Looking for a recommendation on a tool that does have scripting ability with it and a web front end, and hope this is the right forum.

Our group will push out "instances" very frequently, and we want a tool to do this. One push of an instance has 4 specific components:
1) 3rd party version of a distribution (Java jars)
2) our own version of code (Java jars)
3) a database snapshot of Oracle to copy and push to the new environment
4) environment specific configuration for a given environment which is our target

We are going to get frequent requests that say "Can you refresh environment X with the data from Y, but version ABC and XYZ."

Ideally our tool would be a web front end that has permissioning, so for certain target environments we would allow a set of users to be able to refresh that target environment. We will want the tool to allow for custom scripting, as we will be copying data from shares, invoking DB scripts to copy an environment, etc.

Not sure where to start with this one. If you could recommend tools, then I would really appreciate it.


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I think any deployment system would fit the bill but none that I know of has a specific scripting environment. Why would it,though, when the world is running alive with scripting languages which most of those systems can use?

I'd consider building a stand-alone script in your language of choice (my preference is for VBScript) perhaps driven by configuration files in, say, INI or XML format. That will allow others with no scripting knowledge to edit the files to create a new deployment. Once you've tested that solution, you can then set up the deployment tool to execute the script.
Answered 03/28/2011 by: VBScab
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Thanks for your response.

I have a development background, not deployment. Any thoughts on a good tool then as you said any should do? One that has a decent web front end would be good.

The cheaper the better as well. Thanks.

Answered 03/31/2011 by: jcutbus
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MDT from Microsoft. Free
pleanty of web frontends.
Answered 03/31/2011 by: sbequette
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Obviously I'm a bit partial- but the K1000 from Kace would likely fit quite well. I'd recommend doing a trial at minimum.
Answered 03/31/2011 by: cblake
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