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MBeans deprecated in favor of Pega API

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

The use of MBeans for cluster management has been deprecated, although MBeans will continue to function for legacy deployments. The recommended best practice for automating system management is to use the Pega API. For more information, see Pega API.

Tomcat log files moved to work directory

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.2

For Tomcat application server users, the default path for PRPC logs has been changed to the "work" directory for Catalina. For example:

<tomcat>\work\Catalina\localhost\prweb

This directory can be cleaned up during administration. To avoid loss of files, you can redirect logging to a different directory after installation:

  1. Navigate to the <tomcat-home>\webapps\prweb\WEB-INF\classes directory.
  2. Open the prlogging.xml file.
  3. Locate the "appender" definitions section that contains the "@{web.tmpdir}" string
  4. Update the FileNamePattern values to point to the new directory.

For more details, refer to the “Change the default path to PRPC logs” section in the Tomcat installation guide for your database.

REST APIs added for management of agents and requestors

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

You can use new REST APIs to download a module version report or manage requestors and agents in Pega Platform™. For example, you can use a requestor REST API to end a requestor process, and you can use an agent REST API to start or stop an agent. These APIs allow external systems to report and manage Pega resources.

For more information, see Pega API for Pega Platform and Pega API.

Automatically populate columns on import

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

If an imported archive file adds columns to existing tables, Pega Platform ™ can automatically expose and populate the new columns during the import. For more information, see Import wizard.

Automatically revalidate and save classes after upgrade

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

To automatically revalidate and save classes after an upgrade, edit the product rule definition. After you upgrade the application, the classes you specify are revalidated and saved under the application version context you provide. If the application version exists on the target system before the upgrade, the revalidate and save process is not called.

For more information about editing the product rule, see Specifying product rule deployment options.

Add and populate new indexes on import

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

If you import an archive that includes new indexes, use the Import wizard advanced mode to schedule a post-import job to automatically add and populate the new indexes. For more information, see Import wizard.

Archival support added to cases in Pega Cloud

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

You can now create an archival policy to move inactive cases from Pega Cloud to secondary storage. By periodically purging entries from your database, you can improve application performance.

For more information, see Case archiving.

Resolve Job Scheduler and Queue Processor rules with the AsyncProcessor requestor type

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

Use the new AsyncProcessor requestor type to define a default dynamic context to resolve background rules such as Job Scheduler and Queue Processor rules. Switch to an application-based context after you create your own access groups, to resolve only the rules that are included in your application.

For more information, see AsyncProcessor requestor type.

Support for an external Elasticsearch cluster for on-premises deployments

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

On-premises customers can configure an Elasticsearch cluster that is external to the Pega Platform™ by using client-server mode. Using an external search configuration makes Elasticsearch more highly available and scalable. 

You can view the status of your external Elasticsearch service on the Search landing page. For more information, see link to Viewing the status of an external search service.

REST APIs for system management

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

New REST APIs are available for reports, agent management, requestor management, cache management, queue processing, and node management. Call these APIs to troubleshoot issues, or perform administrative functions in Cloud applications.

For more information, see Pega API.

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