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Element Manager supports overwrite of existing elements
Answer ID 10998   |   Last Review Date 09/11/2020

Can I use Element Manager to transfer and update existing items? 

Environment:

Browser User Interface (BUI), Element Manager

Issue:

Element manager now allows users to transfer and update existing elements in a target site. When trying to import elements that exist in the target site in BUI, following message is received:

"This item already exists on the site" - with option to overwrite and proceed with the import process or an option to cancel the import process.

Resolution:

Element manager now (19C onwards) supports overwrite of existing elements in the target site. [This capability is not available on certain restricted Pods (like Government, PC pods). However, sites on these pods will soon be able to leverage the overwrite capability. Sites on these pods, will continue to export and import new elements only, like they have been already.]

Element manager during the import of existing elements, provides a warning message like, “the item already exists on the site” and allows users to proceed ahead to overwrite and deploy the package. During this process, Element manager takes a backup of existing elements and allows user to rollback to the immediate previous version only, if required, after the deployment.

For more details about the elements which are available for import/export in Element Manager, see Answer ID 11002: Element Manager current capabilities. The elements which are supported for overwrite are:

Existing Elements in target site

Supported Oracle B2C Service Versions

Element Types

18D

19A

19B

19C

19D

20A

20B

20C

Reports/Dashboards

-

-

-

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Workspaces/Workflows

-

-

-

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

.NET Addins/Browser UI Extensions

-

-

-

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Configuration Settings

-

-

-

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Message Bases

-

-

-

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Navigation Sets

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Custom Objects

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

System Attributes

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Object Event Handlers

-

-

-

-

-

-

Yes

Yes

Standard Text

-

-

-

-

-

-

Yes

Yes

Enhanced Business Rules

-

-

-

-

-

-

Yes

Yes

 

For customers who upgrades their site to 19C onwards, this overwrite capability will be enabled automatically.
 
For customers on government pods and other restricted pods like PC pods, overwrite capability is not enabled due to compliance (Government OCI region provisioning in progress). Once, these pods are mapped to certified OCI region, overwrite capability will be enabled for the sites on these pods.
 
On a case to case basis, we could look at manually enabling overwrite capability to sites on restricted pods, with an assumption that they will be on right version, and customers are ok to store the elements metadata in a generic OCI region (non-Government / non-restricted OCI region), until their Pod is mapped to a Government/restricted OCI region. 
 

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