PLM User Accounts

PLM is enterprise tool and eventually a major part of employees will have a task to do in PLM Tool. Normally PLM Tools provide User account management modules where organizations broadly call it as People and Organization.

User Roles and Responsibilities are well defined in most of the organization and PLM implementation starts with configuring Access for users. But my experience with PLM Implementation project is something confusing.

PLM Tools are deployed as a independent tool. Then administrators start creating user accounts and then roles and then assigning them to on demand basis in some cases organization go for single sign-on or LDAP integration which is another project in itself.

Though this feature has complexities involved, should PLM Vendors not provide a handy way to integrate organization users with ease of operation? Following are thoughts on the way it should be.

  1. After installing PLM Tool in production environment, PLM Tools should have a wizard to integrate available network users directly into PLM Tool.
  2. It should just have a list of users available in Organization which can be seen from PLM Tool.
  3. PLM Tools should provide creation account button/command against each user, which should take administrator to user creation and configuration wizard.
  4. This wizard should be configuration so that it can fetch data related regarding his reporting and department structure so that account approval processes can be integrated within PLM itself.
  5. Like we get task for approvals in PLM, it should be another task to approve user account and assign role by his manager.

If PLM Tools have this type of feature they will provide following benefits.

  1. Adding a user friendly feature to PLM for user accounts.
  2. Complete tracking of user accounts.
  3. Automation of workflows with available information within other tools in organization.
  4. Quality time to invest on other PLM admin activities.
  5. Managers being informed and aware of subordinate’s access and roles.
  6. Reduction in gap of understanding of a functional user of tool and administrator of a tool.

I hope that I see such future in coming days.

thanks and regards
Ashish Kulkarni

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Network Mapping on command line on Windows

Mapping a network drive on windows is very easy using UI tools. It goes this way…

  1. Open Windows explorer
  2. Go to Tools – Map Network Drive
  3. On new window select a letter as Mapped Network Drive (e.g. P: )
  4.  Select a network folder by browsing or just paste network path (e.g. \\hostname\FolderName) and click on Finish

Now you can see a new Drive in your explorer. But what if you want map a drive through a batch script? Yeah, you need to know a command to map network drive from command line. It goes this way.

To map a network drive from command line you need 2 inputs same as above.

  1. Drive Name (e.g. P: )
  2. Network Path (e.g. \\hostname\FolderName)

Now follow the steps below

  1. Go to run and type cmd
  2. On command line enter the following command

This will map your network drive. Now to make sure that you have mapped it correctly, type drive name and hit enter. E.g. P: hit enter. Now user dir command to list all directories and files. You can also go to explorer and check that new drive is available.

– Ashish Kulkarni

How to Use the Traceroute Command

Today, we were sitting in canteen and discussing about having basic knowledge about Networking. Everyone should have basic knowledge of networking. But that knowledge ends with how to know your IP Address or getting to know MAC Address.

In today’s world we live on internet and its nothing but a web of computers which is nothing but computer network. Some time back I knew hot to reach to a computer to which actually I am pointing to. But I could not recollect it today. So I used Google :).

When we connect to a computer using some address like www.hostname.com, we actually go through a series of routers and computers and finally reach to that host. Now how to find the route through which I get to this host? So here is a simple command on Windows – "tracert" followed by address. as give below

tracert www.google.com

This command will give me number of hopping points through which I will finally reach the computer on which this website is hosted. So this is what I revised ( as I knew it earlier 🙂 ) today. So this post is to not to forget this command again.

Here is the output of command

tracert http://www.indiagetonline.in

Tracing route to ghs.l.google.com [209.85.175.121]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1     1 ms     1 ms     1 ms  192.168.1.1
  2    25 ms    23 ms    23 ms  117.195.64.1
  3    24 ms    22 ms    23 ms  218.248.164.74
  4    60 ms    60 ms    59 ms  218.248.255.82
  5    63 ms    55 ms    55 ms  59.163.206.161.static.chennai.vsnl.net.in [59.163.206.161]
  6    57 ms    56 ms    56 ms  172.31.35.198
  7     *        *        *     Request timed out.
  8    56 ms    56 ms    56 ms  59.163.25.46.static.vsnl.net.in [59.163.25.46]
  9    56 ms    55 ms    55 ms  180.87.36.53
10    60 ms    56 ms    56 ms  if-7-2.tcore1.MLV-Mumbai.as6453.net [180.87.36.33]
11    56 ms    58 ms    57 ms  if-2-2.tcore2.MLV-Mumbai.as6453.net [180.87.38.2]
12    57 ms    55 ms    56 ms  216.6.13.14
13    61 ms    56 ms    55 ms  209.85.241.52
14    84 ms    82 ms    72 ms  209.85.251.95
15   201 ms   202 ms   204 ms  66.249.94.38
16   127 ms   202 ms   203 ms  209.85.241.173
17   140 ms   200 ms   205 ms  66.249.94.126
18   142 ms   202 ms   202 ms  nx-in-f121.1e100.net [209.85.175.121]

Trace complete.

Happy tracing. :)​