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When is this applicable?

This is an onboarding scenario for an **existing site which you want to move to a cloud-based environment for the first time**, for further development and maintenance there. In this case you already have a database with content, and you will need to get that restored to the correct application, which will be done by Optimizely.

## Before you start

This topic uses Visual Studio with the Optimizely extensions and publish profiles. However, you can also use [other deployment methods](🔗).

  • See [DXP requirements](🔗) for recommended versions of software, tools and services to use when deploying.

  • See [Getting started with DXP](🔗) for information needed to deploy.


If not already done, remember to **change the default login credentials** (admin/store) provided in the Customized Commerce installation, before deploying. See [Installing Optimizely](🔗) (Optimizely Content Management System (CMS) 11 and Customized Commerce 13).

## Output and file formats

To deploy from your local development environment, you need to create a set of output files, and provide these to Optimizely for deployment to the Integration environment.

A Customized Commerce solution consists of two databases: one for CMS and one for Customized Commerce. So, there will be additional output components compared to a plain CMS site.

## 1. Create the output files

To deploy from your local development environment, export the database as a **.bacpac** file and upload it to the DXP integration environment’s storage account. Optimizely Support will import it for you.

You can also upload the BLOBs directly (unpacked) to your DXP integration enviroment’s storage account.

Also, you can deploy the code using Visual studio or the deployment tool of your choice to the DXP integration environment.

### Application

Open your solution in Visual Studio, and repeat steps 1-4 in this section for the **front-end site**, and for the **back-end Commerce Manager** site, to create the output files for the web application. 


For the Commerce Manager site you need to include the **Apps** folder manually in the zip file.

  1. Right-click on your project and select **Publish**.


    a. Select **Custom**.  b. Enter a name for the publish profile. c. Click **OK**.

  2. On the **Connection** tab:

    a. Select **File system** as **Publish method**. b. Select a target location for the files. c. Click **Next**.


  3. On the **Settings** tab:

    a. Select **Release** for publishing configuration. b. Click **Publish**.


  4. Locate the application files in the target folder you selected in step 2, and zip them using a zip tool of your choice. 

### Database

In MS SQL Server Studio, repeat steps 1-4 below for the **front-end site database**, and for the **back-end Commerce Manager database**, to create the bacpac output files.

  1. Connect to the database to use.

  2. Select and right-click on the database, and select **Tasks** > **Export Data-tier Application...**


  3. In **Export Settings:**

    a. Select **Save to local disk**. b. Select a target location for the files. c. Enter a name for the bacpac file. d. Click **Next**.


  4. After the export, verify the results and click **Close**.


### Media/BLOB

For the **front-end site**, follow the steps below to create the output file for the media/BLOB content. 

  1. In Visual Studio, right-click on your project and select **Open folder in File Explorer**.

  2. Locate the _blobs_ folder under _App\_Data_, and zip the content of the _blobs_ folder using a zip tool of your choice. 


## 2. Upload the output files

When you have created the output files, contact [customer support](🔗), and follow the instructions provided to upload them to the assigned area. The deployment will then be finalized by Optimizely.