Version control of articles

You can version control articles in Service Desk to identify a particular snapshot of an article. When you configure the version control of articles, you can specify which specific attributes on the article are version controlled. Both automatic and managed versioning are available for articles:

Design changes required

You need to make a few design changes to implement the version control of articles.

For more information about the designers, see the Designer Guide.

To enable the version control of articles:
  1. In Object Designer, open the Knowledge Management\Article object and select Article at the top of the Attributes tree.
  2. In the Properties grid, set Performs Versioning? to True and then set Type of Versioning? to either Automatic version control or Managed version control as required.

When changes to these properties have been saved, you cannot change them again.

  1. Click Save icon.
    The object is saved, and you can now specify which attributes for the article you want to place under version control.
  2. In the Attributes tree, select the attribute that you want to place under version control, then in the Properties grid, set Attribute under version control? to Version controlled.
    For example, you could choose to version control Description, Solution, and Keywords Tags.

You cannot version control collection attributes.

  1. Repeat for any other attributes as required and save the changes.

There are several other design changes that you need to make to get the best from the version control of articles:

Automatic version control

When you save a new article that has automatic version control, a Versions tab appears at the bottom of the window. Each time you save a change that updates a version-controlled attribute, a new version is created and a new row appears on the Versions tab.

Managed version control from the Article process

A managed article has one of the following statuses:

You can create, set, and rollback managed article versions directly from the Article process. There are three actions that you can add to your Article process that relate to version control:

Add Future Version – displays the Article Version window so that you can create a Future version of the article based on the Current version.

Rollback Version – rolls back the version of the article. The Current version becomes the Future version, and the latest Previous version becomes the Current version. Each time you click Rollback Version, the article rolls back through the list of Previous versions, and the Article window updates accordingly.

Set Current Version – displays the Set Current Version dialog, which displays a list of the Future versions for the article. Only those Future versions that are not associated with a Change are listed. Click the row that corresponds to the version that you want to make the Current version.

Managed version control from the Change process

You can manage the versions of an article directly from a Change process if you make some further modifications to your design.

To complete the design changes for managed version control of articles from a Change process:
  1. Add the managed version control actions to your Article process as described in the previous section.
  2. Add the Add Article and Commit Article actions to your Change process.
  3. Using Query and Report Designer, create the following queries, selecting the Everyone option button on the New Query dialog:
  4. Change – Articles

    Purpose – specifies the columns displayed in the Articles collection on the Change window

    ModuleChange Management

    Business ObjectChange Article

    AttributesArticle.Description, other version controlled attributes


    Purpose – displays the columns that appear on the Article dialogs in the Change process, helping users to find the required article

    ModuleKnowledge Management

    Business ObjectArticle

    AttributesDescription, other version controlled attributes

The only articles that you can add to a change are those that are at a status where future versions can be added using the Article process. You can add a criteria to your Articles default query so that only those articles at such a status are displayed. For more information about designing queries, see the Designer Guide.

  1. In Object Designer, open the Change Management\Change Article object.
  2. In the Properties grid, alongside Default Query, select the Change – Articles query that you created above, then click Save button.
  3. Similarly, select the appropriate Default Query for the Article object and save the changes.
  4. Using Window Manager, add the Articles collection to the Change window, then click Save button.
    The columns that appear on the corresponding Articles tab are those specified in the Change – Articles default query that you created earlier.
  5. Make sure that a Web Access version of the window is available.

When you have completed this design work, you can manage the versions of an article directly from a Change process.

To update a managed article from a Change process:
  1. In the Actions list for the Change, click Add Article.
    The Add Article dialog appears.
  2. In the Available list, click the article that you want to add to the change.
    The article moves to the Selected list.

Clicking an article in the Selected list removes it from that list.

  1. Repeat to add further articles as required, then click OK.
    A Future version of any article under managed version control is created, and the articles appear in the Articles tab on the Change window.

The Detach Article action works in a similar manner, listing only those articles that are attached to the change.

  1. Click the managed article in the Articles tab.
    The Article window appears.
  2. Click the row in the Versions tab that corresponds with the Future version created by the Change.
    The Version window appears, with the version number displayed in the title bar.
  3. Update the version controlled attributes, then click Save and close.
    The Article window reappears, with the updated value displayed in the Versions tab.
  4. Click Save and close on the Article window.
    The Change window appears.
  5. In the Actions list for the Change, click Commit Article.
    The Commit Article dialog appears.
  6. In the Available list, click the article that you want to commit.
    The article moves to the Selected list.
  7. Repeat to add further articles as required, then click OK.
    The Future versions of managed articles associated with the Change become the Current versions, and the Current versions become the Previous versions.

If you want to revert an article to an earlier version, the best practice is to use another Change to create a new Future version that matches the Previous version.