Many organizations do not grant developers write access to the user acceptance test and production environments. Access to these environments is strictly controlled and granted only to administrators, production control personnel, or automated change management processes.
Only developers know which changes are ready to be moved into the test environment. The Change Management Export facility presents developers with a graphical view of the resources they manage and allows them to build a change management package. This package is then loaded into another environment by production control personnel or automated processes.
Note: Execution IDs and passwords cannot be imported or exported through the Change Management utility. A new Execution ID and password must be created on the selected system.
The zip file format compresses the resources that make up a change management package into a single file, delivering the advantages of speed and security to change management packages. They are especially useful when you must transfer change management packages from one physical location to another. Their compressed and consolidated format captures all files included in a change management package into a single file that can be emailed, copied, or cut and pasted from a source folder on one network component to a target folder on another.
WebFOCUS creates change management zip files, called CM zip files, by default. To disable this feature, clear the Zip Change Management Package (IBI_CM_ZIP) check box, which is found on the Change Management page of the Configuration tab in the Administration Console. When this feature is disabled, change management packages use the uncompressed CM file format.
The default CM zip file name format is NAME_DATE_TIME_USERID, which combines the name of the change management package, with the date and time on which it was created, and the ID of the user who created it. For example, retail_samples_20160504_161133_administrator.zip. To specify an alternative format for CM zip file names, select a template from the Name format of Zip export files (IBI_CM_ZIP_FILE_FORMAT) setting, which is found on the Change Management page of the Configuration tab in the Administration Console.
Only members of the Managers group have access to the Change Management feature, which is available as a node that contains two subfolders: Import and Export on the WebFOCUS Resources panel. To open the WebFOCUS Resources panel, in the portal Menu bar, click Resources.
The steps required to create a Change Management Package are:
The zip file or the exported folder is then copied to the target environment and placed in the drive:\ibi\WebFOCUS_BUE82\WebFOCUS\cm\import directory. For convenience the CM zip file can be downloaded from Business User Edition using a web browser and similarly uploaded to the target Business User Edition where its content can then be imported and accessed.
The Change Management Scenario dialog box opens, as shown in the following image.
When your selection is complete, an entry for it appears in the right pane, and a strikethrough line appears on the entry under the Resources tree, as shown in the following image.
If the rules on the source and target environments are different, users may have access to private content in the source environment, but be denied access in the target environment. This occurs if users have access to the published folder that contains the private content in the source environment, but do not have it in the target environment.
An entry for the new scenario appears beneath the Export node.
A new Change Management Scenario dialog box opens. The current Change Management Scenario dialog box also remains open.
Your selected Change Management scenario dialog box opens and replaces the Change Management scenario dialog box that was on display.
Before you can export a change management scenario, you must make sure that you have saved it. You cannot export an unsaved change management scenario.
The new scenario appears in the WebFOCUS Resources panel, under the Change Management, Export node.
The export process saves a CM zip file to the following location:
The download process takes that CM zip file, and downloads it to your local machine. You can then transfer the copy of that CM zip file to another environment for use as a change management package.
The zip file upload process saves a copy of a CM zip file stored on your local machine to the change management import directory on the server at the following location:
You can then import the copy of that CM zip file to WebFOCUS Business User Edition.
When you receive a confirmation message, click OK to complete the upload.
If an entry for the new CM zip file does not appear below the Import node, right-click it, and then click Refresh.
Only members of the Managers group can import Change Management Packages.
This procedure assumes that a change management zip package has been previously created on another system, the Manager is signed in to the target environment, and the CM zip file is available to the Manager.
If the CM zip file is not visible, right-click the node, and then click Refresh.
The Import Package dialog box appears, as shown in the following image.
Add New Resource Only (do not replace). This option only adds new resources to the target environment. For newly created items, the Created On and Last Modified On fields are updated with the time at which they were imported. To view the Created On and Last Modified On fields, right-click an item and click Properties.
If an item already exists in the target environment but is also part of the change management export package, the target resource are left alone and the Last Modified On field will not be updated.
Add New and Update Existing Resources. This option adds new resources to the target environment, and updates existing resources . For newly created items, this option assigns the time of the import to the Created On and Last Modified On fields. For updated items, this option retains the original value in the Created On field, but updates the value in the Last Modified On field with the time of the most recent import.
The other options on this panel are not used in WebFOCUS Business User Edition and can be ignored.