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  • Blog Post: News about the Commerce Server Book!

    I am sure you all have been waiting for the Commerce Server 2007 Book that was listed at Amazon and blogged about. If you perform a search now, you will notice that it is no longer available at Amazon. The reason for this is that book will not be published. I talked with Wade (the author) and he is trying...
  • Blog Post: Will Commerce Server Run on Windows Server 2008?

    So the question of the year is "will Commerce Server run on Windows 2008"? The answer is "YES" with a big BUT you have to wait for Commerce Server SP2 targeted second half of 2008. To confirm I sent an email to csid@microsoft.com and they can't comment as they are in the planing phase so we just have...
  • Blog Post: How To Deal With Large Orders And Improve Checkout Performance

    There are some scenarios were you need to handle 100 or more line items and performance becomes an issue. So in this post I hope to provide you with some ideas on how you can speed up the performance of the Checkout path. Checkout Path What is the checkout path? The checkout process starts from the moment...
  • Blog Post: A few things you didn't know about Commerce Server's Catalog Cache

    One of the most important aspect of any e-commerce is their Catalog(s) and Commerce Server provides a system that allows customers to manage and organize their products. In any e-commerce site the most profile usage the Catalog. Searches and Catalog browsing constitutes about 70 percent or more of a...
  • Blog Post: Have you heard of SmartCatalog?

    SmartCatalog is the only .NET Product Advisor and Product Configuration solution built exclusively for Microsoft Commerce Server. SmartCatalog is tightly integrated with Microsoft Commerce Server and was the first software partner dating back to 2000. SmartCatalog’s purpose is to provide users with a...
  • Blog Post: News Alert Commerce Server

    Microsoft Re-Brandishes E-Commerce Chops With Commerce Server Plans InformationWeek - Manhasset,NY,USA In a broad outline of Commerce Server's future on Wednesday, Microsoft is declaring its intention to stay in the game in a big way. ... Cactus Commerce Signs a Global Agreement With Microsoft Corp....
  • Blog Post: What's New for Commerce Server Documentation?

    I just finished getting my chm file using PackageThis and going through it to find new and exciting information. So, here is what I have found so far: Commerce Server Staging API documentation Commerce Server Staging XML Configuration of Business Data Commerce Server System Database tables are explained...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 for Commerce Server 2007 is now available

    I just got news from my friends at Microsoft that they have announce Service Pack 1 for Commerce Server 2007! This release adds support for running Commerce Server 2007 Developer Edition and the business user applications on Windows Vista. There are also performance and security enhancements as well...
  • Blog Post: Commerce Server 2007 Frequently Asked Questions

    Link to Commerce Server 2007 Frequently Asked Questions
  • Blog Post: Commerce Server Capacity Planning Tool

    The Commerce Server Capacity Planning Tool helps to determine and rate your server performance, scalability, and flexibility in order to optimize your environment. Link to Commerce Server Capacity Planning Tool
  • Blog Post: Digonex Technologies Dynamic Pricing System to be Available to Microsoft Commerce Server Users Via an Adapter for BizTalk Server

    Link to Digonex Technologies Dynamic Pricing System to be Available to Microsoft Commerce Server Users Via an Adapter for BizTalk Server
  • Blog Post: Downloads for Microsoft Commerce Server 2007

    All Commerce Server Downlaods Search for additional Commerce Server 2007-related downloads. Source: Downloads for Microsoft Commerce Server 2007
  • Blog Post: Commerce Server 2007 Data Sheet

    We have corrected and updated our Data Sheet and is currently live at: http://www.microsoft.com/commerceserver/default.mspx http://www.microsoft.com/commerceserver/evaluation/default.mspx http://www.microsoft.com/commerceserver/evaluation/overview.mspx http://www.microsoft.com/commerceserver/evaluation...
  • Blog Post: MOSS 2007 and Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 White Paper Released!

    This download provides setup and configuration information for solutions that are based on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Commerce Server 2007. This download includes step-by-step configuration tasks and sample code. This document in this download does not provide prescriptive...
  • Blog Post: Commerce Server as an Application Server-SOA like

    We recently hosted a Commerce Server Air Lift and there were may questions around using Commerce Server as an application server. In this post I will address some areas of concern, and risk associated with this approach. I am not saying it can't be done. You just need to be aware of issues around each...
  • Blog Post: Adding Image Management to your Commerce Site Part (V)

    Welcome to the last post of our Image Management System, this certainly has been a long post. I hope that by now you see some value in taking some time and designing your system instead of coding first and now some code:). If you have not created any of the wire frame projects now would be a good time...
  • Blog Post: How to Create a Custom Commerce Module

    What is a Commerce Server Module? One of Commerce Server's most useful features is the extensibility of the Commerce Server Modules. A Commerce Server module is simply a class that implements the System.Web.IHttpModule interface: public interface IHttpModule { void Dispose(); void Init(HttpApplication...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Labs Home: Commerce Server

    We have created a home page for Commerce Server Virtual LABs check it out today and let us know how you like it. Note: Take any TechNet or MSDN Virtual Lab or Labcast, submit a completed evaluation, and be automatically registered to win an Xbox 360! Link to Virtual Labs Home: Commerce Server
  • Blog Post: Released: Commerce Server 2007 Documentation Update October 2006

    Our documentation folks have done a wonderful job of delivering the Commerce Server 2007 distributed help file updates. Link to Download details: Commerce Server 2007 Documentation Update October 2006
  • Blog Post: The CS2007 French, German and Japanese Documentation released!

    Japanese: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=89D3D830-53D3-40BD-8EB2-3C7C0CE88009&displaylang=ja German: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=36A670EF-3AFC-48A0-9066-5F31C80AA56E&displaylang=de French: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...
  • Blog Post: Adding Image Management to your Commerce Site Part (IV)

    So far we have figured out our requirements and created a design out of that. In the last post we created our database structure to support the image management system. In this post we will create the wire frame projects to support our API's for Image Management and display them on the website. So...
  • Blog Post: How to enable an ASP.Net application to run on a SharePoint virtual server

    This article describes how to configure an ASP.NET application to run on a virtual server that is running Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services or Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003. How to enable an ASP.Net application to run on a SharePoint virtual server
  • Blog Post: Free Commerce Server 2007, SQL 2005, Visual Studio Web, and C# Express

    Did you know that Commerce Server 2007 Developer Edition can run using SQL Express as the data store and Visual Studio Web Express to edit your Starter Site and that's not all you can download the Visual C# Express to create application with Commerce Server 2007. Of course this is not tested by the product...
  • Blog Post: Adding Image Management to your Commerce Site Part(III)

    Let's take a trip to memory lane and see what we have learned so far. We gathered some requirements and from that we created an architecture design. Now we are going to try to develop what we have designed. Product Catalog Database We need to figure out our Database Design first. So let's get back to...
  • Blog Post: Fix Commerce Server 2007 After Renaming Machine Name

    There are time you have to change your machine name post a Commerce Server 2007 installation and after doing so you render your Commerce Server in operable. No matter what your scenario is I will give you two solutions. These solutions are recommended for single server deployments only. Supported...
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