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Central Repository Packages

Posted by Manuel Soto Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Central Repository is used for many things, one of which is for uploading and downloading packages (both graphical and non-graphical). This function is done via use of the Admin Options - Packages, which resides within the Admin Options.

Central Repository Packages

Hidden vs. Global

There are two statuses for packages on the Central Repository:

  • Hidden - packages created in the field, typically by a MAC or trainer; only accessible by logging in to the Central Repository
  • Global - MPi-authored packages the PM Team has made available to all EDGE end-users; and which are tested by QA
Public vs. Private

There is a Package Status in packages on the Central Repository:

  • Public - packages created in the field, typically by a MAC or trainer; only accessible by logging in to the Central Repository
  • Private - MPi-authored packages the PM Team has made available to all EDGE end-users
  • NOTE: In the database the Package Status description is backwards. So those that are private say public and vice-versa.
List of Global (i.e. MPi-authored) Packages

See the list here.

EDGE Packages Spreadsheets

In the list of package below is a link that will help in validating the global EDGE and OEM packages found on the central repository. You will be able to download to your hard drive or see these documents on the web. These documents are Excel spreadsheets.

  • These spreadsheets have the complete data of the MPI-authored packages used in EDGE.
  • You can download here a Spreadsheet Model to start your own package spreadsheet
  • You can also take a look at the screenshot to see one spreadsheet already created to see all the data that is included on them.
  • Below you can access and download any spreadsheet for the corresponding package clicking on its name.

The following packages are "public" or available for any shop to download:

  1. BG Recommendations, Maintenance Tasks, and AI
  2. EDGE "Every 15,000 Miles" Maintenance Schedule
  3. EDGE "Every 3,000 Miles" Maintenance Schedule
  4. EDGE "Every 30,000 Miles" Maintenance Schedule
  5. EDGE "Every 6,000 Miles" Maintenance Schedule
  6. EDGE "Every 60,000 Miles" Maintenance Schedule
  7. EDGE 160-Point Inspection
  8. EDGE Multi-Point Inspection Report Card (graphical)
  9. EDGE WCI Inspection
  10. Ford Diesel Multi-Point Inspection Report Card
  11. Ford Multi-Point Inspection Report Card
  12. Ford Simplified Multi-Point Inspection Report Card
  13. GM Goodwrench Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection
  14. GM Goodwrench Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection (graphical)
  15. GM Goodwrench Simplified Maintenance (graphical)
  16. Inspección de 135 puntos de EDGE
  17. Toyota Safety Inspection
  18. WCI Mercedes Benz EDGE Branded Inspection

A list of certified OE packages being built can be seen here: Certified EDGE WCI packages

Non-Graphical vs. Graphical

There are two types of packages on the Central Repository:

  • Non-Graphical - packages that are a simple list of tasks with a generic look and feel
  • Graphical - packages that have the look and feel of the OEM paper inspection form

There are two parts or halves to a graphical package:

  1. Package structure/graphics - this part is included in the client code of each EDGE release
  2. Package data - this part resides on the Central Repository

Both halves are needed for a successful download of a graphical package. Therefore, if an EDGE customer attempts to download from the Central Repository a graphical package which is not supported by the EDGE client code (i.e. release) running on the local shop server, the download will not execute.

Package Versioning

When changes (enhancements and/or bug fixes) are made to the global packages on the Central Repository, it is important to note that those changes affect only the template of that package which resides on the Central Repository, and not the various copies of that package which EDGE customers have downloaded to their local shop servers. Therefore, if an EDGE customer wants to enjoy those changes, they have to re-download the newest version of the changed package from the Central Repository; and delete the old version from their local shop server. The new version of the downloaded package will of course not have any of the shop's customizations. In other words, it is not possible to merge the dealer's customized copy of a package with a newer version of that same package.

Versioning Policies

To help eliminate confusion in the field and amongst EDGE customers, the following policies should be adhered to in regards to package versioning:

  • Only have one global version of the same package on the Central Repository at a time
    • Always delete the old version before making global the new version
    • Avoid deleting global packages during regular business hours (someone could be in the middle of downloading it)
  • Do not make a new version of a graphical package global until all EDGE customers are on a release that supports that version of the graphical package
    • While the newer version is still hidden, call out the required release by adding to the package name warning text such as "requires 3.3 to work" or "do not make global until 3.3 is out"
    • Once the old version is deleted, remove the warning text from the package name of the new version before making it global

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Service Managers

EDGE users with "manager rights" can download global packages from the Central Repository via the Admin Options - Packages.

Downloading global packages:
  1. Log into EDGE as a "manager".
  2. Click Tools, Admin Options from the menu.
  3. Click the Packages tab.
  4. Click New and select the desired package from the "Use as Template" drop-down (global packages are denoted by the MPi logo)
  5. Click OK.
  6. Make any desired edits.
  7. Click OK.

The package has now been downloaded to the local shop server and will appear in the "Shop Packages" list.

MPi Field Personnel

MACs and trainers can log into the Central Repository to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Create hidden packages
  • Upload shop packages
  • Download hidden packages
Logging into the Central Repository via the Package Editor (MACs and trainers):

Central Server Logon dialogue

  1. Log into EDGE with admin rights
  2. Click Tools, Admin Options and click on the Packages tab
  3. Click anywhere on the Shop Packages list to give focus to the tab
  4. Key in "Ctrl+Alt+R"
    • To access this feature, the MPi employee must be a member of the network group "ArgisCentralSQLProductionField"
  5. When prompted with the Central Server Logon dialog, log in using your MPi username and password (contact IT if your login credentials do not work)
  6. Click OK.
Creating a hidden package on the Central Repository :
  1. Follow the steps for logging on to the Central Repository via the Package Editor
  2. Check the "Edit Central Repository" box (you are now viewing packages on the Central Repository).
  3. Click Add.
  4. Configure the package settings
  5. Click OK.
  6. Build the package as desired
  7. Click OK.
Uploading a shop package to the Central Repository:
  1. Follow the steps for logging on to the Central Repository via the Package Editor
  2. Check the "Edit Central Repository" box (you are now viewing packages on the Central Repository)
  3. Click Add.
  4. Select the desired shop package for uploading from the "Use as Template" drop-down (shop packages are those without the MPi logo)
  5. Click OK.
  6. Make any desired edits
  7. Click OK.
Downloading a hidden package to the local shop server:
  1. Follow the steps for logging on to the Central Repository via the Package Editor
  2. Uncheck the "Edit Central Repository" box (you are now viewing packages on the local shop server)
  3. Click Add.
  4. Select the desired hidden package for downloading from the "Use as Template" drop-down (Central Repository packages are denoted by the MPi logo)
  5. Click OK.
  6. Make any desired edits
  7. Click OK.

 

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