Add Your Own Custom Tools To CF Administrator- How Did I Miss This?

Add Your Own Custom Tools To CF Administrator- How Did I Miss This?

Posted by Brad Wood
Mar 21, 2009 18:58:00 UTC
This is a really cool feature of ColdFusion 8 that I had totally missed but I stumbled across an article on Ray Camden's blog today. (Thanks Ray!) Basically, you can modify your ColdFusion Administrator menus to include custom tools of your own choosing. Several pre-built ones out there including SpoolMail, a nifty util to re-copy your undeliverable mail back into the spool folder; and Cache Clearer, an easy way to clear out specific folders of trusted cache.With the Admin API, there is really no reason why you couldn't make a custom page of all the settings you used the most on one nice dashboard screen. Very cool. Here's the next level though-- I want to be able to make changes to multiple servers in a cluster at the same time. Of course, that's really an entirely different topic, but I'm curious if anyone out there had dabbled with it. I'm thinking of a dashboard feature where you would register all of your production servers together in once place, and then add a data source across the board in one step, or turn off trusted cache on all serves with one click. Is there anything out there like that? I know it would be possible if you wrapped your Admin API in a secured web service.


Glyn Jackson

So thats what that for! Its one of those things I have always seen but never really investigated! Does that mean I now need it? Lol, but I can see where this will come in handy.

Nathan Mische

I don't know of anything pre-built, but I have built utilities like this in the past. In fact the first utility I built like this managed data sources across a CFMX 6.1 cluster using the ServiceFactory. Very handy, especially if you have large clusters to manage.

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