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Meta Integration® Model Bridge (MIMB)
"Metadata Integration" Solution

README

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright Notice
  2. Release Changes
  3. Installation
    1. System Requirements
    2. Software Requirements
    3. Setup
    4. License Key
  4. Using Meta Integration Model Bridge
  5. License Management
  6. Web Server Management
    1. Advanced Setup
    2. Web Page Customization
    3. Security Considerations
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. Technical Support

1. Copyright Notice

2. Release Changes

Disclaimer on Beta Bridges::
As part of its continuous research and development, MITI may develop prototypes of new bridges. Such bridges may be provided as beta bridges [i.e. marked as "(beta)" or "beta bridge"] to the MIMB OEM Software for the sole purpose of proof of concepts and customer feedback. Such beta bridges are not officially supported, and MITI reserves the rights to discontinue such beta bridges.

v8.1 (GA scheduled for 03/31/2015)
(Warning: some of the proposed features below are under development and may not be released as GA)

v8.0.1 (GA scheduled for 11/30/2014)
(Warning: some of the proposed features below are under development and may not be released as GA)

v7.2 (11/01/2013)

v7.1 (04/05/2013)

v7.0.4 (RC 09/15/2012 > LA 10/05/2012 > GA 10/12/2012)

v7.0.3 (RC 03/31/2012 > LA 04/30/2012 > GA 05/31/2012)

v7.0.2 GA (1/4/2012)

v7.0.1 GA (10/6/2011)

v7.0.0 LA (5/6/2011)
Limited Availability (LA) to OEM Partners for their metadata import/export of Data Modeling and design tools
(Note that version 7.0 was initially labeled as version 6.3, with Beta Early Access for OEM partners on 3/31/2011)

v6.2 (10/15/2010)

v6.1.0 (05/14/2010)

v6.0.6 (12/04/2009)

v6.0.5 (09/28/2009)

v6.0.4 (06/02/2009)

v6.0.3 (01/28/2009)

v6.0.2 (10/31/2008)

v6.0.1 (07/22/2008)

v6.0.0 (05/31/2008)

v5.2.5 only as incremental patches (XX/XX/2008)

v5.2.4 last GA release of 5.x (03/14/2008)

v5.2.3 (12/21/2007)

v5.2.2 (10/01/2007)

v5.2.1 (07/31/2007)

v5.2.0 (06/08/2007)

v5.1.1 (03/23/2007)

v5.1.0 (12/13/2006)

v5.0.6 (10/31/2006)

v5.0.5 (09/06/2006)

v5.0.4 (08/01/2006)

v5.0.3 (07/07/2006)

v5.0.2 (06/02/2006)

v5.0.1 (04/21/2006)

v5.0.0 (03/28/2006)
General improvements:

Other improvements:

v4.3.0 (10/21/2005)

v4.2.4 (09/30/2005)

v4.2.3 (08/30/2005)

v4.2.2 (07/18/2005)

v4.2.1 (06/29/2005)

v4.2.0 (05/27/2005)

v4.1.6 (1/07/2005)

  • v4.1.5 (12/01/2004)

    v4.1.4 (11/24/2004)

    v4.1.3 (10/08/2004)
    WARNING: all libraries have been recompiled because of improvements related to the bridge Manager library

    v4.1.2 (08/27/2004)
    WARNING: The Meta Integration v4.1.2 tools now run on virtually any versions of Windows and Unix operating systems (currently packaged for Sun Solaris and Linux). Consequently, the source code has been upgraded for C++ 98 compliance, and therefore all libraries and executable have been recompiled (even when no modifications were performed).

    v4.1.1 (08/16/2004)

    v4.1.0 (07/23/2004)

    v4.1.0 Release Candidate 1 (07/03/2004)

    v4.1.0 Beta3 (06/17/2004)

    v4.1.0 Beta 2 (05/14/2004)

    v4.1.0 Beta 1 (05/03/2004)

    v4.0.9 (04/09/2004)

    v4.0.8 (03/23/2004)

    v4.0.7 (03/12/2004)

    v4.0.6 (03/08/2004)

    v4.0.5 (02/06/2004)

    v4.0.4 (01/23/2004)

    v4.0.3 (12/19/2003)

  • v4.0.2 (12/15/2003)

    v4.0.1 (11/21/2003)

    v4.0.0 (10/24/2003)
    LICENSE KEY: your current license key may no longer be valid with this version. If so, please contact our technical support.

    v3.1.2 (06/19/2003)

    v3.1.1 (05/29/2003)

    v3.1.1 Beta (05/22/2003)

    v3.1.0 (04/30/2003)
    LICENSE KEY: your current license key may no longer be valid with this version. If so, please contact our technical support.

    v3.1.0 RC1 (04/25/2003)
    LICENSE KEY: your current license key may no longer be valid with this version. If so, please contact our technical support.

    v3.1.0 Beta (04/22/2003)
    LICENSE KEY: your current license key may no longer be valid with this version. If so, please contact our technical support.

    v3.0.10 (02/24/2003)

    v3.0.9 (01/27/2003)

    v3.0.8 (01/03/2003)

    v3.0.7 (11/22/2002)

    v3.0.6 (11/06/2002)

    v3.0.5 (10/18/2002)

    v3.0.4 (09/06/2002)

    v3.0.3 (07/12/2002)

    v3.0.2 (06/12/2002)

    v3.0.1 (05/17/2002)

    v3.0.0 (04/29/2002)
    LICENSE KEY: your current license key may no longer be valid with this version. If so, please contact our technical support.

    v3.0.0 Beta3 (03/22/2002)
    LICENSE KEY: your current license key may no longer be valid with this version. If so, please contact our technical support.

    v3.0.0 Beta2 (02/11/2002)
    LICENSE KEY: your current license key may no longer be valid with this version. If so, please contact our technical support.

    v3.0.0 Beta (12/14/2001)
    LICENSE KEY: your current license key may no longer be valid with this version. If so, please contact our technical support.

    v2.5.1.5 (03/22/2002)

    v2.5.1.4 (12/03/2001)

    v2.5.1.3 (11/19/2001)

    v2.5.1.2 (11/06/2001)

    v2.5.1.1 (10/29/2001)

    v2.5.1 (10/12/2001)

    v2.5.0.4 (10/05/2001)

    v2.5.0.3 (09/07/2001)

    v2.5.0.2 (08/02/2001)

  • v2.5.0.1 (07/30/2001)

  • v2.5.0 (07/13/2001)
    LICENSE KEY: your current license key may no longer be valid with this version. If so, please contact our technical support.

    v2.5.0 Beta2 (07/09/2001)
    LICENSE KEY: your current license key may no longer be valid with this version. If so, please contact our technical support.

    v2.5.0 Beta (06/29/2001)
    LICENSE KEY: your current license key may no longer be valid with this version. If so, please contact our technical support.

  • 3. Installation

    3.1. System Requirements

    Hardware Requirements:

    3.2. Software Requirement

    Operating System Requirements:

    Web Application Server Engine Requirements:

    Java Runtime Environment (JRE):

    Web Browser Requirements:

    Some bridges use and require their respective tool's API. Therefore, make sure to properly install these tools and the API before using MIMB.

    See the MIMB Known Limitations for details.

    3.3. Setup

    It is recommended to uninstall any previous version of Meta Integration Model Bridge before starting this installation.

    If you already have a License Key you can provide it during the installation. Also, refer to the License Key section of this Readme.

    You should use the "Typical" setup for most installations.

    3.4. License Key

    MIMB can be provided with an evaluation license which allows you to evaluate the bridges capabilities. The evaluation license will allow you to import any model and view it with the integrated Model Viewer.
    The export capability is limited and the bridges will automatically subset the model according to the following rules:

    The model will be automatically subsetted as necessary but you can also subset it manually to make sure that the concepts of any given portion of your models are preserved.

