Exporting and importing LiveCycle ES (8.x) processes

Export and import processes created in LiveCycle ES (8.x) for creating backup copies and sharing existing work.

Export a process and import a process to move only the process to another server. The process is exported in XML format. The file with extension .process contains only the process definition. Associated assets must be manually exported and imported.

It is recommended that you move your processes by creating a AEM forms archive file. However, you may want to export and import the process for the following reasons:

  • To export and import processes that are not activated.

  • To move only the process, not the associated assets.

Exporting processes

Exporting a LiveCycle ES (8.x) process creates a process definition file that contains electronic definitions of business processes and the information about how the business process is automated. After you save the process to a file, you can move it to another computer.

The name of the export file uses the pattern [process name] .process, where process name is the name of the process that you are exporting.

Export a process:

  1. Select Window > Show View > Processes.

  2. Right-click the process and select Export Process.

  3. In the Export Process As dialog box, in the File Name box, type a name or accept the default name.

  4. Select the folder to save the export file, and then click Save.

Importing processes

You can import a process from a process definition file. The environment that you import a process into must be similar to the environment that you exported it from so that the properties in the process version are valid. Therefore, before you import a process, perform the following tasks:

  • Ensure that the components and services that the process uses are available.

  • Ensure that the expressions used in operation properties reference valid assets.

  • Ensure that the subprocesses used are activated and running.

Important: T he JDBC, FTP, email, LDAP, group and user, and data source settings may be different in the environment into which you import the process. For example, you want to import a process that includes AssignTask operations that assign tasks to users or groups who do not exist in your environment. You may need to change the AssignTask operation properties to make the process function within the environment into which you import the process.

Import a process:

  1. Select File > Import.

  2. Click General > File System and then click Next.

  3. Click Browse and select the folder that contains the process definition file.

  4. In the right pane, click the box beside the process definition file. You can select multiple files.

    To see only certain file types, click Filter Types and select those file types.
  5. Click Browse beside the Into Folder box and select the application version into which you want to import the process.

  6. To replace the files in the application that have the same name and location as the items that you are importing, select Overwrite Existing Resources Without Warning. If you do not select this option, decide whether to replace same-named files when they are being imported.

  7. Click Finish.

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