Running AEM in Production Ready Mode


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With AEM 6.1, Adobe introduces the new "nosamplecontent" runmode aimed at automating the steps required to prepare an AEM instance for deployment in a production environment.

The new runmode will not only automatically configure the instance to adhere to the security best practices described in the security checklist, but will also remove all the sample geometrixx applications and configurations in the process.


Since, due to practical reasons, the AEM Production Ready Mode will only cover a majority of tasks needed to secure an instance, it is highly recommended you consult the Security Checklist before going live with your production environment.

Also, note that running AEM in Production Ready Mode will effectively disable access to CRXDE Lite. If you need it for debugging purposes, see Enabling CRXDE Lite in AEM.


In order to run AEM in production ready mode all you need to do is add the nosamplecontent via the -r runmode switch to your existing startup arguments:

java -jar aem-quickstart.jar -r nosamplecontent

For example, you can use the production ready to launch an author instance with MongoDB persistence like this:

java -jar aem-quickstart.jar -r author,crx3,crx3mongo,nosamplecontent -Doak.mongo.uri=mongodb://remoteserver:27017 -Doak.mongo.db=aem-author

Changes part of the Production Ready Mode

More specifically, the following configuration changes will be performed when AEM is ran in production ready mode:

  1. The CRXDE Support bundle ( com.adobe.granite.crxde-support) is disabled by default in production ready mode. It can be installed at any time from the Adobe public Maven repository. Version 3.0.0 is required for AEM 6.1.

  2. The Apache Sling Simple WebDAV Access to repositories ( bundle will only be available on author instances.

  3. Newly created users will be required to change the password on the first login. This does not apply to the admin user.

  4. Generate debug info is disabled for the Apache Sling Java Script Handler.

  5. Mapped content and Generate debug info are disabled for the Apache Sling JSP Script Handler.

  6. The Day CQ WCM Filter is set to edit on author and disabled on publish instances.

  7. The Adobe Granite HTML Library Manager is configured with the following settings:

    1. Minify: enabled
    2. Debug: disabled
    3. Gzip: enabled
    4. Timing: disabled
  8. The Apache Sling GET Servlet is set to support secure configurations by default, as follows:

Configuration Author Publish
TXT rendition disabled disabled
HTML rendition disabled disabled
JSON rendition enabled enabled
XML rendition disabled disabled
json.maximumresults 1000 100
Auto Index disabled disabled

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