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Deploying Blueprints

Blueprints are descriptors or patterns which describe how Cloudsoft AMP should deploy applications. Blueprints are written in YAML and many of the entities available are defined in the Blueprint Repository.

Launching from a Blueprint

We’ll start by deploying an application with a simple YAML blueprint containing an Apache Tomcat server.

Copy the blueprint below into a text file, “myapp.yaml”, in your workspace (Note, to copy the file you can hover your mouse over the right side of the text box below to get a Javascript “copy” button).

name: Tomcat
services:
- type: org.apache.brooklyn.entity.webapp.tomcat.TomcatServer
  name: tomcatServer
location: <your-location-definition-goes-here>

Locations

Before you can create an application with this configuration, you need to modify the YAML to specify a location. Locations in Cloudsoft AMP are server resources which AMP can use to deploy applications. These locations may be servers or cloud providers which provide access to servers.

In order to configure the location in which Cloudsoft AMP launches an application, replace the location: element with values for your chosen target environment. Here are some examples of the various location types:

The Vagrant configuration described in the running AMP guide is the recommended way of running this tutorial. This configuration comes with four blank vagrant configurations called byon1 to byon4.

These can be launched by entering the following command into the terminal in the vagrant configuration directory.

$ vagrant up byon1 byon2 byon3 byon4

The location in “myapp.yaml” can now be replaced with the following YAML to launch using these vagrant servers.

location:
  byon:
    user: vagrant
    password: vagrant
    hosts:
      - 10.10.10.101
      - 10.10.10.102
      - 10.10.10.103
      - 10.10.10.104

Cloudsoft AMP uses Apcahe jclouds to support a range of cloud locations. More information on the range of providers and configurations is available here.

As an example, here is a configuration for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Swap the identity and credential with your AWS account details, then replace the location in your “myapp.yaml” with this.

location:
  jclouds:aws-ec2:
    identity: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST
    credential: s3cr3tsq1rr3ls3cr3tsq1rr3ls3cr3tsq1rr3l

The Bring Your Own Nodes (BYON) configuration allows Cloudsoft AMP to make use of already available servers. These can be specified by a list of IP addresses with a user and password as shown below. More information including the full range of configuration options is available here.

Replace the hosts, user and password in the example below with your own server details, then replace the location in your “myapp.yaml” with this.

location:
  byon:
    user: myuser
    password: mypassword
    # or...
    #privateKeyFile: ~/.ssh/my.pem
    hosts:
    - 192.168.0.18
    - 192.168.0.19

Note: For instructions on setting up a variety of locations or storing credentials/locations in a file on disk rather than in the blueprint, see Locations in the Operations section of the User Guide.

Deploying the Application

First, log in to AMP with the command line interface (CLI) tool by typing:

$ br login http://localhost:8081/

To secure the Cloudsoft AMP instance, you can add a username and password to AMP’s properties file, as described in the User Guide here. If this is configured, the login command will require an additional parameter for the userid and will then prompt for a password.

Now you can create the application with the command below:

$ br deploy myapp.yaml
Id:       hTPAF19s   
Name:     Tomcat   
Status:   In progress  

Depending on your choice of location it may take some time for the application to start, the next page describes how you can monitor the progress of the application deployment and verify if it was successful.

Next

Having deployed an application, the next step is monitoring and managing it.