Administering CA Service Management
CA Service Managementprovides the ability to perform several administrative tasks that are common to the integrated products from a single interface. Earlier, it was required to manage tenants, users, roles, and other configurations such as CA EEM integration from the respective products' interfaces. However, with
CA Service Management, you can manage all the common administrative tasks from the same interface.
Each administrative and configuration task is a service offering that you can access from Unified Self-Service or from CA Service Catalog. The configurations you make are applied to all the installed products of the solution.
As an Administrator, if you want to move MDB from the production to a pre-production environment, you can move the database from the source system and configure it to work on the target system. For more information, see Moving the CA MDB Data from the Source to the Target Systems
Any “modifications” or “adaptions” or “configurations” that are done administratively through the interface (web browser, command-line, Web Screen Painter) are “supported”, meaning CA Support can assist with basic suggestions and trouble-shooting. CA Support does not do the changes for the customer, they are the customer’s responsibility. For example, adding a field to a table and putting the field on a form through Web Screen Painter is a fully supported “modification”. Another example, installing or uninstalling a feature through the Options Manager administration is a fully supported “configuration”.
Anything to do with SPEL code, Java scripting (or any language scripting), or a customer-specific change to the underlying base code-line (done by CA Services or a Partner), is not supported by CA Support. The customer can do these things, but the customer is responsible for the support, maintenance, and trouble-shooting when things go wrong. If such “customizations” affect expected out-of-the-box behavior, CA Support will ask the customer to remove the customizations and see if the behavior persists.
The common administration service offerings are available only when you install CA Service Catalog as part of the solution. We recommend that you install Unified Self-Service with all combination of product installations and manage the solution administration through Unified Self-Service.
You can perform the following tasks using the service offerings:
- Manage tenantsCreate a new tenant and map tenant structures across integrated products to specify a single tenant structure.
- Manage rolesCreate service management roles and map roles across integrated products.
- Manage usersAdd existing users to the solution; create new users and assign roles to the users.
- Configure LDAP server settingsAdd LDAP servers to the solution to import and synchronize contacts from LDAP user records.
- Configure common componentsManage component settings that are required to integrateCA Service Managementproducts. Components that you can manage include CA EEM, CA Business Intelligence, CA Process Automation, and mail server.
- Manage product integrationsManage the settings of integrated products in the solution.
To view a list of available administrative service offerings and learn how to use them, see Administrative Service Offerings.
When to Use the Solution Administration Capability
It is important to understand the scenarios in which you can leverage the solution administration capability:
Scenario 1: When you install a single product
If you install CA Asset Portfolio Management or CA Service Desk Manager, the common administration service offerings are not applicable. You must perform any administrative tasks through the respective product’s administration page.
However, if you install CA Service Catalog only, you can use the administrative service offerings to perform administrative tasks of CA Service Catalog.
Scenario 2:When you install a combination of products
- CA Service Desk Manager and CA Asset Portfolio ManagementThe common administration service offerings are available only when you install CA Service Catalog. In this scenario, you must use the respective product’s administration pages to perform any administrative tasks. For example, to create a user you must create separate users in CA Service Desk Manager and CA Asset Portfolio Management.
- CA Service Desk Manager and CA Service Catalog (or) CA Asset Portfolio Management and CA Service CatalogYou can use the administrative service offerings to perform administrative tasks. We recommend that you install Unified Self-Service and access the administrative service offerings through the self-service user interface.
- CA Service Desk Manager, CA Asset Portfolio Management, and CA Service CatalogYou can use the administrative service offerings to perform administrative tasks. We recommend that you install Unified Self-Service and access the administrative service through the self-service user interface.