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Dear SM Community Members,


It's great that we have such a vibrant community to get quick answers to questions and gain product knowledge! We have very active members jumping in to help others out all the time. The goal of the community is to respond to every members' question so that no one goes away "empty handed". To help further responses to all questions we have the following campaign.



Have Fun! Help a Fellow Community Member Out!


Here's the list of unanswered questions for this coming week:


How to enable dashboard for End users?

[REST API] KD Comments 

SDM, version 12.7 - Modify the action description text on the initial activity?

SDM - installation/update with limited 'sysadmin' for MS SQL 

Enable Single Sign-ON (SSO) for CA BI 4.1 without integrating BI with CASD or want to enable SSO for apache tomcat7 on CABI. Anybody done this then pls share the steps/docs


SHORT LIST! Let's see if we can get 100% this week!


Thank You All for Your Efforts,


Pushing application changes to production environment has always been a cautious, time-intensive weekend activity for service desk and IT asset management administrators. An administrator would typically create/modify and test customizations, workflows, searches, configurations, and business meta-data in a pre-production environment, collate various elements of 'ready to go' content in one place (in some cases, the source content is manually recreated in the target environment or by moving the full MDB back and forth), ensure compatibility of the content in the target environment, and keep fingers crossed when the content is finally applied to the production environment over a weekend.  Each of these steps requires manual work, has breakpoints, and needs time (more time). But there is a better way now.


The Environment Promotion feature in CA Service Management addresses these challenges out-of-the-box by enabling Administrators to plan and execute configuration and content promotion easily and quickly, resulting in valuable time saving during those weekends. Here is how:


1. Package all 'ready to go' changes together: All changes can be filtered and listed in one place, and an Administrator can pick 'ready to go' changes before exporting them to a package. It does not require Administrators to manually collate the changes anymore. Underlying dependencies that are not explicitly selected are implicitly packaged behind the scene. And, where needed, business/technical context can be captured, as description, in each package during export.  


2. 'Dry run' to avoid import failures: Dry Run helps check a package's compatibility in the target environment, without actually importing it; it enables Administrators to validate the content in the target environment prior to the weekend maintenance window. When packages are pre-validated, it is a matter of push-of-a-button over the weekend.


3. Traceability: The information about who imported what and when is recorded by the system for future viewing. The business/technical context, if provided, in packages helps establish why a change came into the production environment, and what all was included in the package.


Environment Promotion is a new feature available through CA Service Management 14.1.02 in CA Service Desk Manager and CA Asset Portfolio Management.