Otter Documentation

Agents and Servers

In order configure and orchestrate servers, Otter needs to be able to communicate with those servers in an fast and secure manner.

Windows Servers

Communication with Windows servers is generally accomplished using a lightweight agent that's installed on the remote server. This agent uses a highly-optimized and resilient protocol built solely for this purpose, and is quite easy to install.

Agentless Windows Servers

Alternatively, Otter can use PowerShell Remoting to communicate with Windows servers; however, this is generally slower and less resilient than the Inedo Agent protocol. You can connect using integrated authentication (i.e. whatever account the service is running under), or with a username & password resource credential. See Enable-PSRemoting to configures a server to receive remote commands.

Linux Servers

To communicate with Linux servers, Otter uses the lightweight, highly-optimized, and resilient protocol already enabled on nearly every Linux box: SSH and SFTP. You can connect with a private key or username & password resource credential.

Local Agents

If you're using Otter to interact with the server it's installed on, you can just set it up using a local agent. This uses the same process/identity that the service is hosted as, and doesn't have very many privileges by default.