What Does CloudBees Jenkins Platform Mean for Me?

The CloudBees Jenkins Platform (CJP) combines CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center (CJOC) and CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise (CJE) components into a single product. The platform is made available to customers in two editions, targeting different deployment types: Enterprise Edition and Private SaaS Edition.

As organizations increase their Jenkins usage, a need arises to scale Jenkins horizontally by adding additional masters. In the past, this posed significant challenges because each master required its own separate plugins, security, and maintenance; upgrades had to be performed individually on multiple machines. CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center addresses these challenges by allowing users to manage and monitor all masters from a single management tool.

This article targets existing CloudBees customers. We will review the reference architecture of the CloudBees Jenkins Platform with a focus on CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center and its management, monitoring, and scaling capabilities. Customers already using CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center should review the corresponding section to ensure their license is set up correctly. For customers not using CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center, references are provided for migrating from standalone CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise instances to the CloudBees Jenkins Platform.

CloudBees Jenkins Platform Reference Architecture

Client Masters

CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center sits a level above your existing CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise architecture and acts as a “master of Jenkins masters.” Any CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise instance connected to CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center is called a Client Master.

Analytics

CloudBees Jenkins Analytics captures meaningful performance and build data from Client Masters and includes several dashboards out of the box, while also providing the flexibility to build your own dashboards.

Shared Slaves

Most Jenkins architectures should already be leveraging distributed builds, or a “master/slave” model where builds are run on separate compute nodes or containers (“slaves”) rather than on the Jenkins master itself. In a traditional architecture, slaves must be configured on every master and a peak load on one master cannot borrow slaves from another master. With CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center, slaves can be centrally pooled and leased out to client masters on demand.

Custom Update Center

Maintaining plugin security and consistency can be difficult in a traditional Jenkins architecture. Custom Update Centers are an internally-hosted mirror to upstream plugin/core repositories. They allow administrators to manage which plugin and core versions are approved/available for the Client Master(s) that use the Update Center. Administrators should leverage their test environment before making approvals.

Cluster Operations

Cluster Operations orchestrate the execution of maintenance operations against Client Masters, for example: backup, restart, upgrade approved plugins, etc. Cluster Operations can also execute any Groovy script. They are especially useful for more customized housekeeping tasks, such as stale job clean-up.

Cluster-wide Job Triggers and Move/Copy/Promote

CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center allows users to trigger downstream jobs on remote masters with an intuitive user interface. Jobs can also be moved, copied or promoted across masters. Job promotion performs thorough validation steps to ensure the job is supported on the target master.

Security/SSO

Authentication and authorization strategies configured in CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center are (optionally) synchronized with Client Masters. This offers administrators a single location to hook into the security realm (e.g. AD or LDAP) and also share authorities (groups and roles) across Client Masters. Single Sign-On (SSO) is set up automatically, so platform users only need to log in once.

For Customers not Using Operations Center Today

CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center is now included as a component of CloudBees Jenkins Platform. Installing and configuring CJOC requires planning and you should estimate a few man-days effort plus the necessary steps to change your current Jenkins environment (e.g.: maintenance window, communication plan, etc.), depending on the size and complexity of your current Jenkins environment.

The following references will help as you plan your effort:

Contact your account team (or sales@cloudbees.com) and reference this blog post if you have any questions or would like to see a walkthrough of the new CJP features.

The CloudBees Professional Services team is also available to assist for in migration / installation projects if required. Contact ps@cloudbees.com for more information.

For All Customers

Licensing has changed with the transition from standalone products to the combined CloudBees Jenkins Platform. If you’re currently using separate licenses for CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center and CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise, simply open a support case or contact your account team and ask for a CloudBees Jenkins Platform license.

With CloudBees Jenkins Platform, a single license is entered in CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center (Operations Center > Manage Jenkins > Manage License). The CloudBees Jenkins Platform license will activate CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center and automatically issue sub-licenses to connected Client Masters. You can check how many Client Master and Executor licenses are available by clicking the ‘Check Validity’ button on the CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center Manage License page:

Every Client Master connected to CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center must be configured with a licensing strategy to your requirement; see licensing documentation for more details.

The process for licensing new Client Masters is streamlined once you’ve enabled Operations Center to issue sub-licenses. The first boot of a new CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise instance (Client Master) will bring you to a new and improved licensing interface where there are several options available:

To take advantage of sub-licensing to activate the new instance, select the “Join a CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center master” option and provide the connection details.

 

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