XMLAccess Script syntax

The way XMLAccess scripts work is you create XML input file that defines what you want to do and pass it to the xmlaccess client side program. The xmlaccess client will communicate to the server over HTTP or Secure HTTP using SSL and return the response by generating result.xml file on the local disk. You can check this file to find out if the xmlaccess script was executed successfully or not.

You can execute xmlaccess script by going to portal_server_root/bin directory and executing xmlaccess.sh/.bat file.

The basic syntax for executing XMLAccess is like this

xmlaccess -user <username> -password <lpassword >
-url <configurl>
-in <input_file.xml> -out <result_file.xml>



  • username: User Name of the portal security administrator

  • password: Password of the portal security administrator

  • configURL: Config URL that xmlaccess client should connect

  • input_file.xml: Fully qualified path of the input xml file

  • result_file.xml: Fully qualified path of the result xml file. XMLAccess script will generate the result file



The xmlaccess script takes additional command line parameter as well as there is an option to communicate xmlaccess script using SSL secured connection. If you want any of those options take a look at Working with XMLConfiguration Interface for details.

Important Note: The configuration URL that you use while executing xmlaccess actually points to com.ibm.wps.command.xml.XmlCommandServlet that is wps_xml.war which is part of wps.ear


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app id="IBM_WPS_XML_FACADE" version="2.4" xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee/web-app_2_4.xsd">
<display-name>WebSphere Portal XmlAccess Facade</display-name>
<servlet>
<servlet-name>config</servlet-name>
<servlet-class>com.ibm.wps.command.xml.XmlCommandServlet</servlet-class>
</servlet>

<servlet-mapping>
<servlet-name>config</servlet-name>
<url-pattern>/*</url-pattern>
</servlet-mapping>
</web-app>


The common approach of using xmlaccess is that you go to target portal server and export full or part of the configuration using xmlaccess. The configuration would be exported as xmlaccess file. Once you have that file you can go to target and import that configuration on target and portal server will create those resource on the target server.

Requests to and responses from the XML configuration interface use the same XML format. An export request generates an XML response that contains all the configuration data required to re-create the exported configuration part. This means that you can export a portal configuration, save the XML output file and, without modification, send it to another portal to re-create the same configuration there.

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