How to change multiple ARIS object’s attributes to a specified value

One of my clients recently asked me how to set an attribute for around a 150 objects to the same value. In this case it was a drop-down list value. Both of us have a long history with ARIS, so our first thoughts went to try using the process generator(PG), but for some reason the PG did not want to work. We assumed that it is because of the Excel version he used.

After about a week, one of my colleagues reminded me about the built in Attribute Wizard in ARIS. By selecting the objects you want to update, you can right-click on the objects and choose Attribute Wizard from the menu. The wizard steps you through some options and in the end updates your object attributes with the value specified.

Attribute Wizard

 

Attribute Wizard act

We both felt a bit silly afterwards and even though a very simple solution was available, we forgot about it, so I hope by writing this it will help someone else too.

How to automate ARIS database backups

Today we will look at automating the backups on ARIS with step by step instructions as well as a Windows batch file to run the task on a scheduled basis.

The backup scripts available  will create a new folder in the backup folder with today’s date. All of the backups will then be placed in the date folder. This way you can have backups for every day without having to overwrite the previous day’s backup.

The instructions provided will work for ARIS 7 and ARIS 9. There are a few differences between the two that we will highlight.

Steps to follow:

  1. Copy the batch file to the correct folder.
  2. Configure the batch file to fit your environment and settings.
  3. Configure the Windows scheduler to automate the running of the batch file.

Requirements:

  • Access to the ARIS server
  • Basic batch file knowledge

To start off, you need to answer these questions:

  1. What is the server name?
  2. Where should the backups be saved? This location on the server or shared drive needs to be created before using the backup script.
  3. What port is configured for the server? (ARIS 9 only)
  4. The tenant? (ARIS 9 Only) – normally “default”
  5. Username and password to use. (ARIS 9 only)

Useful information:

Location for the batch file:

  • ARIS 9:
    [ARIS Install folder]\ARIS9.5\tools\ArisAdm
    Exe: arisadm90.exe
  • ARIS 7:
    [ARIS Install folder]\ARIS7.2\JavaClient
    Exe: ArisAdm72.exe

Step 1: Copy the batch file to the appropriate folder

Download and unzip the batch files and copy the batch file for your ARIS version to the correct folder as shown above.

Download here (registration required)

Step 2: Configure the batch file to fit your environment and settings

Depending on your ARIS version you will need to configure the batch file with the information provided in the answers to the questions above. The date will be set using the format configured on the Windows settings. You can override the format by using the examples provided in the batch file (you will need basic Batch file skills).

Edit the .bat file using a text editor like Notepad. Insert the values for your server environment in the section
======CHANGE THESE SETTINGS======

After changing the settings I recommend that you test your settings by running the batch file in the command prompt so that you can see the output and any possible error message it might have.

Step 3: Configure the Windows scheduler to automate the running of the batch file

You can then add the batch file to the Windows Task Scheduler at the required interval.