Once a factory or plant is set up as documented in this guide, there are several ways to rapidly deploy new environments. The following are important guidelines to consider:
- Clone an existing VM to create another, using the same configuration as the original one. In this way, any number of new environments can be rapidly deployed with very little intervention. VM resources, operating systems, database disks, and so on are automatically configured on new machines. Users simply need to change the network configuration, customizing the connectivity between ThingWorx, DPM, and Kepware, and then customize any environmental details for the factory and devices.
- If further customization is needed, new database disks, scale, and other aspects can be configured as described in Scaling, infrastructure, and migration tasks. Such customization requires following database migration best practices, adding customized devices and tags for the desired scale, and enabling additional services for new environments.