AppFabric FAQ: Deployment

AppFabric FAQ: Deployment


Q: How does AppFabric help me deploy applications?

A: AppFabric leverages the Web Deployment tool, MSDeploy, to deploy applications into the production environment. The Web Deployment tool is integrated with both IIS and Visual Studio environments, so you can easily package and deploy applications directly from within Visual Studio, from the command line, or deploy pre-packaged applications directly from the IIS Manager.

Q. Does AppFabric support remote deployment to multiple servers?
A: No, this must be done manually by you through scripts.

Q: Is there any notification if services go on and offline?
A: No, not at this point, you would have to write custom code in NET.

Q. What packaging format do you use for import and export of applications?
A: We use ECM ZIP format for packaging.

Q: Can I attach custom actions to perform post deployment tasks?
A: Msdeploy supports a scripting interface. So you would have to write a custom script that invokes MSDeploy and the post deployment task.

Q: Can I package and deploy multiple services with a single command?

A: Yes, if these services are part of the same virtual application.

Q: Can I remove/undeploy the application?

A: This feature will be available in the future releases. Using the current version you can “undeploy” it by removing the service from IIS Manager and deleting the files manually.

Q: Do you provide a full featured configuration tool including support for msbuild automation to move between staging servers etc.?

A: We believe this scenario requires quite a bit of customization and tuning in practice. We support it by making all App server tasks scriptable. The end users would have to integrate these scripts into their processes.

Q: What is the interface that allows you to wire up to your production server? How do you find out what varies by environment?

A: We expect the production servers be configured with the App server roles and AppFabric. Inspection of environment configuration such as database configuration can be done via PowerShell cmdlets.

Q: What if I have a specific service or application this has particularly high or robust database storage requirements - does AppFabric support this?

A: Yes, AppFabric supports the creation of multiple databases. This allows you to dedicate a database to a specific application or service.
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