This section introduces Deployment Automation components and provides instructions on creating, configuring, and managing them.
Components typically map to a functional part of a real world application and represent deployable items, or artifacts, such as files, images, databases, and configuration materials.
Components have user-defined component processes that operate on those items, usually by deploying them. Components also have versions, which are used to ensure that proper component instances are deployed.
When you create a component, you identify the source and define how to transfer the artifacts to Deployment Automation. The artifacts can come from a number of sources, including file systems, build servers, such as Jenkins, configuration management systems, such as Dimensions CM, source control systems, such as Subversion and PVCS, and Maven repositories. Each component represents artifacts from a single source.
During the automatic or manual version import, Deployment Automation uploads the component's artifacts to the Deployment Automation artifact repository called CodeStation. This stores component versions.
Components page overview
To work with components, navigate to Management > Components in the Deployment Automation user interface.
The following table describes what you can do on the Components page.
View the following details about a component:
You can sort information by displayed columns.
|Search||Search components by name, description, user role, or template.|
|Create||To create a component, click the
Create button. For details, see Create components.
For information on the available source configuration types you can use as an artifact source, see Source configuration types.
|Import||To import a component, click the Import button. For details, see Import and export components.|
|Edit||To modify the component's basic details, click the Edit icon next to the component.|
|Copy||To copy a component, click the Copy icon next to the component.|
|Inactivate||To deactivate a component, click the Inactivate icon next to the component.
To re-activate a component, click the Show Inactive button, and then click the Activate icon next to the component.
|Export||To export a component, click the Export icon next to the component. For details, see Import and export components.|
|Remove||To remove a component, click the Remove icon next to the component.|
To create or import component templates, select the Component Templates tab. Like with components, you can edit, deactivate, or export component templates by clicking the relevant icon next to the template.
For details on working with component templates, see Component templates.
Clicking the name of a component opens the selected component's page with more configuration options.
The following table describes the options on the component's page.
|Activity||View a graphical roll-up of activity for the
component, including deployment summary and scheduled deployments.
To view deployment history for the component, click the View Deployment History link.
|Details||To modify the component's details, click Edit.|
View and add application properties:
For details, see Add or edit component properties.
|Inventory||Filter inventory to view the associated applications or resources.|
|Versions||Import versions to the component. For details, see Import component versions.
To deactivate or delete an existing version, click the relevant icon next to the version.
|Processes||Create a component process. For details, see Create and design component processes.
To view details, copy, deactivate, or delete an existing process, click the relevant icon next to the process.
|Tasks||Create manual tasks that you can later incorporate into a component process. For details, see Create component tasks.|
|Templates||Create configuration templates. For details, see Configuration templates.|
|History||View deployment and change history for the component.
Deployment Automation retains information about modifications to components so that you can keep the history of changes for components and the history of processes run against the components.
|Security||Set role membership and default permissions for the component.|