Please don’t put Sitecore in Source control

If you’re looking for the simplest possible developer setup for Sitecore then creating an ASP.Net web project, dropping Sitecore over the top, configuring it for shared databases and checking it in to source control is the answer. Back in the day it was an accepted pattern to to work this way – so you could click “play” in Visual Studio to run your site. And I still find myself workig on projects running that way. But today this is considered a bad idea. So why do I keep finding projects set up this way, and why isn’t it a good approach? Continue reading

A new option for developer Solr installs

One of the interesting changes that’s part of the coming release of Sitecore v9.3 is the integration of the Solr installation into the SIF scripts for developers. Given I’ve had a go at doing this myself in the past, I thought it would be interesting to look at their approach and see how it works… Continue reading

Shooting myself in the foot with Marketing Automation

I had another of my fun chats with Sitecore Support recently, for an issue that seemed to get no useful results in Google when I looked. So, as is my way, I’m filling that search-engine void today. This turned out to be entirely my fault – but it seems like the sort of mistake that others might encounter too… So if you’ve deployed a distributed instance of Sitecore and found Marketing Automation was behaving oddly, read on… Continue reading

Logging generated passwords in SIF

I’ve been looking at adjusting SIF scripts for a production deployment recently, and realised that sometimes you’d like SIF to generate random passwords for you, but you need them logged so you can reuse them in scripts you’re crafting for other roles. It doesn’t do that out of the box, but it turns out it’s actually quite simple: Continue reading

A pain point with “Trusted Connection” in Sitecore v9.1

One of the projects I’m working on at the moment came with a requirement to change Sitecore v9.1 from running with the default SQL Security accounts to trusted connections using specific Active Directory accounts that the client provided. While there’s a bit of work to do to enable this, it shouldn’t be too tough. But trying to be a bit clever, I hit upon an issue which seemed worth documenting… Continue reading

Surviving the developers’ Javapocalypse

It’s Christmas, and I’m dreaming of a festive sherry, while I slog through my last working day of the year. So hopefully you can forgive me the flagrant clickbait headline… 😉

But you’d have to have your head in the sand not to have noticed that Oracle are changing the licensing terms for their builds of the Java runtime. They’ve decided that they want people and businesses to pay for the fastest access to support updates for Java. But as Sitecore developers, many of us make use of Solr – which relies on Java. So what can we do? Continue reading

Obscure looking SIF certificate errors

Continuing my voyage of obscure-error-discovery around Sitecore 9, this week SIF has been putting a lot of red into console windows for me. I’m not sure how many people will have this scenario, but if you have multiple people who all need to install their own Sitecore 9 instance onto one machine, this may be of interest: Continue reading

Playing MythBusters with Sitecore setup suggestions

Recently a colleague of mine told me about a suggestion they’d been given about setting up an instance of Sitecore. They were told that you should put your license file into a subfolder of your data directory because the license check enumerates files and folders in the directory containing the file. So if the folder contained other things, this would slow down the check. This sounded odd to me as you have to specify the exact path of the license in your config, so I thought I’d do some investigating, and see if I could prove or disprove the suggestion.

So, putting on my best beret at a jaunty “for science!” angle, here’s what I discovered: Continue reading