Creating the differential release | HCL Digital Experience

To update your Portal Application Archive (PAA) file, you must create a differential release from your source server.


  1. Develop a release on the staging server. As part of this step, you might have non-managed pages, portlets, themes, skins, and other items.
    Tip: Use Syndication to move HCL Web Content Manager content to your production servers.
  2. Open a command line and change to the wp_profile_root/ConfigEngine directory.
  3. Run the following command to create a Portal Application Archive (PAA) file for your differential release, including PAA files for all of your virtual portals. Go to Parameters to customize the release for parameters to customize your build-initial-release-paa task.
    • AIX® HP-UX Linux Solaris:
      ./ build-initial-release-paa -DdestPAADir=directory_to_store_PAA -DpreviousPAA=initial_PAA -DWasPassword=password -DPortalAdminPwd=password
    • IBM® i: build-initial-release-paa -DdestPAADir=directory_to_store_PAA -DpreviousPAA=initial_PAA -DWasPassword=password -DPortalAdminPwd=password
    • Windows:
      ConfigEngine.bat build-initial-release-paa -DdestPAADir=directory_to_store_PAA -DpreviousPAA=initial_PAA -DWasPassword=password -DPortalAdminPwd=password
    • z/OS®:
      ./ build-initial-release-paa -DdestPAADir=directory_to_store_PAA -DpreviousPAA=initial_PAA -DWasPassword=password -DPortalAdminPwd=password
    Important: The directory that you enter for the destPAADir parameter must be an existing directory.
    You can add the following parameters to customize the build-initial-release-paa task.
    Add this parameter if you are staging a large set of data. For example, add this string to your command, -javaoption -Xmx2048M. Depending on your system and the amount of data, the -Xmx value might be higher. Use 2048M as a starting value.
    The directory for .jar files, classes, and compressed files that are then stored in the shared/app directory.
    The directory for .jar files, classes, and compressed files that are then stored in the shared/ext directory.
    A comma-separated list of applications to extract from the source environment. For example, you might extract the "wps_theme,iehs,dojo_resources" files. They would then be packaged in the PAA file.
    Enter a value of true to download and include the file from WebDAV.

What to do next

Deploy your differential release on the production servers.