Quick start for Windows

This topic provides a summary of the tasks for setting up Deployment Automation and its components on Windows.

Interactive server installation

The Deployment Automation interactive server installer uses a wizard that guides you through the installation process.

Run the following installer executable as a Windows local system user:

  • Windows 64-bit: MicroFocusDA-Server64.exe

The properties set during the server installation are recorded in the installed.properties file located in the server_install\conf\server directory.

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Quick server installation

For a quick default server installation, enter the installer wizard panel information as follows:

  1. Destination Folder: Accept the default and click Next.
  2. General Program Settings: Accept the defaults and click Next.
  3. Database Selection: Accept the default (Derby) and click Next.
  4. Database Details: Specify the details for the built-in Derby database as follows and click Next:

    • Port: 11377
    • User: <any user ID>
    • Password: <anypassword>
    • Confirm Password: <anypassword>

      Note: The Derby database will be created by the installer.

  5. Administrator Details: Enter the product administrator user name and password and click Next.
  6. Configuration Details: Accept the default (8080) and click Next.
  7. Ready to Install: Review the settings and click Install.
  8. InstallShield Wizard Completed: Review the installation details and click Finish.

    Your server installation is now complete.

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Start and stop the server

The installer installs Deployment Automation under the application server and starts the service automatically.

To start or stop the server service:

Use Administrative Tools > Services to start or stop Common Tomcat.

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Agent installation

You must install at least one agent for a basic installation.

Multiple agents on multiple machines

If you plan to run deployments on several machines, a separate agent with a unique name should be installed on each machine. If, for example, your testing environment consists of three machines, install an agent on each one. Follow the same procedure for each environment the application uses.

Multiple agents on one machine

If you plan to install multiple agents on a single machine, make sure that all names are unique: installation directory name, agent name, and service name, if running the agent as a service.

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Interactive agent installation

The interactive agent installer uses a wizard to guide you through the installation process.

Run the following installer executable as a Windows local system user:


For details, see Install agents with the interactive installer.

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Start and stop an agent

The agent installer installs the agent service, but does not start the service. It is set to manual start by default.

Note: If you are using an agent relay, you must start it before starting any agents that will communicate through it.

To start or stop an agent service:

Use Administrative Tools > Services to start or stop the agent, DA-Agent.

After the agent has started, in the Deployment Automation user interface, navigate to Management > Resources and select the Relays check box. The agent is now displayed with a status of Connected.

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Log in to Deployment Automation

After you have completed at minimum a server installation, you can log in to the user interface to start configuring Deployment Automation.

To open the Deployment Automation user interface:

  1. Open a web browser and enter the following URL:


    Use the host name and port for the application server where you installed Deployment Automation. The default port is 8080 for Common Tomcat.

  2. Log in to the server using the credentials (Username and Password) you set up during the server installation.

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Load plugins

Deployment Automation includes a set of standard plugins in the server installation.

Many additional plugins are available for you to download and use for your specific needs. Plugins can be installed, or loaded, at any time, directly from the DA user interface.

Note: In Deployment Automation 6.3.3 and later, you can load only the plugins that use Groovy version 3.0.0 or later. Plugins with an old Groovy version might not run on agents 6.3.3 and later.

To install a plugin:

  1. Extract the individual plugin zip file from the bundle you downloaded from the Deployment Automation support page.

  2. In Deployment Automation, navigate to Administration > Automation.
  3. On the Plugins tab, click Load Plugin.
  4. In the Load Plugin dialog box, click Choose File and select the plugin zip file you extracted earlier.
  5. Click Load.

After the load process completes successfully, the plugin is added to the list of plugins in Automation > Plugins and becomes available immediately.

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