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Integrating Jenkins and IBM UrbanCode Deploy

Many teams use Jenkins for continuous integration, but need to coordinate the deployment of builds through environments. They will use Jenkins to create those builds, and pass new builds to IBM UrbanCode Deploy for deployment. Optionally, builds may be automatically
5 Reasons to use IBM UrbanCode Deploy if you are already using Chef

Chef and IBM UrbanCode Deploy provide automation frameworks that are built to solve different problems associated with software delivery. For instance, Chef is an infrastructure configuration management tool that excels at performing middleware deployments and getting basic tools and middleware
Fundamentals of Application Release and Deployment

New featured webinar:  Thursday, June 19th at 1pm ET Application release and deployment practices are the backbone of the DevOps movement.   But, how did these practices gain such an important role in software delivery, and how can your organization benefit
Auto Discovery and Auto Configuration in Plugins

Since version 6.0 of UrbanCode Deploy, plugins can be taught to automatically discover resources on agents. This is a guide for using that capability.
IBM DevOps for Cloud Delivers Smarter Apps at Market Speed

New featured webinar:  Tuesday, May 6th, 1pm ET IBM DevOps for Cloud Delivers Smarter Apps at Market Speed | 5 Reasons to use Chef and IBM UrbanCode Deploy together A lack of continuous delivery impacts the entire business. Costly, error-prone
Learn Faster: Deploy What You Have – Virtualize What You Don’t

New featured webinar:  Thurday, May 15th at 1pm ET Agile Development and DevOps emphasize quick feedback cycles. But how do we test non-trivial applications with many components? What do we do when some components are outside of our control, expensive
What is a Release [Video Tutorial]

In this video, I walk through configuring a Release in IBM UrbanCode Release so you understand how to scope a release, and how various concepts in the tool feed into it.   
Issue solved: “unresolved: ${p:finalStatus}” when starting an Automated Task from IBM UrbanCode Release.

Known issue: An Automated task started from a Scheduled Deployment in IBM UrbanCode Release will fail before the first Deployment Process  step in IBM UrbanCode Deploy. The error displayed in IBM UrbanCode Deploy is: The following properties were left unresolved:
WebSphere Topology Auto-Discovery [Video Training]

Steve Boone has put together a great training video of how to use WebSphere Topology Auto-Discovery.
Continuous Delivery in the Enterprise

Continuous Delivery seeks to deliver increased Business Agility by releasing smaller releases more frequently. For a development team, this may mean shorter sprints or a switch to Kanban. But what about the PMO, testing teams, and release management? To truly
Service Virtualization with Deployment Automation

IBM UrbanCode Deploy and Rational Service Virtualization (known as Green Hat) are frequently used together to facilitate continuous testing. UrbanCode Deploy delivers new components to test into the test environment while GreenHat virtualizes services that may not be present in
Continuous Delivery to Cloud – Exploring Scope and Scenarios

Cloud is both a catalyst and an enabler for DevOps. Having the flexibility and the services and capabilities provided by the Cloud lowers the barrier to adoption for organization looking to adopt DevOps. Hence, allowing them to achieve the business
Deploying Mainframe to Mobile with UrbanCode Deploy

Rosalind Radcliff and Zhang Hong Chen have written an excellent guide on using IBM UrbanCode Deploy for a multi-platform application deployment, with special emphasis on the mainframe. Their example shows a deployment of an application with mobile front end, a
Mobile App Deployment with Worklight and UrbanCode Deploy

Mobile development is characterized by a fast pace and the need for rapid feedback. The Worklight team has written a great article on using IBM UrbanCode Deploy to deploy mobile artifacts. They take advantage of the Worklight plugin for UrbanCode
Declare Death to Manual Deployments in 2014

Do your software projects stumble over the deployment hurdle? If so, you are not alone.  Many software projects struggle achieving consistent deployment across their environments — from Test to UAT to Staging to Production. Successful deployments must account for differences
Avoiding Another Dreadful Release Weekend

Are error-prone spreadsheets and legacy processes bogging you down? Are release weekends a necessary evil? Effective Release Management practices can shorten your release time, improve communication channels, and reduce the risk associated with your release. Watch webinar
Adapting Deployment Pipelines to Complex Applications

This presentation examines the limitations of the build promotion model, architectural approaches for adapting applications to that model, and deployment approaches that realign the release pipeline around the migration of value, rather than the migration of builds. Watch webinar
Deliver Cloud Applications Continuously with DevOps

Join Sanjeev Sharma, IBM Worldwide Lead – DevOps Technical Sales, as he discusses Cloud and DevOps, describing how IBM’s DevOps solution helps organizations maximize their ability to drive software innovation by leveraging the flexibility, scalability and services offered by a
Archived Documentation

Here is a list of our documentation: UrbanCode Deploy (6.0 and beyond) UrbanCode Release (6.0 and beyond) uDeploy (5.0 and earlier) uRelease (5.0 and earlier) AnthillPro (all versions) uBuild (all versions)
Continuous Delivery Maturity Model

How mature are our Continuous Delivery and automation practices? Where can we get the most improvement for our specific problems and needs? How are other organizations solving these same problems? This guide can help you answer these questions. Automation in
Using Resource Templates and Application Blueprints to catch new SoftLayer Environments

Setting up IBM UrbanCode Deploy to “catch” a newly provisioned environment requires setting up a Resource Template and an Application Blueprint. This article looks at how to do that, and how to trigger provisioning in a SoftLayer cloud. 1: Define
Application Release and Deployment For Dummies

