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Setup Sitecore OrderCloud headstart the docker way

There is quite a lot todo to setup, lets start-

Clone OrderCloud repository for Headstart

Clone the repository for HeadStart from here – https://github.com/ordercloud-api/headstart

Setup/Install Docker

Install Docker Desktop from here – https://docs.docker.com/desktop/

Switch to Linux containers

Stop IIS

Ensure you dont’ have Azurite insalled and listening to 10000, 10001 and 10002 ports

Ensure you dont have Azure Cosmos DB Emulator running on the machine as this will use 8081 port which will also be exposed by cosmos container.

Copy .env.template and save as .env (Will fill in the required details in .env file one by one)

Add the following records to your Hosts file

127.0.0.1 buyer.headstart.localhost

127.0.0.1 seller.headstart.localhost

127.0.0.1 api.headstart.localhost

As this is set in .env file (you may change as per your requirement)

There will be quite a few issues coming our way and will try to note it here one by one and the solution for same-

Execute docker compose

Navigate to the working directory and execute following command-

 docker compose up -d

Following images and containers will be created as part of the headstart setup-

Cosmos DB

Storage (Azurite)

Middleware

Seller App

Buyer App

Error 1- Uncompatible node version

0 2.885 Node.js version v12.20.0 detected.

0 2.885 The Angular CLI requires a minimum Node.js version of either v14.15, or v16.10.

See here how I resolved this error- Uncompatible node version

Error 2- Package installation must use TLS 1.2 or higher and Cannot read properties of null (reading ‘pickAlgorithm’)

0 47.60 npm notice Beginning October 4, 2021, all connections to the npm registry - including for package installation - must use TLS 1.2 or higher. You are currently using plaintext http to connect. Please visit the GitHub blog for more information: https://github.blog/2021-08-23-npm-registry-deprecating-tls-1-0-tls-1-1/

0 114.7 npm ERR! Cannot read properties of null (reading 'pickAlgorithm')

See here how I resolved this error- Package installation must use TLS 1.2 or higher

Errror 3-

#0 2.885 Node.js version v12.20.0 detected.
#0 2.885 The Angular CLI requires a minimum Node.js version of either v14.15, or v16.10.


 > [headstart-buyer:local-linux builder 9/9] RUN cd /build/APP && npm run build --prod:
#0 0.954 npm WARN config production Use `--omit=dev` instead.
#0 0.983
#0 0.983 > headstart@0.0.0 build
#0 0.983 > ng build --configuration=deploy && node scripts/hash-css-files && node scripts/move-release-scripts && node scripts/copy-main-js && node scripts/copy-index-html
#0 0.983
#0 11.70 - Generating browser application bundles (phase: setup)...
#0 16.88 Processing legacy "View Engine" libraries:
#0 17.75 - @ngx-translate/http-loader [es2015/esm2015] (git+https://github.com/ngx-translate/http-loader.git)
#0 18.98 - ngx-forms-typed [es2015/esm2015] (https://github.com/gparlakov/forms-typed)
#0 21.65 Encourage the library authors to publish an Ivy distribution.
#0 109.2 Killed
------
failed to solve: executor failed running [/bin/sh -c cd /build/APP && npm run build --prod]: exit code: 137

Not sure why this error but I ran following command instead-

docker-compose build --no-cache

Error 4 –

cannot write C:\Users\sande\AppData\Local\Temp\tmppxl_v0jp because server did not provide an image ID
ERROR: Service 'buyer' failed to build : Build failed

Solution-

Set the latest nginx alpine base image in the Dockerfile as nginx:1.23.3-alpine. See the latest availabel bae image here – https://hub.docker.com/_/nginx

Change Dockerfile in this location headstart\docker\build\UI

Update nodejs-npm to just npm in the Dockerfile

Dockerfile should look like this-

Sometimes you may have to restart Docker Desktop

Error 5-

Error response from daemon: Ports are not available: exposing port TCP 0.0.0.0:80 -> 0.0.0.0:0: listen tcp 0.0.0.0:80: bind: An attempt was made to access a socket in a way forbidden by its 

The said port might be in use. This is mostly when IIS is running. Stop IIS.

