Monday, June 16, 2008

ControlTier on the road

Starting with BarCampESM back in January, we've been hitting the road showing off our tools and engaging in conversations about IT operations and application deployment. Our travels have included presenting our new CTL framework to a variety of systems management user groups as well as exhibitor gigs at SaaSCon and JavaOne.

Next up... O'Reilly's Velocity 08 (June 23 -24). Velocity is a new conference dedicated to operations and performance for web-based businesses. The speaker lineup and the early attendee list bodes well for plenty of interesting and lively conversations. ControlTier will have a booth in the exhibit hall so if you attend Velocity stop by for a demo of our latest tools or to swap war stories with our hard working engineers. Not registered for Velocity? Use the registration code "vel08js" for 20% off.

Whether it be at conferences, user groups, or other forums... we love meeting other folks in our field. If you have any suggestions, leave a comment or send us an email at


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Jojy said...

i wanted to know in the new version of conntroltier is there an option for add objects and types from a template. if yes can you tell me how it is doing ?

Alex Honor said...

Hi jojy,

Yes you can generate object and type definitions from template files. For example, if you wanted to generate a set of objects based on an existing data set, there are a couple of approaches I can suggest:
1) Write a script that generates project XML documents. See
2) You can also use the "Register" command to create objects from a script, presumably driven by a data file.

I can help direct you to the best approach if you can provide a little more information about the kind of data you want to generate and from what existing source.


Jojy said...

I am trying to install the latest version of Control Tier in my QA env. I am not able to login to the workbench. I dont know what is the issue in the configuration. can you please help me out here.

The .ctierrc has got the following settings

# this file was generated by ControlTier installer.

export CTIER_ROOT=/opt/ctier

export CTL_HOME=/opt/ctier/pkgs/ctl-1.1
export CTL_BASE=/opt/ctier/ctl

# Server settings

export JETTY_HOME=/opt/ctier/pkgs/jetty-6.1.10
export JETTY_LOGS=/opt/ctier/pkgs/jetty-6.1.10/logs
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jdk1.5.0_06
CONFIG_PROPS="-Djobcenter.config.location=/opt/ctier/jobcenter/ -Dreportcenter.config.location=/opt/ctier/reportcenter/"
export JAVA_OPTIONS="-XX:MaxPermSize=128m -Xmx2048m -Xms256m$JETTY_LOGS $CONFIG_PROPS"


if [ -n "$BASH" ] ; then
. $CTL_HOME/etc/ ;
if [ -t 0 -a -z "$CTL_CLI_TERSE" ]

I have the following settings in the jetty-6.1.10/webapps/itnav/WEB-INF/classes/ has updated with the details mentioned in the config doc in the website.

/etc/openldap/slapd.conf also updated with the details in the document.

I have created some users in the ldap db. Still i am not able to login to the workbench.

I am seeing the below exception in the log file

2008-09-19 00:04:29.656:/cometd:INFO: Classpath according to the init parameter is:
2008-09-19 00:04:29.658:/cometd:INFO: Class name is: jsresources$jsp
2008-09-19 00:04:38.000::WARN: AUTH FAILURE: user admin
2008-09-19 00:04:40.043:/cometd:INFO: JspEngine --> /pages/logon/LoginError.jsp
2008-09-19 00:04:40.045:/cometd:INFO: ServletPath: /pages/logon/LoginError.jsp
2008-09-19 00:04:40.046:/cometd:INFO: PathInfo: null
2008-09-19 00:04:40.046:/cometd:INFO: RealPath: /opt/ctier/pkgs/jetty-6.1.10/webapps/itnav/pages/logon/LoginError.jsp

Any help to fix this issue will be higly appreciated....


Alex Honor said...

Hi jojy,

The installer creates a file-based authentication config. Users are defined in: $JETTY_HOME/etc/

The default login/password is default/default.

Also, I encourage your subscribing to the Google group where we can assist you further.