Guidelines for Modifying Catalog Content

When you modify the catalog content, follow these guidelines, mostly in sequential order, but with iteration as needed:
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When you modify the catalog content, follow these guidelines, mostly in sequential order, but with iteration as needed:
  • Install all content onto a test system, and then browse and understand the default catalog content.
  • Understand the basic structure of catalog entries.
  • Understand the main parts of a sample service specification for further details.
  • Illustrate the fulfillment of the service as steps in a business process that you can follow logically.
  • Create a detailed logical design to help you design the service in the CA Service Catalog.
  • Determine what parts of the default catalog you want to modify in your production catalog.
  • On subsequent installations, load only those sections of the content that fit into your test catalog.
  • Configure all customizations in a test catalog. Test and refine them until you approve them.
  • Copy only the approved modifications into your production catalog.
  • Consider maintaining a separate development catalog in addition to a test catalog. Keeping the two separate ensures that testing and development can occur in parallel.