Puppet Module for JBoss EAP and Wildfly application servers

...with configuration management of resources and deployment in domain and stand-alone modes

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Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Module Description - What the module does and why it is useful
  3. Setup - The basics of getting started with JBoss
    1. What JBoss module affects
    2. Beginning with JBoss module
  4. Install classes reference
  5. Configuration classes reference
  6. Application defined types reference
  7. Technical defined types reference
  8. Logging configuration defined types
  9. JBoss module standard metaparameters
  10. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  11. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


This module can install JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and WildFly application servers. It can also manage their resources and applications in either a domain or a stand-alone mode. It supports resources like datasource, security domain, JMS queues and any other custom CLI reachable attributes and path. It can also deploy your applications.

Module Description

The Center for Information Technology in Poland manage the JBoss application server farm. We were looking for a simple tool to support and automate the management of these servers in the spirit of DevOps methodology. The tool should also be powerful enough to satisfy all, even future requirements. Nothing was able to meet our requirements, so we have designed and wrote the corresponding Puppet module.

The module allows user to perform all necessary operations for JBoss servers. Here are couple of features:

  • Installation and upgrading of application servers in domain and standalone modes,
  • support for JBoss AS, EAP, and WildFly,
  • support for the Red Hat and Debian operating systems families,
  • installation of internal JBoss modules and their generation from a set of libraries,
  • configuration in a domain configuration mode (including the creation of virtual servers and groups of servers) and also standalone mode,
  • JBoss user management,
  • management of JBoss network interfaces,
  • JPA datasource management, security domains, JMS queues, resource adapters and system logging
  • deployment and removing of artifacts

In addition to the above list, you can also configure any JBoss CLI reachable configuration, with the entire set of parameters. This allows you to configure any parameter supported by JBoss.

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What JBoss module affects

  • This module installs JBoss Application Servers from zip files distributed by Red Hat. Those files are being extracted to target directory, by default: /usr/lib/<product>-<version>/ for ex.: /usr/lib/wildfly-8.2.0.Final.
  • Module will also add service with name of $jboss::product for ex.: /etc/init.d/wildfly
  • By default module will install default Java JDK using puppetlabs/java module. This can be turned off by using $jboss::java_autoinstall variable or hiera key: jboss::params::java_autoinstall
  • By default module will install and use wget package to download zip files

Beginning with JBoss module

To install JBoss Application Server you can use just, it will install Wildfly 8.2.0.Final by default:

include jboss

To install JBoss EAP or older JBoss AS use:

class { 'jboss':
  product => 'jboss-eap',
  version => '6.4.0.GA',

or use hiera:

jboss::params::product: 'wildfly'
jboss::params::version: '10.1.0.Final'

Install classes reference

Those classes are main module classes, that handles most of the typical workflow. Use them to install the main porduct - JBoss or Wildfly.

The jboss install class

The jboss main class is used to install the application server itself. It can install it on default parameters but you can use then to customize installation procedure.


include jboss

or with parameters:

class { 'jboss':
  enableconsole => true,
  environment   => {
    'JAVA_OPTS' => "\${JAVA_OPTS} -XX:+UseG1GC",

More about jboss class on Wiki.

Configure classes reference

Those classes are here to configure your JBoss/Wildfly instance.

The jboss::domain::controller configure class

This class will setup parameters for JBoss server to run as controller of the domain. It has no parameters. This class must be used before main JBoss class for ex.:

# This include must be defined before JBoss main class
include jboss::domain::controller

class { 'jboss':
  enableconsole => true,

The jboss::domain::node configure class

This class will setup JBoss server to run as node of the domain.

It takes two parameters: ctrluser and ctrlpassword. User name and password must be setup to JBoss controller. Easiest way to add jboss management user with jboss::user type.

$user = 'jb-user'
$passwd = 'SeC3eT!1'

node 'controller' {
  include jboss::domain::controller
  include jboss
  jboss::user { $user:
    ensure   => 'present',
    password => $passwd,

node 'node' {
  class { 'jboss::domain::node':
    ctrluser     => $user,
    ctrlpassword => $passwd,

Application defined types reference

Application defined types are here to be directly expected by applications running on your application server. Most likely to written by application developers.

The jboss::datasource defined type

This defined type can be used to add and remove JBoss data sources. It support both XA and Non-XA data sources. It can setup data sources and manage required drivers.

