TeamCity Google Cloud Deployment

It’s official! TeamCity Google Cloud Deployment Manager template is now available on our site as an easy way to deploy the TeamCity server to Google Cloud.

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The template has been around for some time, and its most recent version provides secure deployment of a TeamCity server out of the box.

This post is a short guide to TeamCity GCP deployment. Leveraging the template, you will create a production-ready TeamCity deployment in 10 minutes!
You can also read our post on the same topic in the Google Cloud Blog.

Pre-requisites

  1. Make sure you have the permissions of the Project Owner role.
  2. Enable the required Google Cloud API’s and you’re good to go:
    > gcloud services enable deploymentmanager.googleapis.com sqladmin.googleapis.com iam.googleapis.com cloudresourcemanager.googleapis.com runtimeconfig.googleapis.com

TeamCity Deployment

Here you have two options: go for a Quick Start or create a secure TeamCity deployment.

A secure TeamCity deployment automatically provides an HTTPS endpoint for the TeamCity server with pre-configured transport security. This helps protect your data and passwords. Creating a secure TeamCity deployment will require a bit more time but, on the bright side, you won’t have to set up the reverse proxy manually!

Quick Start

To quickly create a test TeamCity deployment, use the following command:

> gcloud deployment-manager deployments create teamcity --template https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JetBrains/teamcity-google-template/master/teamcity.jinja --properties zone:<zone>

Notice the <zone> property: it is required for the deployment and refers to the physical location of your computing resources.

To check which zones are available, list all and choose one of them:

> gcloud compute zones list

Refer to the Google Cloud Documentation for more information.

Secure TeamCity Deployment

A secure deployment requires you to have a domain name from a domain registrar of your choice. You should be able to configure an A/CNAME record for this domain.

  1. Create an external IP and configure an A record for your domain pointing to that IP. Execute the nslookup <domainName> command on your computer to display the target IP address.
    dns
  2. Create a new TeamCity deployment:
    > gcloud deployment-manager deployments create <deploymentName> --template https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JetBrains/teamcity-google-template/master/teamcity.jinja --properties zone:<zone>,ipAddress:<ipAddress>,domainName:<domainName>,domainOwnerEmail:<domainOwnerEmail>

The command above should specify the following properties:

  • deploymentName: a unique name for the deployment, e.g. “teamcity”
  • zone: the deployment zone
  • ipAddress: the external IP address
  • domainName: your domain name

The domainOwnerEmail property is optional; set it to your email to be notified in the case of problems with an SSL certificate retrieval.

Launching TeamCity

Deploying TeamCity will take a few minutes. After the deployment is complete, a link to the TeamCity server should appear in the gcloud command output.

output

The TeamCity server will have two pre-installed Google Cloud plugins. Refer to this blog post for more information about their configuration and functionality.

Happy building in Google Cloud!

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