Additional Features of Infor CRM SLX Application Architect LAN Program

Continuing on my previous Application Architect post, I will be covering the specifics of building and deploying the Infor CRM SLX web client site, as well as the procedure for adding customization and upgrade bundles to this site. There are many options in play, though I will only be touching on the main ones.  The optimal choice any of these options is dependent on the environment, with potentially a large number of factors to be considered.

One of the basic functions of the Infor CRM SLX Application Architect is taking the client site an other web features stored in the database and convert them to the files that make up the client site. The most common way to perform a build is to bring up the Build menu, then hold down the control key while clicking Build Web Platform. There are other ways to build only part of the platform that can useful in certain situations, but the above is the one I use whenever I am in doubt. The client site is then ready to be deployed, using the Deployment Explorer.

Application Architect Build

Expand Deployments in the Deployment Explorer tab, and you will have a list of all the deployments configured in that that database. Unless you are testing multiple deployments, the only one you need to consider in the default deployment. This is the deployment with the green check mark, which is determined by which deployment has the box Use This Deployment For Debugging checked. When you bring up a deployment in Deployment Explorer, it displays the deployment on the right side. If you know all the settings are the way you need, you can just click Deploy All in the upper right, and it will deploy the site you have just built to the folders published on the web server.

Application Architect IIS

 

A deployment can either be an IIS deployment (pictured above) or a File system deployment. In an IIS deployment, there will be IIS settings as a part of the configuration, and it will interface with IIS to configure a site that way. If you set it up as a file system deployment, there will be no IIS settings, and it will merely deploy the files to the selected path, requiring you to configure IIS manually. You can create new Deployments, or add/edit/remove Targets and Portals from exiting deplowments. When editing a Deployment, make sure to save your changes, or they will be in effect when you deploy. I generally use an IIS Deployment if the IIS configuration is to be fairly straightforward, but use a File System Deployment if the IIS settings are more complex, so I can just ignore them for deployment purposes. (Note that the Job Service is generally set a separate File System target in the deployment.)

Application Architect Deployment

In addition to deploying the client site, Application Architect is used to apply bundles to the web client; both custom bundles, and upgrade bundles from Infor. To install any type of bundle, open Bundle Manager from the View menu, and click install. After browsing to the .zip file for the Bundle you wish to install, just select it, and follow the defaults. Some of the steps can take a while to complete for large bundles. Keep in mind that, for versions of Infor CRM SLX prior to 8.5.1, Infor’s upgrade bundles will overwrite an customizations you have it place. For 8.5.1 and later, the customization are stored someplace that is not overwritten by Infor bundles. You will generally need to build and deploy after installing a bundle to place it on the live client site.

Application Architect Bundle

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