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Are you already working with Workload Change Manager 9 or want to know how to take advantage of all the features?  Would you like to learn how to automatically transfer folders and jobs between your Control-M environments?

 

Control-M Workload Change Manager's Promotion feature enables you to automatically transfer folders and jobs between environments which improves and simplifies tasks when moving definitions from Test/QA into Production environment.

 

If you'd like to learn how to promote job and folders definitions between Control-M environments, we invite you to watch this Connect with Control-M recorded webinar on last Wednesday, September 28th. Andrea Carmelli demonstrated how to:

 

 

Promote job and folder definitions

 

Create promotion rules

 

•      Promote as a batch process

 

This is the link on YouTube to the recorded session:

 

Connect With Control-M: Promoting Jobs Between Environments - YouTube

 

Here is the Q&A for this webinar (Connect with Control-M: Promoting Jobs Between Environments)

 

Q: When promoting, Can I do the transfer to more than a one Control-M/Server at the time?

A: No, the transfer must be performed one Controlm/server at the time.

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Q: Do the authorizations also apply to promote feature?

A: Yes, the security checks will be applied against the EM user that promotes the workflow.

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Q: Can I promote just a specific job from a folder?

A: At the moment it is possible to promote a workflow, the possibility of promoting only one job will be added in future releases of the Workload Change Manager

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Q: Where should the emwacli command be executed from?

A: The emwacli command must be executed From the Control-M/EM WA (Client) source; where the workflow is promoted from.

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Q: Is the Audit and Annotation also enabled for promote feature?

A: Yes, it is. You can track all the actions done through promote feature

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Q: Does Workload Change Manager require additional fees?

A: Yes it does, please contact your Account Manager for additional information.

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Q: Does Workload Change Manager need to be installed on both Control-M/EM?

A: Yes, if the promotion type is remote both Control-M/EM needs WCM add on (source and destination)

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Q: Can we modify any job parameters with this feature even for control job modules?

A: Yes, all find and update parameters are available for promotion, including for CMs

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Q: Do both EM need to be at the same base level (i.e EM900)?

A: Yes. it is not possible to promote workflow between EM900 and a lower EM version.

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Q: Do both EM need to be at the same fix pack level?

A: The em client can be lower or at the same level as the em server (for command line use, both fp1)

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Q: How can I promote without performing a sync (upload to CTM Server) for a single promotion?

A: Currently the application works in that way si it's necessary to sync because it's a part of the process

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Q: How do both EM communicate (behind the scenes)?

A: The connection betwen the Gui servers is done through the corba layer – the promotion feature performs a log-in to the em server thru corba (like regular login)

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Q: If the source is EM version9 but destination has EM version8, will promote work? note ctmserver is version 8 on both sides.

A: No it is not possible to promote workflow between EM900 and a lower EM version.

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Q: Do we have promotion of calendars as well?

A: Not yet, will implemented in one of the next future releases of EM

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Q: Does the promotion perform validation of the agents ctms, and ems?

A: Yes, Data integrity was added in V9, therefore the promotion feature will check the validity of the ctm components and will return a warning if one doesn’t exist or it is incorrect

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Q: If the jobs having calendars, rules, QA, those will be carried out?

A: Rules and QA will be carried out, calendars not yet, will implemented in one of the next future releases of EM

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Q: Can I have a mail notification every time a request is being submitted or approved?

A: Yes, you can add it in the request form (from Fix Pack 1)

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Q: What is Workload Change Manager?

A: Workload Change Manager, is a collaboration portal that automates and simplifies application workflow creation across the environments of development, test, and production to dramatically improve speed and quality of deployments. Development and Operations groups can communicate from the same interface, which helps accelerate delivery of business services.

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Q: Do the folders require any special settings to allow promotion?

A: Not at all

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Q: Will exporting an XML from WLA version 9 be compatible if imported in a WLA version 8? CTM server is version 8 on both sides.

A: No it is not possible to export workflow between EM900 and a lower EM version .

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Q: What are the different rules can be used?

A: You can create various Promotion rules based on some criteria. You can find how to create these rules in our Control-M 9 User Guide

pg.282 Promotion rules

http://documents.bmc.com/supportu/952/39/30/483930/483930.pdf

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Q: Can the script or command line path be changed as part of the promotion?

A: Yes, all find and update parameters are available for promotion, including for CMs

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Q: I have EM at v9, but I have mainframes at v7.0.03. Can I Promote on the mainframe? what about v8 datacenters?

A: The promotion is performed at the Control-M/EM level. so yes it is possible

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Q: Is it possible to copy or import a promotion rule or do they all need to be created from scratch?

A: In a future release of the product we are planning to add this option.

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Q: When we promote jobs from one env to another env, whether the jobs having conditions/rules etc will also be carried to the new env?

A: No, they will not be.

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Q: Can you invoke site standards/validation rules during the promotion process to ensure the entegrity of the destination folder/jobs OR is this only possible after the promotion has completed?

A: Yes, Data integrity was added in V9, therefore the promotion feature will check the validity of the ctm components and will return a warning if one doesn’t exist or it is incorrect

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Q: Is it possible to rollback the promotion action?

A: Currently is not working in that way.

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Q: Is there an option to schedule a promotion?

A: Yes you can use the emwacli utility to assist you with this. This info is found in our Utility Guide pg.171 emwacli utility

http://documents.bmc.com/supportu/952/39/31/483931/483931.pdf

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Q: Can you promote "Service Definition Rules" as part of Control-M Self-Service (SLS) between EM environemnts?

A: This utility works with Workload Change Manager. Self-Service definition rules are stored in EM server database.

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Q: Can the same command line promote options be set/changed when using the GUI promote button?

A: Yes, all find and update parameters are available for promotion, including for CMs

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