This article was created in response to a support issue logged with K2. The content may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice This article is not considered official documentation for K2 software and is provided “as is” with no warranties.

Issue

Package and Deploy cannot see Management SmartObjects. The Management SmartObjects are available for use within the Designer but when trying to package and deploy - they are missing.

Symptoms

K2 does not allow the Package and Deployment of System SmartObjects (ex. Management SmartObjects) because they have a system binding. This is expected behavior to prevent deploying over the K2 System SmartObjects in the target environment.
Here is a list of the Management SmartObjects:
Event; Group; K2 Application; Library List; List Template; Recycle Bin; Role Site; Site; Template; User.

Troubleshooting Steps

There is no way to convert the Management SmartObject (SmO) to a 'Packageable' SmartObject; you must remap the controls with a new SmartObject.

The best method is to create a copy of the Management SmartObjects in Designer. This will ensure that you still have all the functionality from the Management SmartObject but the copy will not have a system binding. While in Designer, navigate to the Management SmartObjects and left-click on a SmartObject. You will click on 'Save As' and then you can give it a new name and save it to a different category. Once you have a copy of the SmartObject, you will replace the old SmartObject in the forms and views with the new copy SmartObject. This can be a tedious process but once completed we will be able to Package and Deploy the solution without an issue.