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General Board / Setup PCS on a cloud Virtual Machine
« on: February 27, 2024, 10:18:49 am »
Hello EA experts,

I had this question on the PCS section for a few days but I have not got a response, so I am moving it here:

Upon receiving recommendations from Geert, BobM, and Eve, I proceeded to create a virtual machine (VM) on Azure to host the PCS. Here's what I've accomplished thus far:

1- Set up a VM on Azure Cloud (Windows Server 2022 - Size Standard B2ms (2 vcpus, 8 GiB memory))
2- Installed PCS.
3- Installed Xampp (I have not done any configuration for it yet)
4- EA? (Do I need to install EA on the same VM that hosts PCS?)
5- Installed SQL Server Express on the same VM, created a database, tested it with a simple SELECT statement and it's working.
6- I established a connection between the PCS and the SQL Server.

When I tried to establish Cloud connection from my local EA client to Pro Cloud Server hosted on the VM. In the Server field (shown in the screenshot below), I added the IP address of the VM and typed “Test”. I do not actually have any models yet on PCS because I do not know how to add one there.

However, I got an error message (shown in the screenshot below):

My understand that I should then follow the steps (shown in the link below):

The above link lists the steps to Set up a Project on a DBMS Repository:
To set up your project on a DBMS repository, you work through these stages:
1.   Set up your DBMS software and create a database.
2.   Create the required tables in your database, by running a script supplied on the Sparx Systems website.
3.   (For certain DBMS products, and if you are not using the Enterprise Architect Native Connection to access the database) Set up an ODBC driver to enable connection to the repository.
4.   Transfer the project from the source file to the DBMS repository; the source file can be:
     -  a .QEA, .EAP or .FEAP base model, to begin a new project from scratch, or
     -  a previously-developed project file, to move an existing project into the DBMS repository
5.   Connect to your repository; we recommend using the Enterprise Architect Native Connection for this.

My questions are:

1- Where can I find the script (underlined) above?
2- How can I create a model on my local machine and transfer it to PCS?
3- How can I test whether someone from my team (with a standard license) has access to the model and that everything is working?
4- When we test that things are working properly, I need to get a floating license. My understanding is that I should use the second option in the below screenshot. For the server address, should I add the IP of the VM that hosts PCS? The port is 1804 or 1805 based on the protocol used (http or https). The user name and password are the user name and password, I use to log in to Pro Cloud Config?
I would appreciate your help to get the setup complete and the connection established.

General Board / Floating License Server with Server Based Repositories
« on: January 20, 2024, 04:36:27 am »
Hello, EA experts,

I posted a question a couple of weeks ago on how to get multiple users to collaborate on the same model concurrently. Eve advised that the recommended approach is to host a server that both can access.

My questions are:
1- We started moving towards purchasing floating licenses. Can we have a Floating License Server with the server that we will use to host the repositories? I could not find this information in the EA documentation. The documentation I came across only describes how the Floating License Server works with the Pro Cloud Server.

2- My understanding is that the server we intend to host can also be hosted on the cloud, i.e., it does not have to be on promise. Correct?

Thank you!

General Board / Two users access the same EA file simultaneously
« on: January 10, 2024, 04:02:55 am »
Hello EA experts,

I found the same question discussed 12 years ago on the forum, but I am asking it again, assuming that things have changed.

Scenario: An EA file is saved on OneDrive. Two users need to access and collaborate on the same file simultaneously.

Question: What is the most practical way to do that?

General Board / Can EA and ServiceNow coexist? How?
« on: January 09, 2024, 07:01:43 am »
Hello EA experts,

Scenario: When a consultant for a government organization, in which they use ServiceNow, started creating an application inventory and technology inventory and modeling their dependencies, they were told, "We plan to capture this information in ServiceNow". 

I am interested to hear your thoughts about the possibility of having ServiceNow and EA coexist in the same organization.

Thank you!

Hello EA experts,

I have successfully used Bellekens' tool to import elements with tagged values.

