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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

Creating Application Dependencies

If you want to create a dependency for any SCCM applications that have dependent packages, select them and then select SCCM > Apply SCCM Dependency. The dependencies appear in the Dependencies tab on the far right of the screen.

For any non-SCCM applications

  1. Open the Dependencies tab and pin it open by clicking the auto-hide icon until it appears as , with the tab fully open.
    The tab shows the dependencies of the currently selected application: in the top section, it shows all the applications that the current application depends on, and in the bottom section, it shows all the applications that depend on the current application.
  1. To add an application that the current application depends on, click Manage Links in the top section:

    • If there are no existing dependencies, you are prompted to a grid that shows all applications which can be added as a dependency. Select the required applications, and click OK.
    • If you already have related applications in the dependencies list, you can add more applications by clicking the Add button.

    Some applications could create circular dependencies, and are therefore read-only, and displayed in pink.

  1. Select the appropriate Dependency Type for each newly added application: Prerequisite, Functional or Middleware and then click Save.

  2. To remove links, press Manage Links again, then select the link and click Delete.
  3. You should now have a list of Dependent Applications that will appear whenever the main application is highlighted.
  4. In addition, in the main grid, the Is Dep column will be checked for any application that has a dependency, and the Has Dep column will be checked for any application that is dependent on other applications. If these columns are not visible, right click any column header and choose Show Column Chooser.

  5. Click Save to save your changes, or Revert to leave the Manage Links mode without saving your changes.

  6. You can add applications that depend on the current application in the same way - by clicking Manage Links in the bottom section of the Dependencies tab.

  7. If you double-click on any application in the right-hand panel, the focus is set to that application, and the dependencies are recalculated. This lets you create a dependency hierarchy or tree.

Creating Application Hierarchies

The Reporting Groups and Product Groups in the tabs on the right of the screen allow you to maintain any sort of hierarchy you might have with regard to your applications.

Let us suppose that you have a number of geographical divisions or reporting groups (EMEA, North America, etc.) with a number of departments, or subgroups, within those divisions (Finance, Marketing, etc.). ChangeBASE allows you to set up this structure and associate applications with the reporting subgroups.

You may also have a number of product groups or families ('Adobe Reader', 'Microsoft Office', etc.) by which you wish to group your applications (MS Word and MW Excel into 'Microsoft Office', etc). ChangeBASE allows you to set up these families and associate applications with them.

Note: To create a report showing applications with their Reporting Subgroups, refer to Creating Custom Reports.

Creating Reporting Groups with Reporting Subgroups

You need at least one subgroup per reporting group.

To create reporting groups with subgroups

  1. Open the Reporting Groups tab and pin it open by clicking the auto-hide icon until it appears as , with the tab fully open.
  1. Click Manage Groups at the top of the Reporting Groups window.
  2. Select Add > Group.
  1. Enter the name of the first group.
  2. Repeat the previous two steps to add further groups as required.
  3. You should now have a number of Reporting Groups.
  1. Highlight the first of the Reporting Groups for which a Subgroup is to be created.
  2. Select Add > Subgroup and enter the name of the Subgroup.
  1. If you wish that subgroup to be copied to a further group, select the subgroup, click and hold to the left of the subgroup name, and drag it to that group, making sure to hold down the [Ctrl] key.
  2. If you wish that subgroup to be moved to a different group, select the subgroup, click and hold to the left of the subgroup name, and drag it to that group, without holding down the [Ctrl] key.
  3. Repeat the previous four steps to add further subgroups as required.
  4. Click Save to save your changes, or Revert to leave the Manage Groups mode without saving your changes.

  5. You should now have a number of Reporting Groups with Reporting Subgroup.

Linking Applications to Reporting Subgroups

To link applications to reporting subgroups

  1. Select the application(s) that you wish to link to a Reporting Subgroup. The selected applications are listed in the bottom of the Reporting Groups pane. If no applications are selected, then the currently focused application appears in the list.
  2. Click Manage Links at the top of the Reporting Groups window.

  3. Select the subgroup(s) to which the application(s) is/are to be linked, and then click Save.

  1. Repeat the above steps as required.
  2. The applications are shown as being associated with the relevant subgroups on the left of the screen.

Creating Product Groups

To create a product group

  1. Open the Product Groups tab and pin it open by clicking the auto-hide icon until it appears as , with the tab fully open.
  1. Click Manage Groups at the top of the Product Groups window.
  2. Select Add.
  3. Enter the name of the first new group.
  1. Repeat the previous two steps to add further groups as required.
  2. Click Save once you have created the required groups.
  3. You should now have a number of Product Groups.

Linking Applications to Product Groups

To link an application to a product group

  1. Click Manage Links at the top of the Product Groups window.
  2. Select the required Product Group to which you want to add applications, and press Add.

  3. Then select the required applications from the grid that opens and click OK.
  1. Repeat the previous step, until all the required applications are linked.
  1. In each group, at least one of the applications must be the Primary Application. Check it as such in the Primary Application column.

  2. Click Save to save your changes, or Revert to leave the Manage Groups mode without saving your changes.
  1. If you want to display the Primary Application column:
    1. Right-click on a column and select Show Column Chooser from the context menu.
    1. Drag Is Primary from the Column Chooser menu into the required column position.
    2. Sort by the Is Primary column to see your main applications next to their product groups.

Converting Packages

Legacy application files (for example, EXEs) are not assessed - they are given a neutral (grey) RAG status. You can repackage them selectively using Convert > Repackage at the top of the screen. Refer to The Repackaging Process.

You can also initiate the Virtualization of any of the MSIs or EXEs via Convert > Virtualize at the top of the screen. Refer to The Virtualization Process.

Checks Options

The Checks window provides you with a detailed view of the issues that have been generated following import, grouping the issues by assessment group under the different platforms created via Platform Setup. It allows you to apply automatic fixes to those Amber and Red issues that can be remediated.

The Next Steps tab on the right at the bottom of the screen provides more detailed guidance.

You select the required platform tab at the top of the display, and then, within the left hand panel, the type of checks that you want to fix or investigate. All the individual issues relating to those checks are displayed in the right hand panel, with the details of selected issues displayed at the bottom of the panel.

Where there are multiple platforms under a platform tab, each individual platform has a '3-state' check box at the top:

  • When the box is in its default, blacked out, state, only the selected checks are displayed.
  • When you place a tick in the box, all the checks are displayed.
  • When you clear the box completely, no checks are displayed.

For details, see:

Customizing the Display

Bulk Fixing

Troubleshooting

Custom Checks

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