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Teamcenter Deployment Center

Teamcenter Deployment Center

What is a Deployment Center?

Deployment Center is a web-based installer that enables you to easily install, patch, and upgrade Teamcenter software across multiple environments. With Deployment Center, the admin can install a single or distributed Teamcenter environment. PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) administrators can easily overview all the environments (Development, Production, Training, Test) installed within the organization on a single UI. Also, it can manage and maintain all these environments.

Common methods used to install Teamcenter

Installation using TEM

It is a widely followed method. An experienced person is required to install Teamcenter, who has good troubleshooting skills.

Batch Scripting

It is also another option but for creating the script, a person should have good command on installation as well as programming and it required lots of time to create the script.

However, with the Deployment Center once the admin feeds the input and generates the script then anyone can install Teamcenter.

Teamcenter Deployment Software

It takes required inputs from the user and according to that Deployment Center generates a script file. A single-click environment will be installed and ready to use. also, installation progress can be tracked on Deployment Center.

Administrators can manage and surveillance on their environment through Deployment Center.

From Deployment Center web-based UI, you can get all the records of how each of your environments is configured, along with machine names, where the software dump files are stored, and available software packages versions are also shown. You can see the architecture of components where you can find information regarding servers and databases.

Administrators can select the machines, ports, URLs, usernames, passwords, and component settings for the target machines in an environment. Also, administrators can customize their environment based on knowledge of hardware infrastructure, the number of users, and which applications are used by business units.

Modifications can be done in following ways:

  • 1. Upgrades to new versions
  • 2. Adding a new patch
  • 3. Add and remove components like 2tier and 4tier clients, BMIDE, AWC, etc.


Note: you can control all of it from Deployment Center, set up Teamcenter to new customers, new machines, or new servers also, You can manage and maintain a couple of PLM environments from Deployment Center net-based UI and easy-to-use equipment, which saves your enterprise money and time.

Configure and modification

Deploy Environments Overview

Pre-Deployment Preparation:

- Define deployment goals (upgrade, new features, new environment) and scope (servers, databases, clients).
- Identify stakeholders (IT, admins, users) with roles and resource estimates (time, hardware, licenses, training).
- Develop deployment plan with steps, scheduling, configuration, testing and risk mitigation strategies (use Gantt chart for timeline).
- Prepare infrastructure (hardware, software, network, security) and backup existing Teamcenter environment.
- Train users on new features and implement change management plan.
- Test deployment in dedicated environment and perform user acceptance testing.
- Configure Deployment Center (functionalities, permissions, scripts, integrations).
- Review documentation, obtain licenses and develop communication plan.

Post-Deployment Support and Maintenance:

- Deployment Center acts as a central hub for managing all Teamcenter environments by viewing configurations, applications, and server/database distribution in one web interface.
- Easily apply patches and upgrades and manage deployments across environments, ensuring consistent updates on all servers and clients.
- Gain a clear overview of your PLM system by Identifying software component locations and understanding functionalities.
- Enhanced Automation defines configurations and initiate installations/updates with minimal manual effort, reducing error risk.

Infrastructure Requirements:

