IBM WebSphere Application Server v7.0 ND plugin

This IBM product plugin enables integration with and provisioning of WebSphere Application Server v7.0 services.

WebSphere is a complex, highly configurable product with literally thousands of interrelated configuration items. The RapidDeploy WebSphere plugins support deployment of code (in the form of ear/war files) and configuration to the WebSphere cell.

The plugins includes modules for snapshotting all configuration items in a WebSphere cell for comparison over time to highlight configuration drift. The exported configuration may also be templated and used as the basis to reimport to this, or another, webSphere cell.

The plugins also include modules for WebSphere configuration and code deployment via a Jython scripting framework. This allows for an application, its mappings and WebSphere configuration items to be deployed in an idempotent way (The deployment always brings the target up to the desired state). All common configuration items are supported in a simple to understand and use way.

It is easy, for example, to set a cluster count and topology with a couple of configuration lines, instead of the (potentially) thousands of lines that would be needed using an xml export definition. Then, to create a package to increase the cluster count by one cluster member on each node in the topology is a single character change to the configuration file. This will be rolled out and updated automatically on the next deployment to this environment, along with any other code and configuration changes bundled into this package. Packages can be rolled forwards and back as required.

Usage

This plugin can be used to take snapshots of and perform deployments to a WebSphere cell.

Please also take a look at the best practice scenarios to see how to make best use of this plugin.

Attributes and parameters

List and description of all tasks and resources.

Restrictions

This is separately licensed plugin that is not shipped with the framework. Please contact MidVision sales to obtain a copy of this plugin. This plugin interacts with IBM software, which may require a separate license.

Support

The plugin supports the use of three different methods to deploy WebSphere Application Server and Network Deployment configuration and ear/war file changes. These are: