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General Board / Re: Floating licence strategy
« on: January 29, 2013, 04:42:07 pm »
Hi Andy,

I used floating license setup in my last organisation and we had no issues with the items you raised.

We did come accross one problem when we decommission the physical server and it became a Virtual Machine in our farm.

My investigation led me here at the time:

Specific to item no 2 - Error reading Key Store file:
(Key File has been moved)

I am not sure what the solution was but our Enterprise Administrator contacted sparx who provided a solution.


Stoppy  :D

General Board / Re: Manage Baselines / Version Control
« on: January 29, 2013, 04:29:05 pm »
if you are working with limited ressources in environment and budget, I assume your number of developers is also limited.

Thanks for your input stefan, Yeah I have nothing available in developers. If you have 40 developers using a manual process, that's pretty good. I could imagine the solutions and suggestions to automate...... ;D

In the interest of completing this discussion

Thanks Gary, appreciate the follow up, if only I could read and understand the matrix aka "The Code" ;D

creating a baseline means the creation of a whole XMI dump stored in the DB

Thanks qwerty, I orginally wondered where this XMI file was going as there is a little dialogue box which pops up and has a temp path.


Stoppy  :D

General Board / Re: Manage Baselines / Version Control
« on: January 23, 2013, 04:06:39 pm »
G'day Geert and Gary,

Thanks again for your replies.

Yeah I read my post on the train on the way home and thought this could be a bit annoying, what was I thinking  ;D.

Don't get me wrong, I am all for the other option and the benefits we gained integrating EA and TFS, Project and Sharepoint were great at my last organisation.

But given the size of where I am now, I really am looking for a cost effective and instant solution due to limited technical resources.

Thanks for your input and guidance.

Stoppy :)

General Board / Re: Manage Baselines / Version Control
« on: January 22, 2013, 02:52:28 pm »
Thanks for the link Geert and tips Gary.

It looks fairly simple to Build and deploy the addin based on Geerts tutorial.

My limited ability is to write and understand the code I am writing will be my issue.

So before I try and attempt, would it be possible to build an addin which performs in the following manner:

1. User selects exit diagram
2. User recieves prompt "Do you want to create a baseline for package/diagram?"
     a) User selects No - Diagram is saved and closed (Process Terminated)
     b) User selects Yes - Baseline dialogue box is presented
3. User Selects New Baseline
4. User Enters Baseline Details and selects OK
5. Baseline is created
6. Diagram is saved and closed (Process Terminated)

Please note I use this ea as a business user not a developer, hence the process perspective.

Stoppy :D

General Board / Re: Manage Baselines / Version Control
« on: January 19, 2013, 11:59:43 am »
Thanks for the suggestion Gary, this sounds very practical and low overhead, should I go forward on this, I would only need to restructure the architecture slightly.

Do you know of any reference documents I can leverage from for this exact type of function?

Is it simple for a non techie to create a Addin of EA?

Stoppy :)

General Board / Re: Manage Baselines / Version Control
« on: January 18, 2013, 02:37:31 pm »
Hi Geert, Robert, Gary and Qwerty,

Thanks very much for your input and aggree the benefits of Version Control out weigh the Manage Baseline.

But given the cost/time/resources to implement this and cost is the topic in this current climate, I will have to recommend the Manage Baseline option and highlight the risk if the users do not follow the intended procedure.

I wonder if sparx has considered providing a feature to enable accross the application to prompt a user when they close a diagram or save changes to force a baseline?

Stoppy :D

General Board / Manage Baselines / Version Control
« on: January 16, 2013, 04:51:36 pm »
Hi All,

In a previous organisation i lead the implementation of EA and TFS integration successfully. Since then I have moved on to a smaller organisation and I am back evaluating the version control feature in EA.

We are a small shop of 2/3 modellers and I have stumbled accross the Manage Baseline feature which offers a manual way to version control items in EA.

I am just wondering if anyone has used this feature and can think of any pros/cons I should consider if we embark down this road.

