What's new in 6.3.3

This topic introduces the new features and enhancements available in Deployment Automation 6.3.3.

Application process steps

Use these new process steps in your application processes.

Enhancement Description
Steps that run multiple components

Now you can perform the following tasks by using a single step in an application process:

The Run Component Process step

This step enables you run a preconfigured component process that doesn't use versions.

See Run Component Process step.

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Blackouts and cleanups

Use the following enhancements when managing blackouts and cleanups.

Enhancement Description
Deployment history cleanup

Fine-tune how to clear your deployment history and what data to remove. You can schedule a one-time cleanup or run a series of regular cleanups.

Use dynamic conditions to select applications and environments for the cleanup, based on custom rules.

See Schedule deployment history cleanup.

Note: Starting from this version, execution history is renamed to deployment history.

Application exceptions

You can now exclude applications from a global environment blackout. When setting the blackout, provide a list of application exceptions.

See Schedule global environment blackouts.

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Agent and plugin enhancements

Take advantage of these agent and plugin enhancements.

Enhancement Description
Deployment Automation agents use Groovy 3.0.0

For improved security, Deployment Automation agents now use Groovy version 3.0.0.

Note: Plugins from earlier DA versions may not run on agents 6.3.3. Make sure to upgrade your plugins to the latest version.

See Load and upgrade plugins.

Plugins import strategies

The plugins import strategies define the conditions for upgrading plugins during replication import. You can now choose how to import plugins:

  • Upgrade all plugins. During import, upgrade plugins to Groovy 3.0.0.
  • Fail import for old Groovy version. Import only the latest plugin versions that use Groovy 3.0.0, and fail import for plugins with an old Groovy version.
  • Import ignoring old Groovy version. Import plugins as is.

See Plugins import strategies.

Kubernetes CLI plugin

Use the Kubernetes CLI plugin to manage resources in your Kubernetes cloud environment. The plugin requires the Kubernetes command-line tool, kubectl.

See Kubernetes CLI plugin.

Kubernetes REST plugin

Use the Kubernetes REST plugin to work with Kubernetes resources, copy files from or to a pod, and run a command in a pod.

See Kubernetes REST plugin.

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Source configuration types

Use the following enhancements in source configuration types.

Enhancement Description
Support for Artifactory virtual repositories

Deployment Automation now supports Artifactory virtual repositories as an artifact source for your components.

See Artifactory SCT.

To get versions from an Artifactory virtual repository, use the Download Artifacts step of the DA VFS plugin.

Source configuration types in replication export

When you create an export file, you can now include custom source configuration types used in exported components and component templates.

See Export replication data.

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Performance improvements

The following improvements boost Deployment Automation performance.

Enhancement Description
Background jobs for recalculating process requests

Deployment Automation now runs background jobs to recalculate process requests submitted before the upgrade to version 6.3.3. This enables Deployment Automation to speed up the opening and processing of timelines and deployment history.

See Upgrade server configuration.

You can adjust the timeframe for running background jobs, for example, to restrict the jobs to run at a low or no activity time.

See Set conditions for running background jobs.

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User interface and usability

The following UI enhancements provide you with an improved user experience.

Enhancement Description
Updated Timeline calendar view

The calendar view in Deployment, Administration, and Environment Timelines is updated to provide a more concise summary of events and more precise filtering options.

See View deployment timelines.

Permission Status column

The Online Users list has a new Permission Status column that indicates whether all security changes affecting the Deployment and Environment timelines have been applied to the user.

To check a user's permission status, navigate to Administration > Security and select the Online Users tab.

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Defect fixes

For a list of defect fixes in each release, see the Knowledge Base:

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See also: