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Deploying to and Configuring WebSphere Application Server with UrbanCode Deploy


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Integrating middleware configuration into your application delivery lifecycle can be difficult and usually requires painful manual processes and constant surveillance.

But, there is hope! IBM UrbanCode Deploy has a new and improved middleware configuration plugin for WebSphere Application Server that provides automated updates to WebSphere as part of the application deployment process. Instead of wrestling with manual changes, join us in this session to learn how this plugin can help you update, manage and configure multiple WebSphere instances automatically and automate application deployments on top every time.

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Deploying to and Configuring WebSphere Application Server with UrbanCode Deploy

  1. 1. Configuring WebSphere Application Server with UrbanCode Deploy May 17th, 2016 James Carmichael
  2. 2. Agenda • Discuss the WebSphere Application Server – Configure plug-in’s approach to configuration management • Review sample application/processes • Simplifying Configuration Data • Tokens & Snippets • Live Compare • WebSphere Migration Support • Demo featuring dynamic clusters • Key Takeaways • Resources • Questions 1
  3. 3. • Automated deployments require manual resources to update configuration • Manual comparison of configuration values across environments • Minimal history of configuration changes • Application configuration complexity outgrows human ability to manage Middleware Configuration Problems UCD WAS Deployment Manager WAS Admin Process Approvals, manual tasks, etc Share Deployment Related WAS Config Changes Manual Configuration 1 2 3Automated Deployment 2
  4. 4. UCD WAS – Deploy & Configure Plugins WAS Discover WebSphere Topology and Capture Configuration Automated Deployment Automated Configuration Deployment 1 2 3 4 Middleware Configuration Solutions featuring IBM UrbanCode Deploy with WebSphere Deployment Manager Make Deployment Related WAS Config Changes  Enables configuration management automation in concert with application deployments • Pulls and compares configurations directly from WAS • Allows for better tracking of configurations deployed in your SDLC 3
  5. 5. Artifact Library Application EAR WAR DB WAS Config Template Exemplar WAS Cell Plugin Import configuration WAS Configuration Template Creation + Template Assembled PROD QA DEV Deploy and promote application and configuration across environments IBM UrbanCode Deploy – WAS Configure Plugin – High Level Flow 1 2 3 4 4
  6. 6. WebSphere Configure Plugin – Discover Steps are provided to pull configuration data from WAS, parse it to cell, node, server, and cluster components, and templatize the configuration data so it may be applied to multiple environments 5 Deployment Manager Node Node Node Node Node Node Node Node Node Cell Cell Server Server Server Server Server Server Artifact Library
  7. 7. WebSphere Configure Plugin – Apply Applying the configuration uses the data from the UCD repository to update the configuration data on the target middleware environment 6 Deployment Manager Node Node Node Node Node Node Node Node Node Cell Cell Server Server Server Server Server Server Artifact Library
  8. 8. WebSphere Configuration Plugin – Compare • Compare will compare the data from the UCD repository with the live middleware environment 7 Deployment Manager Node Node Node Node Node Node Node Node Node Cell Cell Server Server Server Server Server Server ? = Artifact Library
  9. 9. Sample Application/Processes Getting started with configuration data
  10. 10. Examples are Provided • Example Application – Included with the plug-in – Applies changes and manages live compare • Example Generic Processes – Several example generic processes are included with the plug-in – Additional example generic processes are available on the plug-in site – Example processes walk through discovery/extract/templatize/component creation 9
  11. 11. Simplifying Configuration Data Getting what you want without the extras
  12. 12. Simplifying Discovered Configuration Data • The example processes assume Discovery is run at the Cell level – This discovers everything, resulting in large amounts of config data – In large environments, it may take hours to run • It is possible to run Discovery at a Node, Server, or Cluster scope – Results in less configuration data – Executes much more quickly 11
  13. 13. Simplifying Discovered Configuration Data • Users may also specify which config objects they wish to discover • Returns the specified objects and their children • May specify multiple config objects • Example: – Specify JDBCProvider as the config type to discover – Run Discovery at the Server scope – Result: Only the config data for that server’s JDBC Providers is returned 12
