release management Questions

Hello All, 

We call deploy scripts(cmd files) through our own make xml files from cruisecontrol. In the deploy CMD files there is error level return explicitly mentioned. But still cruise control does not catch the errors. Logs show it as failed but reports sucessfull. Below is how we call deploy scripts. 

1. from cruisecontrol config.xml we call our own xml file like below

<schedule  >

 <ant anthome="C:\bea103\modules\org.apache.ant_1.6.5" 





2. and that mybuild.xml content is as below 

<target name="xxxx">

       <exec dir="V:\xxx\xxx\xxx" executable="cmd.exe" output="checkETSApps.txt">

    <arg line="/c deploy.cmd"/>



3. and deploy.cmd content is as below 

call deploybackend.cmd(this telnets with servers)


What are we missing here. Please advise. 


By Kapila Narang - March 17, 20132 Answers

Wondering if such profile exist in industry where one SC Expert can startup a small Consultancy on SCM Setup in new companies or enhance existing SCM profiling using best practices. Something like freelancing kinda.

Would be great knowing such people & companies which started at small scale & how it turned up. If anything such exist in India? How is the response ?

By Bob Aiello - March 10, 20137 Answers

Hi everyone,

my esteemed colleague Marc Bools and I have started working on bringing back the CM Wiki and we want you to help us with the design and requirements of a new CM Wiki!!!

Here is a hight level list of the topics from the old wiki. This is your chance to help!!

Topics you will find in the CM web 


  • Configuration Management 
  • Software Configuration Management 
  • Build Management 
  • Change Management 


  • CM Tools - Software and tools for Change and Configuration Control - HCM/SCM 
  • CM Integrations - Integration of CM tools with other tools 
  • Frequently Asked Questions 

Concepts and theories: 

  • ConfigurationManagementBodyOfKnowledge (a.k.a. CMBoK ™) 
  • CM versus SCM - Thoughts on the differences between the terms CM and SCM 
  • CM Metrics - What you could gain in time and money when using CM. 
  • CM Metaphors and Analogies -- metaphors and analogies for describing CM 

Processes and practices: 

  • Agile Development and Agile SCM - Ideas on Agile Development and how it affects CM 
  • Configuration Management Process 
  • Change Management Process 
  • Branching and Merging for Parallel Development 
  • CM and Web Engineering 
  • CM and Databases 

Templates and Examples: 

  • CM Templates - Quick templates to help you start implementing a CM solution 


  • TBD 


  • Suite Vs Best Of Breed 
  • SCM Readings - Some recommended SCM books and papers 
  • History of CM 
  • WhosWhoInSCM  

Starting points

  • TBD 

What other topics should we include?? How do we provide more value from our new and improved CM Wiki.

Drop me a line and get involved!

Bob Aiello
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Hi everyone,

as always we love to get YOUR input on which topics we should be covering in the coming months. 
Obviously, DevOps is hot, Cloud & Mobile are essential. We have had many issues dedicated to CM for Small Teams, Process and more process and tips and strategies for Build Engineers.

What topics would you like us to cover? What topics would you like to write about yourself??
(Hint - I will help you! - just contact me directly)

Bob Aiello
Editor in Chief
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Dear All,

I would like to know the SCM tools that are used for technologies such as Cloud Computing. Seen from this perspective, has anything changed with regards to the ITIL processes? For instance, with cloud computing, servers and application softwares are maintained by thirdparty companies such as Amazon. So, when development needs to release and deploy a software package, what ITIL processes have changed (if any)? I imagine that the SCM processes would be lean for cloud computing - correct me if I am wrong?



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Hi Everyone!

this is a great time to get involved with CM Crossroads by submitting your own articles on software and systems development. CM Crossroads has always had a strong focus on Configuration Management within the full software and systems lifecycle and this means that we are interested in articles on a wide array of topics. Contact me directly to get involved with submitting your own articles and I will help you with getting started, forming your ideas and editing your article for publication.

Common topics include:

  • Build and Release Engineering
  • Source Code Management including branching and streams
  • Deployment Engineering (DevOps)
  • Development in the Cloud
  • Configuration Management (including the CMDB)
  • Continuous Integration and Deployment
  • Environment Management
  • Change Management

    and much more! 

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Hi All,

As a configuration engineer, what all are the points we need to discuss, or what all are the questions to be asked to decide which version control tool can be used for a new project developement?

Many of us support automated Windows installation. I have used MS Build for some time and most recently got to play with ClickOnce which is great. But what about legacy Windows applications? Do you still use Wise or InstallShield? What are the best practices and best products for supporting legacy windows application installation?

Bob Aiello
Editor in Chief
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By Bob Aiello - February 10, 20131 Answer

DevOps means a lot of things to different people. I would like to start a discuss here on exactly what DevOps means to you. 

What do you think DevOps really means? Is it important? If so, why is it important?

Bob Aiello
Editor in Chief, CM Crossoroads
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How does everyone like the new CM Crossroads website?

Bob Aiello
Editor in Chief


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