Agile Configuration Propagation - ACP
By antony.john on Sep 10, 2008
For a long time we heard from customers, partners and consultants in one voice - "give us a comprehensive configuration export-import solution”. Regardless of the fact that we had selective export and import of configuration in Java Client, we found the plea very compelling and loud enough. Yes, we listened and understood the persuasive reason for a nurtured solution to accomplish the same at a larger scale. We mixed it until no lumps, baked it long enough, packaged it (January 7th ’08) and called it Agile Configuration Propagation aka ACP.
Phew.., Now that I have got through the tough part, let me be light on words and get to the point.
As you know by now ACP is a Deployment tool that allows propagation (copy, rename or delete) of admin configuration from one agile environment to another. It is a light weight client solution which can be installed on any machine, be it your laptop or the Agile PLM server itself. The installation and setup is a breeze. The time and effort this solution can save is substantial, be it a go-live or a simple propagation of a new cofiguration set for a new product line.
Here are some of the most common questions that have been asked repeatedly since we released the solution:
Where do I get it?
From 188.8.131.52 it is packaged with the media pack. You should be able to see the package under tools folder on Disk1. For older versions contact support.
What do I need to know to use it?
• Agile URLs for the source and the target. (LAN connection to the server will yield a better performance)
• Agile user names and passwords for the source and target. (The user specified with source should have access to read the object and the user specified with the target should have access to read/modify the object in target. It is recommended that you use a separate user for ACP for the target. This will help traceability of configuration changes using history)
• The names of the objects that need to be propagated (Put these names in the ‘control file’. For more information on control file please refer the user guide)
• The commands to initiate export and import. (Please refer the user guide for more information)
Where do I find the user guide?
ACP user guide is bundled with the Agile PLM documentation bundle. You can download it from Oracle.com. The user guide gives enough information on all the features and aspects of the solution.
It takes a little bit of learning and practice to understand and be an expert on the solution. But, I guess that is the omnipresent law of this world we live in!