If you want to use portal components built to run with SAP NetWeaver 7.0 in a SAP NetWeaver CE 7.1 portal, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of.
Firstly, you don’t seem to be able to upload PAR files directly. The option under System Administration -> Support -> Support Desk -> Portal Runtime is quite clear:
OK, so we won’t upload the PAR file directly – instead we need to use the PAR Migration Tool, which prompts for a PAR file and converts it into an EAR file.
The EAR file is deployed using the standalone deploy tool – there is no SDM tool with SAP NetWeaver 7.1. This script is executed from a command prompt and you basically give it some connectivity information and the EAR file name.
Under earlier versions of the portal you could create an iView from a portal archive file. Under 7.1 you need to do this slightly(!) differently.
Inside the Portal Content Studio (Content Administration -> Portal Content) you have a new folder structure. The Portal Content folder is still there, but there is also a folder with your portal components, called Portal Application Repository. Expand this and you will see your portal applications. In this example, I have selected the application CETest and the component Test. I am about to right click and select the Copy option.
You now need to paste this component into the PCD. In this case I will add it to a folder called iViews in the Michael folder. Using “Paste as PCD object” leads to a wizard where I give the iView a name etc…
Treat this iView as did with earlier portals – add it to a page, workset and/or role and assign it to a user.
Please note that these comments relate to SP1. it is possible they will not apply in later releases.
Why am I still using the old NetWeaver Developer Studio? Well, there are a few reasons. First of all, I still want to build portal applications for earlier versions of the portal. Secondly, the new NetWeaver Developer Studio requires JDK 1.5 and there is currently no Portal plugins or perspective.