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BTW what's the reason to have multiple items representing the same element on a diagram?

There is as much design that goes into a creating a view as goes into the underlying model.  There's a direct relationship between the number of times connectors cross and the difficulty in understanding what the view is trying to tell the viewer.

Sometimes you want the same element in different places on the page to untangle the birds nest.

Bugs and Issues / Re: EA clear the file. Now 's empty 0Ko
« on: October 13, 2017, 01:21:30 pm »
Unfortunately, by definition, the presence of a 0 byte file delivers no information about why it is 0 bytes.

That's not true, it tells you it's not an event that creates the database schema.  The file also has all the normal file system meta-data attached to it which tells you who and when it was created.

So as you have indicated the how, the OP just has to look at the meta-data to find out the who and then when.  Once they know the who they can ask them why.

That's quite a long way forward in clearing up the mystery.

(argumentum ad ignorantiam)

General Board / Re: Non-visual associations
« on: October 12, 2017, 08:32:21 am »
Is there a way to establish a relationship, without "drawing the lines", i.e. can I connect an Application to the Server it runs on, without placing either on a diagram and connecting them?

You can connect them visually and then hide the connection.  I generally have a messy diagram with all connections and a clean diagram with just relevant connections, as I like to always be able to see the connection somewhere.

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: Add-in Usage with Citrix
« on: October 09, 2017, 07:22:28 am »
EA works with Citrix, and you can get add-ins to work on Citrix as well, but not without a struggle.

I'm not sure why, but when installing something on a Citrix environment the registry keys seem to be forgotten by the system.
Last time I had to get the Citrix guy to set all registry settings in the login script.

Because being virtual desktops a lot more clean up is done when a user logs off.  So if something isn't exactly where it should be it won't be there next time a user logs on.  Windows has a feature called Group Policy Preferences which came in with Windows Server 2008 which is better for fixing these things than log on scripts.

Uml Process / Re: Relating features to requirements
« on: October 09, 2017, 07:17:52 am »
With EA you can link almost everything together. The only limits are your imagination.

Well obviously but I've been watching the toolbox grow on the requirements diagram and it looks there is a "method to the madness" that isn't being reflected in the help pages or in the sample models.  There was always a chance someone here had more of a clue than I do.

General Board / Re: Keystore and AD - AM_ACTIVEDIRECTORY
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:51:50 am »
At a guess your group is the wrong type of group.

General Board / Re: Multiple KeyStores in the Same Machine
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:50:35 am »
Look at it this way, I am a cloud provider, and I host license servers for my clients. I have few clients that have different set of SPARX EA keys. They can not share these keys, so I need to create different key store for each client. I have a large server that is under utilized, so I just do not want to create a whole new VM for each client just for SPARX EA keystore.

A cloud provider wouldn't automatically assume they were using a virtual machine.  If they wanted to host multiple of x, they'd first look to containerisation.

You may be able to run nano server on Windows 2016 and run multiple licence servers that way.

General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: October 05, 2017, 01:39:03 pm »
Like I said before the learning curve is massive for both Enterprise Architecture Discipline and the Sparx EA tool so you really need to bring in some experts. My colleagues call me an expert but I still sometimes struggle with some aspects from time to time and I've been using Sparx EA for Enterprise Architecture over a decade now.

I ran into someone on the street the other day who said something along the lines of it's really only the pair of us in town who have a decent grasp on modelling an enterprise using tools like EA.  So you can probably have expert, but "dedicated" is probably closer to your reputation.  :-) 

General Board / Re: Multiple KeyStores in the Same Machine
« on: October 05, 2017, 12:19:22 pm »
Hi everyone,
Please kindly help, as I am really stuck.
The documentation about Keystore is really lacking. There are features that are not well documented. For example using two keystores in the same machine, with different set of keys. I set them up in the manager, and they are in different folders.
But my question, how come the Keystore service only point to one keystore located in the same folder as the key store service. How can I configure it to also connect to the other key store.
In addition, How can I ask my EA client users to connect to this store versus that store?

I see no option in the client to change the port you're talking to the Licence Server on so my assumption is that you can only have one key store per server.

Sure but is it that hard to make a stub in a package that opens up what is currently called a "relationship matrix profile"?

You mean like a Matrix Specification Artifact?

Right didn't know about them and they are definitely helpful.  But why can't the UI around it be a little bit more normal?  For example, why do I need to go into a Documentation menu to edit it?  After a model view can be edited from its own properties.

And now I have to think about where to hide these damn specifications in my package structure.

Diagrams, searches, matrices, package lists, gantt charts, roadmaps, kanban, even the project browser and property dialogs are all examples of views of the model. Conceptually, there are views that you want to parameterize differently and save/load them as needed. There are views that need to respond to the user actions and views that should be constant. There are also cases where different users may need/want to see something different when looking at the same view.

Sure but is it that hard to make a stub in a package that opens up what is currently called a "relationship matrix profile"?  I'm currently using EA to find a large number of gaps in service offerings.  It works really well.  Anyone can open up my project and browse it. However the real analysis is all hidden.  You have to understand this crazy non intuitive convoluted construct needed to get the relationship matrix to display.

So I export them all to csv and load them all into a spreadsheet and email them around.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Model Search: More than one Search Term?
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:02:16 am »
Maybe its because it is in the afternoon and I've just had a big lunch but I'm  missing something here as I thought the query builder provided multiple <search terms>.
It's the long lunch!  ;)   

Don't encourage him.  It's a cushy gig being a public servant. 

General Board / Re: What is Sparx and for what purposes it should be used
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:56:49 am »
Thanks! I know about Archimate and I and my collegues are using it. I just would like sime example of how can I organize everything in Sparx

Use the TOGAF content meta-model as the basis for your package structure.  If it doesn't have a place to file something there's a good chance you're doing something wrong.

I'm becoming a little sick of the Matrix being a special diagram.  It would be very useful if they were normal diagrams sitting in packages with some of the same magic sauce we have in normal diagrams.

Can you post general questions in the General Board please.

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