Finding the Right Context

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It is a fairly well-known best practice to create your own custom search indexes rather than using and polluting the ones that Sitecore provides out-of-the-box. If you follow this practice in a large solution, you may end up with many small indexes. A question may arise: “how do I get the correct search context (index) for a given feature?” Continue reading

Installing Sitecore Commerce 8.2.1

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I was recently tasked with installing Sitecore Commerce 8.2.1 for a client. It was one of the more frustrating experiences I can remember. The instructions provided in the Deployment Guide are written for a local development environment with a local database server. The DevOps Guide has more detailed listings of accounts and permissions, but it provides very little instruction on how to use that information in the context of an installation. Some parts of the DevOps Guide also seemed to be out of date when I initially went through this. Fortunately, the instructions have been getting regular updates. This series attempts to provide better instructions for installing Sitecore Commerce in an existing development or test environment where the database is on a separate server.

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