Create Environments

Last update: 2023-05-15
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In this part of the onboarding journey, you learn how to use Cloud Manager to create your first environments.

Objective

After reading the previous document in this onboarding journey, Creating Programs, you now have your own Cloud Manager program. Now you can lean how to use Cloud Manager to create your first environments for that program.

After reading this document, you will:

  • Understand what an environment is.
  • Know the difference between the different environments.
  • Be able to create your own environment.

What is an environment?

Environments sit below programs within the hierarchy of Cloud Manager. While programs allow you to organize your solution and grant access to particular team members to those programs, environments belong to specific programs and are individual instances of the Adobe solutions within those programs. Environments are used for a specific purpose such as authoring content or testing new developments. Cloud Manager’s CI/CD pipelines facilitate the deployment of code to these environments from git repositories.

If you recall the example of the theoretical WKND Travel and Adventure Enterprises, who is a tenant that focuses on travel-related media, they might have two programs. That is, one Sites program for its WKND Magazine division, and one Assets program for WKND Media division. Each program would likely have a couple of environments such as one production environment which serves the actual traffic of the site and one development environment for testing new application code.

There are four different types of environments:

  • Production and Stage - The production and staging environments are available as a pair and are used for production and testing purposes, respectively.
  • Development - A development environment can be created for development and testing purposes and can be associated with non-production pipelines only.
  • Rapid Development - A rapid development environment (RDE) allows a developer to swiftly deploy and review changes, minimizing the amount of time to test features that are proven to work on a local development environment.

For the purposes of this onboarding journey, to get you started with a minimal, you create a development environment that you can use to explore AEM as a Cloud Service’s capabilities.

Create Environments

  1. Log on to Cloud Manager at my.cloudmanager.adobe.com and select the appropriate organization.

  2. Select the program for which you want to add an environment.

  3. To add an environment, from the Program Overview page, on the Environments card, select Add Environment.

    Environments card

    • The Add Environment option is also available on the Environments tab.

      Environments tab

    • The Add Environment option may be disabled due to lack of permissions or depending on the licensed resources.

  4. In the Add environment dialog that appears:

    • Select an Environment type.
      • The number of available/used environments is displayed in parentheses behind the Development environment type.
    • Provide an Environment name.
    • Provide an Environment description.
    • Select a Cloud Region.

    Add environment dialog

  5. Click Save to add the specified environment.

Once the environment is available, members of your organization assigned to the Developer product profile can log in to Cloud Manager and manage Cloud Manager git repositories.

What’s Next

Now that you have read this part of the onboarding journey, you should:

  • Understand what an environment is.
  • Know the difference between the different environments.
  • Be able to create your own environment.

Your cloud resources have been created and are ready to be accessed by your team. As the system administrator, you must first assign your team members to product profiles in AEM as a Cloud Service from the Adobe Admin Console so they can access those resources.

Therefore you should continue your onboarding journey by next reviewing the document Assigning Team Members to AEM as a Cloud Service Product Profiles. In that document, you learn how to grant your team members rights to access your new environments.

Additional Resources

The following are additional, optional resources if you would like to go beyond the content of the onboarding journey.

  • Managing Environments - Learn about the types of environments that you can create and how to create them for your Cloud Manager project
  • Using Adobe Cloud Manager - Environments - Cloud Manager environments are composed of AEM authoring, publishing, and Dispatcher services. Learn how different environments support roles and can be engaged using different CI/CD Pipelines.
  • Rapid Development Environments - See this documentation for details about how to use an RDE

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