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Status Under review
Workspace UrbanCode
Categories Deploy
Created by Guest
Created on May 30, 2023

Agent unavailable status for online agents to allow for controlled agent shut down

At the moment we need to check if an agent is licenced before stopping it to ensure there are no active deployments, often having to remove agents from agent pools to ensure no further deployments start.

This idea is to be able to "wind down" an agent for shut down, this would put the agent in an "unavailable" state, allowing us to ensure no processes start against that agent before stopping it's service. Ideally we'd be able to set this status via an API call and be able to check if the agent has any running deployments via API as well. 

Idea priority Medium
  • Admin
    Randy Langehennig
    Sep 25, 2023

    Hi Edward, here is our implementation plan for this Idea. Could you review this and give us your feedback?

    Below is the implementation plan for this RFE.

    "Set agent to Unavailable:

    • agent pools will not select unavailable agents

    • running processes that have already resolved the agent will be able to send steps to the agent

    new processes that attempt to resolve this agent will fail as the agent is unresolvable."

    1 reply
  • Admin
    Randy Langehennig
    Aug 21, 2023

    Hi Edward,

    We spoke with the development team and their response can be found below:

    "Ok, so we have more questions for you about how robust this should be. But before that we want to try reframing this:

    What if we instead make this an agent pool feature? So you can't put agents in maintenance mode but you can do maintenance on agents in an agent pool? Perhaps a checkbox on each agent that says "Ignored by agent pools". If checked that agent will not be selected from any agent pool. However, the agent could still be used directly such as running a generic process specifically on that agent.

    The question we had about the robustness was:

    If you have an app deployment that runs a component process that runs another app deployment. Can that second app deployment run or should it not? That is harder to implement than allowing a single process to finish."

  • Admin
    Randy Langehennig
    Aug 11, 2023

    We have some questions for you:

    Do they want the agent to be used in process if the process had already resolved that agent?"

    If an agent has been used in a component process and that agent could be used later in another component process should that work?

    If an agent has been used in a component process would ongoing work by that agent fail? If it isn't supposed to fail, would future plugin steps in the same component that use that agent succeed or fail?

    1 reply
  • Admin
    Randy Langehennig
    Aug 4, 2023

    Thank you for submitting this RFE. We are creating an internal discussion topic with the development team to discuss this request. I think it is a good idea. It is like a "maintenance mode" feature for the UCD Agent (as opposed to what we have today for the UCD Server). We will be in touch. Thanks again!