Once you get thhrough these errors, should have following images downloaded and containers created-

Here you can see the warnings compalining few env variable values not set. This is next we are going to setup.

Unable to start Middleware container due to erros-

Also the middleware container has errors- (docker log <<middleware container>>

Unhandled exception. System.Exception: Required app settings are missing: StorageAccountSettings:ConnectionString or StorageAccountSettings:BlobPrimaryEndpoint
2023-03-17 16:28:21    at OrderCloud.Integrations.EnvironmentSeed.Extensions.ServiceCollectionExtensions.AddDefaultTranslationsProvider(IServiceCollection services, StorageAccountSettings storageAccountSettings) in /src/Middleware/integrations/OrderCloud.Integrations.EnvironmentSeed/Extensions/ServiceCollectionExtensions.cs:line 16

Check the Cosmos DB if its working on http://127.0.0.1:8081/_explorer/index.html

Install and Setup Account in Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer

See blof here – How to setup Storage Explorer for Sitecore OrderCloud Headstart Docker

Update the .env file-

Update StorageAccountSettings_ConnectionString to –

DefaultEndpointsProtocol=http;AccountName=devstoreaccount1;AccountKey=Eby8vdM02xNOcqFlqUwJPLlmEtlCDXJ1OUzFT50uSRZ6IFsuFq2UVErCz4I6tq/K1SZFPTOtr/KBHBeksoGMGw==;BlobEndpoint=http://127.0.0.1:10000/devstoreaccount1;QueueEndpoint=http://127.0.0.1:10001/devstoreaccount1;

Update StorageAccountSettings_HostUrl to –

http://127.0.0.1:10000/devstoreaccount1

Ensure the StorageAccountSettings_Key is correct –

Eby8vdM02xNOcqFlqUwJPLlmEtlCDXJ1OUzFT50uSRZ6IFsuFq2UVErCz4I6tq/K1SZFPTOtr/KBHBeksoGMGw==

For any environment changes use “docker compose down” and then “docker compose up -d”

Compile/Build the Headstart.sln

In the ServiceCollectionExtensions.cs file in OrderCloud.Integrations.EnvironmentSeed project

remove the condition for checking the BlobPrimaryEndpoint as it is not used and hence not required.

Same way if you are not using ExchangeRates, Tax Provider, payment Provider etc remove the values from .env file to avoid such errors. Following I have removed, you can add this later as and when required. Make the values for this variables empty


EnvironmentSettings_AddressValidationProvider=""
EnvironmentSettings_CurrencyConversionProvider=""
EnvironmentSettings_EmailServiceProvider=""
EnvironmentSettings_PaymentProvider=""
EnvironmentSettings_ShippingProvider=""
EnvironmentSettings_TaxProvider=""
EnvironmentSettings_OMSProvider=""

Recreate the middleware and container again. Delete the middleware image as the code is changes. We dont have the volume mounted hence for setup this way πŸ™‚

docker rmi <<middleware image id>>

docker compose up -d

More errors-

Connection to Comos DB is failing-

2023-03-17 18:16:43 Application startup exception: System.AggregateException: One or more errors occurred. (Connection refused (127.0.0.1:8081))
2023-03-17 18:16:43  ---> System.Net.Http.HttpRequestException: Connection refused (127.0.0.1:8081)
2023-03-17 18:16:43  ---> System.Net.Sockets.SocketException (111): Connection refused

Change CosmosSettings_EndpointUri in .env from “http://127.0.0.1:8081” to use localhost i.e.- change to –

CosmosSettings_EndpointUri="http://localhost:8081"

Address not available (localhost:8081) – Cosmos DB address not available

2023-03-17 18:22:34 Application startup exception: System.AggregateException: One or more errors occurred. (Address not available (localhost:8081))
2023-03-17 18:22:34  ---> System.Net.Http.HttpRequestException: Address not available (localhost:8081)
2023-03-17 18:22:34  ---> System.Net.Sockets.SocketException (99): Address not available

Solution-

Change following in entrypoing.sh file located at – headstart\docker\build\middleware

i.e. instead of using $CosmosSettings_EndpointUri use $CosmosEndpointURI

this varaible contains the IP address of the comos db hosted. This can change everytime the container is created.

