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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

 

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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.

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  1. sruti gupta
    Hi,

    I couldn’t find EP perspective in NWDS CE7.1. Does that mean that there is no method of deploying PAR file directly in CE7.1 portal from NWDS?

    Thanks,
    Sruti

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    1. Michael Nicholls Post author
      My understanding is that the EP perspective might make it into a later CE release.. No promises from anyone, of course, but I for one certainly would like it.

      Cheers

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    1. Michael Nicholls Post author
      Web Dynpro applications are generally not backward compatible, so it doesn’t make sense to try to take Web Dynpro made with 7.1 and deploy it to run on a portal 7.0. You could make an iView on your portal 7.0 that tries to run the Web Dynpro application on a 7.1 CE system.
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  2. J├╝rgen Bechtle
    oh what a miraculous metamorphosis – from Webdynpro application to Portal content!

    I would have never cometo the idea to try it like this. But still as long as I find a blog explaining it  i can deal with it.

    thanks a lot,

    Juergen.

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