Octopus is designed to make deployment a repeatable process, avoiding the human error that is introduced when software is configured by hand, or in an ad-hoc fashion. Projects, deployment processes, releases, and deployments are all important concepts for realizing this aim.
When managing a large environment of machines, however, it is occasionally necessary to perform one-off management tasks.
- Run-away processes need to be terminated.
- Machines need to be rebooted.
- Information needs to be collected.
For these situations, the Octopus Script Console can be used.
Using the Script Console
The Script Console can be found under the Tasks area:
Inside the Script Console, you can choose whether to run your script on a specific server, or a number of servers by role/environment.
When you run the script, you'll be taken to the task output page which shows the progress and any output from the script:
The Script Body tab can be used to see the contents of the script, and you can use the green Modify and re-run button to change or run the script again.
Sometimes you might like to collect files from each of the machines as part of your script. To do this, see the section on artifacts.
Besides making it easy to run a script on many servers, the other advantage of using the Script Console is auditing. Ad-hoc scripts run via the Script Console will appear in the Audit tab in the Configuration area.