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ChangeBASE 6.2.2 - User Guide

Introduction Before You Start... Installing ChangeBASE Configuring ChangeBASE The Pre-Loading of Packages into ChangeBASE Import Options Applications Options Checks Options Dependency and Conflict Checker Dashboard Reporting Repackaging and Virtualization Web Capture

Applications Options

The Applications window allows you to view and manage the packages that have been imported.

For each application, a RAG status is displayed under each of the different platforms created via Platform Setup.

Important: All the checks in the assessment groups associated with the platforms are automatically used for the initial assessment of each imported MSI file. If you want to see how the packages have been assessed against individual checks, refer to the Checks Options.

Note: The member package grid at the bottom of the window, which is used to show composite applications (refer to Creating Composite Applications), automatically opens whenever an application is highlighted.

Where the highlighted application is either an MSI with one or more member packages, or a legacy installer with one or more member packages, this grid shows the related package(s). This means to say that, once an EXE has been repackaged and re-imported (refer to the The Repackaging Process), the EXE is now displayed as part of an application with a RAG status (as above).

Where the highlighted ‘application’ is a legacy installer that has not been repackaged, or that has been repackaged but not re-imported, then there is a message to this effect in the member package grid.

To delete an item, select it and then click Delete at the top of the screen, followed by Yes to confirm.

You can hold down the [Shift] or [Ctrl] key in order to highlight multiple items, and then press the space bar to select and deselect the highlighted items.

For details, see:

RAG Statuses

Application Compatibility Reports

Filtering Applications

Drilling Down into an Application

Phases

Complexity Ratings

Creating Composite Applications

Creating Application Dependencies

Creating Application Hierarchies

Converting Packages

RAG Statuses

 

The issues are presented in a RAG (Red, Amber, Green) format.

Red

Red indicates that a high severity issue has been found that is likely to impact the installation or running of an application.

In some cases, a change to the program code within the package files is not required, and the issue can be auto-fixed by applying a change to the application. However, in other cases, the Red status will be as a result of a package attempting to use objects or functions that have been deprecated from the Operating System, or where their use has been restricted. In such cases, there are no changes that can be made to the installation routine to fix the problem, and the issue needs to be dealt with at the program code level or by the provision of a more up to date driver. For vendor MSIs, an upgrade may be required.

Amber

Amber indicates that a low severity issue has been found which could impact the installation or running of an application. In many cases, a change to the program code within the package files is not required, and the issue can be auto-fixed by applying a change to the application.

Where automated fixing is not available, a manual fix can be applied to the Windows Installer routine (MSI or MST) by an application packager. ChangeBASE provides Next Steps information on how a manual fix can be achieved.

Green

Green means that no compatibility issues were identified. Those packages can proceed directly to User Acceptance Testing (UAT), and then to the deployment phase.

Application Compatibility Reports

 

You can generate a compatibility report for the individual application that is currently highlighted in the main Applications window, by selecting Reports > Application Compatibility Report from the top of the screen. The report shows the detailed issues for the application, broken down by platform, and then by assessment group. In the case of composite applications (refer to Creating Composite Applications), the RAG statuses are rolled up into composite statuses.

Note: Before the Application Compatibility Report option becomes enabled, you need to have specified a Report Format and Export Path in Reporting Settings.

Before selecting Reports > Application Compatibility Report, ensure that the report for which you require compatibility details is highlighted in the Applications window, regardless of whether or not it is checked in the Select column.

When you select Reports > Application Compatibility Report, the report is simultaneously opened, where possible, and uploaded to the Export Path specified in Reporting Settings.

Filtering Applications

To filter by package

  • Right-click on the arrow to the right of Select, to do one of the following: select All applications simultaneously, select None simultaneously, or Invert your current selections.

To filter by RAG status

  • Click the pin next to one of the platform column headers, and select Green, Amber or Red as appropriate, or Select All to redisplay all applications.

Note: You can also filter by RAG status, by clicking the empty RAG circles in the filter row (see below), and clicking the down arrow next to the circle to bring up a RAG filter box.

There is a blank filter row at the top of the screen which allows you to determine the applications that appear below it. Just type in the first letters of the required applications, using the '%' wild card as required to represent any number of characters, and the applications are filtered accordingly. You will note that a filter box appears in the bottom row of the screen when you are filtering.

Figure 4: Filter Row

To ammend the search criteria

  • Click on the right of the bottom row, to bring up the Filter Editor. To clear the filter, click the adjacent cross .

To enter queries that determine which items are displayed

  • Right-click any column header and selecting Filter Editor. From here you can define exactly what you want to be displayed. Click to display new rows, and then click on the colored hyperlinks to make your selections within those rows. Click Apply to keep your selections while keeping the dialog open, or OK to keep your selections and close the dialog.

To sort the items by a particular column

  • Click the column header, and then again to reverse the order. Alternatively, right-click in the column header and select Sort Ascending and Sort Descending as required.

To search for a particular item

  • Right-click on a header and select Show Search Panel. A search box appears above the display.

The Select column has a '3-state' check box at the top:

  • When the box is in its default, blacked out, state, all the applications are displayed, regardless of whether or not they are selected.
  • When you check the box, only the selected applications are displayed.
  • When you clear the box completely, only the unselected applications are displayed.

To group the items by a particular column header

  • Drag the header onto the group panel at the top of the table (this is the panel featuring the words "Drag a column header here to group by that column"). If at any time the panel is not displayed, select Show Group Panel from the right-click menu in any column. To hide the panel, select Hide Group Panel. For example, to group the applications by Manufacturer, drag Manufacturer into the group panel.

    The applications appear under the relevant manufacturers.

    While you are within the Group Panel, you can right click on it and select the Group Summary Editor to display further information about the Group, for example the Average Complexity of the applications within it.

    Once you select your Summary, it appears on the same line as the item by which you are grouping your applications.

To undo the Grouping option

  • Right-click Manufacturer in the group panel and select Ungroup.

If you right-click on a column when it is in place (that is to say, when it has not been dragged above the table), you see the following options:

  • The Group By This Column option has the same effect as dragging the column above the table.
  • The Show Column Chooser option allows you to drag additional columns onto the display, and to remove existing columns. Simply drag and drop from and to the Column Chooser table that is displayed when you select the Show Column Chooser option.
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