bcpToolkit #19

Screen Shot 2018-07-20 at 16.32.32With this year, we started a LOAD initiative. On our new website, launched recently with the release of the 2019 products, LOAD has become one of our 3 pillars (LOAD-ENHANCE-CONNECT). We want to make loading data into Vault much easier, predictable and repeatable.

Today, we proudly announce the release of our new bcpToolkit version 19, which supports Vault 2019 BCP format. The new bcpToolkit contains the bcpViewer (formerly bcpChecker), the bcpDevkit and new PowerShell Command-lets.

The bcpToolkit is the perfect toolkit when you have large and complex data loading tasks against Vault. For instance, you have a huge set of files on your file system and want to bring them into Vault. You could try with the regular tools like Autoloader or Inventor task scheduler, but you will quickly run into limitation. With the bcpToolkit you can create your custom loading tool (give a look to the bcpMaker), which applies the rules and behaviors that fits to your situation. For instance, you can import Inventor assemblies, even if the references are not 100% correct. With other tools, those files would remain outside of Vault. The references will not be fixed via the import, but you don’t have to leave anything behind. Or you may want to set a portion of your files into state released or obsolete. Or you have an additional data set, like an export from your ERP, which you like to combine you’re your files. With the bcpToolkit you can create a custom BCP package, which contains exactly the settings you want and import it into Vault in a faster and complete way.

Another example is the migration from a competitive or legacy system to Vault. In this case, you want to retain your history, and the data must match the target Vault configuration. With the bcpToolkit it’s possible to create a custom tool that pulls the data from your current system and brings them in shape for your new target Vault. Within the bcpToolkit you will find also tools like the bcpViewer, which allows you to preview the BCP import package before the effective import.

The bcpChecker is now bcpViewer, and focuses on letting you preview a BCP package before a 10+ hour import into Vault. You have a Vault like UI where you can navigate through your folders, view your files, revisions and iterations, references, items, BOMs, and so verify that everything is at the right place in the right shape. Opening a large BCP package just takes little time. By opening a BCP package, it will be translated into a local SQLite database. This is necessary in order to deal with very large datasets. Doing so, next time you open the same package, it’s even faster.

The new PowerShell command-lets, allows you to open (convert from XML to SQLite), export (SQLite to XML) and close a BCP package via command-line. This makes it possible to write a script that applies changes to your BCP package and you can run your script over and over again, without manual interaction. Here is a sample on how a script could look like: https://support.coolorange.com/support/solutions/articles/22000228087-how-to-rename-properties-of-a-bcp-package. In this sample, a BCP package is loaded (transformed from XML to SQLite), then a user defined property gets renamed (for all files) to match the new target Vault and then exported again to BCP. This script can now be executed over and over with the given BCP package. The new command-lets will open new possibilities to quickly manipulate BCP packages.

The bcpDevikit gets now installed with the bcpToolkit. One setup – many tools inside. The setup installs the bcpDevkit into the GAC, so that when you start Visual Studio, you can right away reference the bcpDevkit and get started. Here is a walk though for creating your first custom BCP package http://www.coolorange.com/wiki/doku.php?id=bcptoolkit:getting_started:using_the_bcpdevkit.

Bottom line, the new bcpToolkit is simple to install, it contains powerful tools for BCP creation and review, and the new command-lets will make it easy to manipulate BCP packages. Check it out on http://www.coolorange.com.

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