August 2012

Validating a ConnectionConfigurationMap.ccm file : ccmReader

When setting up a G/Technology environment, one of the boring things always is getting your ConnectionConfigurationMap.ccm right. One way to see what ddc-file is causing you trouble is use sysinternals Process Monitor tool and see what the last ddc-file read by the G3E-executable was. The next file immediately following that file in your ConnectionConfigurationMap.ccm then is the cause of your problem. This approach works but is very boring and can take a lot of time. Therefore, I created a tool called ‘ccmReader’ which stands for ConnectionConfigurationMap Reader and its soal purpose is to check the validness of a ConnectionConfigurationMap.ccm file.

CcmReader’s usage is as follows :

ccmReader [-v] [-l] [-c CONF] [-dumplang] [-showlang] [-help] ConnectionConfigurationMap.ccm

So what does it do ? Let’s say you have the following ConnectionConfigurationMap.ccm section and the F152-DetailVerwijzing.ddc file is missing:


CcmReader then would output the following :

DDC file is missing

DDC file is missing

The output tells you that there are two files which should be present according to the ConnectionConfigurationMap.ccm file but could not be read : d:MAPFILESGEOSDDC9.4F152-DetailVerwijzing.ddc and d:MAPFILESGEOSDDC9.4F152-DetailVerwijzing.cdt. So without even trying to start G/Designer, Netviewer or G/Netplot you know it will not work since your configuration is wrong and you need to fix it. Once you have corrected the errors and each file can be found, the tool will not output anything unless you used the verbose (-v) flag :

Verbose option

Verbose option

I use this tool very often in my day-to-day work, and it comes in very handy.

You can download the executable here.

Hope this helps, Stephan

G/Technology & Microsoft security patch July 2012

Installing Microsoft Security Patches for july 2012 on a machine where G/Technology Netviewer server is installed may lead to problems. This has been confirmed  by Intergraph at the Intergraph Customer support website:

Support Notice
Microsoft Security Patches for July 2012
July 19, 2012

Based on Intergraph SG&I’s Quality Assurance testing of the Microsoft Security Patches for July 2012 we have identified some issues when running the G/Technology suite of products in conjunction with these patches. At this time we don’t recommend G/Technology customers installing the July 2012 Microsoft Security Patches. We will update the Support website with additional details as soon as this problem is resolved.

For more information about Microsoft’s July 2012 updates, refer to the following website:

If you have any questions, please contact the Intergraph – SG&I Help Desk at 1-877-822-8921 for assistance.