Nested Package Step Properties

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Nested Package Step Properties

A Nested Package step allows another package to be executed within a step. (Pro or Enterprise mode required.)

Nesting can be used to break up a complex package into several components which can be run individually or altogether. Packages can also be nested so that a package can nest a package that nests other packages. However, circular references are not allowed and attempting to deploy a Package that indirectly nests back to itself will fail.

Nested Packages can also be created by first selecting multiple imported packages from the tree on the Main Console (Shift+click or Ctrl+click), then selecting Create new package nesting these packages from the Multiple Packages page. A New Package window will open with each selected package as its own nested step.

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Click Select Package to select a Package to nest. This link is maintained even if the nested package is renamed or moved.


When a package is selected, its name is added to the Step Title and populates the Package field. The package description and the Open Package link display below. To see the properties of the nested package, click Open Package.

Effects of Conditions and Options Properties on Nested Steps

Conditions and Options step properties interact with a Nested Package Step a bit differently than for other steps.




Conditions on a Nested Package Step apply before any steps within the nested Package are executed. For example, a Nested Package Step with a 64-bit condition does not execute any steps on a 32-bit system even if the nested steps use a 32-bit condition.


Run As: This option includes the ability to select the parent package setting or the nested package settings.

Error Mode: This option has no effect on a Nested Package Step itself. Steps within the nested package use this option individually and any step within can stop the deployment.




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