A mild case of paranoia. Or too many episodes of Breaking Bad and Walter White Syndrome. Whatever it is, I feel like Darrell Schrag’s been peering over my shoulder (across all of 9000+ miles) as I’ve been working on this post, tut-tutting at some of the wrong turns I’ve taken. Though Darrell had no idea I’ve been writing this post, “Getting the Most out of Your UrbanCode Deploy Implementation” might well have been directed at me: this post is a kind of a case in point, at least of his advice on using/creating plug-ins.
Having successfully gone through installing WebSphere and creating Base WepSphere profiles using Urbancode Deploy (UCD), the next logical step is to use the profile in some way. Here’s where the Application Deployment for WebSphere plug-in comes in. There are a bunch of steps in this plug-in that help with a whole range of WebSphere tasks.
After creating generic UCD processes to first install WebSphere and then create standalone (Base) WebSphere profiles, I wanted to turn my attention to applying the second process to WebSphere ND. I’d already written about creating a clustered CLM setup using the command line in my old post Clusters of CLM applications without a GUI so this should have been pretty simple. It occurred to me that the steps in both the processes from the last two posts could actually be steps in a UCD plug-in, just like the Application Deployment for WebSphere plug-in. Of course I’ve never written an UCD plug-in before and my experiences with writing RTC extensions had left me with the distinct feeling that this kind of thing was not for mere mortals like me. This was the domain of gurus and gods like Ralph Schoon. However, the thought had been planted in my head and, like in Inception, I could not help but follow it through.
Following up my last post, I describe a simple sample UCD process that helps with automating the creation of Base WebSphere profiles. I hope to attack setting up WebSphere ND infrastructure at some later time. As with the previous post the intent is not to create a “perfect” process but one that gets the job done while exploring some other aspects of UCD.