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  • 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.• 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..Net Insights• Roughly half of IIS users are on Version 6 andthe other half on 7. There are still a fraction ofusers on Version 5 which is now out of support,and although there are no announced plans toterminate support on Version 6, the launch ofVersion 8 in October 2012 would suggest it’s onlya matter of time. The migration path from Version 6to 7 has commonly proved to be painful, since theserver object configuration has changed requiringmanual intervention. Version 7 to 8 upgrades of IISare seen to be more straightforward, but for largerinstallations still represent a significant workloadand a good deal of potential risk.• There are some great new features in Version 8of IIS that users will want to take advantage of,such as: real CPU throttling, SSL scalability, servername indication, SSL manageability, dynamicIP restrictions, FTP logon restriction and a newapplication initialization module.RapidDeploy™ Plugin for .NetRapidDeploy™ provides organizations with Application Release Automation capabilitiesto reduce costs, improve productivity and time to value and assure compliance. Thereis a range of plugins available to extend the core automation framework capabilities tomost available platforms and perform integrations throughout the DevOps toolchain.This datasheet refers to the .Net plugin.Plugins are downloaded through the Plugin Manager console in RapidDeploy™, or from the MidVisionwebsite at www.midvision.com.RapidDeploy™TargetPlugin
  • 2. .Net Plugin OverviewThe :RapidDeploy™ .NET plugin allows you to managemultiple environments running Internet InformationServices. This is a safe and convenient way to supportserver deployment related common tasks like:• Install IIS and Web Deploy 3• Deploy InstallShield MSI packages• Manage IIS server objects• Deploy contents to Web Sites remotely• Synchronize server objects remotely• Migrate server objects from older versions(supported from IIS 6.0)• Backup and restore objects remotely.Net Plugin VersionsThe RapidDeploy™ .Net plugin supports IIS versions 6,7, 7.5 and 8.If you use a version of .Net that is not listed here andyou would like to manage it using RapidDeploy™please email sales@midvision.com with the details.For future versions, we aim to have support within twoquarters of the vendor announcing general availability,although customer demand can accelerate ourdevelopment roadmap.RapidDeploy™ PluginsThe RapidDeploy™ plugins extend the functionality ofthe core automation framework and are categorised inthe following way:• Toolchain plugins enabling integration with BuildEngines, Artifact repositories and Source ControlManagement tools• Transport plugins enabling use of SSH andAgent capability• Target plugins enabling connectivity with broadrange of Middleware Applications and Databases• Cloud plugins enabling connectivity to cloud providers• Business Intelligence plugins to extend theCAF including for example, enhanced comparisonfunctionality and additional reporting capabilitiesPlugins ship with:• A Library of commonly used tasks• Wizards & extensive help information• Predefined automation library elementsWant this plugin? Getting hold of it’s easy - either:1) Go to the Plugin Manager in your installation of RapidDeploy™ and pick your plugin from the list or2) Go to www.midvision.com > Support > Downloads > RapidDeploy Plugin Downloads and select yourplugin from there. 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 sales@midvision.com. If you are an IBM Rational Automation Framework customer andwould like access to this plugin, please contact us at www.midvision.com.www.midvision.com©MidVision2013.Allrightsreserved.RapidDeploy™TargetPlugin