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Sitecore Commerce 9 Update 2 and Step-by-step Install Guide on your machine

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This one is a summary of my own experience for Sitecore Experience Commerce 9 Update 2 (aka Sitecore XC 9.0.2) installation on my machine. I’ve had much experience with Sitecore XC9 installation and Sitecore XC9 Update 1 installation so I decided to go only with:

I do hope that this blog post is helpful for your journey as well.

Setup Prerequisites

Please refer to the Sitecore Experience Commerce 9 Compatibility Table for the software and version prerequisites:

Step-by-step guide

  1. install the ones below if not yet
  2. rebuild the Link databases for the master and core databases if not yet:
    • on the Sitecore Launchpad, click Control Panel, and in the Database section, click Rebuild Link Databases
    • select the master and core databases and then click Rebuild
    • rebuild link databases
  3. rebuild the search indexes if not yet:
    • on the Sitecore Launchpad, click Control Panel, and in the Indexing section, click Indexing manager
    • in the Indexing Manager dialog box, click Select all, and then click Rebuild
    • highlighted select all in indexing manager
  4. DO NOT stop the xConnect site xconnect.local
    • from the installation guide with love (Page 9)
    • Do not stop xConnect site note
    • ensure that Experience Analytics is working properly
      • check experience analytics
      • Note: if there is any error
        • option 1: you will have to solve it before installing XC by opening the Sitecore log and then having a look at the error messages (normally, they’re certificate issues)
        • option 2: you may want to disable xDB and then fix the error later after installing XC successfully
  1. create a new folder E:\sc9_com_install
  2. create a certificate for the Sitecore Commerce Engine Connect to authenticate with the Sitecore XC Engine:
    • launch PowerShell as an administrator
    • create the certificate by running the following cmdlet:
      • New-SelfSignedCertificate -certstorelocation cert:\localmachine\my -dnsname “storefront.local”
    • export the certificate to a file by running the following cmdlet:
      • Export-Certificate -Cert cert:\localMachine\my\<Thumbprint-of-cert> -FilePath E:\sc9_com_install\storefront.local.cer
  3. download MSBuild Microsoft Visual Studio Web targets (available from Nuget) then extract the Web targets package, copy the \tools\VSToolsPath\Web\Microsoft.Web.XmlTransform.dll file into E:\sc9_com_install
  4. download Sitecore Experience Accelerator 1.7.1(Note: must log into before downloading) and put it into E:\sc9_com_install
  5. download Sitecore Powershell Extensions 4.7.2then put it into E:\sc9_com_install
  6. download and unzip Packages for On Premises 2018.07-2.2.126(Note: must log into downloading) then put it into E:\sc9_com_install
  7. unzip E:\sc9_com_install\Sitecore.Commerce.1.2.14.zipand then rename E:\sc9_com_install\SIF.Sitecore.Commerce.1.2.14to E:\sc9_com_install\SIF for a better practice
  8. unzip the E:\sc9_com_install\
  9. unzip the E:\sc9_com_install\ file then copy the E:\sc9_com_install\Sitecore.Commerce.Engine.SDK.2.2.72\Sitecore.Commerce.Engine.DB.dacpacfile into E:\sc9_com_install
    • Note: you will see the following error message if you copy / paste the one of XC 9 Update 1
    • error message
    • ERROR Message=SQL.InsertEntity.Fail: Id=’Entity-PolicySet-ControllerMethodRolesPolicySet’|Environment=’GlobalEnvironment’|Message=’Procedure or function sp_CommerceEntitiesInsert has too many arguments specified.
  10. unzip E:\sc9_com_install\
    • open E:\sc9_com_install\Sitecore.Commerce.Engine.2.2.126\wwwroot\bootstrap\Global.json
    • replace the Database‘s value to “SitecoreCommerce9_Global” at line 109 (the default value  is NOT correct)
    • ensure the Server‘s value is “.” at line 113 (it’s empty by default)
    • server's value at line 113