# Non-XA data source
jboss::datasource { 'test-datasource':
  ensure     => 'present',
  username   => 'test-username',
  password   => 'test-password',
  jdbcscheme => 'h2:mem',
  dbname     => 'testing;DB_CLOSE_DELAY=-1;DB_CLOSE_ON_EXIT=FALSE',
  host       => '',
  port       => '',
  driver     => {
    'name'       => 'h2',
# XA data source
jboss::datasource { 'test-xa-datasource':
  ensure     => 'present',
  xa         => true,
  username   => 'test-username',
  password   => 'test-password',
  jdbcscheme => 'h2:mem',
  dbname     => 'testing-xa;DB_CLOSE_DELAY=-1;DB_CLOSE_ON_EXIT=FALSE',
  host       => '',
  port       => '',
  driver     => {
    'name'                            => 'h2',
    'driver-xa-datasource-class-name' => 'org.h2.jdbcx.JdbcDataSource'

More on parameters for jboss::datasource defined type on Wiki.

The jboss::jmsqueue defined type

Use this defined type to add and remove JBoss JMS Queues.

jboss::jmsqueue { 'app-mails':
  ensure  => 'present',
  durable => true,
  entries => [

More on parameters for jboss::jmsqueue defined type on Wiki.

The jboss::resourceadapter defined type

This defined type can be used to add and remove JBoss resource adapters. A resource adapter is a deployable Java EE component that provides communication between a Java EE application and an Enterprise Information System (EIS) using the Java Connector Architecture (JCA) specification

See more info here: https://docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/tutorial/doc/bncjh.html

jboss::deploy { 'jca-filestore.rar':
  jndi => 'jca-filestore.rar',

jboss::resourceadapter { 'jca-filestore.rar':
  archive            => 'jca-filestore.rar',
  transactionsupport => 'LocalTransaction',
  classname          => 'org.example.jca.FileSystemConnectionFactory',
  jndiname           => 'java:/jboss/jca/photos',
  require            => JBoss::Deploy['jca-filestore.rar'],

More on parameters for jboss::resourceadapter defined type on Wiki.

The jboss::securitydomain defined type

This defined type can be used to add and remove JBoss security domains. A security domain consists of configurations for authentication, authorization, security mapping, and auditing. It implements Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) declarative security.

See here: https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/JBoss_Enterprise_Application_Platform/6.4/html/Security_Guide/sect-Security_Domains.html

jboss::securitydomain { 'db-auth-default':
  ensure        => 'present',
  code          => 'Database',
  codeflag      => 'required',
  moduleoptions => {
    'dsJndiName'        => 'java:jboss/datasources/default-db',
    'principalsQuery'   => 'select \'password\' from users u where u.login = ?',
    'hashUserPassword'  => false,
    'hashStorePassword' => false,
    'rolesQuery'        => 'select r.name, \'Roles\' from users u
join user_roles ur on ur.user_id = u.id
join roles r on r.id = ur.role_id
where u.login = ?',

More on parameters for jboss::securitydomain defined type on Wiki.

The jboss::module defined type

This defined type can add and remove JBoss static modules. Static modules are predefined in the JBOSS_HOME/modules/ directory of the application server. Each sub-directory represents one module and contains one or more JAR files and a configuration file - module.xml.

More info on modules here: https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/JBoss_Enterprise_Application_Platform/6/html/Development_Guide/chap-Class_Loading_and_Modules.html

jboss::module { 'postgresql-jdbc':
  layer        => 'jdbc',
  artifacts    => [
  dependencies => [

After processing of this module JBoss server will be automatically restarted, but only when changes occur.

More on parameters for jboss::module defined type on Wiki.

The jboss::clientry defined type

This define is very versatile. It can be used to add or remove any JBoss CLI entry. You can pass any number of properties for given CLI path and each one will be manage, other parameters will not be changed.

jboss::clientry { '/subsystem=messaging/hornetq-server=default':
  ensure     => 'present',
  properties => {
    'security-enabled' => false,

More on parameters for jboss::clientry defined type on Wiki.

Technical defined types reference

Technical defined types will be most likely used by system administrators to configure JBoss application servers to theirs needs.

The jboss::deploy defined type

This defined type can be used to deploy and undeploy standard Java artifacts to JBoss server

jboss::deploy { 'foobar-app':
  ensure      => 'present',
  servergroup => 'foobar-group',
  path        => '/usr/src/foobar-app-1.0.0.war',

More on parameters for jboss::deploy defined type on Wiki.

The jboss::user defined type

Use this defined type to add and remove JBoss management and application users, manage their passwords and roles.

jboss::user { 'admin':
  ensure   => 'present',
  realm    => 'ManagementRealm',
  password => 'seCret1!',

More on parameters for jboss::user defined type on Wiki.

The jboss::interface defined type

This defined type can be used to setup JBoss interfaces. It can add, remove or change existing interfaces.

More info about interfaces may be found here: https://docs.jboss.org/author/display/WFLY8/Interfaces+and+ports

jboss::interface { 'public':
  ensure       => 'present',
  inet_address => '',

More on parameters for jboss::interface defined type on Wiki.

