After installing a Sitecore Update Package via the Update Installation Wizard, there is still a manual step required to active any config files that would be overwritten. Does anyone have a script or other means of activating them all quickly, for cases where you are confident in your config management?

  • Nick, never tried it but we might be able to do something with post deployment step.
    – ASura
    Oct 7, 2016 at 17:42

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To do this quickly using PowerShell, without any new tools, see snippet below. It will handle dated packages generated by TDS as well.

# use name of package without .update extension
$packageName = "MyPackage"
get-childitem -recurse -filter "*.config.$($packageName)*" | ? {$_.FullName -notmatch "\\temp\?"} | % { Move-Item $_.FullName $_.FullName.Substring(0, $_.FullName.LastIndexOf(".")) -Force }

Have you tried the Sitecore Package Deployer? You basically upload the .update package to a specific folder, it installs it, and then does that whole config activation. I've been using this for my production deploys now for 9 months and it saves so much time and hassle.

  • Jason this would require TDS?
    – ASura
    Oct 7, 2016 at 17:41
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    As far as I know it's a free GitHub project that just runs .update packages. The install is a config file and some binaries, from my recollection. I don't believe you need any TDS dlls, but since we use TDS, hard for me to be sure... Oct 7, 2016 at 17:44
  • @JayS You are correct, this module is not dependent on TDS, as update packages are a built-in Sitecore feature. Oct 7, 2016 at 20:02

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