Hardware:
- Dedicated server with sufficient processing power, memory (RAM), and storage for deployment tasks.
- Windows Server or Linux distributions (depending on Deployment Center version).
- Reliable network for communication with Teamcenter servers, repositories, and other deployment components.
Software:
- Ensure your Teamcenter environment meets the version requirements for the chosen Deployment Center.
- Deployment Center interacts with your Teamcenter database (e.g., Oracle, SQL Server) so ensure compatibility.
- Acquire and install the Deployment Center software on the designated server.
Additional Requirements:
- Additional software might be required for integration with other IT systems (depending on functionalities).
- Implement security measures like firewalls, access control, and antivirus software on the Deployment Center server.
- Deployment Center might be compatible with virtual environments like VMware or Hyper-V.
User Training:
- Analyze Development Center changes & target user groups most impacted. Tailor content by role & responsibilities.
- Creates user guides, video tutorials, or online modules explaining new features, workflows, and UI changes.
- Offers instructor-led sessions, eLearning modules, or on-demand recordings for various learning styles & schedules.
Change Management:
- Developing a communication plan to inform users about upcoming changes, the deployment timeline, and potential impacts on their workflows.
- Encourage user feedback during the training process and address any concerns or questions they might have.
- Provide ongoing support after deployment to assist users with adapting to the new system and utilizing new functionalities effectively.
Update Management:
- Pre-Upgrade Checks leverages the Deployment Center to automate checks for hardware compatibility, software dependencies, and configuration settings before upgrading.
- Create and manage scripts within Deployment Center to automate the upgrade process, including stopping services, applying upgrades, and restarting services in a controlled manner.
- Minimize downtime by utilizing automated upgrades compared to manual processes.
- Ensure consistent and repeatable upgrade procedures across environments through scripting.
- Reduce the risk of errors during upgrades with pre-upgrade checks and automated processes.
- Always perform thorough testing of the new Teamcenter version in a dedicated environment before deploying it to production.
- Provide users with training on the new features and functionalities of the upgraded Teamcenter version.
- Communicate the upgrade schedule and potential downtime to stakeholders to manage expectations.
Deployment Strategies:
- Pre-configured deployments offer pre-configured PDM (Product Data Management) solutions that cater to specific needs and budgets.
- Deployment Center facilitates cloud deployments through various delivery models like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Managed Services, and Software as a Service (SaaS).
- Teamcenter Deployment Center itself is a web-based installer, simplifying Teamcenter installations, patches, and updates across various scenarios.

Features

  • Easy upgrades & rollouts for Teamcenter versions.
  • Manage software repository for deployments.
  • Monitor deployments & troubleshoot issues.
  • Scale Teamcenter across servers for better performance.
  • Deploy custom BMIDE templates.
  • Integrate with load balancer for optimal performance.

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Benefits

  • Improved product development efficiency
  • Streamlined collaboration across departments.
  • Enhanced data security and control
  • Reduced costs through better resource utilization
  • Scalability to grow with your business needs.
  • Simplified configuring environments using a "configuration as code" approach.
  • Minimizes the chance of manual errors during the installation process.

FAQs

Can I upgrade Teamcenter using Deployment Center?

Yes, you can do the major upgrades through the deployment Center.

Can I deploy BMIDE template and Push Custom Files using Deployment Center?

Yes, you can deploy BMIDE templates. also, you can push custom files to the server-side as well as client-side.

Which Teamcenter version Deployment Center support?

It supports 11.4 and later the Teamcenter versions which have DC Contribution files in their software package.

Can I add my existing environment into Deployment Center?

Yes, you can add your existing environment into Deployment Center for that you have to run (send_configuration_to_dc) utility.

Can I customize Deployment Center workflows?

Yes, the Deployment Center offers some options for customizing workflows to suit your specific deployment needs.

How can we leverage Deployment Center for user access management during deployments to minimize security risks?

Deployment Center functionalities for access management might involve user permission configuration for specific deployment actions Configure permissions to restrict unauthorized access and minimize potential security risks.

How can we optimize Deployment Center performance for large-scale deployments involving numerous servers or complex configurations?

Consider techniques like parallel processing within scripts, optimizing script efficiency, and leveraging load balancing during deployments to distribute workloads.

Can I automate the Teamcenter Installation and Custom Software Deployment with Deployment Center using other IT Software?

Yes, you can create an automation script for both Installation and Custom software deployment.

Does Deployment Center offer support for cloud based Teamcenter deployments?

This depends on the specific Deployment Center version and its compatibility with your chosen cloud platform.

How does the Deployment Center handle rollbacks in case of deployment issues?

Deployment Center may offer rollback capabilities depending on the specific configuration. It’s important to consult the documentation for details.

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