Creating Production Programs

Last update: 2023-11-20

A production program is intended for a user who is familiar with AEM and Cloud Manager and is ready to start writing, building, and testing code with the objective of deploying it to host live traffic.

Learn more about program types in the document Understanding Program and Program Types.

Create a Production Program

Follow these steps to create a production program.

  1. Log into Cloud Manager at and select the appropriate organization.

  2. Click Add Program from the top-right corner of the screen.

    Cloud manager landing page

  3. Select Set up for Production in the Create Program wizard to create a production program and provide a program name.

    Creating program wizard

  4. Optionally, you can add an image to the program by dragging and dropping an image file to the Add a program image target or clicking it to select an image from a file browser. Select Continue.

  5. If you have the necessary entitlements, the Security tab will be shown and provide the option to activate HIPAA and/or WAF-DDOS Protection for your production program. If necessary for the program you are creating, check the applicable option(s) and then select Continue.

    • HIPAA cannot be enabled or disabled after program creation.
      • Learn more about Adobe’s HIPAA ready solution implementation.
    • Once activated, WAF-DDOS protection can then be configured by setting up a non-production pipeline.

WAF-DDOS protection will be available end of 2023.

Security options

  1. On the Solutions & Add-ons tab, select the solutions to include in the program.

    • If you are not sure if you need one or more programs for the various solutions you have available, select the one most of interest to you. You can activate additional solutions by editing the program later. See the Introduction to Production Programs document for more program setup recommendations.
    • If you selected the Enable Enhanced Security previously, you are allowed to select only as many solutions for which HIPAA entitlements are available.

    Select solutions

  2. Click the chevron before the solution names to reveal optional add-ons such as selecting the Commerce add-on option under Sites.

    Select add-ons

  3. With your solutions and add-ons selected, click Continue.

  4. On the Go-Live Date tab, enter the date you plan your production program to go live.

    Define planned go-live date

    • This date can be edited at any time.
    • This date is for informational use only and triggers the Go Live widget on the program overview page to provide in-product links to AEM as a Cloud Service best practice documentation in a timely manner to align with your journey culminating in a successful and smooth Go Live experience.
  5. Click Create.

Your program is created by Cloud Manager and is displayed and selectable on the landing page.

Cloud manager overview

Access Your Program

  1. When you see your program card on the landing page, select the ellipsis button to view the menu options available to you.

    Program overview

  2. Select Program Overview to navigate to the Cloud Manager’s Overview page.

  3. The main call-to-action card on the overview page will guide you through creating an environment, a non-production pipeline, and finally a production pipeline.

    Program overview

If at any time you need to switch to another program or return to the overview page to create another program, click your program name in the top-left of the screen to reveal the Navigate to option.

Navigate to


Unlike a sandbox program, a production program will require the user in the appropriate Cloud Manager role to create the project and add an environment through the self-service UI.

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