This is a detailed topic in our support portal in the Using Hopp series and assumes that you have some prior knowledge or experience using Hopp. 

Once you reach a point where your mapping in Studio is consistent the natural next step is to apply your new mapping by migrating some data and see how it goes. In Hopp, you generate a new engine from your mapping and deploy this engine so the Runtime can discover it and load the new version of the engine. 

This article explains the steps to take to deploy a new engine and get it loaded and ready to run migrations.

Deploy and setup of a new Engine

The figure below illustrates the necessary steps to take to deploy a new engine to Runtime. The process is identical, regardless of whether you are deploying a Source Map or a Target Map.

1. PublishThe validated Map is published from Studio to an XML file

2. GenerateThe Engine Generator reads this file and generates the new Engine code

3. DeployThe Engine code is compiled and the resulting load libraries (dll's) are copied to a location where the Runtime can find them

4. RestartThe track is restarted in the Runtime causing it to load the new Engine libraries

5. SetupA setup job is run in the Runtime to make any updates in the Migration- and Staging databases as required by the new Engine.

1. Publish

Once you have validated your Map, you can publish it. Choose the Publish to Generator item in the Project menu in Studio (or press alt+G). Bear in mind the Studio will not let you publish a map before it is validated - and not if it has any validation errors.

Studio will prompt you for the path to an xml file where it is going to save the entire map. Studio and the Code Generator must agree on this file location. Normally, the file resides within the Visual Studio project for the given engine. 

You only have to provide this path the first time you publish a given Map. For all subsequent publish, Studio will remember this path for you.

Once you click the Publish button, Studio will write the entire map to the specified XML file.

2. Generate

The Engine Generator will read the newly published XML file and generate the new engine code. You launch the generator from the context menu of the project in Visual Studio. For the Source Engine, this is the *.EngineCustom project.

Once you click the Generate... menu item, the Visual Studio will show a dialog with the path to the published XML file it will read to generate the code. This must be the same file that Studio wrote the published Map to in the previous step. As a sanity check, the dialog will tell you the age of the published file - in red, if the file is more than 10 minutes old.

When you click the Ok button, the generator will launch. You can follow the progress in the Visual Studio Output tool window

3. Deploy

The generator will have produced (usually quite a lot) of c# code. This code must now be compiled and deployed to the Core and ultimately be loaded into the relevant track. 

The Deploy step offers you the additional options of restarting the track and running the setup job in the track. This is for convenience only, you are not required to do so and can launch these activities from the Director as described further on.

To Deploy, simply choose the Deploy... menu item from the same context menu in Visual Studio from where you launched the generator.

First Visual Studio will compile (build) the engine. But when it comes to the actual deployment, Visual Studio needs the help of the Core. 

It is the Portal Operations that have a connection to the runtime environment and also the Operation that knows in which tracks the engine is actually running. So Visual Studio launches the Core, and the Portal Operations will query the runtime environment to show you a list of the tracks where the engine is running.

When you click the Deploy button, the extension will first deploy the engine to the runtime environment. It will zip the engine libraries and use Portal to copy this zip file to the runtime environment and unzip the libraries to deployment location for this specific engine (as defined in the Portal Configuration).

Secondly and optionally, for each of the tracks listed (only one track in the screenshot above), the Runtime will restart the track to load the newly deployed engine and - also optionally - run the setup job for you.

If the Setup job would result in updates to the databases with potential data loss, the Extension will prompt you to accept this before actually running the Setup job.

4. Restart

If you choose not to restart a given track in connection to the Deploy above, you must restart the track from the Portal Operations. 

It is when the track starts, that the newly deployed engine is loaded into the track.

5. Setup

Again, if you choose not to run the setup in a given track in connection to the deployment above, you may have to run the setup job from the Portal Operations. 'May have to' only, because the setup is only necessary if the newly deployed engine requires updates to either the Staging- or the Migration database. 

Don't worry, the engine will refuse and fail any job trying to run anything if it misses any database updates - requiring you to run the setup before proceeding.

Again, if the Setup job would result in updates to the databases with potential data loss, the Operations will prompt you to accept this before actually running the Setup. 


We hope that this article has given you a good view of how the Source- and Target maps in Studio are actually turned into operational engines that are capable of running data migrations in the Core.