Scheduling a Deployment
It's a common practice to set up some kind of automated build schedule - whether
as a means to facilitate continuous integration, or just to postpone a lengthy/demanding
build process. However, it can also be very useful to schedule a deployment.
Why Schedule a Deployment?
While build schedules are often recurring - weekly, daily, SCM-triggered, for example
- a recurring deployment would not be useful, since a build must be
promoted in order to be deployed to a new
environment. However, perhaps your deployment process results in a temporary
outage for a site and you would like this to occur only in off-peak hours; in this
situation, it would be useful to promote a build, but delay deploying it to, say
In BuildMaster, scheduling a promotion is easy. Just click the Promote Build
button on the Build Status page as usual (in this example, we are scheduling a deployment
to the Release environment).
On the Promote Build dialog, just select the Execute On radio button
and provide a date and time for the promotion; in this case we will chose 3:00 AM
on the next day. Once configured, just click Promote Build, and
the build is promoted to Release. Despite being promoted, however, the
will not begin until the selected time.