v10.1’s new database update strategy

One of the interesting things that’s arrived with Sitecore v10.1 is a new approach to how items get updated when you change versions. This change is aimed at containerised deployments, and I’m in the middle of a containerised project. So I figured I should take a look… Continue reading

Peeking into search queries

An issue I’ve bumped into a number of times over the years, is that sometimes developers want to be able to look at the query that got generated when they did something with Sitecore’s ContentSearch APIs. The traditional answer of “go look in the logs” is one way to deal with this, but some recent project work got me wondering if there were alternatives… Continue reading

Broken Unicorn synchronisation

Ever had a tool that works reliably suddenly not work? I had a problem like that recently, and it lead to some experimentation that I think I may need to come back to later. So this is mostly so I can remember what I was doing when I get back to this. But as we move toward a more “platform agnostic” with more use of .Net Core on Linux, maybe there’s something here that might help you too… Continue reading

Security fun with Azure Kubernetes Service

I’ve been working on a deployment of Sitecore using containers recently, and hit a scenario which isn’t discussed much in the Microsoft documentation: How do you go about setting it all up if you can’t use Active Directory accounts across your DevOps and Azure instances? Having done some digging, here’s what I’ve learned so far: Continue reading

More learning about Kubernetes for Sitecore

Last time out I was thinking about some choices around setting up Sitecore in Kubernetes. Since then, I’ve moved onto the more practical task of trying to get the setup to work. And I doubt you’ll be surprised to hear that I’ve met a few new issues… Maybe they’ll help you save yourself a bit of time and frustration? Continue reading

Kubernetes and Sitecore: Some questions I’ve been pondering…

I’m in the middle of trying to plan out the transition of a Sitecore 10 development project from PaaS deployments, over to the Azure Kubernetes Service. There’s some great info out there, but there have also been some interesting things I’ve wondered about that seem less documented right now. So here are some things I’ve learned this week: Continue reading

Experimenting with Content Hub integration

I’ve got a project on the cards where I need to connect both Sitecore and a third-party image capture system to Content Hub. While I’ve done the official admin & developer training for Content Hub, I thought it would be worth a quick proof-of-concept so that I could verify the plan I had would actually work – and it turned out that there was an interesting issue hiding under this… Continue reading

Sitecore snuck in Content Security Policy!

Ages ago I wrote up a bit about how your public sites should consider implementing Content Security Policy because of all the hacks it can prevent. In a bit of frustrating irony, I was tripped up by a problem caused precisely because Sitecore have added some CSP headers to their own code. Google came up empty on this, so I’m documenting it for the next person who gets bitten. Continue reading