The first thing to know about WebSphere and UrbanCode Deployintegration is the WebSphere Topology Discovery feature. If you have a big IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) environment, full of Cluster, Server and Application, UrbanCode Deploy (uDeploy) can really help you saving you time and makes access to many informations easier .
It makes it easier to set certain properties, such as cell name, node name, cluster name, server name and so on, by allowing you to import them into uDeploy.
One of the most useful thing you can do with UrbanCode Deploy is the “replace tokens” job. SysAdmins deal everyday with differents environments such as DEV, SIT, UAT, PROD. Your application needs different values like hostname, url, port, log level and much more depending on the environment where it’s deployed.
When you need to automate deployment process you must get rid of these values. With UrbanCode Deploy (uDeploy) you can create environment variables, assign values to these variables for each environment and create a component process who will replace tokens.
What we need is a uDeploy Server running installation, at least one uDeploy Agent and a plug-in called File Utils plug-in . Then we create a Component, an Application and one Environment. See images below:
Our goal is to automate the process of deploying a configuration to different environments. Let’s create an Environment Property Definition in our component: