Test Data Manager

Tech Tip: Applying the Fast Data Masker License

  • 1.  Tech Tip: Applying the Fast Data Masker License

    Posted 03-23-2016 11:50 AM

    Hi all, we have had some confusion around applying the Fast Data Masker (FDM) license, so I wrote up a document on how to do this.

    You will be able to find this knowledge base article, along with others at http://www.ca.com/us/support/ca-support-online/support-by-product/ca-test-data-manager.aspx 



    This document covers requesting, applying, and activating a license for Fast Data Masker.



    CA Test Data Manager (TDM) requires a compound license for Datamaker and all other components, including Fast Data Masker (FDM). You will be applying the same key you received for TDM, also known as Datamaker, for FDM’s license activation.

    If you do not already have a TDM or FDM license, you can request one using a Customer Care Case Request form: https://support.ca.com/irj/portal/anonymous/customercare

    Provide your Enterprise Site ID, Product Name (CA Test Data Manager or Fast Data Masker), and release number.

    When the request is processed, you will receive an activation key by email in the form of a text file. The key should be one long line of alphanumeric characters.



    Fast Data Masker 4.0 and above.

    Note: FDM can be purchased as a stand-alone product, so you might be more familiar with seeing FDM 4.X as the version, or you may know it as part of the TDM installation from version 3.1 and above.



    Unlike applying the license activation key in Datamaker, you will not immediately be prompted to activate the license key in Fast Data Masker after opening the application.

    1. Launch FDM by either double clicking on the icon on your desktop, or going to C:\Program Files\Grid-Tools\FastDataMasker and double clicking on the GTMAPPER.exe.

    2. A ‘Connection Files’ window should appear. Connect to one of the saved profiles you have, or create a new one to connect to. This will include entering in the Connection Name, DBMS, Service Name, User Name, Password, Host Name, Port, and Default Schema of the database you are wanting to use for masking. Click the ‘Save’ button, and then the ‘Connect’ button.

         Note: You will not see any underscores you type inside this connection window. It will look like there is a space there instead. For example, ‘connect_test’ will appear as ‘connect test’. If you get an error about the ‘Connection Name’, make sure the      name starts with the word ‘connect’ before it.

    3. Fast Data Masker will only prompt you for the license activation key once you have run a masking job, so you will need to create a simple test mask. While on the ‘Masking’ tab, choose a table and column to mask, as well as what the masked data should be replaced with.

         Note: You can also use a previously created masking scenario by clicking on the ‘Open Saved Mask’ button at the bottom, right-hand corner of the screen.

    4. In the ‘Options’ tab, you will set your masking preferences. For this scenario, we recommend running the masking job in 'Simulation' mode, meaning you will not actually be changing your data in the database. To do this, place the letter ‘n’ next to the ‘DBUpdates’ Line.

    5. Go to the 'Summary' tab to review all your masking rules and options that you have chosen. Click on the ‘Save and Run Mask’ button located at the bottom, right-hand corner of the screen. Here you will choose where to save your summary file, which is saved as a CSV file, and where to save your options file, which is saved as a text file.

    6. After saving these file locations, you should then be prompted with a ‘No valid license found. Do you want to enter a new activation key?’ message. Click the ‘Yes’ button.

    7. Paste the contents of the text file you were given for you activation key and click the ‘OK’ button.

    8. You may need to re-save and run the masking job again. If your masking job completes with no errors, then your license has been activated successfully.


    Additional Information:

    If you do experience errors after applying the license, please open a support case.