Mission Complete - N1SPS 6.0 Application Server Plugin Launched!

What an incredible mission!  This is the best Application Server Plugin ever released for N1SPS.  There were so many efforts pitching in to work on this plugin and I can proudly say that this is the best Sun Java System Application Server Plugin for N1SPS.  It's completely rewritten from scratch and we have unit-tests to cover all cases and ensure the quality of the plugin.

This mission started around March of this year.  We know the importance of a provisioning system when you work with enterprise software like GlassFish V2.   There were also requirements coming from the customer about improving the plugin.  So we ramped up our resources and worked hard to get this plugin released with N1SPS 6.0.  There were many late nights working on the plugin and we can now all pat on our backs to say that the mission is complete for this release.
 

Below is a table of the supported platforms and a short summary of the features: 

Supported Platforms

 Operation System
Minimum RAM
 JVM Version
N1SPS Version
Application Server Version
 Solaris 10 Sparc
 1 GB
Java SE 5, 6
 6.0Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 (Package based Distribution)
 Solaris 10 Sparc

 1 GB

Java SE 5, 6

 5.2 

Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 (Package based Distribution)
 Solaris 10 Sparc
 1 GB
Java SE 5, 6
 6.0
Sun Java System Application Server 8.2 (Packaged based Distribution)
 Solaris 10 Sparc
 1 GB
Java SE 5, 6
 6.0
Sun Java System Application Server 8.1 (Packaged based Distribution)
 Solaris 10 Sparc
 1 GB
Java SE 5, 6
 5.2
Sun Java System Application Server 8.1 (Packaged based Distribution)
 Solaris 10 x86
 1 GB
Java SE 5, 6
 6.0
Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 (Packaged based Distribution)
 Red Hat Linux 4.0
1 GB
Java SE 5, 6
 6.0

Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 (Packaged based Distribution)

 

Features

Installation of Sun Java System Application Server - using the plugin, you can install Sun Java System Application Server versions 9.1, 8.2EE and 8.1EE on different machines from one console without even logging on to the machines.  In addition, you can even install on multiple machines in parallel with just one mouse click.  This can really save you time and money. :-) 

Domain Management - domain management is easier using N1SPS Application Server Plugin. You don't need to login to the machine to create, delete, start and stop the domain.  Finding the domain administration port is straight forward since the domain configuration is saved in the N1SPS Master Server variable setting.

Node Agent Management - similarly, node agent management is easier using N1SPS since you don't need to login to the machine to create, delete, start and stop the node-agent.  Since N1SPS operates on "targetable host", you don't need to remember the domain user name, password and port number when creating the node agent.

Instance Management - allows you to create, delete, start and stop standalone or cluster instances.  Since instance configuration is saved in the N1SPS Master Server variable setting, it's easier to find out the instance port numbers. 

Cluster Management - allows you to create, delete, start and stop a cluster in a domain.  You can start multiple clusters with one mouse click.  You can even view the instances in the cluster.

Application Deployment
- allows you to deploy enterprise application to multiple targets like domains, clusters and instances.  Since N1SPS allows you to create an application component, the N1SPS Master Server automatically creates a version control of the application.  Say that you have an application checked-in to the N1SPS Master Server and decide to make changes, you can reload the component with the modified application and N1SPS Master Server will automatically do the version control for you.  You can easily roll-back to the older version if you wish.   See Sreeni's blog about application deployment here.

Installation of Load Balancer Plugin - no need to log in to separate machine to manage load balancer plugin.  In Application Server 8.1 and 8.2, you need to manually copy the loadbalancer.xml file to the WebServer instance location.  N1SPS Application Server Plugin will do that for you in one click.  Checkout Prashanth's blog on Installation of Load Balancer Plugin here.

Installation of HADB Server and Client - installating HADB Server and Client is simple with N1SPS Application Server Plugin.  No need to login to multiple machines to install HADB.  You can even start and stop HADB from N1SPS Master Server.  Checkout Prashanth's blog on Installation of HADB here.

Resource Configuration - allows you to create and delete resources using N1SPS Application Server Plugin.  With the asadmin component (described in Sreenivas's blog here), you can practically do every Application Server management  from this component.  

Download N1SPS and Application Server Plugin and try it out at no cost to you.  It's FREE! 

For additional N1SPS blogs and resources, please see Sreeni's blog


Comments:

Truly remarkable.

I hope this makes it even more compelling to use GlassFish in complex datacenter environments.

Kudos to you all.

Posted by Kedar Mhaswade on October 12, 2007 at 10:37 AM PDT #

Truly remarkable.

I hope this makes it even more compelling to use GlassFish in complex datacenter environments.

Kudos to you all.

Posted by Kedar Mhaswade on October 12, 2007 at 10:37 AM PDT #

Hi Janey,

there is currently no plugin for glassfish v2 or sun appserver 9.x.
i heard and it looks like - there is no more development on this plugin. would you mind sending me the plugin as it is rigth now?
I have to do some provisioning tasks in a short future with glassfish.

and after seeing all these blogs it would be a shame to start all over again.

thanks
uwe bartels

Posted by Uwe Bartels on March 07, 2009 at 03:38 AM PST #

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