Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DevOps - Workbench deployment orchestration

DevOps Deployment Workbench offers customized XAML workflow templates that are designed to encapsulate many smaller individual deployment steps into a singular consistent workflow. Using the DevOps workbench you can create deployment Activities that offer many smaller coded XAML activities that perform distinct build or deployment tasks, such as updating of a value in an XML configuration document. All these activities can be later executed from the workbench UI to perform a deployment activity.
In this article we'll use the workbench UI to create a deployment orchestration and use this to perform a deployment activity.
  • From the DevOps workbench UI, create a new Deployment Orchestration as given below.

  • This creates a master deploy sequence which you can customize and extend by adding custom activities that describes your deployment process
  • From the properties box, change the master deploy sequence display name to your project deployment sequence name.

  • The deployment toolbox contains common deployment activities which you can use in your deployment sequence by dropping them to your activity
  • To start with the sample deployment scenario, we'll add a pre check for a valid operating system before copying the assemblies to the server.
  • From the toolbox, drag and drop the CheckOSName activity to the deployment sequence

  • From the toolbox drag and drop the .Net application deployment activity to the sequence and provide details for source and target as given below

  • Save your orchestration to the disk

  • We'll now use this initial deployment sequence to deploy to a test server from the workbench UI.
  • For adding a new target server connection, choose Target Servers option from the menu

  • Click on Refresh to see the target servers for deployment

  • Once you have configured the target servers, you can deploy the application from the workbench UI by clicking on Deploy to servers from the menu
  • Choose your build, package name and target server details to deploy the application from the workbench

  • Click on start to start the deployment process

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