QC/ALM Project import – will it wipe out existing data?

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We are working with a vendor that is also using QC, same version and same patch level. About a month ago, we received a project export (.qcp file) from this vendor that was imported into our version of QC creating a new project. We have since modified this project by modify requirements and test cases as well as setting up test lab and running test cases. Today, we received another project export from this vendor. It contains new and modified requirements, new and modified test cases, and new and updated test runs.

I seem to remember that if I try to import this new .qcp file into our environment it will wipe out all of the changes that we have made so far – is that correct? If so, what is the easiest way to import this new information into our environment without losing what we have done (append instead of replace)?

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Asked on October 1, 2012 3:56 pm
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Quality Center does not include the ability to import a project into an existing version of the same project and updating the changes (mainly because database changes on each end would be much too complex to update).

When importing a project, QC looks at the Project Unique Identifier (PRODUCT_UID) to determine if the project already exists.

So, in order to save your original project and the new/updated project, you have two options:

1) Have your vendor COPY the project first, then export the copied project to a .qcp file. This will automatically change the PRODUCT_UID from the original.

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2) Take the current .qcp file you received from your vendor and extract the contents via an archival utility like WinZip. Change the PROJECT_UID value in the dbid.xml file, then re-zip it (make sure the extention remains .qcp). It will then import as a new project (rather than prompting you to replace existing).

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Answered on October 1, 2012 3:57 pm
Got it. Hopefully HP will add the ability to merge projects in the future.
( at November 2, 2012 2:20 pm)