I have played with it today have so far found:

- Provides manual incremental version numbering
- Provides the ability to comment on version
- Provides the date of the version
- Provides the ability to roll back and forward my incremental changes
- Provides a show differences (Yet to get my head around this :-/)
- Is Free  ::)
- Can only be used on Packages (meaning all my processes need to have a package level to get granular version control per diagram)

Thanks in advance,

Stoppy ;)

General Board / Re: What is the best database for the EA datastore
« on: January 18, 2013, 02:42:44 pm »
I've used SQL in the last two organisations I have been in with no performance issues.

Have also used the instances over VPN with delay's but that's cause ADSL Connection.

Agree with Sunshine, we had a good DBA at my last organisation keeping things up to date and optimized.

Stoppy :D

General Board / Re: EA and Agile methodology (SCRUM)
« on: January 18, 2013, 02:54:00 pm »
Hi V.Wilmet,

Last organisation we integrated EA with TFS 2010.

I won't go into implementing as there is documentation on sparx site for that and you need to be a techie.

One of the lessons we learnt was to document the process, so everyone understands what was expected of them. From memory this is how the process ran:

1. Business Analyst would create user stories in EA and any business related requirements were captured in linked documents.
2. With the Addin the User Stories would be created in TFS.
3. Business Analyst would document acceptance criteria and associated task and run a hyperlink to the HTML Export.
4. User Stories were then managed from Sharepoint Workspace for Iterartions and Sprints (I think this can even integrate with MS Project)
5. Developer would use Visual Studio and the User Stories to develop against.

Hope this helps.

Stoppy  :D

General Board / Re: Assistance with Automating the HTML Report
« on: November 01, 2012, 10:54:40 am »
Thanks Qwerty.  I found this post: not sure if this is the one you are referring too.

So as I understand from some of the other post and technical documents I have read. The automation is achieved by the API and the development of small application preferablly in the C# language.

So I guess the simple answer is you need a technical developer to get this to run. Bit of a bugger :-/

Still if anyone who has achieved what I am after and is willing to help me work through this on a logical step by step guide, that would be great?


General Board / Assistance with Automating the HTML Report
« on: October 30, 2012, 05:37:39 pm »
Hi All,

As I move through our EA jounery our EA database is starting to grow and therefore the HTML report taking longer to generate.

I refer you to this link as to what I am trying to achieve in bold:

and this promotion of the product:

Automation - Harness the Power
The Automation Interface lets you access the internals of Enterprise Architect models.

Some examples of tasks you could perform via the Automation Interface:
•Automatically generate and publish a daily HTML report to your local intranet

•Script repetitive tasks, such as property update common to all model elements
•Generate code from a state machine or diagram
•Produce custom reports
•Execute ad hoc queries against the model
Any development environment capable of generating ActiveX Com clients can be used to connect to Enterprise Architect's Automation Interface.

At my last company I was able to refer my developer to some technical documentation and with a bit of back and forth between us he automated the process for me, in simple terms (Delete Existing HTML on share, Called EA, Generate and Publish HTML, Send Output Notification)

At my new job I don't have any developers at present and wondering is there a simle way of doing this or do you require a technical background to get this solution implemented. At a minimum this stage I would be happy with the job publishing every night. (I can manage the delete and check output for the interim)

Any assistance or guidance is appreciated.



General Board / Re: Goal Element
« on: October 09, 2012, 05:43:01 pm »
Hi RoyC,

Switching to the toolbox options, I have been able to find the required element I am after.

Thanks for the tip and quick response.



General Board / Goal Element
« on: October 09, 2012, 04:18:27 pm »
Hi All,

I am mapping a business process and I want to represent it's goal. Can someone tell me where the "Goal" element might reside in the toolbox.

Everything I have search seems to bring me back to these pages:

Goals -

Business Models -

I am using 9.3.933 and I am Corp Edition.

Thanks in advance


General Board / Re: Importing Source Code Lotus Notes Script
« on: August 29, 2012, 04:01:11 pm »
Hi All,

So no good on the import.

Will have to do some good old workshoping and analysis.


Stoppy ;)

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