This site aims to be a comprehensive guide to Aura. We’ll cover topics such as getting your Aura Installed, creating and managing your configuration, extracting configuratoin from know WebSphere environment, deploying EAR/WAR to various environments.

So what is Aura, exactly?

Aura is application deployment and configuration automation solution for WebSphere Application Server. Aura enables user to define application configuration as code in easy to read XML files called Resource.xml. User can extract application configuration from an environment using extract feature. This extracted configuration can be tokenised and applied or previewed to test and production environments. Application code/binaries and Configuration can be versioned and deployed automatically thus eliminating time consuming and error prone manual steps. User friendly reports of the configuration changes allows operations teams to report the changes applied.

Aura is free open source offering that uses data driven automation removing the need to write scripts whilst retaining your capability to define your WebSphere configuration.

Aura uses Java programing language and Java API to interface with WebSphere environments.

Tips, Notes, and Warnings

Throughout this guide there are a number of small-but-handy pieces of information that can make using Aura easier, more interesting, and less hazardous. Here’s what to look out for.

Tips help you get more from Aura

These are tips and tricks that will help you be a Aura wizard!

Notes are handy pieces of information

These are for the extra tidbits sometimes necessary to understand Aura.

Warnings help you not blow things up

Be aware of these messages if you wish to avoid certain death.

If you come across anything along the way that we haven’t covered, or if you know of a tip you think others would find handy, please file an issue and we’ll see about including it in this guide.