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Summary: CAST AIP 8.3.8 introduces a number of features and changes as listed below.

Technology support changes

Please see Technology coverage changes in CAST AIP 8.3.x for more detailed discussion of this subject.

Maven discovery limitation removed

The limitation documented here has been removed when using the JEE analyzer with CAST AIP ≥ 8.3.8.

Installation and deployment

CAST Server Manager - CLI

Two new commands have been added - see Automating CAST Server Manager installation tasks for more details. 

Note that -INSTALL_CONFIG_FILE and -UPGRADE are deprecated and you should use the above commands instead.

-INSTALL_COMBINED

This option is equivalent to the Schema Installation option in the GUI for "combined" and will:

-MODIFY_COMBINED

This option is a multi-functional command that is aimed at two scenarios:

Upgrade

Batch script

A change has been made to the upgrade batch script - previously it was necessary to specify a <mngt_prefix> in CASTUpgrade_Schemas.txt. This option has been changed and now it is necessary to specify the full name of the Management Service schema:

<management_schema_name>:<extension_list_to_install>:<assessmentModelUpgrade>:<discoverers_to_enable>

CAST Transaction Configuration Center

Excluding items as "technical" objects on a per-snapshot basis

When the default Automated Enhancement Points (AEP) measure is in use for snapshot generation (the default measure), it is now possible to configure all objects in an Excluded Item set as "technical" objects on a per-snapshot basis.  In other words:

Values for previous snapshots will not be impacted by this new option, which is in contrast to excluding objects in the Enhancement node, which is global to all snapshots.

Objects can be set as "technical" in any of the sub-nodes of the Excluded Items node:

Enhancement node - exclusion behavior change

In CAST AIP 8.3.8 the behaviour of exclusions in the Enhancment node was changed as follows:

Enhancement node - layout changes

The button Recompute checksums and snapshot statuses has now been removed and is now available as a right click menu option on the snapshot:

A new option is available in the right click menu to view the excluded objects in the selected snapshot:

This dialog is then displayed: the Processed in snapshot column indicates the status of the object's exclusion in the current snapshot and the Exclude type column shows how the object was excluded (through a "set", or manually in the Enhancement node):

A right click on an object in the Show excluded objects dialog and then selecting Snapshots will display a new dialog listing the exclusion status of the object in each snapshot where the object is present (Processed column):

The Keep existing exclusion checkbox has been removed from Shared objects exclusion dialog box. Now the objects identified by the sharing counter will be excluded and appended to the already existing exclusion objects. If needed, you can un-exclude any objects in the Enhancement Panel:

Additional column "ORIGIN" displayed in AETP export list

When using the Export List of Objects button in the Enhancement node, a new column has been added to the output .CSV file. This column is called "ORIGIN" and indicates: