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Applicable Releases: ThingWorx Navigate 1.6.0 to 1.7.0     Description:   How to use InfoEngine tasks to retrieve and take actions on Windchill data to use in Navigate services The following agenda is reviewed in the session: Use case introduction Create I*E task Create service Create Mashups Execute I*E Task       The concepts of this session are still valid for newer Navigate versions, but the session was recorded using old Composer
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Applicable Releases: ThingWorx Navigate 1.8.0 to 1.9.0     Description:   New improvements of the ThingWorx Navigate Installer with the following agenda: What's new Load Balancer Multiple Windchill Systems Integration Runtime NSSM How to select files to download Installer installation steps Demo Questions         Additional information How to install PTC Navigate
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Applicable Releases: ThingWorx Navigate 1.6.0 to 1.7.0   Description:   Covers how to configure ThingWorx Navigate to use Windchill Authentication: Background and Prerequisites X.509 Public Key Infrastructure (PKIX) Brief Introduction Steps to configure Thingworx Navigate with Windchill Authentication: Windchill Integration Runtime Thingworx Navigate     Additional Information Navigate SSL Configuration for Windchill Authentication General Checklist
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Applicable Releases: ThingWorx Navigate 1.6.0 to 8.5.0     Description:     How to use PingFederate script: Prerequisites Configuration Run the script Generated artifacts Live Demo         Associated documentation is available in PTC Single Sign On Architecture and Configuration Overview guide: PTC Single Sign-on Architecture and Configuration Overview  
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Applicable Releases: ThingWorx Navigate 1.6.0 to 8.5.0   Description:   Covers Single Sign On concepts and main items to take into account when defining SSO architecture, with the following agenda: What is Single Sign on? What is PTC Strategy for Single Sign on? How does PingFederate fits in the existing SSO Federation? What products currently can be configured for SSO? Optional SSO in Navigate 1.6 What are the key diferences in SSO over the different Navigate versions? What are we doing internally to prepare for SSO? What resources are available for SSO discussions?         Related articles for further information Related Service: Configure SSO for Navigate
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Hello Navigate Community -     In case you haven't heard, Navigate 8.5 was released last Thursday, 9/26 and is now available for download! This release includes a lot of exciting functionality:   1. Improvements to View Apps -  Updated ThingView 3D Viewing Component - which is now documented & supported for use in custom mashups;  Support for distributed vaults;  Display of security labels & values. 2. BETA release of the first Reusable Components for rapid application development  3. First Navigate Contribute App for review & approval of Windchill Change Requests Want to learn more? Read on!   Introducing change can result in higher costs if not fully considered.  That’s why collaboration is a necessity across people and processes from the initial state of product ideation through to manufacturing, device connectivity and field service.  There is a need to not just access product and enterprise data easily, but to participate in strategic product lifecycle processes in order to avoid unintended consequences.   ThingWorx Navigate 8.5 introduces the first App in the Contribute Series. This App allows key stakeholders to be directly involved in the change process by enabling them to voice their opinions. The first of the Contribute apps for Change Management stitches all these voices together within the digital thread.   Inter-operable with Windchill 11.2 and Windchill 11.1 M020 CPS06, this change management app provides a list of open approval tasks and access to full details of the Change Request, along with attachments and affected items.   Configurable by role, this latest Navigate App enables a broad set of users inside and outside of engineering to fully participate in a digital change management workflow. Cross-functional users who review their task list, via “My Tasks”, are best able to complete changes online. These users can then assess change impacts at time of review, resulting in improved quality by eliminating the need to manually capture input and avoiding errors.   Role-based tailoring facilitates faster, clearer decision making and higher quality changes.  Better participation in the change management process adds the value of faster time to market. This Contribute app is the first to be built from reusable components, thus lowering costs and improving efficiency.   The Thingworx Navigate Contribute app for Change Management enables the wider spread of input to realize the best possible design since products are no longer designed in a silo.   If you have any questions about Navigate or want to connect with an account rep, reach out to me at elarkin@ptc.com.
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ThingWorx Foundation Flow Enable customers using Azure to take advantage of Azure services Access hundreds of Azure system connectors by invoking Azure Logic Apps from within ThingWorx Flow Execute Azure functions to leverage Azure dynamic, serverless scaling and pay just for processing power needed Access Azure Cognitive AI services for image recognition, text to voice/voice to text, OCR and more Easily integrate with homegrown and commercial solutions based on SQL databases where explicit APIs or REST services are not exposed Automatically trigger business process flows by subscribing to Windchill object class and instance events Provide visibility to mature PLM content (such as when a part is released) to downstream manufacturing and supply chain roles and systems Easily add new actions by extending functionality from existing connectors to create new actions to facilitate common tasks Inherit or copy functionality from existing actions and change only what is necessary to support new custom action Azure Connector SQL Database Connector Windchill Event Trigger Custom Action Improvements Platform Composer: Horizontal tab navigation is back!  Also new Scheduler editor. Security: TLS 1.2 support by default, new services for handling expired device connections New support for InFlux 1.7 and MSSQL 2017 * New* Solution Central Package, publish and upload your app with version info and metadata to your tenancy of Solution Central in the PTC cloud Identify missing dependencies via automatic dependency management to ensure your application is packaged with everything required for it to run on the target environments Garner enterprise-wide visibility of your ThingWorx apps deployed across the enterprise via a cloud portal showcasing your company’s available apps, their versions and target environments to foster a holistic view of your entire IIoT footprint across all of your servers, sites and use cases Solution Central is a brand-new cloud-based service to help enterprises package, store, deploy and manage their ThingWorx apps Accelerate your application deployment Initially targeted at developers and admins in its first release, Solution Central enables you to: Mashup Builder 9 new widgets, 5 new functions. Theme Editor with swappable Mashup Preview Responsive Layout enhancements including new settings for fixed and range sizes New Builder for custom screen sizes, new Widget and Style editors, Canvas Zoom Migration utility available for legacy applications to help move to latest features Security 3 new built-in services for WebSocket Communications Subsystem: QueryEndpointSessions, GetBoundThingsForEndpoint, and CloseEndpointSessions Provide greater awareness of Things bound to the platform Allow for mass termination of connections, if necessary Can be configured to automatically disconnect devices with expired authentication methods Encrypting data-in-motion (using TLS 1.2) is a best practice for securely using ThingWorx For previous versions, the installer defaulted to not configuring TLS; ThingWorx 8.5 and later installers will default to configuring TLS ThingWorx will still allow customers to decline to do so, if desired Device connection monitoring & security TLS by default when using installer   ThingWorx Analytics Confidence Model Training and Scoring (ThingWorx Analytics APIs) Deepens functionality by enabling training and scoring of confidence models to provide information about the uncertainty in a prediction to facilitate human and automated decision making Range Property Transform and Descriptive Service Improves ease of implementation of data transformations required for common statistical process control visualizations Architecture Simplification Improves cost of ownership by reducing the number of microservices required by Analytics Server to reduce deployment complexity Simplified installation process enables system administrators to integrate ThingWorx Analytics Server with either (or both) ThingWorx Foundation 8.5 and FactoryTalk Analytics DataFlowML 3.0.   ThingWorx Manufacturing and Service Apps & Operator Advisor Manufacturing common layer extension - now bundling all apps as one extension (Operator Advisor, Asset Advisor, Production KPIs, Controls Advisor) Operator Advisor user interface for work instruction delivery Shift and Crew data model & user interface Enhancements to Operator Advisor MPMLink connector Flexible KPI calculations Multiple context support for assets   ThingWorx Navigate New Change Management App, first in the Contribute series, allows a user to participate in change request reviews delivered through a task list called “My Tasks” BETA Release of intelligent, reusable components that will dramatically increase the speed of custom App development Improvements to existing View Apps Updated, re-usable 3D viewing component (ThingView widget) Support for Windchill Distributed Vaults Display of Security Labels & Values   ThingWorx Azure IOT Hub Connector Seamless compatibility of Azure devices with ThingWorx accelerators like Asset Advisor and custom applications developed using Mashup Builder. Ability to update software and firmware remotely using ready-built Software Content Management via “ThingWorx Azure Software Content Management” Module on Azure IoT Edge. Quick installation and configuration of ThingWorx Azure IoT Hub Connector, Azure IoT Hub and Azure IoT Edge SCM module.   