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I find myself needing to know a lot of things specific to Windchill in order to manage and support Windchill. This makes sense, but some of the things don't.
Modern applications don't use xml files for import/export, they use json if it's machine driven and yml if it's administrator driven.
I find myself often wrapping some management functions in scripts that we design in-house and take yaml files as input.
Many companies are moving toward an Infrastructure-as-code methodology, or at least a devops centered practice in their system administration. A very accessible engine that helps with this is Ansible.
It would be nice if PTC were to provide Ansible Role(s) to help us maintain our Windchill installations.
I would expect it to maintain the following aspects:
* wtSafeArea managed Customizations
* wt.load.LoadFromFile functions (export and import)
* general system interactions (start, stop, restart method servers, other useful mbean functions)
This would be a little difficult to get started, but once started you could release it onto github and ansible galaxy, allowing for open development of the role.
In 2022, this idea is even more compelling.
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