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By default, ConfigPortal provides four, predefined Staging Environments. These are defined as such:

Productive (PROD):

  • The actual live system used for media production by a customer.
  • It is often used 24/7 for production and it is considered risky to effectuate changes in a live system.

Integration (INT):

  • Test system in the customer's infrastructure / network.
  • Used for testing by the customer and for acknowledging updates for going live in the PROD Environment.
  • Testing in a customer's infrastructure with the correct version of 3rd party components.
  • This Environment is use mainly by the customer's administrators or key users.

Transition (TRANS):

  • The test system in the Arvato Systems S4M network
  • Used for preconfiguring systems and testing system changes or extension projects
  • Used for analyzing errors from the support and project team independently from the customer Environments.
  • S4M engineers use this Environment mainly to try out and test configurations and updates.
  • Used for debugging problems reported from the PROD or INT Stages.

Development (DEV):

  • The test system in the Arvato Systems S4M network
  • Used for developing specific systems, try outs and testing in a development Environment
  • Used for debugging problems reported in the PROD that require debugging
  • Used mainly by the Arvato Systems S4M development team.

These are the Stages that can be seen in ConfigPortal's UI at the top as tabs. Users are able to select a particular Stage to see the latest configuration status stored in the ConfigPortal data store.

The UI also indicates if a parameter is Staging dependent or not.
Staging dependent parameter:

  • Are marked with a "Flag" icon in the UI, as seen with the "Status" and "Vidispine Id" parameters.
  • Where the parameter values may differ between Stages.
  • Usually data related to the infrastructure such as: IP addresses, credentials, hostnames as examples.

Staging independent parameters:

  • Have no marker inside the UI as this is the expected behavior of a configuration
  • Cannot differ between Stages when the Staging process was executed
  • Usually functional configuration of system behavior such as timeouts, SW modes, presets

The example below illustrates an example in which the name and protocol of a storage access are marked as not Staging dependent while parameters like hostname, username and password are handled as Staging d dependent.

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