Using Resource Scripts
Resource scripts allow you to add automation to specific sandbox components. These scripts are intended to add simple functionality, or to be used for testing and debugging activities. Note that in order to add automation to a shell, the best practice is to use the component’s driver.
Using the script_helper
Resource scripts get information from the sandbox component using the script_helper.
To use the script helper:
Import the cloudshell-automation-api python package and add it to your script, as illustrated in the example below. Note that the package is automatically imported when your sandbox starts. In this example, the following code gets an object that contains all of the sandbox’s information:
Note that to execute this code, you will need to include a requirements.txt file in your script. If you want to write your own packages and use them in your script, make sure to place them in the local PyPi Server repository on the Quali Server machine. For details, see CloudShell Help’s PyPi Server - Managing Python Driver and Script Dependencies.
To facilitate writing and debugging activities, it is recommended to use advanced IDEs such as PyCharm, which provide autocomplete functionality, as illustrated below.
Accessing the sandbox component
Use the get_resource_context method to access and use the sandbox component in your resource script.
For example, let’s assume we want to get metadata information from the component, such as name and address:
Or to get information from attributes on the component:
- For global attributes, use the attributes element. For example, “Region” and “Execution Server Selector”:
- For namespaced attributes (i.e. attributes that exist on a 2nd Gen shell only), provide the full attribute name, including the namespace. For example, “Vendor” and “OS Version”:
Using API from the resource script
To use the API, create a session variable that uses the helper’s get_api_session method:
Returning outputs from a resource script
In order to return outputs, use
The script standard output is returned as the command result. However, if an exception is raised, or if a non-zero process result code is returned, the execution will be considered a failure. As a side note, in CloudShell, the output of a script is displayed in the Output console in the sandbox workspace, so whatever you print in your script will find its way there.
Associating a resource script to a CloudShell resource
1) Place the python script(s) and requirements.txt files in a folder.
2) From within the folder, select the two files and zip.
3) In CloudShell Portal’s Scripts management page, open the Resource Scripts page and add the zip file.
4) Edit the script and from the Models drop-down list, select the models of the resources and services.
5) Click Save.
In this example, we use the CloudShell Automation API to get the resource’s vendor and OS version: