Happy New Year!

Hope you had a safe and enjoyable holiday, and are looking forward to a great New Year. Have a few tidbits of info that I need to share with you about our systems and some problems that have cropped up in the last few weeks with them.

Dean Baskin

News From TwinEngines

ETrans Manager

Some Microsoft Updates have been hitting the TwinEngines servers in the last few weeks that are causing the Import Transactions screen to not function properly. When users attempt to import transactions, the import process doesn't appear to do anything after you hit the "Import Transactions" button. What is happening is that "KB3104002 Cumulative security update for IE11" gets applied to the server and updates a Microsoft scripting dll. This update introduces a bug in the dll which causes ETrans to think that a 0 byte file was uploaded to the system.

To fix this issue, download version 1.83 of ETrans Manager from here:

TwinEngines Downloads

Be sure that you are on version 1.84 of CMSWebServices as well (see Site Admin->Release Notes for the CMSWebServices version). If you need to upgrade CMSWebServices, do it first, then upgrade ETrans. Also, if you have Discharges, make sure you upgrade that to 1.96.


PERMS Integrator and RCAS

There is a permissions related issue with the new VTE_USER account that RCAS has created to give our systems access to their database. This error occurs when you try to export RPAM statements. You will get this error:

ORA-00904: "DBMS_LOB"."GETLENGTH": invalid identifier

The problem here is that the VTE_USER (or more specifically the XTE_SESSION database role of which VTE_USER is a member of) doesn't have rights to execute the "GETLENGTH" function. As part of their security hardening, RCAS removes ALL rights to functions in Oracle unless explicitly granted. We are working with RCAS to get the VTE_USER account privileges to execute this function, but we have to have an official state representative request the change. They can't accept change requests from TwinEngines. In the meantime, to resolve this issue, you can get your RCAS DBA to run this SQL:  grant execute on sys.DBMS_LOB to XTE_SESSION;



Our new version of the Discharges application is available for beta testing. It is now part of the TwinEngines Web Application Suite and can be downloaded from the "BETA Releases" section from our downloads page (see link above). This version can run concurrently with the older version of Discharges. They are separate systems and will not interfere with each other. If you would like to give it a try, you can do so without worrying about your production system.

You can take a look at the new interface for handling the NGB22 in the Discharges section of our demo site:

Product Demonstration Videos

Also available is a demo showing the AWOL Discharge case type that is now a part of the Discharges application as well as a demo that show you how you can customize the cases within your state (specifically how the AWOL Discharge case type was created). Coming soon we will add demos showing the other case types that come with the new Discharges system, including Mandatory Removals, Forced Separations, and ETS (including the process to both re-enlist with the DA4836 and Discharge them).

If you are interested in doing a DCS for a live demo with a question and answer session, or are interested in testing the beta version, just contact me and we can set that up.


Latest Releases

For your convenience, here is a list of each of the products and their current version. Check the Release Notes in each system to make sure you have the latest version.

CMSWebServices 1.84 May 2015
Discharges 1.96 Nov 2015
E-Trans Manager 1.83 Dec 2015
Training & Security Tracking 1.21 Apr 2012
CMSWebServices Loader 1.21 Aug 2015
TwinEngines Web Application Suite*: 10.5.1 Oct 2015
PERMS Integrator 7.5 Oct 2015

*Includes Awards Tracking, Case Management, Evaluations, Recruiting, Retention, and Enlisted Promotions.

You can download these from: http://nationalguard.twinegines.com/support/downloads.aspx

Dean Baskin