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From Aled Sage <>
Subject Re: Windows support in Brooklyn
Date Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:42:12 GMT

Excellent - sounds like a good plan. Use of WinRM will be so much better 
than the WinSSH approach!

It will also be good to ensure that Windows entities can be written 
easily in YAML + additional files containing powershell (e.g. folk don't 
have to embed any powershell inside Java code, for example).

Let us know if there's any code we can help review, or anywhere else we 
can help out.


On 15/04/2015 02:34, Martin Harris wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I'd like to add improved WIndows support to Brooklyn, including use of WinRM
> There's been some previous talk of providing support for deploying to
> Windows, and a couple of successful spikes have been done using either Chef
> or the bitvise WinSSH tool [1]. The use of WinSSH, however, is limited by
> the fact that it's a commercial product and beyond a thirty day trial
> period requires a licence per installation
> A better option is using WinRM. However, there is no Java client for WinRM
> with an appropriate license for inclusion in an apache project. Luckily we
> can use the pywinrm Python client [2], and jython [3] to bridge between
> Java and Python
> Building on an initial spike by Richard Downer, I can open a WinRM session
> to a Windows VM and execute basic command prompt and powershell commands.
> As a separate spike, I've also identified powershell commands for
> downloading and installing Windows installer files (.msi)
> The next stage is to wire this into Brooklyn. I'll create a WinRmTool
> (analogous to our SshTool) and a WindowsMachineLocation (analogous to our
> SshMachineLocation)
> I'll first target a BYON location (bring your own nodes), and will then
> move on to updating the jclouds integration so it returns the appropriate
> type of MachineLocation based on the VM type
> Does that sound like a good plan? As always, any feedback or contributions
> are extremely welcome
> [1]:
> [2]:
> [3]:
> Cheers
> M

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