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If you are planning on coming to xChange I want to remind you that the early bird pricing expires on December 31st. Right now you can save $200 off the registration fee.

If you haven’t looked at the agenda yet I’d recommend hopping over to the xChange website so you can the amazing list of topics and keynotes we have planned for you.

See you in Washington DC in March!

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The best just got better.

With the release of ChangeMan ZMF 8.1 a new era of software development becomes possible for the mainframe. With over 400 customer requested ideas implemented and groundbreaking innovations in cross-platform SDLC support, this release makes managing software development, from idea to deployment more streamlined, more automated and more reliable than ever.

Leading enterprises are under pressure to deliver innovation rapidly to satisfy their customers, while maintaining high quality and integrity, and reducing cost and risk. Agility and accelerated application delivery is required but companies struggle to deliver mainframe changes at the pace that the business

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Today Serena is announcing ChangeMan ZMF v8, a major update to our flagship mainframe SCCM solution. Why the continued large investment by Serena in the mainframe? Read on…

Continuous Delivery for the Enterprise has been the mainframe_V8_blogpost subject of much focus and discussion in the industry and in my recent

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How does a developer know when they are done?.  soup.testing.001 How does a business know that their new application or feature does what the customer wants it to do? By testing. Testing is a cross functional activity that involves the whole team and should be done continuously from the beginning of the project. It serves as the gauntlet that a committed change has to run and pass in order to be considered worthy for release.  While testing is a major key ingredient

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We are looking for new and innovative uses of Serena Deployment Automation Community Edition and are announcing a new contest with a chance for a $1,000 Amazon gift card!

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CM_GraphicresizedOn June 10th I announced Serena Dimensions CM 14 – the best ever, and I am pleased to report that we have now secured a number of successful early adopters, many of whom are live and in production, and attracted a significant number of accounts that are now actively pursuing or planning their implementations and upgrades.

We have seen broad

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In our October 2014 Mainframe Virtual User Group (VUG), we highlighted the latest features in the ChangeMan ZMF 8.1 release, set to go GA at the end of the month. In addition to Kevin Parker and I presenting
at this VUG, we were joined by Greg Hughes, President and CEO of Serena Software and some of the lead developers of ChangeMan ZMF, and the Client Pack to demonstrate some of the functionality in his forthcoming release.

You may

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The world of configuration management is no longer just about The future of configuration management webcast servers in the data center. It is rapidly expanding and supporting other environments including cloud, mobile devices, embedded devices, BYOD and devices in the car and home. All these environments need to be configured as a broader system tying into a business platform or application. Everything is growing and becoming increasingly pervasive,

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We are gearing up for our next global user conference, xChange15, to be held March 22-25 in Washington D.C. Like our past xChange conferences, this one is going to be all about helping our customers get the most value our of their Serena software investments, with presentations and workshops featuring the best thought leaders, technical experts, fellow customers and technology partners.

In three jam-packed days, we provide over 60 technical sessions on the products you are using today, like SBM, Dimensions

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Tags: xChange


If you didn’t see the news yesterday, our friends at CloudBees, the enterprise Jenkins company, announced further strengthening of their partner program to delivery continuous delivery success to software development and IT organizations around the world.

It was

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Technical blog posts

SBM Patch Context can often confuse SBM users, so I have put together a slide and this blog to explain. The slide may look busy but please look at it as a story and timeline, working from the top left across and then down through time.

Some fundamentals:

  • When you Publish a Process App it get assigned auto-generated versions for design elements and then one for the actual whole Process App. This numbering is consecutive and system controlled. The highest version in main line is considered to be the TIP (or HEAD).

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Back to Single Sign-On again.  Today, we are not talking about Serena Single Sign-On so much, but having the user automatically authenticated using the user credentials logged on to the workstation.  I refer to this as auto-logon using Kerberos or NTLM credentials of the workstation user. 

The browser needs to be capable of auto-logon using the WWW-Authenticate header; it is the browser that makes auto-logon possible.  Chrome has this ability built in, and you can specify sites to do this auto-logon in Firefox.  Neither Firefox nor Chrome use the Security Zones that Internet Explorer uses. 


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Asset Management is available as of the release of Serena Service Manager 5.2 but how do I get it you might ask?

If you have a support profile simply go to http://www.serena.com/ and click on Support, then My Downloads.


