A solution can change the goal state of its ESX agencies while the solution is running. For example, when a solution starts, the goal state of its ESX agencies can be ENABLED. If the solution includes a function to remove ESX agencies, when this function runs, the goal state of the ESX agency changes to UNDEPLOYED.

You call the Agency.enable(), Agency.disable(), and Agency.uninstall() methods to change the goal state of an ESX agency. Calling these methods changes the status of the ESX agency to yellow until the agency reaches the desired state, in which case the status changes to green. If the ESX agency cannot achieve the goal state, the status changes to red.

The EAM Sample Solution defines a function to change the goal state of its ESX agencies in the AgentHandler.java class. The EAM Sample Solution changes the goal state of its ESX agency when users select ESX hosts on which to run the solution, and when they uninstall the solution.

Download the vSphere ESX Agent Manager SDK.

Verify that you have set up and started the EAM Sample Solution in an application server.

Verify that you have opened eam_work_folder\src\com\vmware\eam\sample\solution\AgentHandler.java in an editor.

1

Get the current goal state of the ESX agency by calling the EamObjectRuntimeInfo.getGoalState() method.

The EAM Sample Solution defines a function in the AgentHandler.java class to obtain the current goal state from the solution.

public void updateGoalState(String params) throws RuntimeFaultFaultMsg,
 NotFoundFaultMsg {
 String[] kv = params.split("=", 2);
 assert kv[0].equals("goalState");

 String goalState = kv[1];
 String currentGoalState = getRuntime().getGoalState().toString();
2

Call the Agency.enable(), Agency.disable(), and Agency.uninstall() methods to set the ESX agency in the new goal state.

The EAM Sample Solution calls the appropriate methods to set the ESX agencies to the goal state. If the goal state is UNINSTALLED, the solution calls the cleanup() method that Manager.java defines to remove the ESX agencies and uninstall the solution.

 if (goalState.equals(currentGoalState)) {
     return;
 }

 if (goalState.equals(EamObjectRuntimeInfoGoalState.ENABLED.toString()
                                                           .toLowerCase())) {
     enable();
 } else if (goalState.equals(EamObjectRuntimeInfoGoalState.DISABLED.toString()
                                                                   .toLowerCase())) {
     disable();
 } else {
     assert goalState.equals(EamObjectRuntimeInfoGoalState.UNINSTALLED.toString()
                                                                      .toLowerCase());
     _unregistered = true;
     Manager.getInstance().cleanup();
 }
}

You changed the goal state of an ESX agency while the solution is running.