CE-Deploy 3.0 Updates

Time for  a quick update on CE-Deploy after the holiday's. The last few months have been a very productive time as I have added a bunch of new features. I have also had a name change to CE-Deploy 3.0 versus sticking with Cloudy CE-Deploy as a separate app.

 CE-Deploy 3.0 will have both cloud and local admin account functionality built in. This means  you will be able to configure cloud based devices through the cloud xAPI (Command and Status for now) and also on-premise and cloud through local admin access directly on the device. See the screenshot above of local admin device access. 

Along with porting all local admin device functions over to the 3.0 application I have also added the ability to do free form xAPI commands for local admin. This should be really helpful when testing commands or just doing some configuration that you need to bulk deploy in a pinch. Recently I had a customer that needed to do bulk reboots of endpoints. This worked a treat.

A list of the new things I have added recently:
  • Local and Cloud in one tool.
  • OBTP simulator for local devices
  • Integrations settings so you can use your own cloud integration (still testing) for cloud xAPI
  • Cloud xAPI branding and wallpaper deployment (that's right wallpaper!)
  • Endpoint restore using a backup file for local admin
  • Single endpoint deployment(no need to use a CSV of IP addresses for one device)
  • Create CSV for of device ID's for cloud
  • Better messaging in the message console and logging of errors
  • Error reports(coming in the next build).
That's it for now.


Cloudy CE Deploy Update

Just a quick update on Cloudy CE-Deploy. 

One thing I noticed missing from the original CE-Deploy application was the ability to guide the user through the settings and not giving any feedback. This time around I am adding some new features that help admins work out what fields are needed to deploy. Basic UI features like tool tips, alerts and notifications. The cool part is that many of these features are easily enabled and controlled with Electron. I have come to appreciate what Electron and Bootstrap have available to make better applications. 

Features to date:
  • Oauth Webex Integration
  • Deploying a command or status via cloud xAPI
  • Use CSV of device ID's, individual Org ID, Tag or device ID to deploy to either lots of devices or just one
  • UI updates to include future supported features like Macro upload
  • Alerting user to missing information
  • OS notifications on deployment completion
  • Message console display to provide deployment information in progress versus having to refer to logs after the fact.
As the application gets closer to completion I will post up on Github as a public repository. This time around its based on the Electron Boilerplate. This has all the tools already built in to get a Electron project moving. Unfortuniatly some of the features I wanted to include like deploying a macro will not be available on first release due to API limitations but in time will come.

If you want to know more about this application come and join the conversation on Webex Teams here: https://eurl.io/#SJWfk6qUV


Video: CE Macro Timer

If you haven't seen the Youtube Webex Channel you really should. Richard Bayes, who appears in the video below, posts regular content on CE related topics. It's well worth a look. This week Richard is covering a timer Macro which can be handy in all sorts of situations.

I have been busy this week creating Cloudy CE-Deploy but will post an update on progress next week. UI is nearly done.