Getting the software

New and existing users need to register at the HCL Software Licensing Portal and download their entitled HCL Digital Experience software package(s).

Getting the software

Product software can be accessed from the HCL Software Licensing Portal. Additional guidance is available here: Step-by-step guide on downloading HCL Digital Experience products.

HCL Digital Experience software is available through several product offerings and associated software licenses. Depending on the product offering that you purchased, your product might include some or all of the following HCL Digital Experience (DX) and related programs:

Digital Experience Manager, HCL Portal, HCL Portal Express, HCL Web Content Manager, HCL Portal Enable, HCL Portal Extend, HCL Customer Experience Suite, HCL Employee Experience Suite, IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment, IBM DB2 Universal Database Workgroup Server Edition, HCL Connections, and HCL Leap.

Additional HCL Digital Experience product offering and license details may be found at the HCL Software Product License site.

Installation paths

There are different paths that you will start from depending on your current scenario:
  • Fresh full installation (for new customers or for a new system)
  • HCL Digital Experience Version 8.5 and 9.0 deployment to supported platforms, including Windows, Linux, and AIX.
  • Updating an existing HCL Digital Experience 8.5 or 9.0 system.

Fresh full installation

For a fresh full installation, follow the installation path using the components below which may be found in the HCL Software Licensing Portal (FlexNet) with the HCL Digital Experience software packages:
  1. IBM® Installation Manager.
  2. IBM WebSphere® Application Server 9.0.
  3. HCL Portal Version 8.5 and Version 9.0.
  4. HCL Digital Experience CF17.
  5. HCL Digital Experience Version 9.5.
  6. Corresponding edition files according to your HCL entitlements (HCL Portal Enable, HCL Portal Extend, HCL Portal Server, and HCL Portal Express).

After installing the IBM Installation Manager, users need to configure the repositories for IBM WebSphere Application Server 9.0.x, HCL Portal 8.5, and HCL Digital Experience CF17. Customers choosing to upgrade to HCL Digital Experience 9.5 would add those repositories and the corresponding edition files.

Update an existing HCL Digital Experience Version 8.5 or 9.0 system

The path from an existing HCL Digital Experience 8.5 or 9.0 system to HCL Digital Experience Version 9.5 is to download CF17 as well as the Version 9.5 files. Then install the cumulative fix using the usual CF process.

Afterwards, users start the IBM Installation Manager, then configure the Version 9.5 repository, and add Version 9.5. Users who are using HCL Portal Enable, HCL Portal Extend, or HCL Web Content Manager need to add both the HCL Portal 9.5 Server and the applicable edition via the IBM Installation Manager.

Deployment of HCL Digital Experience to Docker or OpenShift/Kubernetes with Docker

The following is the installation path from an existing HCL Digital Experience 8.5 or 9.0 system:
  1. Download the .zip file for Kubernetes that contains the following:
    • HCL Digital Experience Docker container
    • the Operator Docker container; and
    • a set of scripts to deploy OpenShift
  2. Follow the documentation here to deploy to Docker or OpenShift.
  3. Stage the content to the new environment to move from an existing system to HCL Digital Experience on Docker/OpenShift