Documentation ThingWorx Platform ThingWorx Platform 8.5 Release Notes ThingWorx Platform Help Center ThingWorx 8.5 Platform Reference Documents ThingWorx Connection Services Help Center   ThingWorx Azure IoT Hub Connector ThingWorx Azure IoT Hub Connector Help Center   ThingWorx Analytics ThingWorx Platform Analytics 8.5.0 Release Notes Analytics Server 8.5.1 Release Notes ThingWorx Analytics Help Center   ThingWorx Manufacturing & Service Apps and ThingWorx Operator Advisor ThingWorx Apps Help Center ThingWorx Operator Advisor Help Center   ThingWorx Navigate ThingWorx Navigate 8.5 Release Notes Installing ThingWorx Navigate 8.5 Upgrading to ThingWorx Navigate 8.5 ThingWorx Navigate 8.5 Tasks and Tailoring Customizing ThingWorx Navigate 8.5 PTC Windchill Extension Guide 1.12.x ThingWorx Navigate 8.5 Product Compatibility Matrix ThingWorx Navigate 8.5 Upgrade Support Matrix ThingWorx Navigate Help Center     Additional Information Helpcenter ThingWorx eSupport Portal ThingWorx Developer Portal PTC Marketplace The National Instruments Connector can be found on PTC Marketplace  
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We are excited to announce ThingWorx 8.4 is now available for download!    Key functional highlights ThingWorx 8.4 covers the following areas of the product portfolio: ThingWorx Analytics and ThingWorx Foundation which includes Connection Server and Edge capabilities.   ThingWorx Foundation Next Generation Composer: File Repository Editor added for application file management New entity Config Table Editor to enable application configurability and customization Localization support fornew languages: Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Chinese/Taiwan, Chinese/Simplified Mashup Builder: Responsive Layout with new Layout Editor 13 new and updated widgets (beta) Theming Editor (beta) New Functions Editor New Personalized Workspace Platform: Added support for AzureSQL, a relational database-as-a-service (DBaaS) as the new persistence provider A PaaS database that is always running on the latest stable version of SQL Server Database Engine and  patched OS with 99.99% availability.   Added support for InfluxData, a leading time series storage platform as the new ThingWorx persistence provider Supports ingesting large amounts of IoT data and offers high availability with clustering setup New extension for Remote Access and Control Supports VNC, RDP desktop sharing for any remote device HTTP and SSH connectivity supported An optional microservice to offload the ThingWorx server by allowing query execution to occur in a separate process on the same or on a different physical machine. Installers for Postgres versions of ThingWorx running on Windows or RHEL AzureSQL InfluxDB Thing Presence feature introduced which indicates whether the connection of a thing is “normal” based on the expected behavior of the device. Remote Access Extension Query Microservice: Click and Go Installers for Windows and Linux (RHEL) Security: Major investments include updating 3rd party libraries, handling of data to address cross-site scripting (XSS)  issues and enhancements to the password policy, including a password blacklist. A significant number of security issues have been fixed in this release. It is recommended that customers upgrade as soon as possible to take advantage of these important improvements. Docker Support  Added Dockerfile as a distribution media for ThingWorx Foundation and Analytics Allows building Docker container image that unlocks the potential of Dev and Ops Note:  Legacy Composer has been removed and replaced with the New Composer.   Documentation: ThingWorx 8.4 Reference Documents ThingWorx Platform 8.4 Release Notes ThingWorx Platform Help Center ThingWorx Analytics Help Center ThingWorx Connection Services Help Center  
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The use of the term “SSO” means different things to different people. Among Navigate Admins, it became shorthand for using PingFederate to provide both authentication with a single sign-on component, as well as authorization (checking permissions for access to files). In Navigate 1.5, this was the only option for configuring a production system, and many people were not ready for it. That was the origin of the “must have SSO” statement. Beginning with Navigate 1.6, PTC added a scenario called “Windchill Authentication”, that is suitable for Production and uses your Enterprise LDAP to authenticate users. It will issue a token so you get some of the benefits of single sign-on, but not all the bells and whistles that come with PingFederate. It’s also easier to configure. People have begun referring to Windchill Authentication as “non-SSO”, to distinguish it from PingFederate, even though Windchill Authentication has some SSO functions.   In the install manual, there are three scenarios: Fixed Authentication, Windchill Authentication, and Single Sign-On with PingFederate. People usually begin with Fixed Authentication (the easiest to configure, but not secure so it’s only good for Proof of Concept demonstrations), then do Windchill Authentication before tackling PingFederate. Windchill Authentication can take a couple of days while Webexing with us to get working, but for PingFederate we plan several Webexes over a period of 8 days for a typical install. During that time you will be coordinating with other administrators (such as the AD admin) and waiting for emails etc. to get remote admin tasks done as part of the install. Be prepared, timewise.
