I have created a sitecore security accounts package with an updated permissions on roles. When i try to install it, its says "Role will not be installed as it already exists".

Is that mean i can't override permissions on the roles using sitecore packages? is there a way to achieve this?

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  • What do you mean by updated permissions on roles?
    – Marek Musielak
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 10:38
  • For 'Global content' role i have given permission to "Delete" now, which does not exist before. Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 10:40
  • So you changed some item, not the role? You haven't changed inheritance of any role?
    – Marek Musielak
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 10:44
  • yes, in that case u suggesting to add the item in the package? to see the change? Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 10:46
  • Yes. you don't need to add role into to package. Role is already there. And it's only item security which is changed. Package that item only
    – Marek Musielak
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 10:47

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If you added/changed/removed item access for a role, you don't need to package that role and install it in the other environment. Role is not changed.

The only thing you have to do is to add the item which has new security rules to the package.

Find your item in Content Editor, make sure that Standard Fields checkbox is checked and scroll to the Security section to see how Sitecore stores your new item rights:

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Here is a link to Security Administrator´s Cookbook. It's for Sitecore 6 but the concepts haven't changed. It all works in the same way in Sitecore 8.x.

  • is there a way to just package permissions of the item, rather than whole item? as i don't want the whole item to be copied across to production. Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 10:52
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    No, Sitecore does not allow to create a Field-Level packages.
    – Marek Musielak
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 10:53

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