The jboss::domain::server defined type

This defined type simplifies creation and removal and updating JBoss domain virtual server (server instance) running on a host server (host controller) in domain mode.

include jboss

jboss::domain::servergroup { 'appsrv-group':
  ensure            => 'present',
  profile           => 'full-ha',
  heapsize          => '2048m',
  maxheapsize       => '2048m',
  jvmopts           => '-XX:+UseG1GC -XX:MaxGCPauseMillis=200',
  system_properties => {
    'java.security.egd' => 'file:/dev/urandom',

jboss::domain::server { 'appsrv-01':
  ensure => 'present',
  group  => 'appsrv-group',

More on parameters for jboss::domain::server defined type on Wiki.

The jboss::domain::servergroup defined type

This defined type simplifies creation and removal and updating JBoss domain server group that can enforce same configuration (profile, deployments and JVM settings) across multiple servers on multiple host controllers. This is only possible in domain mode.

include jboss

jboss::domain::servergroup { 'app-group':
  ensure            => 'present',
  profile           => 'full-ha',
  heapsize          => '2048m',
  maxheapsize       => '2048m',
  jvmopts           => '-XX:+UseG1GC -XX:MaxGCPauseMillis=200',
  system_properties => {
    'java.security.egd' => 'file:/dev/urandom',

More on parameters for jboss::domain::servergroup defined type on Wiki.

Logging configuration defined types

Logging configuration defined types are wrappers for jboss::clientry type, being written for ease of use for system administrators.

JBoss module standard metaparameters

Most of the defined types uses JBoss Puppet module standard metaparameters. Their description can be found on Wiki page.


This module is explicitly tested on:

  • Oracle Linux 6.x, CentOS 6.x
  • Ubuntu Server LTS 14.04

With servers:

  • JBoss AS 7.1
  • JBoss EAP 6.1 - 6.4, 7.0
  • WildFly 8.x, 9.x

Should be fully compatible with those operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux: 5.x, 6.x
  • CentOS: 5.x, 6.x
  • Scientific: 5.x, 6.x
  • Oracle Linux: 5.x
  • Debian: 6.x, 7.x
  • Ubuntu Server LTS 12.04, 10.04

Supported Puppet versions:

  • Puppet OSS: 2.7.x, 3.x
  • Puppet Enterprise: 2.8.x, 3.x


To contribute to this module please read carefully the CONTRIBUTING.md


  • 1.2.1 - PeachSplash
    • Enchantment #99: Modernization of module structure
    • Bugfix #101: Stabilization and diversification of tests
  • 1.2.0 - PoppySilver
    • Feature #95 Adding support for JBoss EAP 7 and WildFly 10
  • 1.1.0 - RiverBlue

    • Bug #88 Wrong order beetwen jboss::internal::module::assembly and jboss::user
    • Bug #53 Problem with creating security domain on JBoss EAP 6.4 or Wildfly 9
    • Bug #65 Improper handling of download_url parameter
    • Bug #47 Idempotency breaks on Jboss::Internal::Service/Service[..] when running inside Docker container
    • Bug #56 Fix ownership of layers.conf file
    • Bug #14 Fix interface configuration for Wildfly 9 and EAP 7
    • Tests #66 Make tests run quicker and make them more atomic
    • Tests #44 Write rspec test to cover puppet resources (up to 50%)
    • Tests #72 Acceptance tests uses real examples written in separete .pp files
    • Quality #90, #83 Improve documentation level
    • Enhancement #20 Trigger deployment on refresh and add runtime_name param
  • 1.0.3 - RubyCake

    • Bug: #9 Correct a way that options are validated and displyed for datasource type
    • Bug: #8 Correct a way that port and host are validated for datasource type
    • Bug: #21 Fix hiera key in params.pp for java_autoinstall parameter
    • Bug: #17 Fix to be able to supply install zip as off-line file
    • Quality: #22 Fix Puppet Forge warning: "Dependencies contain unbounded ranges."
    • Quality: #41 Adding code of conduct file
    • Tests: #10 Write spec test to cover not covered Ruby files (up 80%)
    • CI: #34 Running acceptance tests on rvm 2.1 instead of default
    • CI: #4 Try to execute standard Ruby builds on Travis CI on container infrastructure
  • 1.0.2 - MintyFrost

    • Enhancement: move documentation to the Wiki and document all public manifests
    • Bug: make acceptance tests work on Travis
  • 1.0.0 - First public release

    • First publicly available version
    • Support for JBoss EAP, JBoss AS and Wildfly
    • Support for JPA datasource management, Security Domain JBoss, JMS queues, resource adapters and messages logging
    • Support for deploying artifacts