Commodore
Commodore
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Silk Central Setup

Hi all, we are about to implement Silk Central as part of our test framework.  We are wondering if someone can help us with below questions.


If we like to have two Silk Central environments, one for training, and one for production, what is the best approach to set these up with minimum hardware requirement?

1) Should we setup two instances of Silk Central Server, one for training and one for production and each with a separate database?

Or

2) Should we setup one instance of Silk Central Server, and setup two clients as training and production with same database?

Or

3) Any other approach

 Thank you for sharing the pro and con for the approaches!

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Micro Focus Expert
Micro Focus Expert

Hi kkyy,

From Silk Central 17.0 on the most convenient way to setup two environments is to create and start another instance from the Instance Administration UI:

1. On the Silk Central server go to http://localhost:19100/

2. Click on button "New Instance"

3. Enter a name for the new instance, e.g. "training", select Language and a mode

4. Press ok

The second SC instance can be accessed via the Login URL you see in the grid. Connect a new database before first login and you are ready to go.

Pros:

- simple and fast setup of additional instance(s)

- no additional hardware

Cons:

- production and training environments are running on the same system and share resources (like CPU, disk, memory), thus one instance might interfere the other

The other way is to have to two separate installations (your option 1).

Pro:

- no shared resources

Con:

- need additional (virtual) machine

In any case you have to connect to a separate database.

Regards,

Hubert

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Micro Focus Expert
Micro Focus Expert

Hi kkyy,

From Silk Central 17.0 on the most convenient way to setup two environments is to create and start another instance from the Instance Administration UI:

1. On the Silk Central server go to http://localhost:19100/

2. Click on button "New Instance"

3. Enter a name for the new instance, e.g. "training", select Language and a mode

4. Press ok

The second SC instance can be accessed via the Login URL you see in the grid. Connect a new database before first login and you are ready to go.

Pros:

- simple and fast setup of additional instance(s)

- no additional hardware

Cons:

- production and training environments are running on the same system and share resources (like CPU, disk, memory), thus one instance might interfere the other

 

The other way is to have to two separate installations (your option 1).

Pro:

- no shared resources

Con:

- need additional (virtual) machine

 

In any case you have to connect to a separate database.

 

Regards,

Hubert

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Micro Focus Expert
Micro Focus Expert

Hi kkyy,

 

From Silk Central 17.0 on the most convenient way to setup two environments is to create and start another instance from the Instance Administration UI:

1. On the Silk Central server go to http://localhost:19100/

2. Click on button "New Instance"

3. Enter a name for the new instance, e.g. "training", select Language and a mode

4. Press ok

The second SC instance can be accessed via the Login URL you see in the grid. Connect a new database before first login and you are ready to go.

Pros:

- simple and fast setup of additional instance(s)

- no additional hardware

Cons:

- production and training environments are running on the same system and share resources (like CPU, disk, memory), thus one instance might interfere the other

 

The other way is to have to two separate installations (your option 1).

Pro:

- no shared resources

Con:

- need additional (virtual) machine

 

In any case you have to connect to a separate database.

 

Regards,

Hubert

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Commodore
Commodore

Thank you!  How are about option 2 and set up with two clients instead?  Will this work for our purpose.  What are the differences between two clients and two instances?

Thank you,

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Micro Focus Expert
Micro Focus Expert

Hi kkyy,

Option 2 would mean you have only one instance sharing Application server, Frontend Server, and Chart Server processes. Your clients would also share one database.

This dependency between training/test environment and production would be something you always would have to be aware of. If you want to apply a hotfix for test, want to rollback database, do a database restore etc. then always the production system is concerned too.

So I do not recommend to mix production and training on the same instance (and database) by means of clients.

Regards,

Hubert

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