    • zip the folder E:\sc9_com_install\Commerce.Engine.2.2.126as E:\sc9_com_install\Sitecore.Commerce.Engine.2.2.126\ file then overwrite E:\sc9_com_install\ with it
  11. download sc9_com_install.ps1 and put it into E:\sc9_com_install\SIF then open it to correct 09 parameters below:
    1. $SitePrefix
    2. $ScInstallDirectory
    3. $SiteHostHeaderName
    4. $SqlServer
    5. $SqlDbPrefix
    6. $CommerceEngineCertificatePath
    7. $SolrUrl
    8. $SolrRoot
    9. $SolrService
  12. (optional): you can specify any local account (note: it will be created automatically if non-existent) to be set up for the various application pools that are created as part of the deployment at line 76-77 of sc9_com_install.ps1
    • set up local account
  13. (optional): if you play with SQL Server 2017, you will have to download DeployCommerceDatabase.psm1 then overwrite E:\sc9_com_install\SIF\Modules\DeployCommerceDatabase\DeployCommerceDatabase.psm1
  14. (optional): if you have multiple instances of SQL Server on your machine, you will have to:
    • unzip E:\sc9_com_install\
    • open E:\sc9_com_install\Sitecore.Commerce.Engine.2.2.126\wwwroot\bootstrap\Global.json
    • replace the Server’s value to your SQL Server instance at line 113 (Note: double-backslash escape if any)
    • replace server value at line 113
    • open E:\sc9_com_install\Sitecore.Commerce.Engine.2.2.126\wwwroot\data\Environments\PlugIn.Habitat.CommerceAuthoring-1.0.0.jsonthen replace the Server‘s value to your SQL Server instance at line 130 (Note: double-backslash escape if any)
    • open E:\sc9_com_install\Sitecore.Commerce.Engine.2.2.126\wwwroot\data\Environments\PlugIn.AdventureWorks.CommerceAuthoring-1.0.0.jsonthen replace the Server‘s value to your SQL Server instance at line 130 (Note: double-backslash escape if any)
    • zip the folder E:\sc9_com_install\Commerce.Engine.2.2.126 as E:\sc9_com_install\Sitecore.Commerce.Engine.2.2.126\ file then overwrite E:\sc9_com_install\Sitecore.Commerce.Engine.2.2.126.zipwith it
  15. (optional): you may get timeout exceptions (some tasks’ execution timeout is only 12 minutes by default and the remote query timeout of SQL Server is only 10 minutes by default) so I suggest:
    • download SitecoreUtilityTasks.psm1  then overwrite E:\sc9_com_install\SIF\Modules\SitecoreUtilityTasks\SitecoreUtilityTasks.psm1 in order to increase the execution timeout
    • download PerformanceTweak.config then put it into  \sc9com.local\App_Config\Environment in order to turn all Sitecore jobs off and disable xDB for a better installation (you know, it’s a super long operation :D)
    • configure the remote query timeout option of SQL Server:
      1. using SQL Server Management Studio
      2. in Object Explorer, right-click a server and select Properties
      3. under Remote server connections, in the Remote query timeout box, type or select a value from 0 through 2,147,483,647 to set the maximum number seconds for SQL Server to wait before timing out
    • consider to put $global:ProgressPreference = ‘silentlyContinue’into the sc9_com_install.ps1 in order to speed up the operation
  16. launch PowerShell as an administrator
    • Powershell administrator
    • hopefully there is nothing can stop the installation process now
    • installation process
  17. open a browser then navigate to storefront.local/, you would see the default page of Sitecore website. That’s because we don’t use the default host name so we need to correct it inside Sitecore
    • log into sc9com.local/sitecore/
    • access /sitecore/content/Sitecore/Storefront/Settings/Site Grouping/Storefront
    • update Host Name to storefront.local  and then publish it
    • update host name to storefront.local
    • refresh storefront.local/, you would see something like this
    • refreshed storefront.local
    • I’m sure that you want to make it more fancy so access /sitecore/content/Sitecore/Storefront/Presentation/Page Designs
    • update Theme to Storefont Branded and then publish it
    • refresh storefront.local/, you would see something like this
    • red watch with white background
  18. DO NOT forget to perform Post-Installation Steps

