Our team is very excited to announce the general availability of the Endevor Web Interface, which provides Endevor users with a more accessible and streamlined way of managing package approvals.
Featuring a front end built on an award-winning framework, the Endevor Web Interface enables approvers to take action on packages directly in their browser. The new interface allows package approvers to:
Easily filter for specific packages that they need to reference or take action on
Drill down into the details of a package, from basic attributes to element history, inventory information, and the associated SCL.
Analyze the changes to the elements with clear highlighted of what was added, updated, or deleted
Approve or deny packages with the option of providing explanatory notes
The Endevor Web Interface is available for download in the following PTFs:
Endevor version 18.1: LU11407
Endevor version 19.0: LU11083
We recommend that you deploy the Endevor Web Interface to the same Tomcat server where you are running Endevor Web Services. For instructions on deployment and configuration, see our documentation here: Install Endevor Web Interface
If you have any questions or comments about the Endevor Web Interface, don't hesitate to reach out to us!
Congratulations to the team for all their hard work towards this significant milestone! For those that haven't seen it, Zach has an excellent blog covering this new component out on the Modern Mainframe blog site.
I want to share an important update regarding the original release. There was an error with the notification exit updates in the original PTFs. Now if you apply the numbers noted above, the following PTFs with fixes will be applied:
Thank you for your understanding.
We released the Endevor Web Interface in a PTF as the most consumable method of the new application for our customers (rather than a Solution in the Support Downloads page). So indeed it was a new feature of Endevor, just provided in PTFs.
The newer PTFs represent fixes for an issue reported around the email notification exit (part of the overall workflow for the Endevor Web Interface includes having the URL included in email notifications from Endevor).
I hope that clarifies the situation.
Yes, that's correct.
We have encountered 2 bugs in the feature that need to be recognized as bugs and addressed asap.
1) Are you aware that apparently the Web UI for Package Approvals does not support external approver groups?
2) There is a 10 minute time-out limit on usage. Even if the developer is in the middle of a session, it times out after 10 minutes. We can accept a 10-minute idle period but not 10 minutes period.
This UI is being seen as a integral component of introducing packages at the site. These shortfalls need to be addressed asap.
1) Unfortunately, z/OS and passtickets have a limitation with a maximum timeout of 10 minutes, set by IBM. Adhering to best practices, it's essential to use Pass Tickets, particularly to support MFA. Zowe API/ML offers a solution by automating the refresh and regeneration of Pass Tickets, potentially resolving this inconvenience in the near future. Beyond this, API/ML introduces several critical enterprise-grade features to the Endevor API, including reverse proxy, high availability, and load balancing. These advancements will greatly enhance authentication processes, especially for certificate-based authentication in Bridge for Git. You can find guidance in the Endevor Web Interface Installation Guide.
2) We've identified a bug and are actively addressing it for resolution. Our team is working diligently to implement a fix at the earliest opportunity. While the fix may not immediately enable the display of group members, it should facilitate the approval process by providing a notification if you're not authorized. We will reach out as soon as we have the fix in place.
Please don't hesitate to reach out in case you have anymore questions.
------------------------------Zach MullenProduct Owner, Integrations for Enterprise DevOpszachariah.email@example.com------------------------------