Can we export/import Users, Groups, Publication Targets and Target Types using Content Porter ? I believe yes but Just curious !

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Nope Vikas, Content porter tool not provides option to choose the staff that are comes under the Administrative part (except User group/ Permission / Associated Workflow) for export/import. Please check the below options if you want to export/import the security and workflow

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  • Can you please explain a bit more. As far as I know if I have Admin privilege over CMS then I do see Administrator section and Groups that can be exported. I have this information that Users and Permissions can not be imported (Curiosity is why?) Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 10:39
  • Permission and Security you can export/import but other options like Publishing Target, Target Type these things are not accessible from this Tool. Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 10:48
  • Ok..cool. I guess this is the case. But is this can be achieved using core service scripts? Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 10:51
  • I am not sure, But you can try with Import/Export API. Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 10:53

You can export Group but not their permission settings (on organizational items). SDL Docs lists the following non-exportable items:

  • Font definitions
  • Protocol Schemas in publishing
  • Schemas in publishing (I'm not sure what this means, actually)
  • Target types in publishing
  • Publication Targets in publishing
  • Page and Component publishing status
  • Users
  • Security settings for Users and Groups
  • Permissions for Publications, Folders, and Structure Groups
  • Checked-in and checked-out status for Components, Template Building Blocks, Component Templates, Page Templates, Pages, and Schemas
  • History list for Components, Template Building Blocks, Component Templates, Page Templates, and Pages
  • Approval Status of individual items

SDL Web 8's Topology Manager addresses some of these by moving publication target-specific information out of the Content Manager (and Content Delivery) and into a environment-specific Topology.

Some of the other restrictions come from the fact users might be different and that you might have different authorization requirements between environments.


The DTAP-It solution allows you to export/import Groups. the source code can be adapted to do Users and Publish Targets/Target Types.



The "Publishing Management" Items can't be ported using the client. I can only export User Groups, Workflow Approval Status and Multimedia Types from Administration.

I am not sure about using the Import/Export API.

  • True. But I need to look into this by giving only publication Management permission to my team mates, We ll get back. Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 10:53

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