Archive for the ‘dpbuddy’ Category

Managing DataPower Using Maven

Posted on 02/08/2012 , Alexander Ananiev,

Please refer to this article.

DataPower Buddy 2.3 Release

Posted on 01/27/2012 , Alexander Ananiev,

You can find DPBuddy 2.3 announcement here.

Why Pay for DPBuddy Support?

Posted on 08/11/2011 , Alexander Ananiev,

You can find information on our support services here.

Keeping Multiple DataPower Devices in Sync

Posted on 08/09/2011 , Alexander Ananiev,

Most DataPower installations in production contain two DataPower devices with identical or similar configuration.
It is actually quite easy to keep the two devices in sync using Apache Ant and DPBuddy administration tool.
DPBuddy supports a notion of an environment prefix. The prefix groups together connectivity properties for each device:

dp.username=dpbuddy
dp.password=123 
dp.domain=deployTest
prod1.dp.xmlmgm.url=https://dp1.prod
prod2.dp.xmlmgm.url=https://dp2.prod

The above property list defines dp.username, dp.password and dp.domain properties that are common to all environments and two XML management URLs for our DataPower cluster.

Then the Ant target for importing configuration into both devices could look like this:

<parallel>
    <dp:import envPrefix="prod1" file="${import.file}" overwriteFiles="true" overwriteObjects="true" />
    <dp:import envPrefix="prod2" file="${import.file}" overwriteFiles="true" overwriteObjects="true" />
</parallel>

Note that for speed we chose to execute both imports in parallel; it is perfectly save to do it with dpbuddy as all of its tasks are thread-safe.

If your "dp:import" tasks is more complex (e.g. because of use of deployment policies), you may want to create an Ant macro for each task to avoid duplicating parameters.

MyArch, Inc. offers paid support for dpbuddy, including implementing custom enhancements. If you're interested, please contact us as info at myarch.com.

DataPower Buddy Google Group

Posted on 06/10/2011 , Alexander Ananiev,

There is now a Google group for Data Power buddy: http://groups.google.com/a/myarch.com/group/dpbuddy.
DPBuddy users can use this group to discuss questions and issues related to the dpbuddy tool.

DataPower Buddy 2.2.2 Release

Posted on 05/30/2011 , Alexander Ananiev, 2 Comments ( Add )

DataPower Buddy 2.2.2 is available from this link. This release contains several bug fixes, mostly around "import" Ant task.

MyArch, Inc. offers paid support for dpbuddy, including implementing custom enhancements. If you're interested, please contact us as info at myarch.com.

DPBuddy — Tool For DataPower Administrators and Developers

Posted on 08/28/2010 , Alexander Ananiev,

We're pleased to announce the release of our new product, DataPower Buddy (dpbuddy). "dpbuddy" a free command-line tool for automating administration, management and deployment of IBM WebSphere DataPower appliances. The tool supports export/import, file transfer, backups and many other functions.

dpbuddy is implemented as a set of custom tasks for the popular build tool, Apache Ant.

Here is a quick example of dpbuddy in action:


<dp:copy cleanDirectories="true">
    <dpFileset prefix="/apps/services" 
               dir="services" includes="**/*.wsdl **/*.xsd"/>
</dp:copy>

This Ant task will remove remote directories if they exist, reproduce the local directory tree (all folders under "services") on the device and upload the necessary files based on the "includes" pattern.

dpbuddy is completely free; it can be downloaded from the dpbuddy product page

dpbuddy provides many cool features, including:

  • Response from the device is presented in a human-readable form as opposed to raw SOAP/XML messages. dpbuddy makes it easy to understand error and status messages.
  • Powerful remote "copy" command that automatically reproduces local directory tree on the device.
  • Tight integration with Ant. Ant variables can be used inside deployment policies and configuration files.
  • Easy-to-use alternative to deployment policies based on XPath.
  • Ability to remotely "tail" device logs. It is even possible to automatically get new log messages similarly to Unix "tail -f" command. "tail" task can also check for error patterns.
  • "Export" based on naming patterns. You don't need to know types ("classes") of DataPower objects; simply specify a regexp pattern and dpbuddy will export all objects matching this pattern.
  • Support for self-signed certificates. No need to add DataPower certificates to the JDK store.
  • Support for arbitrary SOMA requests. You can use Ant variables inside a request.
  • Parsing of all commands on the client. In case of XML errors, DataPower returns cryptic "internal error" message. The actual error then has to be extracted from the device logs. dpbuddy on the other hand validates management XML commands on the client and displays error messages right away.

Go to dpbuddy product page to learn more.