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CA Chorus™ Software Manager - 6.0 and 6.1
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New Features

Last update January 30, 2019

Review the following new features:

Passphrase Enablement

CA Chorus™ Software Manager supports passwords or passphrases up to 63 characters. Apply PTF SO00335 -  CSM 6.0 CUMULATIVE MAINTENANCE SHIPMENT – 150 or SO00452 - CSM 6.1 CUMULATIVE MAINTENANCE SHIPMENT – 91.

Multi-Factor Authentication

You can now enable Multi-Factor Authentication. Multi-Factor Authentication allows only authorized users to have access to confidential data. Once Multi-Factor Authentication is enabled, ensure that the password field in the login dialog contains both a password and a one-time token. 

Tip: Contact your security administrator for details about the user's password and one-time token combination. If Multi-Factor Authentication is not active in ESM for a specific user, use your standard login with password only. 

Before configuring Multi-Factor Authentication, be sure to set up PassTickets. You can configure Multi-Factor Authentication for CA ACF2 for z/OS, and CA Top Secret for z/OS. Currently CA Technologies does not provide support for CA Chorus™ Software Manager Multi-Factor Authentication on IBM RACF.

Note: Once you enable Multi-Factor Authentication, Configuration and Deployment functionalities are disabled. No user can start configuration and deployment regardless of Multi-Factor Authentication authorization. The ConfigurationDeployment, and System Registry tabs disappear from the menu bar.

For more information about configuring Multi-Factor Authentication, see Configure Multi-Factor Authentication.

Product Configuration without Deployment 

CA CSM now lets you configure products without the need to deploy them first. You can still configure a product from a configurable deployment, and configure a product that is installed in an SMP/E environment.

In addition, you can now configure products to a staging system.

Note: For more information about configuring products, see Configuring Products.

SMP/E Environments Tab Reworked 

The SMP/E Environments tab was reworked to let you navigate through your SMP/E environments easier and faster, and improve your overall user experience.

Expanding an SMP/E environment in the tree on the left now shows entries for zone sets and for installed products.

  • Click Zone Sets to display zone sets in the SMP/E environment.
  • Click Installed Products to display a list of products that are installed in the SMP/E environment.

Clicking an SMP/E environment in the tree on the left or from the list of SMP/E environments on the right opens the SMP/E Environment Information page. From this page, you can further navigate to the other tabs to review the following information:

  • Zone sets within the SMP/E environment
  • Products that are installed in the SMP/E environment
  • Maintenance available for the installed products
  • Pending product installations for the SMP/E environment

Note: For more information about the restructuring, visit the SMP/E Environments tab in CA CSM.

Managing Multiple Zones in an SMP/E Environment

CA CSM now lets you filter target zones in a multizone SMP/E environment and organize them in zone sets.

You can maintain (applying regular, CA Recommended Service (CA RS), or FIXCAT (fix category) maintenance), configure, and deploy products that are installed in a zone set. Doing so increases your productivity as you work with a subset of zones from the SMP/E environment.

Note: For more information about the zone sets, see the online help.

Automatic Maintenance Update

CA CSM now lets you schedule an automatic maintenance update for all or some products that are installed in an SMP/E environment. You can select only to download maintenance regularly, or download maintenance and receive it into the global zone of the SMP/E environment. Doing so helps you maintain products that are installed in your SMP/E environments easier and faster, and always have the latest maintenance in place.

Note: For more information about the automatic maintenance update, see Configuring CA CSM to Perform Automatic Maintenance Update.

New Maintenance Wizards

CA CSM now lets you manage product maintenance in a unified and simplified manner with wizards. Use wizards for processing regular maintenance, CA Recommended Service (CA RS) maintenance, or FIXCAT (fix category) maintenance, and tailor the maintenance processing to fit your needs. For example, you can switch between online and offline mode, or you can run APPLY CHECK first.

Note: For more information about managing product maintenance, see Maintaining Products.

Generation of a Flat File

CA CSM now lets you generate a flat file. The flat file is a file that comprises multiple maintenance packages and their prerequisites that you want to receive in or apply to a specific SMP/E environment.

This feature helps you save time and effort if you want to apply maintenance to your products without using CA CSM. This feature is useful if you have your own procedures for applying maintenance on your site, or want to receive or apply the maintenance on a system where CA CSM is not installed. You do not have to copy all maintenance packages one by one, nor you do not have to search for the prerequisite packages. Instead, you generate a flat file and copy it to the system where you want to receive or apply the maintenance.

For more information about the generation of the flat file, see the online help. 

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