Configuring the All-in-One Server

In this post I’m basically starting the CI/CD pipeline from scratch on a new server - this time I’ll keep it running 24/7 so I can get moving on the projects that will interact with it. This involves setting up Jenkins and the CI/CD pipeline again, configuring Apache as a reverse proxy and finally adding an SSL certificate to implement HTTPS for added security.

I’ve been playing around with the CI/CD pipeline and my Hello World Node-App for quite some time, each time I’d get a chance to work on it I’d re-create the snapshots in new droplets, reconfigure and continue on. Now I’m looking at finalising the security and having the server run 24/7 to get moving on some of these other projects I want to get communicating with the server. To save on costs, I’ve decided to combine the Jenkins and Node-App server so I don’t need to recreate and reconfigure the Jenkins one anymore.

Recreating the Jenkins CI/CD Pipeline

I first created a new Ubuntu 18.04 droplet on Digital Ocean, set up a new admin user and followed my previous blog post to set up Jenkins on this new server.

adduser --system --group twulz
mkdir /home/twulz/.ssh
chmod 0700 /home/twulz/.ssh/
cp -Rfv /root/.ssh /home/twulz/
sudo cp -Rfv /root/.ssh /home/twulz/

To minimise issues and to isolate them step-by-step I decided to first set it up without the deploy script in the pipeline so my Jenkins Execute Shell script looked like this:

npm install

Success! The build and test steps worked without a problem. Then I updated the deploy script to account for local deployment and added deploy back in to the build step… Fail:

cd ~/node-app
git pull
npm install -—production
pm2 restart all

Error message:

+ ./script/deploy
./script/deploy: 2: cd: can't cd to /var/lib/jenkins/node-app

Whoops, I had created the directory as the Twulz user and the jenkins user couldn’t access it. I’d also forgotten to start the process in order to “restart” it:

cd /var/lib/jenkins
sudo chown jenkins:jenkins -R ./node-app
git pull
pm2 status
pm2 start index.js

To ensure the process manager pm2 starts when the Node-App server boots, I followed this tutorial. pm2 comes with an in-built command that gives you the command you need to run as admin to start pm2 on boot:

pm2 startup
sudo env PATH=$PATH:/usr/bin /usr/local/lib/node_modules/pm2/bin/pm2 startup systemd -u twulz --hp /home/twulz
cd node-app/
pm2 start index.js
pm2 save

I then thought that the script should be able to deal with either starting or restarting the process, so I updated the deploy script:

cd ~/node-app
git pull
npm install -—production
(pm2 restart node-app) || (pm2 start index.js --name "node-app")

Success! CI/CD Pipeline was all set up again - this time on the same server.

Reconfiguring the Apache reverse proxy

I followed another of my blog posts to install and configure Apache web server to handle the requests so I could once again only accept local requests to my node-server and have everything else handled by Apache. Here are the commands I used:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install
sudo apt-get install apache2
sudo apache2ctl TwulzServer
sudo apache2ctl configtest
sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
sudo apache2ctl configtest
sudo systemctl restart apache2
sudo ufw app list
sudo ufw app info "Apache Full"
sudo ufw allow in "Apache Full"
sudo a2enmod proxy
sudo a2enmod proxy_http
sudo a2enmod proxy_balancer
sudo a2enmod lbmethod_byrequests
sudo systemctl restart apache2
sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Success! When I navigated to http://IP_ADDRESS/ I got my server output:

{"status":200,"error":null,"response":"Hello World! Server Success!"}

The last step to get back to where I was before was I also had to re-instate the change to index.js to only accept requests from localhost:

// Start the server
    var server = app.listen(process.env.PORT || 3000, 'localhost', function() {
        console.log('Server started on port 3000...');

Done! Now I can finally register a domain name and add HTTPS support to finish off the setup.

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