Change this - 
-e "this['CosmosSettings:EndpointUri']='$CosmosSettings_EndpointUri'" 
to 
-e "this['CosmosSettings:EndpointUri']='$CosmosEndpointURI'"

Recreate the middleware image.

Now all the containers should be up and running

Middleware API is accessible at – http://api.headstart.localhost/index.html

Seed the OrderCloud Marketplace-

Create a Marketplace in OrderCloud portal-

Send post request to – http://api.headstart.localhost/seed

Request body should be, also see the template here –

https://github.com/ordercloud-api/headstart/blob/development/assets/templates/SeedTemplate.json

{
  "Portal": {
    "Username": "your-portal-email@address.com",
    "Password": "XXXXXXXXX"
  },
  "Marketplace": {
    "Environment": "sandbox",
    "Region": "Us-West",
    "ID": "ocdockerway",
    "Name": "ocdockerway",
    "InitialAdmin": {
      "Username": "demoadminuser",
      "Password": "XXXXXXXXX"
    },
    "EnableAnonymousShopping": true,
    "MiddlewareBaseUrl": "http://api.headstart.localhost",
    "WebhookHashKey": "hashkey"
  }
}

Error- “Message”: “Could not find a part of the path ‘/app/wwwroot\\i18n’.”,

Tried to debug this and seems some how the path is not correctly formed to upload the translations from /app/wwwroot\\i18n folder in container. Changed this to /app/wwwroot/i18n and the files are now uploaded to storage.

"Message": "Connection refused (127.0.0.1:10000)",

Should now see the API Client created in OrderCloud-

Configure .env post seed

TRANSLATE_BLOB_URL="http://127.0.0.1:10000/devstoreaccount1/ngx-translate/i18n/"
BLOB_STORAGE_URL="http://127.0.0.1:10000/devstoreaccount1"
SELLER_CLIENT_ID="Enter the Default Headstart Admin UI Client ID"
BUYER_CLIENT_ID="Enter the Default Buyer Storefront Client ID"

OrderCloudSettings_MiddlewareClientID="Enter Middleware Integrations ClientID"
OrderCloudSettings_MiddlewareClientSecret="Enter Middleware Integrations secret"
OrderCloudSettings_ClientIDsWithAPIAccess="SELLER_CLIENT_ID, BUYER_CLIENT_ID"
OrderCloudSettings_MarketplaceID="Enter Marketplace ID" // ocdockerway
OrderCloudSettings_MarketplaceName="Enter Marketplace Name"

After setting the .env variables lets spin up the containers again-

docker compose up -d

Lets try to access http://seller.headstart.localhost/

Error-

In Buyer.sh and Seller.sh – -test.json update the supported language. This is a array but assigned as a string-

Change from this -
-e "this.supportedLanguages='$SUPPORTED_LANGUAGES'"

to

-e "this.supportedLanguages=$SUPPORTED_LANGUAGES" //Remove single quotes

Recreate Image and container for Seller and Buyer.

Now its loading Seller and Buyer app but wiht errors-

Configure CORS to Blob Containers

Following values in –

Allowed Origins- http://api.headstart.localhost

Also add this for the Seller and Buyer app url’s

Allowed Headers – x-ms-meta-data,x-ms-meta-target,x-ms-meta-abc

Exposed Headers – x-ms-meta-*

Following is the CORS added to Blob Containers-

Finally we have Seller and Buyer app loading without any errors-

Next start populating Catalog, Products etc.

