You can export and import whole sets of Deployment Automation objects using replication. You can export from a source server and import on a target server to replicate a cluster of objects from one server to another. This can be used to maintain automation data between master and slave servers, even across an air gap.
Data is exported to and imported from a single file. If the servers are not physically connected, a flat file that contains source server data must be manually uploaded to the target server.
Replication is implemented as follows:
- You can select a set of applications that you want to export. All the linked objects, such as components, environments, and pipelines, are exported automatically with the applications.
- You can select a set of environments that you want to export. If an environment that is part of a pipeline is omitted from the selection, the pipeline is also omitted from the export.
- Exported files contain component versions with files of the associated components.
- Snapshots can be used instead of component versions if needed.
- Export and Import works with a single file containing all the data.
- Process execution history is not exported.
- Component mapping works only if the target server has agents with the same names as those on the source server.
- During the import procedure, the creation date for all objects is set to that of the current system. The creation date from the source server is ignored.
- All objects imported to the target server will have the same ID as corresponding objects from the source server. The import procedure identifies whether the object was previously imported from the source server based on its ID.