Welcome!

Silverlight Authors: Automic Blog, Michael Kopp, AppDynamics Blog, Kaazing Blog, Steven Mandel

Related Topics: Microsoft Cloud, Silverlight

Microsoft Cloud: Blog Feed Post

Why .NET Deployment Automation Is Vital for Agility

As your .NET code base and your number of applications grow, .NET deployment automation becomes a bigger challenge

Why .NET Deployment Automation Is Vital for Agility
By Ron Gidron

Developing and deploying large-scale .NET-based applications can quickly become a time-consuming and error-prone process, as you waste resources and expose yourself to the risk of failure and diminished employee satisfaction. It may seem a trivial task at first, but as .NET development is scaled to hundreds of applications and thousands of servers, its deployment must be automated like any other process if you are to achieve enterprise-wide agility. It's time to take action.

Use Cases
As your .NET code base and your number of applications grow, .NET deployment automation becomes a bigger challenge and many aspects need to be considered. Here are two examples of what may be required for a .NET deployment automation scenario:

Scenario 1

Windows Services

  • Workflow deploys application, creates Windows service and automatically starts it

  • Stops and starts service correctly for subsequent deployments

Applications

  • Deploy .NET application to IIS

  • Stop / restart as required

  • Configuration changes

Web Configuration - IIS Configuration and Configuration File

  • Web apps - down/no down

  • Configure deployment workflow to stop IIS before deploying application, or deploy application without stopping IIS

  • Unregister/register DLLs as required

  • Automatically start IIS if required

  • IIS config changes (creating new websites/app pools)

  • Workflow creates new web site, application pool

Scenario 2

  • Install .NET framework 4.5.2

  • Install IIS 7.5 with custom settings (unattended.xml)

  • Configure website

- IP/port binding

- Authentication

  • Configure app pool

- .NET version

- Pipeline mode

- Recycling

  • Stop CCS app pool, copy web code, start app pool

Many enterprises use Automic Release Automation (ARA) to handle all their .NET deployment automation needs, and so are able to make 300% more changes to their production environment over manual processes in any given time window.

How .NET Deployment Automation Works
ARA for Microsoft .NET-based applications integrates with your .NET application environments and non-Microsoft applications. It automates even the most complex multi-tiered .NET applications, so they run unattended at lightning speed as part of both your CI, QA and production environments.

You model your deployment workflows once, then they run anywhere, across any environment without modification. These automated deployments run hundreds of times faster than your manual, semi-scripted deployments and are reliable, easy to audit and maintain.

This model-based approach is proven to scale to the largest, most complex environments. It is also ideally suited to teams spearheading agile and continuous delivery projects, as well as those working on large cross-company transformations.

Benefits of ARA for.NET: Developers

  • Integrates into the entire Microsoft stack including, Windows Registry, Windows Services, Global Assembly Cache, IIS, BizTalk and MS-SQL

  • Integrates with many non-Microsoft technologies

  • Delivers end-to-end deployment that runs unchanged in any environment - no need to maintain complex workflows

  • Deployment workflows include orchestrating backend database updates, message queues and front-end web servers. Solution even provisions new machines

  • Provides unrivalled flexibility through strong integrations with Puppet, Chef and Docker

  • Saves time and resources by automating your deployments and lowering manual work

Benefits of ARA for .NET: Operations

  • Deploys up to 300% more changes to your production environment in any given time window

  • Provides full access controls as well as enforcing environment reservations, promotion paths, simple and complex approvals and a full audit trail

  • Decreases mean time to resolve (MTTR) issues through a single source of truth (all logs and console outputs are kept with each execution)

  • Lowers risk through built-in rollback

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Automic Blog

Automic, a leader in business automation, helps enterprises drive competitive advantage by automating their IT factory - from on-premise to the Cloud, Big Data and the Internet of Things.

With offices across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Automic powers over 2,600 customers including Bosch, PSA, BT, Carphone Warehouse, Deutsche Post, Societe Generale, TUI and Swisscom. The company is privately held by EQT. More information can be found at www.automic.com.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
Whenever a new technology hits the high points of hype, everyone starts talking about it like it will solve all their business problems. Blockchain is one of those technologies. According to Gartner's latest report on the hype cycle of emerging technologies, blockchain has just passed the peak of their hype cycle curve. If you read the news articles about it, one would think it has taken over the technology world. No disruptive technology is without its challenges and potential impediments t...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of San...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...