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Serena Central has various videos on how to perform certain functions within SBM which are great if you are already familiar with the solution. I learn something new every day from these great videos.

But how do you get started if you are new to SBM?

In this post, we will build a simple, intuitive process common to everyone-- Vacation Request!

I have both a video and document that will show you from start to finish how to create a new application consisting of the typical elements: workflow, fields and forms. Then deploy it to an environment and test it out.


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Tags: SBM


It is so easy to open Composer, make a "little" change and click Quick Deploy. But, is a Quick Deploy sometimes too quick? Have you ever waited patiently for the "Deployment Completed" message only to realize that you deployed to production instead of staging? Or, maybe you didn't realize what happened until users started to call about sudden strange behavior... Don't feel bad. It's happened to a lot of administrators. We hear from customers all the time who have deployed something to production by mistake and now need to rollback.

Here we will discuss how to prevent a quick 2 minute change from becoming a long 2 hour recovery exercise.


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Here are some simple ways to customize the Serena Request Center by editing the wrapper.htm file.

  • file location Serena/SBM/Application Engine/template/shell/SRP/wrapper.htm

In this blog, I'll be adding:

  • A tab that opens the Work Center interface.
  • A link for providing feedback in the User Links section.

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The REST API is a newly available API published in Dimensions 14.2. It presents a simple and light weight method of querying a Dimensions CM repository. By use of the HTTP Get method and returns results in JSON format.

 

 

In this PDF tutorial several methods will be used to demonstrate as to how these resources can be accessed.


The document contains following steps that describe how this functionality can be tested:


Step 1: install cURL
Step 2: Test the cURL command
Step 3: Configure web.xml
Step 4: Use cURL to access the REST API
Step 5: Use a browser to access the REST API
Step 6: Specify a specific database on the URL
Step 7: Use SBM to access the REST API
Step 8: Use a browser SoapUI access the REST API

 

Download the PDF using this LINK.

 

Further information on RESTful webservices can  be found in the main documentation DMCM_DEVELPERS_REF.PDF in the chapter entitled RESTful Web Services, which includes information on

  • Authentication methods
  • Logging and traces
  • WADL Defintion file
  • Path and Query parameters

This document available to download right click on the following link and select Save Target As.

 


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New in CM 14.2
Cherry Picking is a new and powerful enhancement to the merge capabilities with in Dimensions CM, allowing for greater control and precision over what changes will be merged by cherry picking specific requests.
 
This PDF tutorial serves as an introduction to this new functionality

 

The following 9 steps are described:

Step 1: Create and populate the release stream 
Step 2: Create Maintenance stream based on the Release stream 4
Step 3: Return to the Release stream 
Step 4: Create the first request 
Step 5: Modify and deliver the version 2 changes with the first request 
Step 6: Create the second request 
Step 7: Modify and deliver the version 3 changes with the request 
Step 8 Merge using the second request  
Step 9 Review the results   

 

Simply click the this LINK to access the document.

 

Do check out the accompanying KBTV video


 


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Want to use email notification within SDA 6?

The email notification mechanism is a powerful and high configurable system for providing email notifications to specific users whenever user-defined trigger events occur. For example, notifications can be sent when a deployment finishes or an approval is required.

A complete example procedure for setting up an email notification, when requesting an application process. In the linked in the PDF file: SDA 6 Email notification tutorial, and is a fully re-worked version of the guide for 5.x.


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Tags: SDA/Deployment Automation


New to SDA 6?

The following KBTV video features:

- a quick introduction to the SDA 6.0 UI featuring the new layout
- how to create a global process and simple deployment from scratch in less than 3 minutes.


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Tags: SDA/Deployment Automation


I've seen this come up in the forum a few times lately. So, I thought I'd write a blog on how to use indexOf() in a form action. This can be used for many things. The most common use is to make another field required based on multiple selections either in a multiselect field or across multiple fields. However, once you know how to evaluate and compare multiple values with indexOf, you can really do whatever you want with the results.

So, what is indexOf()? In javascript, indexOf() searches for the position of a string value. So, for example, if I have "Hello World", "Hello World".indexOf("l"); would return the position that the first occurrance of the letter "l" was in. In this case, it is 2 because the first position is always 0. So, H = 0, e = 1, l = 2, and so on. Additionally, if I search for a larger string like, "Hello World".indexOf("World"); the value returned is based on the first position where my search string is found. So, in this case it would be 6 because the "W" of "World" is in the 6th position. If the search string does not exist, it returns -1. So, "Hello World".indexOf("fdg"); would result in -1. Unlike how we count, javascript return values always start at 0 rather than 1. It may seem strange at first, but it will serve a purpose later.


