Friday, December 11, 2020

Sync External Git Repository to Cloud Manager Repository

In the earlier tutorial, we have discussed the basic details on Cloud Manager and how to use CM API/Events to trigger the notification to Social Channel(Teams).

As discussed earlier, the Cloud Manager enables own Git repository to manage the deployment to different environments, for simple projects the Cloud Manager enabled git repository should be enough to manage the day to day development activities of the project. But for complex projects, the feature-based easy to manage repository(CM don’t provide any UI to manage the branches) should be required to manage the day to day development activities. In that case, the customer-specific repository can be used used to manage the day-to-day development activities and the code can be merged to Cloud Manager Git repository branches once ready for deployment.

As a manual process, the branches between the local repository and Cloud Manager repository can be synced by the developer by using a set of Git commands

Sync Local Repository Dev-Branch to CM Repository Dev-Branch, first commit the changes to the local Dev branch then push the changes to CM repository(Dev branch). Execute the below command from the local repository folder.

git remote add sync https://username:[email protected]/xxxx/xxxx/
git checkout dev
git pull
git push sync dev


But this will create overhead for the development team also additional effort to manage the local and CM repositories, In this tutorial let us see the approach to auto-sync the branches from the local repository to the remote repository.

Sync Flow:




The developers will continue to use the local branches for development, the existing development flow can be used, on commit to different branches e.g Dev, UAT, etc the changes will be auto merged to the corresponding CM repository branches e.g. Dev, UAT, etc through a local pipeline — I am using Bitbucket pipeline for sync but different pipelines e.g. Jenkins can be used. The production version of the code is always maintained in the local master branch. The different CM pipelines are triggered based on the commit to the corresponding branch or triggered manually, the pipeline deploys the code to the corresponding environment after conducting the required validations and quality check. This flow helps us to minimize the manual touchpoints across the deployment flow — modify the flow based on your use case.

Configure Sync:


Refer A BitBucket CI/CD Pipeline to Sync Branches With GitHub to sync branches between two different repositories — I am using Bitbucket pipeline to sync branches from bit bucket repository to Github repository(any other pipelines e.g Jenkins can also be used to sync).

The Cloud Manager repository won't support adding SSH keys for remote integrations, the integrations should be enabled through the user name and access password — git remote add sync https://username:password@git.cloudmanager.adobe.com/xxxx/xxxx/ (store the credential in pipeline/repository variable and refer in yml file e.g https://$CM_SYNC_USER_NAME:$CM_SYNC_USER_ACCESS_TOKEN@git.cloudmanager.adobe.com/xxx/xxx/)

Updated pipeline configuration(store bitbucket-pipelines.yml under the root folder of every branch)

The concern here using the credential of a regular user for integration — this will not be the right option as the individual credentials will be configured to enable the sync between the local repository and remote repository. To overcome this create a generic Adobe user and enable the required CM roles(Developer Role) and use this username and access password for integration.

As a first step create an adobe user through account.adobe.com ( e.g [email protected]— not necessary to have a valid email but use the organization domain(xxx)



Add the user(e.g [email protected]) under “Cloud Manager — Developer Role” through the admin console





Login to https://my.cloudmanager.adobe.com/ and Generate an access password through the Manage Git option.




Now the user name and the access password can be used to enable the sync.

Using the local repository provides the required flexibility for day to day development activities, the auto-sync between the local repository branches and CM git repository reduces the manual touch in the CI/CD flow.


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