May 19-20 l Washington, DC l Omni Shoreham




Extending Plesk Functionality to
Control External Web Services
A SoftLayer ...
Introduction


How to extend the functionality of Plesk for Linux
to talk to an external web service—the SoftLayer API.
1....
Introduction


A global, on-demand data center
and hosting service provider
The SoftLayer difference:
      – Automated Se...
Introduction


                                                &

Long-standing partnership across multiple Parallels
prod...
Plesk Modules Overview


“The main advantage of Plesk is the opportunity to manage a wide
range of functionality from a si...
Plesk Modules Overview




 Plesk Modules
 – Consist of Front-end, Back-end,
      Resource Files, Install scripts,
      ...
SoftLayer API Web Service

     – Used for infrastructure management
        ▪ Control Servers or Services (DNS, iSCSI, CD...
SoftLayer Plesk Module Example


     – Server Details
     – Bandwidth Graph from Switch Data
     – Server Power and Reb...
How we did it


     – Written in PHP
     – Built a class extending PHP SOAP Client
     – Uses built in Plesk templating...
File listing




 10   Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
Code to access SoftLayer API
$client = new SoftLayer_API_SoapClient('SoftLayer_Hardware_Server');
$objectMask = new SoftLa...
Module Page




 12   Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
General Tab




 13   Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
General Tab (continued)




 14   Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
Account Tab




 15   Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
Tickets Tab




 16   Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
Settings Tab




 17   Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
Conclusion




Plesk functionality can be extended
beyond the server using the modules subsystem
      – Next Steps for So...
References




      – Plesk 8.3 Unix Modules Guide
      – Plesk 8.3 Unix Modules Reference
      – SoftLayer API User’s ...
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SoftLayer-Extending Plesk Functionality

  1. 1. May 19-20 l Washington, DC l Omni Shoreham Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services A SoftLayer API Case Study Nathan Day CTO, SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.
  2. 2. Introduction How to extend the functionality of Plesk for Linux to talk to an external web service—the SoftLayer API. 1.Plesk Modules Overview 2.SoftLayer API Overview 3.Example: SoftLayer Demo Module 4.Questions 2 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  3. 3. Introduction A global, on-demand data center and hosting service provider The SoftLayer difference: – Automated Services and Solutions – Industry-leading Customer Portal and Open API – Industry’s First Secure Network-within-a-Network Topology – On-demand Scalability – Integrated Geographical Diversity www.SoftLayer.com 3 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  4. 4. Introduction & Long-standing partnership across multiple Parallels product lines – Gold Partner – Member of Service Provider Alliance Program – Sponsor of Parallels Summit 4 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  5. 5. Plesk Modules Overview “The main advantage of Plesk is the opportunity to manage a wide range of functionality from a single control panel. In this sense, integrating additional applications and services with Plesk via the mechanism of modules gains benefit as follows: – PCP (Plesk Control Panel) provides means for installing/uninstalling modules easily – Modules integrate with Plesk Language system – Modules integrate with Plesk Help system – Modules use skins provided by Plesk – Plesk provides Modules API specially designed to create Plesk-specific modules – Modules are registered in Plesk, which prevents from casual deletion of 'module’ applications” Plesk 8.3 Modules Development Guide 5 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  6. 6. Plesk Modules Overview Plesk Modules – Consist of Front-end, Back-end, Resource Files, Install scripts, Third-party code – Controlled by a GUI Using Module Manager 6 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  7. 7. SoftLayer API Web Service – Used for infrastructure management ▪ Control Servers or Services (DNS, iSCSI, CDN, etc.) – SOAP or XML-RPC – Same functionality available as SoftLayer customer portal – Details available at SoftLayer Developer Network http://www.softlayer.com/devnet.html 7 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  8. 8. SoftLayer Plesk Module Example – Server Details – Bandwidth Graph from Switch Data – Server Power and Reboot Management – Accounting ▪ Previous Invoices ▪ Current Balance – Support Ticket ▪ New ▪ Previous 8 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  9. 9. How we did it – Written in PHP – Built a class extending PHP SOAP Client – Uses built in Plesk templating – References built-in Plesk Module API – Uses built-in Plesk Global Constants – Created a template file per tab – Created a controller file per tab – Stores data in Plesk backend database 9 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  10. 10. File listing 10 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  11. 11. Code to access SoftLayer API $client = new SoftLayer_API_SoapClient('SoftLayer_Hardware_Server'); $objectMask = new SoftLayer_API_ObjectMask(); // General $objectMask->datacenter; $objectMask->serverRoom; $objectMask->provisionDate; $objectMask->lastOperatingSystemReload; // Hardware Components $objectMask->components->hardwareComponentModel->hardwareGenericComponentModel->hardwareComponentType; $objectMask->hardwareChassis; //software components $objectMask->softwareComponents->softwareLicense->softwareDescription->drivers; //network component $objectMask->primaryBackendIpAddress; $objectMask->primaryIpAddress; $objectMask->frontendNetworkComponents->uplinkComponent->networkVlan; $objectMask->frontendNetworkComponents->primarySubnet; $objectMask->frontendNetworkComponents->uplinkComponent->hardware; $objectMask->backendNetworkComponents->uplinkComponent->networkVlan; $objectMask->backendNetworkComponents->primarySubnet; $objectMask->backendNetworkComponents->uplinkComponent->hardware; $objectMask->bandwidthAllocation; // Billing cycle for bandwidth calculation $objectMask->account->billingInfo; $client->setObjectMask($objectMask); $server = $client->findByIpAddress($_SERVER['SERVER_ADDR']); 11 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  12. 12. Module Page 12 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  13. 13. General Tab 13 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  14. 14. General Tab (continued) 14 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  15. 15. Account Tab 15 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  16. 16. Tickets Tab 16 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  17. 17. Settings Tab 17 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  18. 18. Conclusion Plesk functionality can be extended beyond the server using the modules subsystem – Next Steps for SoftLayer ▪ Publish SoftLayer Demo ▪ Encourage/Develop Integration Projects 18 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  19. 19. References – Plesk 8.3 Unix Modules Guide – Plesk 8.3 Unix Modules Reference – SoftLayer API User’s Guide Wiki, http://sldn.softlayer.com/wiki – Kevin Laude, SoftLayer API Evangelist, klaude@softlayer.com 19 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
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