Configuring an Environmental Policy

Environmental policies allow you to set common configurations that apply to multiple packages, preventing you from duplicating company-wide preferences in each package. These global configurations can include command line and VM arguments and package properties, global config.ini and workspace settings, and add-on software.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to:

  • Add a new environmental policy
  • Set config.ini properties
  • Set global workspace tasks
  • Set global software add-ons

Duration Time: 10 Minutes

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1. Add a New Environmental Policy

  1. Click Environmental Policies under Policies in the Admin Console navigation. Alternatively, you can access the Environmental Policies page by clicking the View Policies link on a package's Configuration tab.

    Note: To edit settings for an existing policy, select the policy in the Environmental Policies section.
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    Setting an environmental policy
  2. Click addIcon in the Environmental Policies section to create a new policy, or click duplicate_pkg_icon to create a new policy by duplicating another.

    The Environmental Policies section lists the environmental policies available for use. These are listed in the Environmental Policy drop-down list on a package's Configuration tab. When you select a policy in the list, the Used In section displays the packages that use the policy.
    To remove a policy, select it, and click remove_icon. Before removing a policy, be sure no packages use the policy.
    To make a policy the default, select it, and click set_default_icon. However, before you can make a policy the default, you must first roll out the policy by promoting it.
  3. Enter a title for the environmental policy, and click OK. This title appears in the Environmental Policy drop-down list on a package's Configuration tab. The title also appears in the Title field of the Selected Environmental Policy section.

    The Selected Environmental Policy section allows you to set command line and VM arguments, config.ini properties, and global workspace and software settings.
  4. To set command line and VM arguments, click in the respective area, and type the commands. Each argument must be on its own line. You can set arguments specific to an operating system by clicking the appropriate operating system tab and entering the arguments.

    To target a specific architecture, add an argument prefix of (x86) or (x86_64). This allows you to target installations on 32-bit or 64-bit architectures, respectively.

2. Set config.ini Properties

  1. Click Properties in the Selected Environmental Policy section.
  2. To set properties specific to an operating system, clicking the appropriate operating system tab.
  3. Click addIcon, to add a new property. 
    To edit a property, select it in the list, and click edit_arguments_icon. To delete a property, select it in the list, and click remove_icon.
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    Configuring properties for an environmental policy

3. Set Global Workspace Tasks

Set workspace tasks for all packages using this environmental policy.

  1. Click Workspace in the Selected Environmental Policy section.
  2. To set tasks specific to an operating system, clicking the appropriate operating system tab.
  3. Click addIcon, to add a new task.
    To delete a task, select it in the list, and click remove_icon. Use the arrows to change task order.
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    Configuring global workspace tasks for an environmental policy

4. Set Global Software Add-ons

Select software to include in all packages using this environmental policy.

  1. Click Software in the Selected Environmental Policy section.
  2. From the list of available extra software, expand a software list, select the software you want to add, and click addIcon.

    In the Available Extra Software section, you can select third-party add-ons to include in packages using this policy. Standard add-ons from Eclipse Discovery and others are listed by default and come from the Eclipse Discovery and other packs you installed. Click import_update_site_icon to specify software update sites from which to include third-party software. When you choose software from an update site, it is included in the Available Extra Software list. See Importing Third-Party Software for more information.

    The Selected Extra Software section lists all software you added from the Available Extra Software section. To remove an item from the list, select the software, and click remove_icon. To remove multiple software, click remove_multiple_icon. This opens a window that allows you to select multiple software to remove.
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    Selecting extra software for an environmental policy