Tuesday 9 November 2021

How to fix traversal index issue in AEM

 Recently I got an email from my AEM Admin about the indexing issue. The email had some content as shown below.

"WARN* [qtp1832135175-163] org.apache.jackrabbit.oak.spi.query.Cursors$TraversingCursor Traversed 10,000 nodes with filter Filter(query=select * from [nt:base] where foo = 'bar', path=*, property=[foo=[bar]]); consider creating an index "

Some times while working on AEM, we may face traversal warnings. The latest AEM doesn't index the nodes by default. So to ensure our content gets indexed well within AEM, we will have to create indexing nodes and get them indexed.

Below given steps to fix index issues

  • Use the Oak index generation tool - generate index definition.
  • Add the indexing under node oak:index.
  • Trigger the re-index.

When we find an issue with a query(traversal warning !), we can use below tool to analyze the query.

Query Performance tool URL

http://[AEM URL]:[PORT]/libs/granite/operations/content/diagnosistools/queryPerformance.html

If the analysis recommends to index the nodes, we can use below Oak Index tool to generate the index definitions. 

Oak Index Definition Generator in AEM


How to validate the index operation is done?

The indexing property becomes 'false' once the indexing has been completed.

Also, in the console we can go and validate it from index diagnosis tool > index manager
http://[AEM URL]:[PORT]/libs/granite/operations/content/diagnosistools/indexManager.html


  • We can even use Synonym file to index the synonyms in AEM.
  • We can define multiple indexes together and trigger them parallel without any issues.

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Monday 8 November 2021

Fix package upload issue in AEM - use CURL command for package upload

While working on AEM, some times we get package upload issue in some of the browsers . 

There could be multiple reasons for this. Now a days companies are doing stringent checks when we try to upload anything via browser. We have faced issue of package upload on AEM during the remote work situations.

Below given an alternate option to upload packages in AEM using CURL command.

CURL Command
curl -u admin:admin -F package=@"name_of_package.zip" http://localhost:4502/crx/packmgr/service/.json/?cmd=upload

Where admin:admin is the local instance user credential.

name_of_package.zip - Change the package name according to your case.


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How to raise a product issue with Adobe

To open a support ticket in Adobe, you should have the relevant product assigned as an administrator.

Login to Admin console of Adobe and select the organization from drop down as shown.

Click on support tab. Once you land on this, you can see various options like a Support summary page which gives various options for creating an adobe ticket, start a chat or get the Adobe customer care number.

You have a lot more help topics linked from this page too.

To create a support ticket , click on 'Create Case'

Next step select whether it is a user and license related or using the experience cloud product issue.

And fill in the additional details to complete the request. Once the ticket has been raised Adobe team will contact back for more clarifications.

Saturday 3 July 2021

How to update JDK version of Cloud Manager within your program as part of the build


What are the available JDK versions with cloud manager?

Java versions installed are Oracle JDK 8u202 and 11.0.2.

Some times, when we deploy our code, people complaint java version is not matching (for e.g. we are using a JDK 11 specific API and this Java class is giving error in cloud manager) We will see how to set the relevant java version now.

How to update the Java version of project build environment in AEM As Cloud Manager

By default, projects are built using Java 8. Customers who want to use Java 11 in their projects can do this using the Apache Maven Toolchains Plugin.

In the pom.xml file, add a <plugin> entry that looks like this:

<!-- START -->
<!-- END -->

A few FAQs about AEM As Cloud Service build environment are given below

What is the OS used for AEM as CLoud service?

Build environment is Linux-based, derived from Ubuntu 18.04.

At present what is the maven version?

The installed maven is - Apache Maven 3.6.0 version.

Which java versions are supported by AEM as cloud service?
Java versions installed are Oracle JDK 8u202 and 11.0.2.

Which repository is configured as part of Maven Build ?

Any other tools or packages available in AEM As Cloud environment?
unzip, bzip2, libpng, imagemagick, graphicsmagick

My code has some script with Python or ruby script and I need to trigger it as part of my code build. Is this possible?

For this we need an appropriate language interpreter installed. This can be done by calling the 'exec-maven-plugin' to invoke APT. See an example below,

<!-- START -->
<!-- END -->

Monday 28 June 2021

Difference between Brand portal, Asset Share commons & Dynamic Media

People usually gets confused with various asset management tools from Adobe. Since each product has its relevancy, here we will try to compare those tools.

What is the difference between Brand Portal & Asset Share Commons?

Functionally, Brand Portal and Asset Share Commons both does similar things, provide assets stored in your AEM Assets to users without allowing them access to items that should be protected. These two tools options are simple in setup, configure so that the implementations are minimal.

Brand Portal(This one is Licensed by Adobe) has been described as a secure, cloud enabled service for on-demand asset distribution to internal teams, external partners, agencies, and resellers for marketing purpose. The customizations are very limited in case of Brand Portal.

Where in Asset Share Commons is a technical reference implementation(a reference for AEM developers when developing asset sharing functionality) of 'asset share' functionality built using Adobe Experience Manager best practices. The source code is available in Github project page(Non licensed and no warranty product). Since it is an open-source project, contributions and enhancements can be done on this.

What are all the difference between Dynamic media & Brand portal

Dynamic Media combines the power of asset management with rich media delivery ( create, adjust, brand, and deploy interactive viewers using the WYSIWYG Viewer Designer). Basically Dynamic Media is an evolution of Scene7 (Dynamic Media Classic). Scene7 was a stand alone product and Adobe bought scene7 and now it is re branding it to dynamic media by adding more features to it.

