Just wanted to give you a heads up about our latest release, ChangeBASE v.5.2 due out on Dec. 12th. There have been some pretty big changes in ChangeBASE v. 5.2. The main themes to this release are:
1. ChangeBASE can now be run on Windows 8 & Server 2012
2. Application Virtualization package automation has been vastly improved to be truly vendor agnostic
3. We can support a complete Microsoft only environment with the following:
a. Support for Hyper-V to run automated package creation
b. Support for import via SCCM 2012
c. Support for the newly release App-V 5.0 for automated conversion of MSIs to this format
Check out the details below.
ChangeBASE v.5.2 is supported to run on Windows 8 and Server 2012.
There have been many enhancements to the module that converts applications to virtual application formats. Here are the key features:
ChangeBASE can automate the creation of all the major application virtualization formats. This release adds support for:
The new supported virtual platforms added with this release are:
· Hyper-V (Client and Server)
· VMware Server
Dashboard reports have been updated to include some useful new features. The key feature updates are explained below.
The top 5 Issues chart can be displayed instead of the ROI Calculator. This chart, shown in the top right hand of the Dashboard front screen, shows a bar chart of the top 5 most common issues identified from all packages assessed.
The Best Way Forward chart provides a view of compatibility for the user defined platforms (where each platform consists of one or more report groups). Applications that are Red or Amber for the top desired platform (farthest to the left à Win7 + x64 + App-V) are rejected and processed for the next Platform. If the RAG Status is Red or Amber for all Platforms then it will be assigned to the "Incompatible" group (in red).
The Best Way Forward charts display 3 perspectives which are explained below.
Original: the charts on the left display the original RAG values after first assessment
Current: the middle charts show the current RAG state
Potential with auto-fixing: the charts on the right show which apps will be green if all auto fixing is applied
If you click on any column you can drill down into the Issue detail report.
You can now set the target date and target number of packages for the Progress Summary line chart to better track against desired milestones (represented by pink dotted line) in your migration project.
When installing a new database the IIS Server will default to the local computer name rather than “Localhost”, for example “MyPC/Dashboard”.
To assist bulk imports into ChangeBASE, we now offer the ability to read the list of applications to be imported from a .csv file. The “View” that you would like the applications to be grouped into can also be specified in the CSV. This will make imports of large numbers of applications much easier and hands free.
ChangeBASE 5.1 introduced a feature which allows direct imports from SCCM 2007. This capability has been extended in version 5.2 to support direct imports from SCCM 2012.
A new SCCM options dialog will appear if the user clicks the options button from the main dialog. This allows the user to specify the following:
The SCCM view grouping string is used to group SCCM packages under the SCCM view within ChangeBASE after such packages are imported to ChangeBASE.
Some web applications require a user to logon in order to load properly and this can be a problem when trying to automate testing. We’ve just added functionality to enable a user to enter their credentials to get past the initial login screen – this enables a more complete automated test.
The screen below shows how to configure the logon. The middle panel shows a view of a sample web application login page.
Once the credentials are entered, they will persist throughout that web session.
There have been several improvements to MSI Studio in this release. Here are some highlights:
Download will be available via the website on December 12, 2012: https://www.quest.com/solutions/migration-and-consolidation/
Try it out and me know what you think.