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ASPNET XPlat Execution Docker image.
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Wave provides a tool-set for cross platform remote command execution.

  • Based on nodejs for platform abstraction
  • Uses MQTT broker for communication.
  • Mark down based execution engine
  • Controller/CLI for sending commands and viewing real time outputs from targets.

Controller & Command Execution

The controller is an orchestrator that coordinates and sequences commands. The controller subscribes on job/controllerid topic and uses commands from a markdown table as follows. The controller is based on callbacks from the target agent as a mechanism of flow control. Commands are defined in markdown table with the following layout -

Command Host Description
./ $(server) server command
.\loadtest.cmd $(server) $(serverurl) $(client) Client command

Client CLI/Web Client

The commands can be directly sent the target using the CLI. There is also a web client which gives a remote shell like experience.
For details of the command line client goto ./client

Agent & Controller Overview

The agent communication is handled through a set of topics which it listens to and outputs messages to. The controller or CLI communicates to the well-know topic as the contracts defined below.

Topic Description
hostid Subscribed by the host for synchronous command execution
hostid/async Subscribed by the host and commands are executed asynchronously
hostid/output Command output stream
hostid/status Last command executed
client/hostid/config Birth and will message which is retained and includes config details like IP and status
  • Hostid defaults to hostname unless we override the value.

The diagram below provides an overview of the communication mechanism between the agents and CLI/Controller.

Agent Setup


Install Node if needed.

msiexec /i /passive

Setup the agent with the required credentials.

@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command "&{$target='c:\cmdport\';$broker='test';$username='test';$password='test';iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))}" 

Ubuntu 14.04

Git clone the repo and run the install script as follows.

git clone
sudo ./Wave/scripts/ testbroker testuser testpassword

This sets up the flow and connects to the broker and makes the machine ready for remote commands. Refer to for details.
The following commands should be used to setup or remove the agent as needed.

sudo update-rc.d cmdport defaults 
sudo update-rc.d -f cmdport remove


To allow shutdown scenario to work, add the following line to the sudoer file to avoid interactive prompt. Note that we do not currently support poweroff and reboot commands.

user_name ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /sbin/shutdown


The docker image is based of the node:argon image and contains the agent that can be started using the following commands and the logs command enables you to see if the broker succcessfully connected or not.

docker pull dotnetperf/wave
docker run --name wave1 -p 8001:8000 -e BROKER=[broker] -e PORT=[port] -e USERNAME=[username] -e PASSWORD=[password] -h [hostname] -d dotnetperf/wave
docker logs wave1

The image takes 3 environment variables and the hostname which is used to setup the credentials in the agent.
Refer to the Dockerfile

To connect to the running instance use the following command to start an interactive shell.

docker exec -it wave1 /bin/sh

Once you are done with the agent, you can use the following commands to stop the container and delete the image if necessary.

docker stop wave1 && docker rm wave1
docker rmi dotnetperf/wave

If you are deploying containers on Ubuntu VM on Hyper-V, then:

  • run nm-tool on the Ubuntu VM and pick any one of the DNS addresses in the output
  • sudo vi /etc/default/docker and add the DNS ip to DOCKER_OPTS parameter.
  • sudo service docker restart

Broker Setup

The following instructions are for a standard Mosquitto MQTT broker.

  1. Use the following instructions to setup an MQTT broker for command dispatch.

     sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mosquitto-dev/mosquitto-ppa
     sudo apt-get update
     sudo apt-get -y install mosquitto
     sudo apt-get -y install mosquitto-clients
  2. Configure the password and disable anonymous access

     sudo mosquitto_passwd -c /etc/mosquitto/pwfile  <username>
     sudo nano /etc/mosquitto/mosquitto.conf
  3. Add the following to disable anonymous access and enable websockets.

     password_file /etc/mosquitto/pwfile
     allow_anonymous false
     port 1883
     listener 1884
     protocol websockets
  4. Restart the service

    sudo service mosquitto restart
  5. To be able to connect to the broker you need to open up the port 1883 for Mosquitto. The following setup is for an azure VM. Follow the bread crumb described below and allow incoming packets for port 1883 for Azure VMs.

     VM >> Settings >> Network Interfaces >> Network Interface >> Settings >> Network Security Group >> Settings >> Inbound Rules 
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