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Only show promotion candidates in selective promote

For at least a decade or so, there is a feature available in ChangeMan ZMF (probably from around version 5.3 or so) which is more or less "hidden" in CMNEX027, with a very misleading comment in it. It appears that hardly anybody knows about that hidden feature. By turning it on, during selective promote ChangeMan ZMF will only show a subset of components that can be promoted. I.e. it will only show components that fit any of these criteria:


Short selection list for selective promote in pre-ZMF 7.1

Dr Chgman's Z-Redbook documentation for ChangeMan ZMFThe ChangeMan ZMF 7.1 release notes contain a short note with a title like "Short selection list for selective promote", related to an option added to the promotion panel. However, for about a decade or so, a variation of that feature is already available in ZMF (probably from around 5.3 or so).


Z-Wiki Categories

Dr. Chgman's Z-Wiki categoriesAll items (topics) available within the Z-Wiki area, are classified by category, i.e.:


Using ChangeMan ZMF - Advanced topics

Advanced functions and uses of ChangeMan ZMF, providing lots of details about all sorts of advanced ChangeMan ZMF functions.

  • Simple, participating and complex packages
  • Temporary and unplanned package concepts
  • Resolve any audit out-of-synch conditions
  • Merge & Reconcile (M+R, formerly CDF)
  • Utility requests (scratch and rename)
  • Unfreeze, Recompile, and Relink
  • Scan and compare
  • Package Monitor and Backout functions
  • LCT card processing (for developers)
  • Understandinging the translation utility CMNWRITE
  • DB2 option
Duration (hours): 

Temporarily disable FRZ, REV and APR

Sometimes a certain group of ChangeMan ZMF users (like ChangeMan ZMF admins, release managers, …) need to perform a special operation (usually planned, though sometimes unplanned). To do so, it may be that during such operations certain ChangeMan ZMF operations (e.g.: package freeze, package approve, revert to DEV, etc) cannot be used by any ChangeMan ZMF user. Shutting down ChangeMan ZMF entirely obviously is an option. But what about those situations where just shutting down the entire ChangeMan ZMF system (for a few hours or so in the middle of the day?) is not an option?


ChangeMan ZMF Helpdesk operators

People at a ChangeMan ZMF helpdesk are the ones responsible for keeping an operational ChangeMan ZMF implementation up and running (not to be confused with the ChangeMan ZMF administrators or those who apply maintenance and enhancements to an existing ChangeMan ZMF implementation). They handle all sorts of support calls, and perform routine maintenance in ChangeMan ZMF, such as application administration.


Locate a component in CMN/ZMF libraries

Test environments typically use concatenations of promotion (or shadow) libraries concatenated ahead of production (or baseline libraries). When an application in a test environment produces unexpected results, it is usually caused by old versions of a component still hanging around in one of the promotion (or shadow) libraries  in the concatenation list. That's where the ChangeMan ZMF helpdesk calls typically come in.


Use ASZ$$VAR in any CMN/ZMF submitted job

ChangeMan ZMF uses the CMN$$VAR skeleton to set various skeleton variables used within staging jobs (only). This solution introduces a similar skeleton, ASZ$$VAR, which can be used (embedded) in any phase in the ChangeMan ZMF lifecyle for which a job is submitted.


Add restart instructions in Xnode jobs

Browse a component in any CMN/ZMF library

ChangeMan ZMF manages various types of datasets, likes staging libraries, promotion-, production- and baseline liraries, etc. Wouldn't it be great to have some type of browser to just browse (or view) any of these datasets from within a single ISPF panel? Maybe also some related datasets like Xnode DSNs, CMN100 reports, etc.?

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