Max Akbar

For the hardcore Commerce Server Developer... and demystify the product

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    Everything you ever wanted to know about pipelines but were afraid to ask (Part I)

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    What are Pipelines Commerce Server pipeline is a framework that links one or more components and executes them in sequence. The Pipeline framework provides stages to abstract one or more categories of work. The Pipeline Stage also determine the sequence...
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    Everything you ever wanted to know about pipelines but were afraid to ask (Part III)

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    So far you should be comfortable working with pipeline files creating\modifying components and having a good understanding of basic concepts of creating a custom pipeline components and as promised lets dive deeper into advanced understanding of the pipeline...
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    Everything you ever wanted to know about pipelines but were afraid to ask (Part II)

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    In the previous post you learned some concepts of pipelines so by now you should have a good idea of what Pipelines are. In this part we are going to talk about creating\developing Pipeline components. Before doing this let cover some more basics. ...
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    Product Bundling with Commerce Server 2007

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    What is a Product Bundle? A product bundle is a purchasable SKU that is made up of a collection of one or more SKU's that exist in the catalog system and is separately priced. Two examples of a product bundle: In the high tech and telecommunication...
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    Everything you ever wanted to know about pipelines but were afraid to ask (Part IV)

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    So far you if you have followed this on going Pipeline posts, you should be very familiar with how to work with pipelines how to configure them using Pipeline Editor, how to manage your pipelines in the web.config as well as creating your own custom pipelines...
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    Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 Solutions Center

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    Locate support resources such as how-to articles, download details, and troubleshooting documents that have been reviewed and approved by the Microsoft Commerce Server team. Commerce Server Solution Center
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    Adding Image Management to your Commerce Site Part(II)

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    So in the last post you learned a bit about gathering requirements in this post we will convert the requirement into a design documents we can use to develop our Image Management System. Image Management Architecture The following figure shows the...
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    Windows XP installation Instructions

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    I have got a few request about people not being able to install Commerce Server 2007 on Windows XP. The simple reason for having difficulty installing Commerce Server 2007 on Windows XP is that there are few differences between Windows XP and Windows...
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    Commerce Server Pre-Training Resources

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    We are working hard to get training materials ready for Commerce Server 2007. We hope that they will be ready by early this year. When we release the training, you will be able to schedule it with one of our qualified Microsoft Certified Trainers. When...
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    Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site CTP

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    The Commerce Server team is pleased to announce that a Technology Preview of the Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site is now available. This release is designed to provide our community with a guideline for building a front-end website for Commerce Server...
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    Fix Commerce Server 2007 After Renaming Machine Name

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    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...
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    Extending Commerce Server 2007 Web Services

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    Recently I was asked how do you extend the Commerce Server Web Services? Commerce Server Web Services There are four Commerce Server Web Services: Profiles Catalog and Inventory Orders Marketing All of the Web Service can be extended as the web method...
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    Adding Image Management to your Commerce Site Part(I)

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    In this post I hope to give you some ideas of how to manage images with Commerce Server. I am going to show how to associate multiple images\files to a product catalog data then upload the associated files to your commerce site. We will also solve the...
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    Free Commerce Server 2007, SQL 2005, Visual Studio Web, and C# Express

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    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...
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    Commerce Server 2007 Webcasts

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    • Commerce Server 2007 BizTalk Adapters In Action Presenters: Brian Blum and Alan Faulkner, Microsoft In this session, Brian and Alan walk you through all aspects of working with the Commerce Server BizTalk adapters. The session covers creation of send...
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    Adding Image Management to your Commerce Site Part (V)

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    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...
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    A few things you didn't know about Commerce Server's Catalog Cache

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    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...
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    Rub a dub dub, a PUP in my tub Part I!

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    The Configuration of Commerce Server is stored in SQL Server database using Configuration APIs to manage it. To generate Commerce Server configuration you can use either the APIs or pre configured files. PUP which stands for Packaging and Unpackaging...
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    How to Create a Commerce Server VPC

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    Requirements This section contains two sub-sections that are repeated for each machine. These two sub-sections detail the minimum hardware requirement and the software requirements to build and make the lab exercises work. The basic template you...
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    Adding Image Management to your Commerce Site Part (IV)

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    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...
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    How to Control the Profile Cache

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    I was Recently asked about, how do you control the Profile Cache? This post will answer this question. Profile Cache The ProfileService cache differs from other caches in Commerce Server because it does not use the ASP.NET component nor is it configurable...
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    Commerce Server as an Application Server-SOA like

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    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...
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    Commerce Server and Windows SharePoint Services

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    What is Windows SharePoint Services? Web sites based on Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 provide a place where your team can communicate, share documents, and work together on a project. You can create a separate site for every project on...
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    Commerce Server Data Warehouse Webcast Released

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    Presenters: Brian Blum and Alan Faulkner , Microsoft The Commerce Server Data Warehouse is a combination of a SQL Server database, an Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) database, and a set of processes that a system administrator uses to import and maintain...
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    Simplifying Authorization Management of Commerce Server Web Services

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    To make the job of your infrastructure easier you may want to follow my next piece of advice. When un-packaging a Commerce PUP you get four Web Services to manage your commerce engine. Each Web Service has a different Authorization XML store. Let’s find...
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