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Sitecore XP 9.3 Initial Release – Install / Uninstall by using Sitecore Install Framework version 2.2

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Nowadays, you should use SIA (e.g Sitecore Install Assistant) to install Sitecore 9.3.0 quickly and easily. Personally, I wanted to keep playing around with the Windows PowerShell console so I have a good chance to dive deeper into the problem of the install operation, if any.

This one is a summary of my own experience with the Sitecore Experience Platform 9.3 Initial Release (aka Sitecore XP 9.3.0) installation on my machine. I’ve had many versions of Sitecore XP 9.0 + Sitecore XP 9.1 + Sitecore XP 9.2 so I decided to go with the following installation guide:

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

Note: since Sitecore 9.3, by default, we have been able to use our own install directory rather than the default one

Setup Prerequisites

Step by step guide

  1. (optional) if you have never installed Sitecore 9 before, you will probably want to:
    • open Windows PowerShell (run as administrator)
    • execute Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope CurrentUser Unrestricted
    • Running Set-ExecutionPolicy commend
  2. (optional) install Sitecore Install Framework (SIF) if not yet
  3. (optional) if you already installed previous SIF versions, you would have upgraded it to a new version 2.2.0
    • open Windows PowerShell (run as administrator)
    • you should use the following command to get all the current SIF versions
      • Get-Module -Name SitecoreInstallFramework -ListAvailable
    • option 1: use the following command to update to the latest version of SIF
      • Update-Module SitecoreInstallFramework -force
    • option 2: use the following commands to remove the currents and then install the latest version of SIF
      • Uninstall-Module SitecoreInstallFramework -AllVersions
      • Install-Module SitecoreInstallFramework
  4. enable Contained Database Authentication if not yet
  5. create a new folder D:sc930_install
  6. download and unzip Package for XP Single (Note: must log into before downloading)
    • copy / paste the following ones to D:sc930_install
      1. Sitecore 9.3.0 rev. 003498 (OnPrem)
      2. Sitecore 9.3.0 rev. 003498 (OnPrem)
      3. Sitecore.IdentityServer 4.0.0 rev. 00257 (OnPrem)
    • unzip XP0 Configuration files 9.3.0 rev. and copy / paste all files to D:sc930_install
    • List of JSON files and the ps1 file
  7. let’s install the prerequisites
    • open Windows PowerShell (run as administrator)
    • change directory to D:sc930_install
    • execute Install-SitecoreConfiguration -Path .prerequisites.json
    • Installing Sitecore 9.3 Configuration
  8. install SOLR 8.1.1 if not yet
    • adjust appropriate values by editing D:sc930_installSolr-SingleDeveloper.json such as SolrPortSolrInstallRoot if necessary
    • Highlight the default values
    • open Windows PowerShell (run as administrator)
    • change directory to D:sc930_install
    • execute Install-SitecoreConfiguration -Path .Solr-SingleDeveloper.json
    • Install Sitecore Configuration
  9. copy / paste your Sitecore licence file license.xml to D:sc930_install
  10. adjust appropriate values by editing D:sc930_installXP0-SingleDeveloper.ps1 such as:
    • $Prefix
    • $SitecoreAdminPassword
    • $SCInstallRoot
    • $SitePhysicalRoot
      • note 1: NEW PARAMETER so we have been able to use our install directory rather than the default one
      • note 2: DON’T use double backslash in the folder path (for instance D:\websites) otherwise you may get the following error Failed to start service ‘Sitecore Marketing Automation Engine
      • Error failed to start service
    • $SolrUrl
    • $SolrRoot
    • $SqlServer
    • $SqlAdminUser
    • $SqlAdminPassword
    • Highlighting various configuration variables
  11. open Windows PowerShell (run as administrator)
    • (optional) if you have various SIF versions on your machine, you will probably have to run 2.2.0 version of SIF by executing Import-Module SitecoreInstallFramework -Force -RequiredVersion 2.2.0
    • change directory to D:sc930_install
    • execute .XP0-SingleDeveloper.ps1
    • Running XP0-SingleDeveloper.ps1 file
  12. hopefully there is nothing that can stop the installation process and note Sitecore Admin Password + SSL enabled as well
    • Highlight Sitecore Admin password
  13.  open a browser:
  14. DON’T FORGET to rebuild the search indexes and the Link database


How to uninstall it?

  • open D:sc930_installXP0-SingleDeveloper.ps1 and uncomment the line 80 + comment out the line 77 then save it
  • Uninstalling Sitecore configuration
  • open Windows PowerShell (run as administrator)
  • change directory to D:sc930_install
  • execute .XP0-SingleDeveloper.ps1
  • Removing host entry
  • hopefully, it runs well and cleans everything up


Got issues?

Please send your issues (with screenshots if possible) to so that I can understand your problem and suggest a solution.

Happy Sitecore 9.3.0 Installation!

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