Implementing Task Resources with SA Application Manager and SA for Multiplatforms
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Today we added a new utility to the SA Application Manager WIKI which allows to model tasks as SA resources. This utility can be used together with the Agentless Adapter of the SA Application Manager as well as for the instrumentation of resources in SA for Mult
With System Automation it is possible to manage the availability of all resources in a datacenter. System Automation ensures the availability 24x7 by constantly monitoring the availability of defined resources and automatically reacts on unplanned outages. Furthermore System Automation helps in planned start/stop and relocation scenarios for all the defined resources. Tasks in the context of System Automation are simple, reoccurring actions that an operator has to perform on a cluster like backups, installing updates or changing configurations of some service. Until now, these actions could hardly be represented in a System Automation policy without writing a suitable wrapper around these commands.
With the new concept of „Task Resources“ System Automation enables you to manage these routine maintenance jobs together with the management of high available, resilient services. With System Automation Application Manager it is now possible to:
Ensure Resiliency of services: The main purpose of high availability clustering is to ensure the availability of components that provide continuous service to their consumers. This has been the main function so far provided by System Automation. Typical examples are daemon processes, windows services or in other words: long running processes that have to stay available and running.
Do re-occuring daily tasks: Tasks that have to be executed on a regular base to maintain a proper operational state for those services. Typically these are shell scripts - examples are: create backups, reconfigure setups, apply fixes, delete logs, etc.
The new utility named “eeztask” is now available to provide simple means to express these task-like actions (e.g. create copies of log files) as standard automation resources and thus integrate them in any System Automation policy.
Find the utility and a detailed description in our WIKI in the Best Practices Section of the SA Application Manager - following this link:
We would be happy to get your feedback - post a comment to this blog, or to our forum and share what you think and how you use this new tool.