A Sample Windows Cloud Foundry App

Has it really been under your nose all along?


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Ever try to find a really simple Windows app to test against Cloud Foundry Windows Cells? 

Sometimes the most obvious answer is right under your nose. Inside of the cf-smoke-tests are the tests used by Cloud Foundry to test for both cflinuxfs3 and windows stacks which are safe to run against production. 

In general the tests work by creating a test org, space, and quota, pushes an app, scales it, retrieve logs and finally tear it all back down. There are tests for both the cflinuxfs3 and windows however cf-deployment only includes the errand for cflinuxfs3 by default.

What all this means is there is a simple Windows Cloud Foundry app inside of the smoke tests, here is how you use it:

git clone https://github.com/cloudfoundry/cf-smoke-tests.git
cd cf-smoke-tests/assets/dotnet_simple/Published

cf push imarealwindowsapp -s windows -b hwc_buildpack

In the example above we clone the repo and push an app called imarealwindowsapp, feel free to use whatever name you’d like. To get the url of the app once it is deployed, run the following command and note the routes:

$ cf app imarealwindowsapp
Showing health and status for app imarealwindowsapp in org system / space ops as admin...

name:              imarealwindowsapp
requested state:   started
routes:            imarealwindowsapp.apps.codex.starkandwayne.com
last uploaded:     Wed 27 Apr 17:05:55 UTC 2022
stack:             windows
buildpacks:        hwc

type:           web
instances:      1/1
memory usage:   1024M
     state     since                  cpu    memory         disk          details
#0   running   2022-04-27T17:07:00Z   0.1%   100.5M of 1G   44.8M of 1G

To test whether or not it was successful, you can curl the endpoint adding https:// to the routes: value from the last command output:

$ curl https://imarealwindowsapp.apps.codex.starkandwayne.com -k

It just needed to be restarted!
My application metadata: {"application_id":"b55b34e2-c434-4782-b44e-3f9f469dd70c","application_name":"imarealwindowsapp","application_uris":["imarealwindowsapp.apps.codex.starkandwayne.com"],"application_version":"1bd0703a-4f13-45c8-86cb-0632db5cd6bd","cf_api":"https://api.system.codex.starkandwayne.com","host":"","instance_id":"f56eaa45-cad2-4ab8-6e75-1ea9","instance_index":0,"limits":{"disk":1024,"fds":16384,"mem":1024},"name":"imarealwindowsapp","organization_id":"d396b0c6-872f-46a2-a752-bdea51819c06","organization_name":"system","port":8080,"process_id":"b55b34e2-c434-4782-b44e-3f9f469dd70c","process_type":"web","space_id":"4e081328-2ac1-4509-8f51-ffcbfc012165","space_name":"ops","uris":["imarealwindowsapp.apps.codex.starkandwayne.com"],"version":"1bd0703a-4f13-45c8-86cb-0632db5cd6bd"}
My port: 8080
My instance index: 0
My custom env variable:

Finally, if you look at the logs you’ll see that the app emits a timestamp tick every second, which is what the smoke tests look for to validate logging is working:

$ cf logs imarealwindowsapp
Retrieving logs for app imarealwindowsapp in org system / space ops as admin...

   2022-04-27T17:11:15.44+0000 [APP/PROC/WEB/0] OUT Tick: 1651079475
   2022-04-27T17:11:16.45+0000 [APP/PROC/WEB/0] OUT Tick: 1651079476
   2022-04-27T17:11:17.46+0000 [APP/PROC/WEB/0] OUT Tick: 1651079477
   2022-04-27T17:11:18.47+0000 [APP/PROC/WEB/0] OUT Tick: 1651079478
   2022-04-27T17:11:19.47+0000 [APP/PROC/WEB/0] OUT Tick: 1651079479

If you are curious on how to use this in a bosh errand to run the complete Cloud Foundry Windows Smoke Tests, be sure to visit https://www.starkandwayne.com/blog/adding-windows-smoke-tests-to-cloud-foundry/


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