Container Maintenance | HCL Digital Experience 9.5

The process below enables customers to update and replace their HCL Digital Experience 9.5 container image with the latest 9.5 update release.

  • New HCL Digital Experience 9.5 CF_xxx container images are released on a regular cadence.
  • Images include fixes to HCL Digital Experience (comprised of HCL Portal and HCL Web Content Manager), IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Network Deployment, and the Java Development Kit (JDK).
    • Customers should not apply maintenance to an HCL Digital Experience 9.5 container image. Instead, they should run the update process as described below.
    • Customers should not extend the HCL Digital Experience 9.5 container image. It is not intended to be used in the FROM instruction as a parent image.
  • Critical hot fixes are built for HCL Digital Experience 9.5 container releases when required outside of the container release process. HCL Digital Experience customers can contact HCL Customer Support if a critical fix is required for their HCL Digital Experience containerized deployment.
  • There is a separation of product and customer code. Customizations should be kept in the wp_profile in the persistent volume and the external database. As HCL Digital Experience 9.5 container development moves forward with the deployment type, an effort to better separate custom code from product code is planned.
    Figure 1: Maintenance overview
    • Starting with 9.5, under the HCL Digital Experience container update releases, as new HCL Digital Experience 9.5 images become available from HCL, customers can modify the custom resource instance to use 9.5. The initial HCL Digital Experience 9.5 container update release available to DX customers in the HCL Software License Portal page is HCL Digital Experience 9.5 CF_171. Later update releases will also be available. Next in this example 9.5 CF_172, and then 9.5 CF_173, etc.
    • This pattern is possible because customizations are not made to the image but isolated to the persistent volume and external database, which follows best practices.
    • The procedure for updating to a new release of the HCL Digital Experience 9.5 image is detailed in the Update section.