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Introducing GitHub Actions to your enterprise

You can plan how to roll out GitHub Actions in your enterprise.

About GitHub Actions for enterprises

GitHub Actions is a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform that allows you to automate your build, test, and deployment pipeline. With GitHub Actions, your enterprise can automate, customize, and execute your software development workflows like testing and deployments. For more information about the basics of GitHub Actions, see "Understanding GitHub Actions."

Diagram of jobs running on self-hosted runners

GitHub Actions is available in GitHub Enterprise Server 3.0 or higher. If you're using an earlier version of GitHub Enterprise Server, you'll have to upgrade to use GitHub Actions. Para obtener más información sobre cómo mejorar tu instancia de GitHub Enterprise Server, consulta la sección "Acerca de las mejoras a los lanzamientos nuevos".

Before you introduce GitHub Actions to a large enterprise, you first need to plan your adoption and make decisions about how your enterprise will use GitHub Actions to best support your unique needs.

Governance and compliance

You should create a plan to govern your enterprise's use of GitHub Actions and meet your compliance obligations.

Determine which actions your developers will be allowed to use. First, decide whether you'll enable access to actions from outside your instance. Si los usuarios de tu empresa necesitan acceso a otras acciones desde GitHub.com o GitHub Marketplace, hay algunas cuantas opciones de configuración. For more information, see "About using actions in your enterprise."

Then, decide whether you'll allow third-party actions that were not created by GitHub. You can configure the actions that are allowed to run at the repository, organization, and enterprise levels and can choose to only allow actions that are created by GitHub. If you do allow third-party actions, you can limit allowed actions to those created by verified creators or a list of specific actions. Para obtener más información, consulta las secciones "Administrar los ajustes de las GitHub Actions para un repositorio", "Inhabilitar o limitar las GitHub Actions para tu organización" y "Requerir políticas para las GitHub Actions en tu empresa".

Screenshot of GitHub Actions policies

You can access information about activity related to GitHub Actions in the audit logs for your enterprise. If your business needs require retaining audit logs for longer than six months, plan how you'll export and store this data outside of GitHub. Para obtener más información, consulta la sección "Transmitir la bitácora de auditoría".

Entradas de la bitácora de auditoría

Seguridad

You should plan your approach to security hardening for GitHub Actions.

Security hardening individual workflows and repositories

Make a plan to enforce good security practices for people using GitHub Actions features within your enterprise. For more information about these practices, see "Security hardening for GitHub Actions."

You can also encourage reuse of workflows that have already been evaluated for security. Para obtener más información, consulta la sección de "Innersourcing".

Securing access to secrets and deployment resources

You should plan where you'll store your secrets. We recommend storing secrets in GitHub, but you might choose to store secrets in a cloud provider.

In GitHub, you can store secrets at the repository or organization level. Secrets at the repository level can be limited to workflows in certain environments, such as production or testing. Para obtener más información, consulta la sección "Secretos cifrados".

Screenshot of a list of secrets

Security considerations for third-party actions

There is significant risk in sourcing actions from third-party repositories on GitHub. If you do allow any third-party actions, you should create internal guidelines that encourage your team to follow best practices, such as pinning actions to the full commit SHA. For more information, see "Using third-party actions."

Innersourcing

Think about how your enterprise can use features of GitHub Actions to innersource workflows. Innersourcing is a way to incorporate the benefits of open source methodologies into your internal software development cycle. For more information, see An introduction to innersource in GitHub Resources.

To provide a starting place for developers building new workflows, you can use starter workflows. This not only saves time for your developers, but promotes consistency and best practice across your enterprise. For more information, see "Creating starter workflows for your organization."

Whenever your workflow developers want to use an action that's stored in a private repository, they must configure the workflow to clone the repository first. To reduce the number of repositories that must be cloned, consider grouping commonly used actions in a single repository. Para obtener más información, consulta la sección "Acerca de las acciones personalizadas".

Managing resources

You should plan for how you'll manage the resources required to use GitHub Actions.

Ejecutores

GitHub Actions workflows require runners. Necesitarás hospedar tus propios ejecutores instalando la aplicación de ejecutores auto-hospedados de GitHub Actions en tus propias máquinas. Para obtener más información, consulta la sección "Acerca de los ejecutores auto-hospedados".

Decide si quieres utilizar máquinas físicas, virtuales o contenedores para tus ejecutores auto-hospedados. Las máquinas físicas conservarán los restos de los jobs anteriores, así como las máquinas virtuales, a menos de que utilices una imagen nueva para cada job o que limpies las máquinas después de cada ejecución de un job. If you choose containers, you should be aware that the runner auto-updating will shut down the container, which can cause workflows to fail. You should come up with a solution for this by preventing auto-updates or skipping the command to kill the container.

You also have to decide where to add each runner. You can add a self-hosted runner to an individual repository, or you can make the runner available to an entire organization or your entire enterprise. Adding runners at the organization or enterprise levels allows sharing of runners, which might reduce the size of your runner infrastructure. You can use policies to limit access to self-hosted runners at the organization and enterprise levels by assigning groups of runners to specific repositories or organizations. For more information, see "Adding self-hosted runners" and "Managing access to self-hosted runners using groups."

Finally, you should consider security hardening for self-hosted runners. For more information, see "Security hardening for GitHub Actions."

Almacenamiento

Los artefactos te habilitan para compartir datos entre jobs en un flujo de trabajo y para almacenar datos una vez que este flujo se complete. For more information, see "Storing workflow data as artifacts."

Screenshot of artifact

You must configure external blob storage for these artifacts. Decide which supported storage provider your enterprise will use. Para obtener más información, consulta la sección "Iniciar con las GitHub Actions para GitHub Enterprise Server".

Predeterminadamente, GitHub Enterprise Server almacena las bitácoras de compilación y los artefactos durante 90 días y este periodo de retención se puede personalizar. Para obtener más información, consulta la sección "Límites de uso, facturación y administración".

If you want to retain logs and artifacts longer than the upper limit you can configure in GitHub Enterprise Server, you'll have to plan how to export and store the data.

Tracking usage

You should consider making a plan to track your enterprise's usage of GitHub Actions, such as how often workflows are running, how many of those runs are passing and failing, and which repositories are using which workflows.

You can use webhooks to subscribe to information about workflow jobs and workflow runs. For more information, see "About webhooks."

Make a plan for how your enterprise can pass the information from these webhooks into a data archiving system. You can consider using "CEDAR.GitHub.Collector", an open source tool that collects and processes webhook data from GitHub. For more information, see the Microsoft/CEDAR.GitHub.Collector repository.

You should also plan how you'll enable your teams to get the data they need from your archiving system.

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