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Creating Asset Storages

A Storage is a container within the Registry, holding related assets and files. There can be several Storages in the Registry, to support the different areas of work or purposes that your organization might define.

Create Storages

When creating a new Storage you have the option to set what type of storage this is to be. The Storage types available include:

  • Model Package -  contains Asset Packages and/or Files
  • Learning Center Library - Learning Center Library content
  • Reference Data Library -  Enterprise Architect Reference Data Library
  • Source Code Library -  can be populated with any zipped files.

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1

Click on the New icon. icon in the Reusable Asset Service toolbar.

2

If necessary, enter the Administration password that enables update access to the Registry. Click on the OK button.

The 'New Storage' dialog displays.

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In the 'Name' field, type a name that indicates the purpose or content of the Storage.

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In the 'Content' field, select:

  • 'Model Package' if the Storage should contain Asset Packages and/or Files
  • 'Learning Center Library' if the Storage should contain only Enterprise Architect Learning Center Library files - this Storage can be populated only with Library files and not with Asset Packages
  • 'Reference Data Library' if the Storage should contain only Enterprise Architect Reference Data Library files - this Storage can be populated only with Library files and not with Asset Packages
  • 'Source Code Library' if the Storage should contain only Source Code Library files - this Storage can be populated only with Library files and not with Asset Packages

5

If you have selected 'Model Package' in the 'Content' field, then in the 'Status' field select:

  • 'Draft' if you intend to make significant changes to the content of the Storage, such as populating it with assets and/or files; you can also overwrite existing Packages or files in the Storage
  • 'Complete' if the Storage is ready for use; you cannot overwrite any Packages or files in the Storage, although you can delete Packages and files and add new ones

You can modify a 'Model Package' Storage at a later time, and change this 'Status' setting (see the Change Storage Details section in this topic).

Storage whose Content is 'Learning Center Library', 'Reference Data Library' or 'Source Code Library' will always be of 'Draft' Status - you can overwrite existing Library files in these Storages.

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If you want to set Storage Access passwords on this Storage, click on the checkbox against one or both password types, and provide and confirm the 'Complete Access' and/or 'Read-Only Access' passwords.

For more details, see the Storage Access Passwords section in this topic.

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Click on the OK button.

A prompt displays for you to confirm the creation of the Storage, with the type of access you have set on the Storage.

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Click on the Yes button.

A confirmation message displays; click on the OK button.

The name of the new Storage displays in the 'Storage' field.

Storage Access Passwords

The Registry can be protected by a Registry password, so that only the Administrator can create and modify Storages. If no Registry password is set, a second level of password protection can be applied.

The owner of a Storage can apply password protection to restrict users in processing and modifying the contents of the Storage either intentionally or unintentionally. Password protection can be applied at two levels:

  • Complete Access - users enter their password and can modify or delete the Storage itself, and within the Storage can register, update and delete Packages and files in the Registry, view Packages and import assets into their models
  • Read-Only Access - users enter their password and can import assets into their models

You set the 'Complete Access' password before you set the 'Read-Only Access' password.

If password protection is set and a user has no password, they can only view the contents of the Storage. If no password protection is set, all users can freely access and modify the Storage and its contents.

You set the passwords on each Storage as you create that Storage, using the 'New Storage' dialog. Once the Storage has been created, you can change or remove an existing password using the 'Modify Storage Access' dialog, but you cannot add a password.

If a Storage is password protected, the system displays a prompt for the password when the user begins to:

  • Change or delete a password on the Storage
  • Copy the Storage to create a new Storage
  • Delete the Storage
  • Register a Package or file in the Storage
  • Import a Package, file or Technology from the Storage
  • Delete a Package or file from the Storage
  • Compare an Asset Package with a Package in the model

The system displays the password prompt when any of those operations is performed for the first time after the user:

  • Connects to a Registry
  • Reloads the Registry Browser
  • Selects a Storage in the 'Storage' field in the Reusable Asset Services view

If the user enters the correct password and therefore establishes their credentials, the system does not display a password prompt again for any valid operation that user performs until they:

  • Select a different Storage in the 'Storage' field in the Reusable Asset Services view or
  • Reload the Registry Browser from the Registry

Register Assets and Files

Whilst a Storage exists and, if the Storage is under password protection, and you have the 'Complete Access' password, you can register Packages from a model and files from your system as assets in that Storage. If the Asset Package was developed using one or more MDG Technologies, you can optionally register those technologies in the Storage as well.

See the Register New Assets Help topic.

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