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In this blog I will be testing with the WindchillSwaggerConnector, but most of the steps also apply to the generic SwaggerConnector.     Overview   The WindchillSwaggerConnector enables the connection to the Windchill REST endpoints through the Swagger (OpenAPI) specification. It is a specialized implementation of the SwaggerConnector. See Integration Connectors for documentation.   It relies on three components : Integration Runtime : microservice that runs outside of ThingWorx and has to be deployed separately, it uses Web Socket to communicate with the ThingWorx platform (similar to EMS). Integration Subsystem : available by default in 7.4 (not extension needed) Integration Connectors (WindchillSwaggerConnector) : available by default in 7.4 (not extension needed)   Currently, in 7.4, the WindchillSwaggerConnector  does not support SSO with Windchill (it is more targeted for a "gateway type" integration). Note that the PTC Navigate PDM apps are using the WindchillConnector and not the WindchillSwaggerConnector.   Integration Runtime microservice setup   The ThingWorx Integration Runtime is a microservice that runs outside of ThingWorx. It can run on the ThingWorx server or a remote machine. It is available for download from the ThingWorx Marketplace (Windows or Linux). The installation media contains 2 files : 1 JAR and 1 JSON configuration file.   For this demo, I'm installing the Integration Runtime on a remote machine and will not be using SSL.   1. Prerequisite for the Integration Runtime : Oracle Jre 8 (and of course a ThingWorx 7.4 platform server accessible) 2. Create an ApplicationKey in the composer for the Integration Runtime to use for communication to the ThingWorx platform. 3. Configure the Integration Runtime communication - ThingWorx host, port, appKey, ... - this is done on the Integration Runtime server via the JSON configuration file.   My integrationRuntime-settings.json (sslEnable=false, storagePath is ignored) : { "traceRoutes": "true", "storagePath": "/ThingworxStorage", "Thingworx": {     "appKey": "1234abcd-xxxx-yyyy-zzzz-5678efgh",     "host": "twx74neo",     "port": "8080",     "basePath": "/Thingworx",     "sslEnable": "false",     "ignoreSSLErrors": "true"   } } Note : It is important to completely remove the "SSL": {} block when not using SSL   4. Launch the Integration Runtime service (update the JAR and JSON filenames if needed) java -DconfigFile=integrationRuntime-settings.json -jar integration-runtime-7.4.0-b12.jar The Integration Runtime service uses Web Socket to communicate with the ThingWorx platform (similar to EMS). It registers itself with the ThingWorx platform.   Monitoring the Integration Runtime microservice        In the ThingWorx composer : Monitoring > Subsystems > Integration Subsystem      SMAINENTE1D1 is the hostname of my Integration Runtime server.   Custom WindchillSwaggerConnector implementation   Use the New Composer UI (some setting, such as API maps, are not available in the ThingWorx legacy composer) 1. Create a DataShape that is used to map the attributes being retrieved from Windchill WNCObjectDS : oid, type, name (all fields of type STRING)   2. Create a Thing named WNC11Connector that uses WindchillSwaggerConnector as Thing Template 3. Setup the Windchill connection under WNC11Connector > Configuration Authentication Type = fixed (SSO currently not supported) Username = <Windchill valid user> Password = <password for the Windchill user> Base URL : <Windchill app URL> (e.g. http://wncserver/Windchill)   4. Create an API maps under WNC11Connector > Services and API Maps > API Maps (New Composer only) My API Map : New API Map Mapping ID : FindBasicObjectsMap EndPoint : findObjects (choose the first one) Select DataShape : WNCObjectDS (created at step 1) and map the following attributes : name <- objName ($.items.attributes) type <- typeId ($.items) oid <- id ($.items)   After pressing [done] verify that the API ID is '/objects GET' (and not /structure/objects - otherwise recreate the mapping and choose the other findObjects endpoint). 5. Create a "Route" service under WNC11Connector > Services and API Maps > Services (New Composer only) Name : FindBasicObjects Type (Next to [Done] button) : Route Route Info | Endpoint : findObjects (same as step 4) Route Info | Mapping ID : FindBasicObjectsMap-xxxx created at step 4 Testing our custom WindchillSwaggerConnector   Test the WNC11Connector::FindBasicObjects service Note that the id (oid) and typeId (type) are returned by default by the /objects REST API - objName has to be explicitly requested.   Monitoring the Integration Connector        In the ThingWorx composer : Monitoring > Integration Connectors
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