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@Glassboy: we have a fixed license in this test.

So, the fact is: EA opens slow when connected to the VPN, and the PC makes calls to the  LDAP server. The LDAP server delays the answer, and when it answers, EA opens. But why?

Use Microsoft Process Monitor and capture a trace on VPN.  Then filter on the EA executable and associated tree.  You'll see what EA is trying to do at the network level.

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I would keep your Sparx EA template as simple as possible with standard headers and then link it to a proper template from your word document.

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In the network trace for the VPN are you seeing the Sparx EA client access the licence server?

With license sever do you mean the LDAP server? if so, no. We just can see the attemps of the PC over the net (not the individual apps).
If you mean the EA server license, no, we are using site license for the test.

I'm really unsure what you mean.  EA has either fixed or floating licences.  Generally VPN problems are the client not being able to see the licence server because the appropriate ports or IP address are not open through the VPN server.  PCs talk to domain controllers all the time, and unless you've used something like Microsoft Process Monitor to verify that EA is making a call to the DC it's probably a red herring.

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In the network trace for the VPN are you seeing the Sparx EA client access the licence server?




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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Archimate connector stereotype labels
« on: July 17, 2018, 10:59:01 am »
Yes and no.  The Open Group ArchiMate members aren't clear on when ArchiMate is like UML and when it really isn't.  If they were the Sparx implementation would be better.

The most visible members of the ArchiMate working group are competing tool manufacturers, so there is a competitive advantage in them being vague.   

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Suggestions and Requests / Re: Archimate connector stereotype labels
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:15:48 am »
... its not really new is it?
It was not my contention that Archimate is new - I was referring to an earlier statement by Simon from Sparx where he stated that "The ArchiMate technology defines a new language".  I interpreted this as meaning that the Archimate MDG in Sparx implements a new language (on top of the base UML).

If we are going to be more nuanced.  ArchiMate is not UML.  According to the ArchiMate working group, ArchiMate is sometimes like UML and sometimes not.  I generally see Dr Seuss style illustrations when I read/hear this.

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General Board / Re: Need Help TLS1.2
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:10:44 am »
Both EA and the Cloud Server are being updated to allow the new driver. Question though, are you really connecting to your SQL Server database over an insecure network that requires TLS to be used?

Security best practices are generally not to connect directly to a database server from a fat client, and to treat user networks as untrusted and little better than the Internet.

I suspect most large organisations that have implemented EA have had to have a security exemption.  I know of some that have tried to force users to consume it by Citrix only (which is horrendous).

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General Board / Re: Help - element and connector labels
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:39:58 pm »
Specifically for connectors, the 'label visibility' suggests that there are top and bottom labels for middle, source, target and realized item.  By default, it appears that the connector name is set into the middle top label and the stereotype into the middle bottom.  But how are the others set ?

I'm not anywhere near a machine with Sparx EA on it but look at the other tabs for the properties of a connector.  On the one with the multiplicity/cardinality you can set the source and target descriptions. 

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Bugs and Issues / Re: EA14: More archimate relationship errors ?
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:23:18 am »
Can anyone confirm the same behaviour and / or convince me that they are actually invalid ?

They're all valid realisation relationships.

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General Board / Re: Maintaining mapping from current to future state
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:15:33 am »
Kurt was Last Active: 2009-07-09.  If there is something you want to discuss, start your own thread with your own question in it rather than creating zombies.

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General Board / Re: Smart alignment and element resizing
« on: July 09, 2018, 07:41:51 am »
Hi, as of EA 14 diagram layout seems to insist that there is a minimum distance between an element and enclosing element, for example a state withing a state machine. Any way to switch this off? It is frustrating to permanently get reminded that EA thinks that it knows better how to layout a diagram and place elements.

I suspect this maybe part of the shapescript.

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General Board / Re: Advice on creating Arcimate reports from diagrams
« on: July 07, 2018, 02:27:34 pm »
I think that it is frustrating that such good a product as EA suck so badly when it comes to one of the main tasks an architect faces - communication. What good is a model if I can't communicate it with stakeholders?

When I first started using Sparx EA I did two days of training and a significant part of that was generating documentation.  I've automated all sorts of architectural documentation over the last decade.

I tend not to document diagrams.  Diagrams represent a single view of a model, and I've never come across an example where it wasn't the model that actually needed to be documented.

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General Board / Re: Stealing a floating license from a user
« on: July 07, 2018, 02:22:33 pm »
Does anyone know whether it's possible to steal a floating license that has been checked out by a user? An example use case would be if the user opens EA but forgets to close it before going on vacation. We're using EA Professional Floating.

You can log out users.

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General Board / Re: Advice - to nest or to compose ?
« on: June 28, 2018, 02:27:24 pm »
Whilst I don't disagree with your statement and the follow on comments, I'm interested as to how this relates to the original request (assuming it does ?)
I see the same confusion with stock standard UML - wrt to explicit composition as opposed to implict nesting, from a model perspective

The ArchiMate specification says

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Nesting elements inside other elements can be used as an alternative graphical notation to express structural relationships.
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which is a bit more profligate than UML.  While there may be the same confusion, in my experience it's more contained and less problematic. 


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General Board / Re: Advice - to nest or to compose ?
« on: June 28, 2018, 01:04:02 pm »
No, I think it's just not been thought through before they implemented.  It's a Sparx issue, not ArchiMate.  For me, it's a "first principles" thing - as per my reply in Re: Versioning with composed components.

Any standard that is vague invites different interpretations, which will appear as not being well thought through.   

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