vRealize Code Stream 1.1.0 has been released

Version 1.1.0 of vRelize Code Stream has been released today.  For those who are not familiar vRealize Code Stream is a release automation tool for continuos integration / continuos development environments allowing for a rapid development, testing, and provisioning of environments.

New features in this latest release include:

Getting Started Tab – Provide step-by-step instructions on how to do initial vRCS configuration and create a release pipeline with the help of videos and documentation.

Release Pipeline Modeling Enhancements – Drag & Drop Stages and Tasks, Copy Tasks and Cancel pipeline execution.

Simplified Endpoint Registration Support for Jenkins server and vRealize Automation server.

Enhanced vRealize Automation, Script & Artifact Management tasks

Improved Troubleshooting – pipeline execution comparison, log collection and viewing 

Import/Export APIs – REST APIs to import and export pipeline template. 

Support for international characters sets in pipeline templates and pipeline execution data

Minor Release Dashboard enhancements

Download and documentation links are below:

Download Landing Page: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_code_stream/1_0

Documentation Landing Page: https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrcs-pubs.html

Release notes: https://www.vmware.com/support/codestream/doc/vrealize-code-stream-10-release-notes.html

vRealize Code Stream Product web page: https://www.vmware.com/products/vrealize-code-stream

VRealize Code Stream – vRCS 1.0 – Laying the foundation with Git and Jenkins Part 2

In part 1 of this article we deployed both GitLab and Jenkins, configured a Git project and connected it to the Eclipse IDE.  In this article we will focus on configuring the Jenkins server to work with our GitLab repository and crate a Jenkins job to build our project.

Configuring Jenkins for GitLab

1. Before we can create a job we need to add some plugins to the Jenkins server for GitLab.  We need to make sure we have the following plugins installed by going to the Jenkins server, the Manage Jenkins, and then Manage Plugins.

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2. Next go to the “Installed” tab to see which if any of the needed plugins are already installed.  The plugings that are needed are:

  • Git Client Plugin
  • Git Plugin
  • GitHub API Plugin
  • GitHub Plugin
  • GitLab Plugin

 

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VRealize Code Stream – vRCS 1.0 – Laying the foundation with Git and Jenkins Part 1

I realize many of you looking to understand what Code Stream can do to help you with your Continuous Integration needs already have Git Jenkins and a whole ton of other tools. However for those who don’t yet have anything in place or for those who are looking to get a better understanding of where it fits into the mix I am going to walk through some simple setup examples to get you up and going.  To start we need to have two foundational elements in place; Git and Jenkins.

As part of the Git setup I’m going to help you get Git in place and tie your IDE (Eclipse) into Git for publishing code check-ins to your repository.  Then we will deploy a Jenkins server and integrate both Git with Jenkins to create simple builds that we can use with Code Stream.

What we need to get started

To begin we will need to have two servers deployed in the environment.  The first will be got Git and the second for Jenkins.  In my lab I deployed Centos 6.3 because I already had a template available.  I would recommend you have these deployed and ready.

 

Deploying a Git Server

I choose to use GitLab community edition for my Git server.  It seemed to offer the most options and flexibility for the lab.  The gitlab community edition is available at https://about.gitlab.com/downloads/.

Once you choose the version that appropriate for your OS version the installation is pretty simple.  Gitlab provides you with basic installation steps which as pretty straight forward.  Those installation steps for Centos 6 are:

Install Dependencies

sudo yum install openssh-server
sudo yum install postfix
sudo yum install cronie
sudo service postfix start
sudo chkconfig postfix on
sudo lokkit -s http -s ssh

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