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  • Blog Post: A Bit About Negative Discounts

    A few questions have come up about how can you do negative discounts. (For the record, a negative discount would increase a price. e.g. - If you qualify, raise the price of Item X by 10%.) The net is that Commerce Server doesn't really support this. The better ways to accomplish this are: Set...
  • Blog Post: ShopperManager Expiration: An Blast from the Site Server and CS2002 Past

    As a few people have unfortunately discovered, those still running Site Server-era code on Commerce Server 2002 discovered that ShopperID cookie is set to expire on January 1, 2010. Whoops! This can be worked around by manually setting an expiration date on the ShopperManager object. Or the code can...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2009 now works with Commerce Server

    All internal testing has now completed - and we can gladly state that BizTalk Server 2009 works with Commerce Server, without issues or any special black magic required. This applies to both Commerce Server 2007 SP2 and Commerce Server 2009. Hope this helps!
  • Blog Post: Data Migration to CS2009 from Prior Versions

    A question got asked to me today about how to migrate data from Commerce Server 2002. It was obvious from reading it, that at least one person doesn't know that there is a data migration tool. It will take data from all versions prior, specifically: Commerce Server 2000 Commerce Server 2002...
  • Blog Post: "R2" TAP and the ROI of Life on the Bleeding Edge

    Recently, we have launched the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for Commerce Server 2009 Code Name "R2" - which is the next version of Commerce Server. This is highlighted in the team blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/commerce/archive/2009/06/22/the-next-version-of-commerce-server-codename-r2-is-on-its...
  • Blog Post: Commerce Server 2009 for the MSIB Customer (MS Solution for Internet Business)

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…there used to be a solution offering called the Microsoft Solution for Internet Business (MSIB). The MSIB solution integrated Commerce Server 2000 and 2002, Content Management Server 2001 and 2001, and SharePoint 2001 into a single Internet-facing site for customer...
  • Blog Post: Commerce Server 2009 - for the 2007 user

    A colleague asked me the other day – if I have a CS2007 site and don’t feel like changing it (much) at the moment, what’s in it for me to upgrade to Commerce Server 2009? A very good question indeed – I thought… First, Commerce Server 2009 does not break any compatibility with Commerce Server 2007...
  • Blog Post: Some Updates for Your Commerce Server Bookmark File

    New Links from Microsoft: https://connect.microsoft.com/Survey/Survey.aspx?SurveyID=8674&SiteID=643 - The Connect Feedback site and June Evaluation VPC http://www.microsoft.com/commerceserver/en/us/downloads.aspx – The authoritative download page for all things Commerce Server from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: A Bit About the CS2009 “R2” June CTP

    Life has been busy. Busy working on the next version of Commerce Server, that is. A few weeks back we posted the June CTP of CS2009 code name “R2”. This is the first CTP of the next version of Commerce Server, which will be available by 1st Quarter 2010. Some key changes in this CTP versus the released...
  • Blog Post: Pointers for Securing a Commerce Server Deployment

    Someone asked me for resources on how to harden a Commerce Server deployment. The best starting point is: Deployment - see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd464584.aspx Securing a Deployment - can be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd442366.aspx Hope this helps!
  • Blog Post: Some Virtual Catalog FAQs for April

    I was sent several questions about Virtual Catalogs over this last month. So here are the answers... Q: My understanding is that items and categories are including in a Virtual Catalog by creating INCLUSION RULES. Is there a limit to the number of INCLUSION RULES that I can create? A: No...
  • Blog Post: CS2009 Template Pack, Inline Editor, and Localization Guide Now Available

    I am super-excited to announce that today we have shipped: Commerce Server 2009 Template Pack: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147778 Commerce Server 2009 Inline Product Property Editor: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147779 A new white paper "Localizing Your Commerce Server 2009 Site...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Designer Now Free - Great for CS2009 users...