    Once you have received the license key you can install it by following these steps:

    You may also wish to use a server license. Please refer to that section for how to setup and use a server license.

    4. Using Meta Integration Model Bridge

    MIMB is a web service based application. Thus, one connects using a URL provided by your system administrator. For reference, one may refer to the URL defined in the shortcut on the server machine where MIMB is installed in Start Menu -> All Program -> Meta Integration -> Metadata Integration.

    The directory "Samples/Models" in the installation directory contains some sample export files from different Design Tools. You can start using Meta Integration Model Bridge with these files.

    When a bridge is executed, the environment under which the bridge runs may be defined in the MIRSetup.xml file in the [Installation Home]\conf folder. In particular, you may:

    5. License Management

    The Meta Integration Model Bridge (MIMB) allows for an unlimited number of users, connected via the web. One machine acts as a Server and there are no other installations of MIMB. The server must have a valid license.

    To set the license key, refer to the shortcut in Start Menu -> All Program -> Meta Integration -> License Management. The file at Meta Integration\conf\MIRSetup.xmlalso contains the license information. The installation procedure and license manager initializes this file so that you should not have to modify it unless you want to change the location of the log file or use the server with specific parameters. The file is self-documenting. Each parameter is given an XML tag, definition, usage and examples within the text of the file.

    6. Web Server Management

    6.1. Advanced Setup

    1. By default Tomcat 7 will associate the mime-type "text/plain" to files with an unrecognized file extension. This means that the generated files with an unrecognized file extension will be opened in the browser instead of the specified application on the machine. It is possible to change this behaviour on a per file extension basis by adding entries in the web.xml configuration file located at
         C:\Program Files\MetaIntegration\MIMBWeb\WEB-INF\web.xml
      The following file extensions have already been defined: cdm,dat,erx,mdl,mim,pdm.
      You may also have to configure your web browser as most modern browsers check both the file extension and the mime-type returned by the server instead of just the mime-type.
    2. When running an API based bridge, you may need to ensure that the MIMB service use an account name which has full access to the API based product you are also installing on the MIMB server machine for bridge connectivity. To do so: You may also consider running MIMB as an application (Start-> All Programs-> Meta Integration-> Run server as and application) under the proper credentials.
    3. Note, one may control the application log level using a web browser by specifying the following URL: http://localhost:19980/MIMBWebServices/?logLevel=6.
    4. When running the Microsoft Excel bridge on Windows Vista, the MIMB server is unable to communicate with Excel directly if run as a service. In this case, it is necessary to run the MIMB web service from the desktop. To do so for the default installation with Tomcat web services, stop the Meta Integration service and start Tomcat (installation directory/tomcat/bin) using Startup.bat.
    5. Recommended practices for the SAP BusinessObjects Repository import bridge:

    6.2. Web Page Customization

    To customize the look of MIMBWeb, edit the properties in the "MIRWeb.properties" file. This file is located in the (installation)\conf directory.

    The following are different properties that can be customized:

    6.3 Security Considerations

    6.6.1 HTML encryption with SSL (https)

    Please follow the instructions in the Tomcat documentation on upgrading to SSL if you wish to do so, as it should not affect the MIMB Web Application.

    7. Frequently Asked Questions

    1. When launching the self extracting executable, an "Overwrite Protection" window appears: "The following file is already installed on your system".

    This is because you have launched this executable shortly after a previous installation and the previous InstallShield Setup has not yet finish its cleanup. Click on "Cancel" and restart the program. If you click on any other button, you may experience problem during the installation because some files would not have been copied correctly. Typically, an error (-113) will occur during the move data process. If you experience such an error, wait a few seconds then restart the installation.

    8. Technical Support

    The best way to get support is to send an email to with a detailed description of your problem, the MIMB version that you use and your platform.

    You can also get more information about our products by going to our Web Site, http://www.metaintegration.com or sending an email to . [an error occurred while processing this directive]