Today’s competitive marketplace requires the organization to frequently release and deploy applications at the pace of user demands, with reduced cost, risk, and increased quality. This book defines the basics of application release and deployment, and provides best practices for
Deployment Automation Basics

Why should we bother automating deployments in the first place? What should the scope of the automation effort be? How do we get started? This white paper provides a solid introduction to these topics. Download from
ROI: The Value of Deployment Automation

How will we benefit from adding a software deployment automation framework? Whose work will be impacted by the changes it brings? Can we justify the investment in making the transition to automated deployments? This guide will help you answer these
7 Proven Practices to Strengthen Release Management

Business needs, market trends, and customer demands are forcing IT teams to deploy applications at a rapid rate. The frequency of the deployments can invoke human errors, failed deployments, and outages. This paper will guide you through seven best practices
The ABCs of Continuous Release and Deploy in a DevOps Approach

The bottlenecks in the release and deployment of software applications often start in the handoff from development to operations. This paper discusses how these bottlenecks can be reduced or eliminated by applying a DevOps approach to your release and deployment
Concepts in UrbanCode Release shared with UrbanCode Deploy

IBM UrbanCode Release and IBM UrbanCode Deploy are tightly integrated. Many of UrbanCode Release’s concepts build on top of what is available in UrbanCode Deploy. A Release in UrbanCode Release is composed of Applications. Applications in an UrbanCode Deploy server
Using Inventory Statuses to Model Staged Deployments

Let’s consider a scenario where a component needs a two step deployment process: install and then deploy. The install step should bring this into the state “Installed”, while the deploy process should bring the component to the “ready” state. Back-out processes
Deployment Scheduling and Blackouts: UrbanCode Deploy’s Calendar

IBM UrbanCode Deploy’s calendar can be used to view your deployment history and plan upcoming deployments. It can also schedule recurring deployments that will kick off automatically. Entering the calendar view from different perspectives will apply different filters to what
Introduction to Environment Gates in UrbanCode Deploy

In IBM UrbanCode Deploy, Environment Gates and Version Statuses can help you define policies restricting which versions of components and applications may be deployed into certain environments. For example, you would use Gates and Statuses to enforce a rule that
Blue Green Deployments using tags in IBM UrbanCode Deploy

Using Tagging to Implement Blue/Green Deployments Many clients using IBM UrbanCode Deploy are interested in implementing Blue/Green deployments. A Blue/Green deployment is a term that refers to a method of deploying the same Components to multiple servers or server clusters
Joining in UrbanCode Deploy

Advanced Joining Techniques in Urbancode Deploy One of IBM Urbancode Deploy’s most popular features is its graph-based process design system. It provides the user the means to create complex deployments with a simple drag-and-drop interface. However, as with any powerful
Plugin overview for UrbanCode Deploy

Plugins in IBM UrbanCode Deploy v.6.0.1- David Hatten, developer for IBM UrbanCode Deploy, discusses automation, updating, deleting, and source config plugins: Table of Contents: 0:22 - Automation Plugins 03:17 - Updating Plugins 8:00 - Deleting Plugins 10:16 - Source Config Plugins
Plugin Writing Example: Send an Email

A simple example Plugin. How to send an email in the middle of a process rather than using the built-in Notification Schemes.
Integrating UrbanCode Deploy and Rational Asset Manager

Leveraging Rational Asset Manager as a Source Config and quality tracker A typical delivery pipeline spans various functional groups, and their tools. Changes from development must be built, deployed to test labs, and once certified deployed to production.  To maintain
Understanding UrbanCode Deploy’s Model Driven Deployments

Model driven deployments deliver the feel of a declarative deployment tool to end users. Process designers define the "how" using imperative tools.
Plugin Authoring: Using the update.xml file

This guide examines how Plugins describe how they upgrade from prior versions.
Plugin Authoring: From Script to Plugin

This guide shows how to encapsulate a script you've written into an UrbanCode Deploy Plugin.
UrbanCode Deploy: Hidden properties and WebSphere Discovery

Sudhakar Frederick has been blogging through his explorations of UrbanCode Deploy working with WebSphere Application Server configuration and deployment. This entry looks at the value of auto-discovery and subtleties of hidden properties. It was originally posted here.  Having successfully gone
Q&A from last week’s UrbanCode Deploy public demo

Last week, we presented IBM UrbanCode Deploy to the Global Rational Users Group. Members of the user group community can watch the replay. Q. What is the install footprint for UrbanCode Deploy for a particular box, which is used for testing
Extending UrbanCode Deploy and uBuild with Plugins

Last week, Matt Wagner and I presented a tutorial (now recorded) on Building Air Framework Plugins. The slides are below: Extending uBuild and uDeploy with Plugins from IBM UrbanCode Products   Our Development team has been busy with plugins as
Configuration only Deployments: reduce outage windows by 90%

Configuration only deployments were one of the big features added in the 4.7 release of UrbanCode Deploy. The idea is pretty simple. If your application code didn’t change, but a setting you track in uDeploy (such as a timeout, url
Atomic Deployments with UrbanCode Deploy

Many teams are attracted to IBM UrbanCode Deploy by its notion of deploying full applications – multiple tiers, services, and components go out together. But what do you do when there is a partial failure? Most groups send alerts and
Deployments for TeamCity with IBM UrbanCode Deploy

We’re happy to announce a new integration for IBM UrbanCode Deploy. We now integrate with TeamCity from JetBrains as a source for builds to deploy. The integration finds builds from specified configurations, and imports them into the uDeploy artifact repository