Migrate FlexDeploy to new Server and Database

This process is useful in many situations, for example, Initial proof of concept completed and production installation needs to be done on different Server and Database.

These steps are provided as guidelines and extreme care must be taken during such migrations. This process is setup for Tomcat but variation of this process can be applied to WebLogic as well.

Make sure source environment is Stopped before proceeding so that we have accurate copy.

Export Import Database

  • Export data from source FlexDeploy database.
  • Import data in to target FlexDeploy database.

Copy Artifact Repository, Plugins Folder, Application Binaries

Goal is to just copy the installation and artifact repository to target server. If artifacts and install is done under one common folder, then you can just create one tar for entire set of folders.

  • Create tar/zip archive of artifact repository, application binaries, plugins folder etc. on Source server. If you have all folders under one root folder which can be copied then archive entire folder that contains artifact repository, application binaries, plugins folder.
-- tar/zip artifacts files, You can determine artifacts repository folder by looking at flexagon.fd.repository.root system property on server command line
cd /flexdeploy/artifacts
tar -czvf /app/backup/flexdeploy_artifacts.tar.gz *
-- tar/zip plugins folder, You can determine working folder by looking at flexagon.fd.application.root system property on server command line
cd /flexdeploy/application/plugins
tar -czvf /app/backup/flexdeploy_plugins.tar.gz *
  • Copy tar files to target FlexDeploy server and extract it in same location as source. If location is different, some files may need adjustment. (For example, setenv.sh)
-- extract artifacts files, You can determine artifacts repository folder by looking at flexagon.fd.repository.root system property on server command line
cd /flexdeploy/artifacts
rm -rf *
tar -xzvf /app/backup/flexdeploy_artifacts_prod.tar.gz
-- extract plugins folder, You can determine working folder by looking at flexagon.fd.application.root system property on server command line
cd /flexdeploy/application/plugins
rm -rf *
tar -xzvf /app/backup/flexdeploy_plugins.tar.gz

Final configuration and start server

Do not start yet as copied installation is still pointing to source database.

  • Update context.xml with target database URL and password for fd_admin user.
  • Now start target FlexDeploy and validate it.
  • Update System Settings as appropriate.
    • Change FD_SERVER_BASE_URL.
    • Change SMTP_FROM_ADDRESS. This will make sure that emails are coming from different address for Test FlexDeploy.