Try Our SDL Web 8 Topology Generator

I recently set about creating a Topology Generator, to make setting up a Topology in SDL Web 8 easier. Currently, Topologies can only be created using powershell scripts, which are prone to error and prove quite laborious to write. Initially, I started doing something with spreadsheets which was a definite improvement, but still prone to errors.

When you start digging into the Topology Manager for SDL Web 8 you'll find that even just to setup a very basic topology you'll have to run 5 powershell cmdlets to get up and running.

Add-TtmCdTopologyType -Id TTID -Name NAME -EnvironmentPurposes "PURPOSE"
Add-TtmCdEnvironment -Id CDEID -EnvironmentPurpose PURPOSE -DiscoveryEndpointUrl http://.../ -AuthenticationType OAuth -ClientId CLIENTID -ClientSecret CLIENTSECRET
Add-TtmCdTopology -Id TID -Name NAME -CdTopologyTypeId TTID -CdEnvironmentIds "CDEID"
Add-TtmWebsite -Id WID -CdEnvironmentId CDID -BaseUrls ""
Add-TtmMapping -Id MID -PublicationID tcm:... -WebApplicationId WID_RootWebApp

When you start to consider multi-site and localisation, the number of cmdlets increases dramatically.

I'm working on a site with only ~25 localised sites, and there is in excess of 100 cmdlets to run. This was very challenging to setup and I ended up using an excel file to try and map it all, but one typo would break the dependencies, and a lot of time would be lost working back through the process using the delete cmdlets.

Building a Topology Generator seemed like the best solution (plus it was also a good excuse to get up to speed with Angular 2, so a nice two-for-one bonus).

Try the SDL Web Topology Generator

What's next?

I want to make a way to import the JSON produced by Export-TtmCdStructure and remap the text boxes and regenerate the powershell. I'll also want to consider the option to update and remove with the generator.

Any questions?

If you need more information or have any questions just get in touch and we'd be happy to answer them for you.