Install and configure IBM’s WebSphere Application Server (WAS) using Puppet

Dec 19, 2017

By Hari Krishna

Traditional WAS deployments have always been tedious and time-consuming. While traditional deployments may be more powerful, they also require a more hands-on approach. This is where Puppet comes into play.

The Puppet Supported WebSphere Application Server module helps in installing and managing IBM’s WebSphere Application Server (WAS).

This module supports the installation and configuration of the base WAS software and fix pack management. In addition to the software, the module can also manage and deploy the various node types that comprise a WAS cell. Using the module, we can do the installation and creation of various profiles across the multiple clients seamlessly avoiding the manually efforts.

Everyday Challenges for Middleware Administrators:

  • Creating new middleware environment for new projects or for disaster recovery
  • Adhering to naming conventions for creating objects
  • Following implementation guides, without adding any personality of their own
  • Ensuring proper documentation so other sysadmins can understand the work done
  • Ensuring consistency of middleware infrastructure while scaling for business
  • Not being able to build environments that development teams need fast enough

Technical/Business Benefits:

  • Improved efficiency. Once verified, deploy to as many nodes as you need to
  • Better than gold images/custom scripting
  • Low-level documentation
  • No configuration drift provides confidence to system administrator about any system in the environment
  • Reduced operational cost & faster decision making
  • Engineers simply need to do a high level layout of environment (architecture work); low level details taken care of by puppet.

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