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Configuration Analyzer(21R2)

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Overview

Configuration analysis can be done after applying a delivery containing an IFS cloud; - Release update - Service update - Customization

After applying an update or a customization, using configuration analyzer it is possible to analyze and validate the configurations done in the target system to check whether existing configurations has issues due the changes in the delivery.

Analyze Configurations

Configuration analysis can only be done by a user granted with the “Custom_Object_Admin” permission set. Configuration Analyzer is located in Solution Manager -> Configuration -> Configuration Analyzer in the Aurena client application.

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There are two navigator entries for the Configuration Analyzer. Namely; “Analyze Configurations” and “Configuration Analyzer History”. “Analyze Configuration” page triggers the configuration analysis and “Configuration Analyzer History” page can be used to see the details of the current analysis or the previous analyses.

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In order to carry out a configuration analysis, it is required to select the configuration types that you want to analyze from the dropdown in the “Analyze Configurations” page. You have been given the capability of analyzing multiple configurations types at the same time. For the current release of the configuration analyzer, you have been given the support to analyze "Custom Attributes" and "Custom Entity" types only.

However, in terms of the type "Page Configuration", an ability to view additions and deletions of attributes/elements in the CORE layer is provided by the Page Designer. For more information: Click here

After selecting configuration types, click on the “Start Analysis” button. Once the analysis is completed, a toast message will appear and you are automatically navigated to the “Configuration Analyzer History” page and you are directed to the current analysis details.

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Review Results

It is possible to review previously completed analysis details using the selector right next to the 'Configuration Analyzer History' page topic or else easily by the navigator in the left of the page. All the analyses that have been done are ordered by analyzed timestamp.

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Configuration Analyzer History page consists of two cards. The “Analysis Details” card shows the analysis details such as created user and analyzed timestamp. The “Result List” card shows all the resulting configuration items corresponding to the analysis in a tabular view with the details configuration name, configuration type, analysis status, and message. All the resulting items with analysis status “error” are populated at the top of the list by default.

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The entire message can be viewed, by clicking on the icon next to the message.

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Further, the user can get a high-level idea about the amount of impact and the effort required to fix the impacted configurations from the small summary shown in the navigator. The summary shows the total number of analyzed configuration items versus the number of configuration items with analysis status 'error' as a fraction.

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Export configuration analysis report as an excel file

Another functionality provided by the configuration analyzer is, the ability to export the result item set as an excel file. That can be easily executed by following the steps given below: - Select the required rows to be exported. - Click on the export icon in the “Result item” card. - Selecting the required option from the option list.

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Configuration analyzer has given the support to navigate to the corresponding configuration of each analyzed item. By selecting a single row, the "Navigate to Configuration" button will be displayed allowing the user to easily navigate to the corresponding configuration. A configuration which is tagged with the analysis status "error", not only allows a user to do navigate to the relevant configuration page but also to do the fix required.

Though the current release does not provide support to analyze the impacts for page configurations, the possible workaround would be to manually navigate to the 'page configurations' page and scan each page configuration to check whether those have been impacted by the delivery changes.

To ensure that the issues have been resolved following the fixes done for configurations, the user is required to navigate to the configuration page corresponding to the configurations items with analysis status 'error' and run the validate function in the page. Validation function returns an appropriate alert according to the results. A user with administrator rights can simply re-run the configuration analyzer and ensure that all the impacts of the configurations are resolved after the fixes.

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Note: Upon completing an configuration analysis, it would be required to conduct an impact analysis on IFS lobbies as well. A separate tool is used to analyze the impact on lobbies call "Lobby Analyzer". Users are expected to run Update Analyzer, Configuration Analyzer and Lobby Analyzer as part of the impact analysis.

Comparison with IFSAPP10 configuration analyzer tool

IFSAPP10 IFS CLOUD 21R2
Analysis done in Update Analyzer/Configuration Analyzer Analysis done in an IFS Application environment having configurations
Impacts from Core Updates covered Impacts from Core Updates covered
Impact from Customizations/Configurations not covered Impact from Customizations/Configurations covered
User should manually search the configuration to fix Possibility to navigate to the configuration to fix the issues
False impacts due the text search mechanism Less false impacts
Can analyze before applying the update Update should be applied before analyzing