  14. 14. Simplifying Discovered Configuration Data • A configuration file may be split into multiple files • Configuration files are merged before Apply is executed 13
  15. 15. Tokens & Snippets Giving you flexibility in managing configuration data
  16. 16. Adding Tokens to Configuration Data • Properties in your configuration data may be replaced by tokens • Tokens are then replaced with the corresponding UCD property values as a process is executed 15
  17. 17. Snippets • Configuration data may be broken down into smaller pieces called snippets • May represent a configuration object that may be applied independently (example: a JDBC Provider to be added to a node) • May be a piece of configuration data extracted for easier management (JVM settings extracted to their own file but applied as part of a server’s overall configuration) 16
  18. 18. Applying Snippets/Tokenized Values • Processes may be created to replace tokenized values on the fly – “Modify JVM heapsize values on an application server” – Value(s) are not saved in config data but is applied to new server WebSphere 17
  19. 19. Live Compare Config Drift Detection
  20. 20. Live Compare • In IBM’s ideal world, WAS configuration changes would only be made through IBM UrbanCode Deploy • In the real world, users may make WAS configuration changes without going through UrbanCode Deploy • Steps are provided to detect changes between your configuration data and what is live in WAS • Processes may be built to perform certain actions if changes are detected (email someone, re-apply configuration changes, etc.) 19
  21. 21. WebSphere Migration Support Are you moving your configuration data from WebSphere 7 to WebSphere 8.5.x?
  22. 22. WebSphere Migration • Capture configuration data from your WebSphere 7 instance • Deploy configuration data to WebSphere 8.5.x instance • Recent customer engagement promoted configuration for a single cell instance that contained 7 nodes, 87 dynamic clusters and 91applications – Moved from WebSphere to WebSphere – Applications redeployed using the WebSphere Application Server – Deploy plugin – Can use their captured configuration data as the basis for managing their WebSphere configuration devops needs going forward 21
  23. 23. Demo Promoting Dynamic Cluster Configuration from DEV to QA
  24. 24. Demo • Topology discovery • Example process for WAS ND with dynamic cluster • Show how configuration data is stored in UCD (could also use alternative source controls like Git, Rational Team Concert, etc) • Add components to resource tree • Show example application and its processes • Compare configuration data versions • Promote across environments featuring Dynamic Clusters • Rollback 23
  25. 25. Resources
  26. 26. Prerequisites • Urban Code Deploy 6.2 or later ( or later strongly encouraged) • WebSphere Application Server – Configure plug-in (Recommend the latest version) • WebSphere Application Server – Deployment version 92 or later • If using Dynamic Clusters, WebSphere or later 25
  27. 27. WebSphere Application Server – Configure Plug-in • YouTube videos on the plug-in page • Documentation link leads to: – Example processes and their documentation – Troubleshooting guide – Several usage documents • Plug-in page: application-server-configure/ 26
  28. 28. UrbanCode Deploy WebSphere-Related Plugins • WebSphere Application Server – Configure – Focus of today’s presentation – Used to manage WebSphere Application Server configuration data • WebSphere Application Server – Deployment – Application oriented (install application binaries, deployment mappings) – Performs frequently used administrative tasks for WebSphere Application Server including start server, stop server, start cluster, stop cluster, etc. • WebSphere Application Server – Install – Includes a sample UCD application that automates a standard installation of WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment. – The sample application is meant to be used as a guide for creating your own installation process. 27
  29. 29. Key Takeaways
  30. 30. Key Takeaways • Takes advantage of many UrbanCode Deploy features – Versioning of configuration data – Tracking changes to configuration – Knowing in which environments your configuration data has been applied • Plugin has many samples to help you get started • Additional collateral on plugin download site • Template creation allows for easy promotion across environments • Compare “golden” configuration with live WebSphere instance to detect configuration drift • WebSphere Migration Support from WAS 7 to WAS 8.5.x • Promote WebSphere configuration data from on-premise environment to a cloud environment 29
  31. 31. Questions? Thank you!