Now I need to import elements that should be linked to the elements in the model. Please see the screenshot below for more clarification:

Can someone tell me the right way to do that?

Hello EA experts,

I need your help to understand why some ArchiMate elements do not appear in the relationship matrix as shown in the screenshots below.




General Board / Finding duplicate elements and replacing them
« on: December 30, 2023, 03:36:02 am »
Hello EA Experts,

I inherited multiple models/files and found that managing/maintaining them separately would be a nightmare. I merged all the models/files into one model/file. Now, I have duplicate elements in the master model. For example:

Class A (instance 1)---> appears 10 times
Class A (instance 2)---> appears 7 times
Class A (instance 3)---> appears 3 times

What is the most effective and efficient way to:
(1) Find the frequencies (number of appearances) of each element (as shown above)
(2) replace Class A (instance 2) and Class A (instance 3) with Class A (instance 1)

Thank you so much!

Hello EA experts,

Is there any tool or a way to import/convert an architecture model in a PDF format to EA / EA file format?

Thank you!

General Board / Best practice of extending a modeling language
« on: December 27, 2023, 01:34:53 am »
 Hello EA experts,

I want to get your views on the best practices for extending modeling languages, especially ArchiMate.

Scenario: If I want to model the strategy layer in an organization, which uses these elements: vision, mission, goals, objectives and initiatives.

Out of these 5 elements, ArchiMatr has only one, that is “goal”. In this case, which one of the 2 options below is considered a best practice?

Option 1: Use “driver” (already available in ArchiMate) and stereotype it as “mission” and “vision”, Use “goal” (already available in ArchiMate) and stereotype it as “objective” and Use “work package” (already available in ArchiMate) and stereotype it as “initiative”.

Option 2: create totally new 4 elements for vision, mission, objectives and initiatives.

Thank you!

General Board / Default appearance
« on: December 21, 2023, 11:55:53 pm »
Hello EA experts,

I changed the default appearance of an element (as shown below)

But I am not sure why it's not reflected in other diagrams (as shown below)

Thank you!

Hello EA experts,

Part 1 of the question: how to import application attributes
I understand that the most suitable way to add the application attributes shown in the below screenshot is by creating tagged values.

 I also understand that Bellekens EA Excel import-export can be used for that purpose, however, one of my colleagues brought to my attention that on the tool web page, it was stated that

The Tagged Values sheet can only be used to edit existing tagged values, not for importing new tagged values into EA. It contains the following columns

In the same time, the script (in the tool) seems to indicate that creating tagged values is possible, as shown in the screenshot below:

I would appreciate if you provide some guidance on how to import the application attributes using Bellekens EA Excel import-export tool.

Part 2 of the question: for each application, how to import multiple interfacing applications

As shown in the application attribute (first screenshot), one of the application is called "Advantage". As shown in the below screenshot, "Advantage" has multiple interfaces. How can we import the multiple interfaces for the application inventory?

I would appreciate if you provide some guidance on how to import the application interfaces using Bellekens EA Excel import-export tool.

General Board / Change author name for all diagrams and elements
« on: November 23, 2023, 01:47:50 pm »
Hello EA experts,

I know this question has been discussed a few times in the past several years. The last time (I came across) was around 2015. Is there a new and easy way to change the author name for all diagrams and elements?

Thank you!

Hello, EA experts,

I need your advice on the right approach to import 300+ application profiles from Excel to EA. The first few records are shown in the screenshot below.

This Excel spreadsheet is an export from another architecture tool. You will notice that the GUID is available in the first column.

Thank you so much in advance!

General Board / Relationship Matrix not showing relationships
« on: November 16, 2023, 05:08:31 am »
I need your help, please to understand why the relationship matrix is not showing relationships.

General Board / Unable to drag and drop an item to the feature matrix
« on: November 01, 2023, 02:52:48 am »
Hello, EA Experts,

Can someone help me, please, and let me know why I am unable to drag and drop an item to the relationship matrix? When I dragged and dropped the two items shown, they have not been populated.

Thank you!

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