The feature list consists of:

Single user interface and platform for managing images and video, Seamless integration with Adobe Experience Manager, Innovative merchandising features, Powered by the robust and proven delivery platform.

Where in Brand portal(cloud-based SAAS offering) helps you easily acquire, control, and securely distribute approved creative assets to external parties and internal business users across devices. It helps improve the efficiency of asset sharing, accelerates the time-to-market for assets, and reduces the risk of non-compliance and unauthorized access. We can easily integrate Brand Portal with AEM.

Final Verdict

Dynamic media is for Collaboration and shared file sync with Adobe Creative Cloud applications, where in Brand portal/asset share commons is to share to external people.
Both support asset operations and approval workflows. So chose the prouct after understanding the proper requirements.



 Difference between  Brand portal, Asset Share commons & Dynamic Media

Friday 25 June 2021

Working with Adobe IO Command line interface

Some times we need to work with AEM as cloud without accessing the AEM AS Cloud environment directly.

So to work with Adobe I/O CLI we need to install Node JS first. Then follow through the steps.

Step 1: Install Adobe I/O
npm install -g @adobe/aio-cli

Step 2: Install Adobe I/O Cloud Manager Plugin
aio plugins:install @adobe/aio-cli-plugin-cloudmanager

Step 3: Update the plugins
aio plugins:update

Above diagram gives an overview on environment provisioning in AEM as cloud

Step 4: First List the organizations tagged
aio cloudmanager:org:list

Step 5: Then select the Organization from above list
aio cloudmanager:org:select [Your org id from above list]@AdobeOrg

Step 6: aio cloudmanager:list-programs

Step 7: Then set a program
aio config:set cloudmanager_programid [Your prog id from above list]

Step 8: List all environments
aio cloudmanager:list-environments

Now based on requirements, you can execute the commands. Some examples are given below,

To Download logs:
aio cloudmanager:download-logs [env id] author aemerror 1

To list log options
aio cloudmanager:environment:list-available-log-options [env id]

To list OSGi Environment varriables
aio cloudmanager:list-environment-variables [env id]

To List Pipelines
aio cloudmanager:program:list-pipelines

To list a specific pipeline status
aio cloudmanager:pipeline:list-executions  [pipeline id]

OSGi Commands

To Set OSGI parameters
aio cloudmanager:set-environment-variables ENVIRONMENT_ID --variable MY_VAR1 "plaintext value" --secret MY_VAR2 "some secret value"

To List environment variables
aio cloudmanager:list-environment-variables ENVIRONMENT_ID

To Delete any variables.
aio cloudmanager:set-environment-variables ENVIRONMENT_ID --delete MY_VAR1 MY_VAR2

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Assets Essentials Vs AEM Assets As Cloud

 Recently Adobe launched Assets Essentials. Let us take a look at the difference between Assets Essentials and AEM Assets and find out which suits customers.

Assets Essentials is a lightweight version of Adobe Experience Manager Assets with a simplified user experience for marketing and creative pros to store, discover, and distribute digital assets across teams. This is designed to help brands connect more agile users with the digital assets they need to deliver rich customer experiences.

Assets Essentials is cloud-based and enables customers to start with essential asset management capabilities and seamlessly upgrade to the advanced enterprise DAM, AEM Assets, as their business needs grow.

Assets Essentials is the new default asset management UI for Experience Cloud. Assets Essentials will serve as the default asset management experience across Experience Cloud apps, starting with the new Adobe Journey Optimizer and later this year with Adobe Workfront.

Some of the features of Experience Manager Assets Essentials are given below

  • Collaborative workspace unites teams
  • Simplified asset management
  • Creative Cloud and Experience Cloud integrations
  • Cloud-based peace of mind
  • AI-powered search, discovery, and management
  • Quick and easy, intuitive user interface
  • Find the assets you need to assemble and personalize messages across the customer journey using workflows
  • Unify work and asset management to personalized experiences at scale

AEM Assets As Cloud
Experience Manager Assets offers a cloud-native solution with an AI and machine learning backbone. It provides wings to creatives and marketers & Supports enhanced asset management integrations (solution specific)

Some of the differences

Assets Essentials - User Experience - Configurable
Adobe Experience Manager Assets - User Experience – Customizable

Assets Essentials - (Basic) Asset Management & Library Services

Adobe Experience Manager Assets - (Advanced) Asset Management & Library Services

Assets Essentials - (Basic) Security & Rights Management

Adobe Experience Manager Assets - (Advanced) Security & Rights Management

Assets Essentials - Supports Experience Cloud Connections
Adobe Experience Manager Assets -  can integrate with Dynamic Media, Asset Portals (Brand Portal, Asset Share)

The verdict

Always start with essential DAM capabilities and grow to Enterprise DAM as business needs growth.
Customers with heavy weight asset management requirements should consider AEM Assets Cloud Service over Assets Essentials. The emphasis should be on the customer’s requirements to determine the right solution.

Assets Essentials creates an entry path for customers to start with the essential DAM capabilities to extend access to content to more users within a larger enterprise and seamlessly upgrade them to AEM Assets Cloud Service as their business expands(i.e. need more features, analytics, campaign integration etc.).