Manage resources

This section introduces Deployment Automation resources and provides instructions for creating, configuring, and managing them.

About resources

In Deployment Automation, resources represent all objects managed through the Resources page of the user interface:

  • Deployment targets, such as the agent, or entities managed by the agent, such as databases or J2EE containers. Typically, resources are located on the same target server where their managing agent runs.

  • Agent relays and network relays. They define the connection details and manage the communication between the server and agent.

A resource can represent a physical machine, which is the simplest configuration, or a specific target on a machine, such as a database or server. A machine can host several resources. In addition, a resource can represent a process distributed over several physical or virtual machines.

To perform a deployment, you must define at least one resource. Complex deployments require at least one agent. Typically, each host in a participating environment has an active agent to handle the resources located there.

If an agent is configured to handle multiple resources, Deployment Automation runs a separate agent process for each one. Components are deployed to resources by agents, which are physical processes.

A proxy resource is a resource effected by an agent on a host other than the one where the resource is located. If an agent does not require direct interaction with the file system or with process management on the host, you can use a proxy resource. When a deployment needs to interact with a service exposed on the network, such as a database or J2EE server, the interaction can happen from any machine that has access to the networked service.

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Resources page overview

To work with resources, navigate to Management > Resources in the Deployment Automation user interface.

The following table describes the main tasks you can do on the Resources page.

Task Description
View details

View the following information about a resource:

  • Name and description
  • Resource's parent
  • Status, such as Offline, Online, or Unknown
Filter and sort

Filter resources:

  • By state, such as Active or Inactive.
  • By status, such as Offline, Online, or Unknown.
Search Search resources by their name, description, or status.
Create To create a resource, click the Create button.
Edit To modify the resource's name, description, parent (for subresources), and impersonation settings, click the Edit icon next to the resource.
Copy To create a copy of the resource, click the Copy icon next to the resource.
Inactivate To deactivate a resource, click the Inactivate icon next to the resource.

To make a resource active, click the Show Inactive button, and then click the Activate icon next to the resource.
Remove To remove a resource, click the Remove icon next to the resource.

Clicking the name of a resource opens the selected resource's page with more configuration options. The following table describes the available options.

Option Description
Edit To modify the resource's name, description, parent (for subresources), and impersonation settings, click the Edit icon next to the resource.
Inventory

To filter inventory, select from the following options:

  • Current: View the current inventory for the resource.
  • Configuration: View the properties set for this resource and all its associations.
  • Sub-Resources: View resources that are children of the selected resource. To create additional resources, click Create. For details, see Create resources.
Roles Add resource roles that you have previously created for this resource. For details, see Resource roles.
Properties

Add or edit resource properties:

  • To add a single property, click Add Property.
  • To add or edit multiple properties, click Batch Edit.

For details, see Add or edit resource properties.

History View resource deployment and change history.
Security Set role membership and default permissions for this resource.

From the Resources page, you can access the following resource types:

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