7.16 Releasing and Publishing Packages

After you have finished developing and testing your custom package and localizing any necessary strings or prompts, you can release and publish the package. When you release and publish the package, other users can then use your package in their own Identity Manager environments.

You can publish the packages to a server and have users configure Designer to point to that server for package updates. You can specify a Web server (http://), FTP server (ftp://), or file server, as necessary for your environment. Users can then configure Designer to go to that location to check for package updates.


  • You can only publish a package to a location on the local system on which you are using Designer.

  • Only packages that have been built and released can be published.

WARNING:After you release and publish a package, it becomes read-only. You cannot make any further modifications to the package.

  1. In the Outline view, right-click the package in the package catalog you want to release, then click Build.

  2. Click Browse, then browse to and select the directory where the package will be built and released.

  3. Click OK.

  4. Select Release Package and click OK.

  5. Review the summary information, then click OK.

  6. Right-click the built and released package, then click Publish.

    The Publish option is not available until you have released the package.

  7. In the Publish Directory field, click Browse, then browse to and select the Web server directory where you want to place the published package.

  8. Click OK.

  9. In the Build Directory field, click Browse, then browse to and select the directory where you built the package.

  10. Click OK twice.

Designer stores the published package in the specified location on your Web, FTP, or file server. You can then configure Designer to check that location when checking for package updates.

  1. Launch Designer.

  2. From Designer’s main menu, click Windows > Preferences.

  3. Click NetIQ > Identity Manager and select the Updates tab.

  4. Click the plus icon.

  5. Specify a name for the Vendor and the URL for the Web, FTP, or file server, the click OK.

  6. Click OK to close the Preferences window.