Creating RAS assets

To create a RAS asset, you export one or more entire projects or you export one or more individual files. You can export a plug-in project as a deployable plug-in.

Before you begin

If you export complete projects, the complete projects are added to the RAS asset consumer's workspace at import time. If you exported a plug-in project, the plug-in is installed into the environment of the asset consumer at import time. If you exported individual artifacts, the artifacts are placed into an existing project or folder at import time.

Each of the projects or artifacts you want to export must be saved prior to export. In the Navigator view, locate the project or models you want to export and save them. Also, if you plan to use either the Default Component or Default Web Service (profiles) manifest files, you must create these files before you begin the export.

About this task

To create a RAS asset:


  1. Click File > Export. The Export wizard opens.
  2. Click RAS Asset and click Next.
  3. On the RAS Asset (location and manifest) page, complete one of the following steps, depending on whether you want to export to a file system or a repository:
    • To export to a file system, select File system location, and then click the Browse button for that selection in the Source field to open the Select a destination window. Select the directory and file name where the asset will be exported to, and then click Save.
    • To export to a repository, select Repository, and then use the list of connected repositories to select the repository that the asset will be exported to.
  4. Under Manifest, complete one of the following steps, depending on whether you want to use an existing manifest or create a new one:
    • To create a new manifest, select Create a custom manifest. The export process will automatically create a default profile manifest for you.
    • To use a previously created default, default Web service, or default component manifest file, select Use the following manifest, and then click the Browse button to open the Browse for File window. Select the directory and filename of the manifest file, and then click OK.
  5. Under Options, notice that Bundled is selected. By default, this is the only storage option available for exporting assets.
  6. Click Next. The RAS Asset Description page opens.
  7. Use this page to describe and document various aspects of your RAS asset. These descriptions become part of the RAS asset's manifest file. The wizard provides standard text for the name, short description, description, version, and ID. There are optional descriptors as well. Note the keyword field information is used to match a search for your asset when it is located in a repository. You can also add other descriptors if needed.
  8. Once you have filled in the desired asset description fields, click Next. The RAS Asset Artifacts window opens displaying a tree view of available projects and solutions and their individual folders and files.
    Note: The project settings you make on this page need to be set on each individual project, they are not set globally.
  9. Decide whether you want to export an entire project or one or more individual files and folders, and complete one of the following steps:
    • If you are not exporting entire projects, expand the tree nodes and select each file and artifact that you want to export.
    • If you are exporting entire projects, select each project or plug-in project you want to export, and then, in the Project options area select the check boxes that apply to the types of project you are exporting. If it is a deployable plug-in project, you can select both.
  10. If you want to package all source with your deployable feature, in the Global options area select the Include source with all deployable binaries check box.
  11. Click Finish. The export results are displayed.

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