How can the App Designer project build be automated when Phire is on a Unix/Linux app server?

A powerful feature of Phire is its ability to automatically perform the App Designer “project build” following a migration.  This of course is the process of synchronizing the database tables/views/indexes with any updated record definitions in the project.  Without this feature in Phire, a user needs to log into the target environment using App Designer following a migration to manually perform the build.

The trick however, is that the PeopleTools App Designer program only operates on Windows, thus Phire needs a Windows server to run it on.  So there are two choices if you want to automate the project build in Phire – either put Phire on a Windows application server, or setup a Windows process scheduler.   If using a Windows app server then the build can run in-line as part of the migration.   If using a Unix/Linux app server, then a Windows process scheduler can be used.  In that setup then the build is submitted as a separate process on the scheduler after the migration is complete.

The choice is set on Page 2: Domain Definition in the Domain Setup Wizard (Phire Architect > Architect Administration > Domain Setup Wizard).  The option “Build Method” includes options to perform the build on either the App Server or on the Process Scheduler (or None, if that’s your choice).  Additional setup for the process scheduler is shown if that choice is selected.

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  1. Admin said,

    August 8, 2018 @ 11:46 am

    With the implementation of PeopleTools 8.55 and above, there is now a headless executable for some Linux/Unix installations which lets Phire integrate with the project build directly on the app server, eliminating the need to submit a separate job to an Windows process scheduler server. To tell if your installation of PeopleTools has this support, look for “psidex” in the PS home bin directory.

    We’re very excited to provide support for this beginning with Phire v13.1.03 form spring of 2018. The use of this integration is exactly the same as it has been when implementing Phire on a Windows app server. If you have any questions about this feature or need assistance setting it up, just contact Phire technical support.

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