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 Some parts of the DevOps Guide also seemed to be out of date when I initially went through this.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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Re-Index Tree for selected index with SPE

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Sitecore has a button on the developer tab that allows you to re-index just a portion of the content tree.  This can be handy to avoid a full index rebuild when you have a large content tree or if you are debugging custom indexing funtionality likc computed fields.  Unfortunately, the button causes the the subtree to be re-indexed for all indexes.  A few MVPs were recently tweeting about how it would be nice to have the option to select a particular index.  I just happened to have written a Sitecore PowerShell Extenstions context menu script to do this recently. Continue reading