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Fleet

The Fleet is the second layer within the deployment configuration hierarchy. It's a direct descendant of the DeploymentEnvironment.

Show Fleet in Deployment Configuration overview
[![](images/DeploymentConfigurationOverviewFleet.png)](images/DeploymentConfigurationOverviewFleet.png)
Figure 1: Fleet's place in the Deployment Configuration

Usage

A Fleet is simply a sub-division of a DeploymentEnvironment. It does not represent a collection of hosts (bare metal or VM).

You can have as many Fleets under a DeploymentEnvironment as you like. There are no limits.

Fleets are normally used to differentiate between different builds or platforms such as PC, Xbox, Playstation, Switch, etc. But it can also be used to deploy instances for temporary or testing purposes while keeping these separate from other fleets.

Each Fleet has a number of template properties that will point to the following template types:

Additionally you have to assign a DeploymentProfile, telling the Fleet in which regions and DC Locations to deploy.

Automatic deployment and scaling can be controlled per Fleet and is determined by its operational status.

Note

A Fleet's template properties can only be updated if there are no Application Instances deployed within that Fleet.

You can still add new templates, where there were none before, but changing or removing them can only be done when there are no ApplicationIsntances in the Fleet.

Completing a Fleet's properties

When you first create a new Fleet, you must provide a name and a deploymentEnvironmentId. All other properties / references can be left blank. This allows you to create a fleet before all other necessary elements have been created. Elements such as a DeploymentProfile and GameDeploymentTemplate can be referenced at a later time. Note that a Fleet cannot be used before at least the DeploymentProfile and GameDeploymentTemplate properties have been populated.

Operational status

A Fleet's operational status determines whether automatic deployment and / or automatic scaling of ApplicationInstances is enabled or not.

Automatic deployment (operationalStatus = 1) will deploy ApplicationInstances according to the minimumCapacity setting of the DeploymentProfile linked to a Fleet. This will result in a statically deployed amount (DeploymentProfile.minimumCapacity) of ApplicationInstances. No dynamic up- or downscaling will occur.

To enable dynamic up- or downscaling for a Fleet, you must set its operationalStatus value to 2 (automatic scaling enabled - implies automatic deployment).

Setting operational status to disabled (operationalStatus = 0) means no deployment of any kind is performed. No up- or downscaling will be performed. If you have deployed applications in a Fleet, these will be left alone.

An explanation of how dynamic and automatic scaling works can be found in the Automatic Deployment chapter.

Operational status = 0 (manual)

When isReserved is 0 you may deploy any Application Instance on the Host. As soon as the first Application Instance is deployed on the Host, the Host's fleetId is set to the Fleet that is attached to said Application Instance. From then on, the Host can only be used for Application Instances belonging to that Fleet.

When isReserved is 1 this behaviour remains the same, but in addition when a Host is drained of Application Instances it will not be made available for another Fleet.

Warning

When un-reserving a Host for a Fleet which has Application Instances deployed you will need to manually remove these Application Instances in order for the Host to be eligible for deployment for Application Instances of another Fleet.

Operational status = 1 (automatic deployment)

The behaviour is the same as above. With automatic deployment however, you generally never reach the state where you organically drain Application Instances on a Host to cause it to reset its fleetId, since they will be automatically deployed again.

Operational status = 2 (automatic scaling)

A Host is assigned a fleetId when Application Instances are deployed on it. When isReserved is 0 the scaler will determine which Host is deployed for which Fleet. As soon as a Host drains of Application Instances, its fleetId will be reset to 0 and it may be used for any other Fleet that is eligible. When isReserved is 1 and automatic scaling is enabled the Host's fleetId will never be reset to 0 and the Host will always be available for said Fleet.

When you un-reserve a Host for a Fleet the Host will keep serving Application Instances until all Application Instances have been organically drained and eventually its fleetId is reset to 0. At that point the Host may be occupied by any other eligible Fleet (or the same Fleet if capacity is required again).

Element structure

Property Value type Required Description
id string Read-only Unique identifier of this element
name string Yes Name of the deployment environment
deploymentEnvironmentId string Yes Identifier of the DeploymentEnvironment this Fleet belongs to.
GET /deploymentEnvironment
deploymentProfileId string No Identifier of the DeploymentProfile for this Fleet.
GET /deploymentProfile
gameDeploymentTemplateId string No Identifier of the GameDeploymentTemplate for this Fleet.
GET /deploymentTemplate/game
utilityDeploymentTemplateId string No Identifier of the UtilityDeploymentTemplate for this Fleet.
GET /deploymentTemplate/utility
dependencyDeploymentTemplateId string No Identifier of the DependencyDeploymentTemplate for this Fleet.
GET /deploymentTemplate/dependency
hostCapacityTemplateId string No Identifier of the HostCapacityTemplate for this Fleet.
GET /hostCapacityTemplate
operationalStatus int Yes Indicator of how this Fleet is operating with regards to automatic deployment and scaling:
0: Disabled
1: Automatic deployment enabled
2: Automatic scaling enabled (implies automatic deployment)
Table 1: Fleet element structure

API example

Create a new Fleet within your i3D.net account.

Full API reference

HTTP request

POST /v3/fleet

Request body

{
  "name": "Bluewolf PC",
  "deploymentEnvironmentId": "173892217340309897",
  "deploymentProfileId": "8068976724396537810",
  "gameDeploymentTemplateId": "2190484266497878757",
  "utilityDeploymentTemplateId": "1316371245160957961"
  "dependencyDeploymentTemplateId": "6537333393893172977",
  "hostCapacityTemplateId": ""
}

Response body

[
  {
    "id": "7420099900751948711",
    "name": "Bluewolf PC",
    "deploymentEnvironmentId": "173892217340309897",
    "deploymentProfileId": "8068976724396537810",
    "gameDeploymentTemplateId": "2190484266497878757",
    "utilityDeploymentTemplateId": "1316371245160957961",
    "dependencyDeploymentTemplateId": "6537333393893172977",
    "hostCapacityTemplateId": "",
    "operationalStatus": 0
  }
]

The operationalStatus property is currently 0. This means automatic deployment is disabled. We will enable this in the next chapter, Starting Automatic Deployment after all configuration elements are in place.

Reserving a Host for a Fleet

Reserving a Host for a Fleet is the act of making sure that your Host may only ever deploy Application Instances that belong to that Fleet. Even if the Host is empty and could otherwise be used to deploy Application Instances for another Fleet it will remain empty until Application Instances are required for the reserved Fleet.

The behaviour of the reserving of a Host is dependent on the Operational Status of the Fleet.