March 22, 2016
by Anthony Shaw of Dimension Data
I’m “pretty excited” to share some news, we’ve just finished integrating Cisco Spark into StackStorm, via our automation-bot, Hubot.
This means you can get all of the power of StackStorm chatops from within Cisco Spark rooms and collaboration experiences.
Cisco Spark delivers cloud-based business communications that enables customers to message, meet and call anyone, whether it be on their mobile device, desktop or meeting room end-points.
StackStorm is an event-driven automation platform that ties together every component of your environment. It’s commonly used for auto-remediation—including response to security events—and other cases such as complex deployments.
If you don’t already have a Cisco Spark account, you can sign up at www.ciscospark.com.
Once you have signed up, go to developer.ciscospark.com and sign in, then you should be able to generate a key
Now, copy the key to the clipboard and save it for later.
You want to create a room, or get the ID of an existing room also, so in the developer console go to the rooms page and test out the create room function.
id property of the created room from the response in the right-hand pane, you will need this later.
Back in the Cisco Spark UI, you can then join that room by searching for it.
To configure the StackStorm chatops bot to set the following environment variables:
HUBOT_SPARK_API_URI– The URI, defaults to the public service if not provided
HUBOT_SPARK_ACCESS_TOKEN– The access token we just created
HUBOT_SPARK_ROOMS– A list of room Ids (comma seperated) you want your bot to listen in
You need to alter the following properties of
"/opt/puppet/hieradata/answers.yaml" then run
... hubot::adapter: "spark" hubot::env_export: HUBOT_LOG_LEVEL: "debug" HUBOT_SPARK_API_URI=https://api.ciscospark.com/v1 HUBOT_SPARK_ACCESS_TOKEN="your token" HUBOT_SPARK_ROOMS="your room ID" ...
If you already have the docker hubot image running, stop it and download the new version
service docker-hubot stop docker rmi stackstorm/hubot docker pull stackstorm/hubot service docker-hubot start
Now you can tail
docker logs hubot to see what is going on, check into your room and start issuing those ChatOps commands!
Then you will be able to post messages and wait for the arrival of your bot.
Then to test that out, head into StackStorm and run the
chatops.post_message action with a hello message:
And then back in Cisco Spark you should see your message!
Now you can install more packs that support ChatOps commands into your StackStorm environment, try out some of these out-of-the-box integrations.
Dimension Data is a ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. For an idea of what we do, check out this YouTube video of the Tour de France- powered by Dimension Data
Dimension Data is one of Cisco’s largest global partners with a relationship that extends over 20 years and a Cisco Gold Partner in every region in which we operate. Dimension Data’s Cisco qualifications cover virtually all the certifications and specializations that Cisco uses to classify its partners.
Cisco Spark Hybrid Services is the next generation of the Spark Service that that connects clients’ existing on-premises collaboration capabilities to Cisco Spark in the Dimension Data Collaboration Cloud services bringing together the best of both worlds.
Dimension Data are a StackStorm Enterprise customer and have been using StackStorm to automate research projects, integrate and automate their public cloud and automate the deployment of Cloud Services
Anthony runs Innovation and Research projects for Dimension Data’s IT-as-a-Service global division out of Sydney, Australia.
Anthony is a long-time StackStorm user, after starting to use StackStorm to automate the Dimension Data Cloud, Anthony ended up developing packs for tesla, [OctopusDeploy (https://github.com/StackStorm-Exchange/stackstorm-octopusdeploy), SignalR, and others..
Anthony’s goal for next month (once the hardware arrives) is to upgrade the sprinkler system in his house to use StackStorm IFTTT triggers to control the water flow based on the weather conditions.. More to come on that one.
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