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A deployment descriptor is an XML file that captures changes to the deployment unit during deployment. Those changes are then used when a package is redeployed.

A deployment descriptor is not required to deploy the deployment unit.

A deployment descriptor is created either after a developer creates a package profile and executes a build on a package, or when the developer deploys a package to a development edition server from SAP Mobile WorkSpace. The file contains this information:

  • The deployment mode
  • The target package that descriptor applies to
  • The endpoint information that overrides specific endpoints defined for MBOs or operations in the deployment unit
  • The domain and named security that the package applied to
  • Role mappings

This information is specific to each deployment unit; therefore, you cannot apply a descriptor from another package to a deployment unit.