    As of this week, Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer is now available for free. You can download it from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointdesigner/default.aspx . This will be a great tool for use in editing the pages in the Default Site in Commerce Server 2009 - or any other supporting file...
  • Blog Post: Clarifying - Is there a Commerce Server Certification? No...

    The question keeps coming up about whether or not there is a Commerce Server certification. As of right now, there is not - nor are there any definitive plans to offer this through the typical Microsoft Training and Certification channels now or in the future. Given the size of the customer base of Commerce...
  • Blog Post: Feedback Requested: Removal of CS2000/CS2002 ISAPI Authorization Filter

    When we shipped Commerce Server 2007, we began supporting ASP.NET Authentication for SQL Authentication and ADFS for Windows Authentication. In fact, this became the preferred and directed method to handle site authentication for Commerce Server. The legacy ISAPI authentication filter was maintained...
  • Blog Post: Soliciting Feedback on Next-generation Commerce Server OS/Database Platform Support

    While Commerce Server 2009 was being launched last week at Mix '09 , those of us involved in product development are already hard at work on the next version. And we need your feedback! One of the key themes of the next version is providing a single, unified setup experience. In order to best do that...
  • Blog Post: Commerce Server 2009 Now Available & related useful links

    I am pleased to announce that Commerce Server 2009 is complete and has released to manufacturing. It will be available in April through Microsoft's worldwide volume licensing and is available for download NOW by MSDN subscribers. In the meantime, to get started - there are several really useful resources...
  • Blog Post: CS2002 and Newer Platform Support? Time to think CS2007...

    I was just asked how to install Commerce Server 2002 on top of SQL Server 2008 - and fix the things that broke. Unfortunately, you just can't do that. Or support .NET Framework newer than 1.1. Or run on an operating system newer than Windows Server 2003. Or run in 64-bit Why? A lot changed between...
  • Blog Post: Still using Commerce Server 2002? What you need to know...

    A reader sent me a question the other day asking about the status of support for Commerce Server 2002. It entered Extended Support as of July 8, 2008 - see http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-us&x=13&y=14&p1=1552 for details. What does this mean? It means that non-security hot fixes...
  • Blog Post: Useful Help Resources: CS2009 Forums and Commerce Support Blog

    Today marks the launch of the Commerce Server 2009 Forums on MSDN. Now you have a place to discuss all things CS2009...at http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/commserver2009/threads/ . Add it to your bookmarks and we hope to see you there! Separately, please welcome Charles Teague and the...
  • Blog Post: CS Staffing Requests & Blog Neutrality

    Recently, I have started to get a lot of direct comments regarding requests for staffing referrals. Unfortunately, I cannot answer these directly. Job posting sites such as Monster.com or http://www.microsoft.com/commerceserver/partners/default.mspx (which is in the process of being updated for CS2009...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Commerce Server 2009 Release Candidate Available & SQL2008 App-Compat Update

    Today has been a busy day in the world of Commerce Server. First, the Release Candidate of Commerce Server 2009 is now available. It's **almost** here! Get the bits at: ISO Download Image: https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b7eeda01-5cba-4945-a44e-a6f5e3eed0b0&displaylang=en...
  • Blog Post: Wiring Up Dynamics CRM & Commerce Server

    Someone sent me an e-mail over the weekend asking about how to wire up Commerce Server and Dynamics. Fortunately, there is any easy answer - BizTalk Server! The BizTalk team has published an adapter for Dynamics 4.0, released on October 6, 2008. It is available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...
  • Blog Post: Some Updates to the CS2009 Connect Site

    After getting some feedback over the holiday week, we have made a few improvements to the Connect site for Commerce Server 2009 to improve accessibility. If you are already registered and are having difficulty accessing the README and Installation guide, please visit https://connect.microsoft.com/SelfNomination...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Commerce Server 2009 & December CTP Availability

    Today is another major day for Commerce Server. Commerce Server 2009 (CS2009) is now available, in a feature-complete community technical preview. (Previously incomplete builds of CS2009 have been available under the guise of Commerce Server 2007 Codename "Mojave".) This release represents a significant...
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