The recommendations

  • we can remove the tasks completed from E:\sc9_com_install\SIF\Configuration\Commerce\Master_SingleServer.json and re-do Step 20 if there is something wrong (especially for Note: some known issues below) so that we are able to save a lot of time
  • if there is something wrong during installation process, we always have a chance to correct it via json files (note: need to do IIS reset after updating):
    1. C:\inetpub\wwwroot\SitecoreIdentityServer\wwwroot\appsettings.json
    2. C:\inetpub\wwwroot\CommerceShops_Sc9\wwwroot\bootstrap\Global.json
    3. C:\inetpub\wwwroot\CommerceOps_Sc9\wwwroot\bootstrap\Global.json
    4. C:\inetpub\wwwroot\CommerceMinions_Sc9\wwwroot\bootstrap\Global.json
    5. C:\inetpub\wwwroot\CommerceAuthoring_Sc9\wwwroot\bootstrap\Global.json
    6. C:\inetpub\wwwroot\CommerceShops_Sc9\wwwroot\data\Environments\Plugin.SQL.PolicySet-1.0.0.json
    7. C:\inetpub\wwwroot\CommerceShops_Sc9\wwwroot\data\Environments\PlugIn.Habitat.CommerceAuthoring-1.0.0.json
    8. C:\inetpub\wwwroot\CommerceShops_Sc9\wwwroot\data\Environments\PlugIn.AdventureWorks.CommerceAuthoring-1.0.0.json

How to uninstall it?

  • download sc9_com_uninstall.ps1 and put it into E:\sc9_com_install then open it to correct 07 parameters below:
    1. $EngineSuffix
    2. $Prefix
    3. $SolrService
    4. $PathToSolr
    5. $SqlServer
    6. $SqlAccount
    7. $SqlPassword
  • launch PowerShell as an administrator
    • blue screen with white and yellow text
  • hopefully, it runs well and cleans everything up

Note: some known issues

  1. The service cannot accept control messages at this time
    • blue screen with green headers
    • access IIS, start sc9com.local site and sc9com.local application pool manually (note: you may need to do it several times) if they’re in STOP status, somehow IIS cannot restart those ones after stopping them
  2. The wait operation timed out: [SqlException (0x80131904): Connection Timeout Expired. The timeout period elapsed during the post-login phase. The connection could have timed out while waiting for server to complete the login process and
    respond; Or it could have timed out while attempting to create multiple active connections.

    • blue screen with red text
    • open E:\sc9_com_install\SIF\Configuration\Commerce\Master_SingleServer.json to remove the tasks completed
    • for instance, I would remove all the completed tasks before InstallSXAFrameworkModule then re-do Step 20 again
    • highlighted green text with blue background
  3. Request timed out:  Exception Details: System.Web.HttpException: Request timed out.
    • Highlighted publishextensions
    • my suggestions:
      1. open E:\sc9_com_install\SIF\Configuration\Commerce\Master_SingleServer.json to remove the tasks completed
        • for instance, I would remove all the completed tasks before PublishExtensions then re-do Step 20 again
      2. consider to perform Step 19 as well if solution #1 does not work as expected then re-do Step 20 again
  1. Something went wrong restarting SQL server again: Cannot validate argument on parameter ‘InputObject’. The argument is null or empty. Provide an argument that is not null or empty, and then try the command again.
    • restart SQL server went wrong message
    • somehow SQL Server window service cannot restart after stopping, ensure SQL Server window service is running
  2. Install-SitecoreConfiguration : Cannot find path ‘C:\inetpub\wwwroot\CommerceOps_Sc9\wwwroot\config.json’ because it does not exist.
    • blue screen with three red paragraphs
    • in Step 15, ensure to create correctly (especially directory structure)
  3. Get Token From Sitecore.IdentityServer: HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable
    • importing module header
    • my suggestions:
      1. ensure to install .Net Core stuffs
      2. correct connection string in “C:\inetpub\wwwroot\SitecoreIdentityServer\wwwroot\appsettings.json” and then do IIS reset
      3. correct the application pool of SitecoreIdentityServer site in IIS
  1. Ensure/Sync default content paths for environment AdventureWorksAuthoring failed
    • ensure/sync default content paths
    • ensure to perform Step 14 and Step 18 correctly
  2. ERROR Exception when executing agent aggregation/pathAnalyzerHistoryAgent
    Exception: Sitecore.XConnect.XdbCollectionUnavailableException
    Message: The HTTP response was not successful: Forbidden
    Source: Sitecore.Xdb.Common.Web

    • have a look at
    • ensure to remove all non-self-signed certificates out of Trusted Root Certification Authorities certificate store (you can move them to Intermediate Certification Authorities certificate store)
      • Note: should use this Windows Powershell command Get-Childitem cert:\LocalMachine\root -Recurse | Where-Object {$_.Issuer -ne $_.Subject} to find them out
  1. The specified module ‘sqlps’ was not loaded because no valid module file was found in any module directory
    • you may want to have a look at this one in order to solve it

Got issues?

Please send your issues (with screenshots if possible) to so that I have a chance to understand your problem and be able to suggest the solution.

Happy Sitecore Installation!

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