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IBM And Their Nefarious Plot To Drive Me Out Of My Mind

Gabriella Davis  25 July 2008 20:22:03
It's taken them nearly 2 years but finally they're done.  Every since 8.0 came out I have been obsessing over an administration feature which appears on the bottom of the dialog used for editing the recovery information for a certifier.  There it was stuck down the bottom - a button saying  'Automate' and no amount of searching through technotes and help documentation would tell me why.  Even more interesting when you click on it you got another dialog box asking for the RAA Server(!) and RAA Database(!) - clearly I was missing something somewhere and it's my job to know this stuff so I kept digging.  Occasionally I'd put it aside for a few months until someone would ask me at a conference or in an email to explain what it was and I'd have to say I didn't know but I'd try and find out and back to the drawing board again.  

Imagine my delight then to see that the button has disappeared completely in 8.0.2 and according to this technote published last week - it never served any purpose in the first place.  The admin equivalent of an appendix then.  

At least now I can sleep nights.

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Comments

1Declan Lynch  25/07/2008 23:09:59  IBM And Their Nefarious Plot To Drive Me Out Of My Mind

i think we might see more of this button in 8.5 when the ID Vault comes online with more functionality.

2Gabriella Davis  27/07/2008 19:58:13  IBM And Their Nefarious Plot To Drive Me Out Of My Mind

Not according to the technote - it's an early attempt to add to the CA process which was replaced but not removed. I guess we'll see if it comes back to haunt me :-)