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As per an earlier discussion item, we are trying to get PCS running on an AWS EC2 Windows 2019 instance.   I have most of it working but having trouble getting the Sparx EA client to connect to the floating licensing server via HTTPS.   So keen to get in touch with someone here who has been able to configure this successfully in AWS and see how this was done in terms of the SSL certificate required by PCS versus the key pair using by AWS for the HTTPS EC2 instance interface.


PCS General Board / HTTPS interface to AWS hosted PCS + keystore server
« on: December 13, 2022, 07:43:11 am »
Anyone hosting their own ProCloud server on an AWS EC2 instance, and able to tell me how to configure the HTTPS port 1805 for the instance security group?

We are implementing PCS on AWS and all is running fine, except the Sparx Enterprise Architect connection which can't connect to Sparx keystore server; returning an "the operation timed out" error.   When I connect with a local EA client installed on the PCS instance everything works ok.  So I am guessing that it is a problem with the HTTPS port.   AWS does not allow you to change the port from 443 to 1805 for the HTTPS rule.  So instead I have a "Custom TCP" type of rule with 1805 as the port range.   I found another discussion on using a different port number with HTTPS in AWS and the advise was that "Custom TCP" is the right type.

The other cause of the problem could be the SSL certificate.  I used Open-SSL on the EC2 PCS instance to generate the certificate.   But when I created the EC2 server instance, it created its own key pair.   I'm not sure which one to use and how you would turn the EC2 key pair into a server.pem file that PCS needs.


PCS Suggestions and Requests / Split forum for PCS and Prolaborate
« on: November 17, 2022, 07:26:18 am »
Having both these products covered in the same forum makes it frustrating to find specific discussions related to either PCS or Prolaborate.

Hi, I am testing running our Sparx EA client in the cloud using AWS Appstream.  Can I run the keystore / licensing server on the same image that I've created or does it need to be on its own EC2 server?

General Board / Degraded performance of client to AWS hosted SQL server
« on: February 01, 2022, 06:45:44 pm »
Kia ora good Sparx people.  We recently migrated our EA repository from our New Zealand based data centre to AWS EC2 Sydney (VM running SQL Server 2008).  We expected performance degradation using our desktop based Sparx EA version 14.1 client, but testing indicated that this was acceptable and in the first few weeks things worked OK.  Since then things have got signifantly slower to the point of not being able to use Sparx.    Our technical service team has checked things out but can't see any unusual performance stats for the server or for the network connection.   We are continuing to investigate and I appreciate that it depends on a number of variables, but I thought I check if anyone on this forum may have had a similar experience?    And yes, I appreciate that we may have to go down the Sparx Pro Cloud Server path.

General Board / How to show the actual diagram notes
« on: December 09, 2021, 09:27:01 am »
When I drag the "Diagram Notes" element on to my diagram or select in the my diagram properties to show the diagram details it will show various properties like Name, Author and Version.  But ironically neither option shows the text that I have added for the diagram element notes.   So how do I show those? 

Why does Sparx EA change the Archimate "Flow" relationship line from a single arrow to a double arrow when I add an information item?   Having the double arrow does not add any value and makes for a more messy diagram!

This happens when I right click on the line and select Advanced-->Information Flows Realized.. from the context menu, and select or create an business object or application data element; see example below

I propose that element properties include a new "Acronym" property in addition to the existing "Name" and "Alias" properties, and that a general search includes this data.

An example of how this helps to model and search on an application component object
  • A finance platform can have a Name of "Financial Information Management System"
  • The Alias can be the name that users commonly refer to it, e.g. Oracle Financials
  • The Acronym would be FMIS
[li]A search should return this object if either "Financial", "Oracle" or "FMIS" is entered as the general search value.

The System Output window keeps appearing when I start Sparx, with the following warning:
WARNING: Duplicate profile name: Option Model Profile, detected in technology ID: 1

I am not clear what it is talking about and how to fix it. 

When you specify a tagged value with a type of "Date" there seems to be no way to allow for it to be blank; for example for when the date is not known or is not applicable for the element object in question.  Is that correct and if so, is there an alternative option?   I did look at the "Custom" type but it does not force a set date format (e.g. "dd/mm/yy") template option.


Bugs and Issues / <<stereotype>> not showing for elements on diagrams
« on: March 28, 2020, 10:16:00 am »
Hi.  For some reason I cannot get Sparx to show the <<stereotype>> for elements on my diagrams, even although I have set the diagram properties to "Show element stereotype".  Neither can I find any global setting that over rides this for all diagrams.  Any help very much appreciated!


Suggestions and Requests / Creating diagram-specific relationships
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:15:51 am »
I would like to recommend that Sparx allows users to create a relationships between elements that are saved as part of that diagram, but not persisted / recorded against the elements that are used in that diagram.

At times I want to model different scenarios using some application elements but showing the different ways they may be able to interact or be realized.  Particularly as these are hypothetical scenarios, I don't want to persist these relationships in our central model repository.

It would be much easier if I would be able to change a setting for a specific diagram to tell it not to update the elements to persist any relationships lines that I draw.  

Yes, this makes Sparx a bit like Visio.  But better that than to be forced to use Visio itself, or Powerpoint!  

Suggestions and Requests / Setting defaults for new diagrams
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:02:14 am »
Each time I create a new diagram, the first thing I always do is go into the diagram properties to change
- Disable "show additional parents", "show diagram details", "show namespace"
- Enable "Disable fully scoped object names
- Disable "Show element stereotypes"
- Disable "Show stereotype labels"

Which obviously gets tedious when you create a lot of diagrams.  A suggested improvement to Sparx is that it allows these settings to be configured as defaults.  Either through [Tools]/[Options].  Which in fact does allow this for the "Disable fully scoped object names" but not the other settings.   Or allow the user to right click in the diagram and select to save all settings as a default for new diagrams.

General Board / Managing a change log
« on: May 28, 2013, 08:29:34 am »
Is there a common approach to managing a change log for a model in Sparx; e.g. one that users can update manually to keep track of changes they've made, and that can be updated as part of a script that makes changes to a model?

We see that there is a "Change" element in the Toolbox, so that's perhaps something to use for this purpose?

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