Adding release links in global configurations

You can add release links in global configurations.

About this task

From a global configuration perspective, the EWM releases deliver the implementation or capture the work items for the solution that is represented by that global configuration. A hierarchical global configuration might relate to multiple releases from the same or different EWM project areas, which comprise a broad solution. Conversely, multiple global configurations might link to the same release. Some examples might include - when the development team implements multiple variants as a combined effort, when you have multiple streams that represent different development teams, or when different approval stages exist for the same release.

Starting in 7.0.2, the GCM application stores links between global configurations and EWM releases by using the release link type. In earlier releases, EWM stored the release links to global configurations.


  1. For your global streams and baselines, add links to one or more releases that deliver the implementation for that solution.
  2. When the system uses these associations to resolve links between versioned artifacts and work items, ensure that the relationship is reflected at appropriate levels in the hierarchy.
    For example, sometimes a team works at both the highest level of a global configuration hierarchy and in a component-level or team-specific global configuration. In such cases, include the release link at both levels to ensure that work item links resolve consistently in both contexts.
  3. Modify derived release links.
    When you derive a new global stream or baseline configurations from an existing configuration, including personal streams, the system initializes the same release links in the derived configurations. Modifying these links does not affect the original configuration.
  4. Manually update any existing configurations, if needed, because changes that are made to the release links for the original configuration are not cascaded to existing derived configurations.