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Many of us will have come across the S047 abend ("An unauthorized program issued a restricted Supervisor Call (SVC) instruction") that we cannot immediately explain.  We know that our executable library is authorised (or authorized, for those reading in North America).  We have double checked member PROGxx in SYS1.PARMLIB or re-issued our ‘SETPROG APF’ command but this has failed to explain the problem.  Therefore there must be something seriously and fundamentally wrong with the application or the execution environment, yes? 

Well, no.  Usually not, at least.  However, where do we start investigating potential causes of the abend?  Here is a quick checklist to set the wheels in motion.


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Tags: ChangeMan ZMF/Mainframe


Dimensions CM Bridge is a connector between a Subversion enabled client and a CM server that enables:

• Your development tools to talk to a CM repository instead of Subversion.
• Development teams familiar with Subversion to continue using their existing IDEs and tools with the additional benefits of Dimensions CM.
• Dimensions CM to be used with IDEs that do not have a "native" integration with CM but do support Subversion.


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Want to be able to harness the power of Email notification within Dimensions CM?
 
The email notification system offers the following
  • Comprehensive set of notification events
  • Configurable email templates
  • Subscription based notification for groups or individual users

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Another customer issue that pops up from time to time is the inability to obtain a dump from the CMN ZMF ISPF client.  The actual abends can be unexpected or deliberate and related to issues within the product, environment or customizations.  

So, how can we get something more useful out of ZMF than messages such as “Abend 0C4000 hex occurred processing command 'CMNINIT '.”?   


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Tags: ChangeMan ZMF/Mainframe


b2ap3_thumbnail_transfer_files_computer_400_clr_8364.pngDimensions CM has various clients—web, desktop, command-line, ISPF, and IDE. It also has a plug-in for Windows Explorer.

You can perform certain actions such as deliver or update from the Explorer window without having to start a desktop client or web client. It works with both projects and streams. 

I personally find it quicker to perform my updates &/or checkouts when not using the IDE. Especially for files such as Word, PPT, etc.

Below you’ll find 2 videos showing how to work with the Windows Explorer plug-in.


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It’s hard to believe that it is has been nearly a year since the release of Dimensions CM 14.1, the most significant release of Dimensions CM in a decade. Over the last year we’ve been amazed by both it's rapid adoption and the rave reviews that it has achieved. However, we've not used this as an excuse to stand still with the Dimensions R&D team continuing the pace of innovation in the Serena Labs, and in July this year we will be releasing the first major update to the CM 14 platform - Dimensions CM 14.2.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be penning a number of blogs introducing you to the new features that are coming next month. This is the first in that series, and I’m going to use it to introduce you to the platform changes in Dimensions CM 14.2 through the sections below (the full platform matrix is available on the Serena Support Site). 


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If you are using Dimensions CM every day and actively working with docked windows on the left pane ("My Current Stream", "Global Catalog", "Global Inbox", "Reports and Lists) or at least with one of them, you definitely have inconvenience with expanding them each time you open CM. 


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ZMF 8.1 and ZMF Client Pack 8.1 Documentation Delivery Schedule

The following table identifies the quarterly delivery schedule for updates to ZMF and ZMF Client Pack documentation at the 8.1 release level.

You can download the documentation for ZMF 8.1 and the ZMF 8.1 Client Pack from the Download area of the Serena Support Web site at:

http://support.serena.com/Download/Default.aspx.

You will need a user ID, password, and authorization or product license to access the ZMF and ZMF Client Pack product at this location.


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Tags: ChangeMan ZMF/Mainframe


Is your SBM Secure?

SBM has been delivered for many years now with a set of default certificates for various Components. The documentation and more recently the Configurator 10.1.1.4+ (via messages and diganostics) strongly advises customers NOT to use these and generate their own unique ones.

In practice however a large number of our customers continue to use the default ones delivered with SBM. By using the default certificates, that are not unique to your site, there are many copies of these all over the world with not only Serena employees, Serena customers and anyone who has evaluated or installed SBM in the past.


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Tags: SBM