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Monday, March 22, 2010

Side by Side Deployment with WLST

One of my online buddy requested me Python script help for developing Side by Side(SBS) deployment using WLST.

Automate Python Script for Side By Side deployment.

The project is in developing stage, the client need deploying the same applications with different versions must be available for development and testing teams, an automated handy WLST script is requested to develop by buddy WLA.
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To do this interesting  task, the plan for execution is prepared as following while doing the deployment criteria:
1. If the application is New and the version is new i.e no other version is in the ACTIVE state with the given appName, the script will deploy the application
2. If one of the version of given application is in ACTIVE state visible in the console, then the developer is try to deploy the next version, the script should do DeActivate the old version and deploy the new version.
3. Now already have two versions deployed on the domain one is : ACTIVE state and other is in RETIERED State then undeploy the REITRED versioned application with a timeout interval or deploy the new version so that it will make current ACTIVE application to RETIERED and new deployment to ACTIVE.

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For implementing the above logic in chronological way. The real challenge lies in the ISSUE with iterations. it was controlled by 'break' statement usually that we do in any C program. And I have used here a flag variable 'appFlags' to indicate the status of the Application status, like that we are able to maintained two version max in the console of the same app.


import sys
# Function for fresh plain deployment
def newDeploy(appName,ver):
    print 'Deploying .........'
    deploy(appName,'/path/applications/'+appName+'/'+ver , targets='AdminServer')

# Function for finding the  Application Status
def appstatus(appName, serverName):
    #get current real state for app in specific server
    currentState = cmo.getCurrentState(appName, serverName)
    return currentState
# Undeploy the given application 
# Target we can change according to domain and application deployed on
def unDeploy(appName):
    print 'stopping and undeploying ....'
    stopApplication(appName, targets='AdminServer')
    undeploy(appName, targets='AdminServer')

# Main program here...
# Target you can change as per your need
connect(user, passwd, adminurl)
for i in y :
 if i.startswith(appName )  ==1:
  #Checking for the application existence)
  print i
  print appstatus(i,'AdminServer')
 if appstatus(i,'AdminServer')=='STATE_RETIRED' :
 elif appstatus(i,'AdminServer')=='STATE_ACTIVE':
  print ' other Applications are Running '

if appflag == 1 :
    print 'application having RETIERED STATE ..'
    print appstatus(i,'AdminServer')
    print appstatus(i,'AdminServer')
elif appflag== 2:
    print 'Application exists in ACTIVE state...'
    print appstatus(i,'AdminServer')
    print 'new application'

How to execute the Side by Side deployment script?
Dear novice WLA, you can execute this script by re-defining your connection parameters at line 36. Remember one more thing is the application targeted to AdminServer this may vary for your environment as managed servers or clusters.
prompt$ java weblogic.WLST

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  1. Hi, your blogs are really helpful....But while doing deployment using WLST it is working fine but creating a difectory structure in the location from where i am running my script...the directory structure is
    my_dir(from where i ran the script)..
    my_war_file is also a directory but empty
    can you help me in this issue i am bit new to wlst

  2. Thunderboy,

    Can you share your script so that it will be clear to understand your concern.
    What deployment mode you are using?
    What is the error you are getting?

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  4. Hi Pavan

    If i change below lines will the script work for hot deploys?
    connect(user, passwd, adminurl)
    We deploy to i updated accordingly
    deploy(appName,'/path/applications/'+appName+'/'+ver , targets='clusters')
    stopApplication(appName, targets=''clusters')
    undeploy(appName, targets='clusters')

  5. lines 44-51 should be indented

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