Rearchitecting Change is a constant and businessesneed to continually evolve their IT infrastructureand operations, build new environments for thingslike Disaster Recovery and automating the buildand deployment of these new environments meansdelivering them faster.MidVision Extension forWebLogic OverviewThe MidVision Extension for WebLogic enables youto automatically deploy and configure WebLogicapplication servers and applications. You can, all withoutthe use of scripts:• Take snapshots of your environments• Detect configuration drift and compareenvironment configurations• Create templates from your snapshots• Promote them to create further downstreamenvironments through which to deploy your EARfiles based on this initial “golden” environmentMidVision Extension forWebLogic TemplatesA ‘Create New’ template is available for environmentcreation from the edit/promote panel using the NewEnvironment Definition function.The WebLogic Template is:• WebLogic 11 TemplateMidVision Extension for WebLogic Tasks• WebLogicBinaryInstallTask• WebLogicBinaryPatchingTask• WebLogicBinaryUnInstallTask• WebLogicDeploymentViaJythonTask• DeployFileViaJmxTask• UndeployFileViaJmxTask• DeployConfigurationViaJmxTask• StartDomainTask• StopDomainTask• StartManagedServerTask• StopManagedServerTask• DeployConfigurationTask• OracleFusionMiddlewareFormsCompileTaskMidVision Extension to RAF forWebLogic VersionsThe MidVision Extension for WebLogic supportsWebLogic 11G.If you use a version of WebLogic that is not listed hereand you would like to manage it using the MidVisionextension please email withthe details. For future versions, we aim to have supportwithin two quarters of Oracle announcing generalavailability, although customer demand can accelerateour development roadmap.MidVision ExtensionsMidVision have a number of extensions available for theIBM Rational Automation Framework from either IBM oras plugins direct from MidVision:Extensions ship with:• A Library of commonly used tasks• Wizards extensive help information• Predefined automation library elementsWant this extension? Getting hold of it’s easy:Go to the Plugin Manager in your installation of your MidVision Extension(s) and pick your plugin from the list.If you have any problems, please call or email your MidVision Account Manager.You must license your plugin separately - please speak to your MidVision Account Manageror email If you are an IBM Rational Automation Framework customer andwould like access to this plugin, please contact us at©MidVision2013.Allrightsreserved.Extensions from IBM• WebSphere MQ• WebSphere Message Broker• Oracle WebLogic• Red Hat JBossTarget Plugins from MidVision• .Net• Apache• Apache Tomcat• IBM Datapower• IBM WebSphere Portal Server• IBM WebSphere Business Process Manager• MySQL• Oracle DBMidVisionExtensiontoIBMRAF