Configuration Migration Assistant Part 1 - Features
By Acshorten-Oracle on Jan 11, 2013
One of the main features of Oracle Utilities Application Framework V188.8.131.52.0 is the Configuration Migration Assistant. The Configuration Migration Assistant is a new facility to allow customer owned configuration data to be migrated from one environment to another. Customers using Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing and Oracle Enterprise Taxation and Policy Management will use this new facility instead of Configuration Lab for versions of those products using the Oracle Utilities Application FrameworkOracle Utilities Application Framework V184.108.40.206.0 and above.
The features of this new facility are:
- Meta Data Driven Migration - The Configuration Migration Assistant uses the meta data within the product to understand the data and the relationships. A set of new migration objects have been added to define reuseable data relationships, sequence of migration and groups of data to migrate.
- Reusability - The Configuration Migration Assistant emphasizes resuablility across migrations by providing reuseable migration plans allowing customers and partners to combine base and custom migration plans into reusable migrations.
- Simple design - The Configuration Migration Assistant simplifies the specification and exeuction of migrations. No technical setup outside the product is required.
- Support for different relationship types - Relationships between objects can be expressed using Constraints, SQL statements or XPATH statements. This allows Configuration Migration Assistant to support the wide variety of configuration objects in the products.
- Export Data to a File - The export process now exports data to a file rather than using database links. This allows the export to be checked in to a code respository to match the code components involved in a configuration. This also allows the exports to be reused and imported across many environments and even be used to rollback configuration changes on a global basis within an environment.
- Approval/Rejection of Changes - Individual changes can be forced to be approved before they are applied allowing customers fine levels of control over changes in their target environments.
- Data Manipulation upon Import - Data can be manipulated upon import, using algorithms, to avoid configuration conflicts. For example, when importing Batch Controls the batch run numbers can be manipulated upon import to ensure they are consistent in the target environment.
Over the next few weeks there will be a series of articles on this blog highlighting the Configuration Migration Assistant and its features and configuration. For more details about the facility refer to Configuration Migration Assistant Overview (Doc Id: 1506830.1) available from My Oracle Support.