Hope this blog is useful for setting the OrderCloud Headstart setup the dockerway

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OrderCloud Headstart Docker Setup – Install and Setup Account in Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer

Ensure Storage container is running we should be able to access the storage on certian ports and configure the CORS etc.

Install the Storage Explorer from here – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/products/storage/storage-explorer/

Connect to Local storage emulator

Connect to Azure Storage (local storage)

Once connected it should show in Emulator-

Create a Blob Container – ngx-translate and create new Virtual Directory i18n

Blob Container and folder name can be any other name. You need to configure this correctly in UI config. See this in later steps

Upload the translation file(optional)

Translation file should be created by Headstart Api while seeding the marketplace further in this blog. This is a test to check if the resource is available. I have attached en.json file here.

Copy URL of the file and check if this is accessible-

Looks like cannot access.

To resolve this error set public access level on Blob container “ngx-translate”

Select Public read access for container and blobs-

Now the resource should be accessible.

Similarly upload resources for fr and jp language.

The resource file should be available in following location – headstart\src\Middleware\src\Headstart.API\wwwroot\i18n

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OrderCloud Headstart Docker Setup Error – uncompatible node version

0 2.885 Node.js version v12.20.0 detected.

0 2.885 The Angular CLI requires a minimum Node.js version of either v14.15, or v16.10.

It looks like in docker compose file for buyer and seller node version configured are old.

Update the following in docker-compose.yml. At the time of writing this blog the node version is 18.13.0. See here for latest- https://hub.docker.com/_/node

This should resolve the error.

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Sitecore CDP and Personalize FAQs

February 2023 Update – Sitecore has released new api endpoint per region which routes through a CDN closer to end users call along with new Javascript library. See the new documentation here – Sitecore CDP developer documentation

How to get the Client Key and API Token?

Get the client key from the Sandbox/CDP & Personalise portal.

Login to portal – https://app.boxever.com/#/

Top right click the settings icon. Select API Access option

Get teh client key from this page-

How to create and get the point of sale?

Login to portal – https://app.boxever.com/#/

Top right click the settings icon. Select API Access option

Search or Create a point of sale-

Enter Name and other required details. Timeout is the session timeout.

How to debug?

Navigate to the Features options

Enable the Debug option

Orange settings icon will appear where the debug is possible-

How to get the base URL for Sitecore CDP Rest API?

Old Endpoints

RegionAPI endpoint
Europeapi.boxever.com
Asia Pacificapi-ap-southeast-2-production.boxever.com
United Statesapi-us.boxever.com

New Endpoints from February 2023 *

ENVIRONMENTBASE URL
AP Regionhttps://api-engage-ap.sitecorecloud.io​
EU Regionhttps://api-engage-eu.sitecorecloud.io
US Regionhttps://api-engage-us.sitecorecloud.io

* Endpoints can change see Sitecore documentation for the up-to-date URL’s

See the updated URL’s here-

https://doc.sitecore.com/personalize/en/developers/api/index-en.html#UUID-b6753c92-1347-86de-069c-f3a5c99ad6c3_UUID-5f0de4b0-05f7-7700-3378-23283d1839ab

What is the Web Flow target URL?

Web Flow target URL is used for Web Experiements and Experiences.

From the documentation following is the URL, but this can change. See the link for up-to-date URL-

ScenarioWeb flow target
Your organization uses Sitecore Personalize.https://d35vb5cccm4xzp.cloudfront.net
Your organization does not use Sitecore Personalize.An empty string ""

https://doc.sitecore.com/personalize/en/developers/api/index-en.html#UUID-a2c699f5-0ea0-028e-b0e3-599e0308e969

What is the latest version of Javascript Library?

Boxever JavaScript LibraryΒ (legacy)

https://doc.sitecore.com/personalize/en/developers/api/index-en.html#UUID-c2389675-0a7b-3cd9-3e9a-0111d360af39

See the release notes for the latest version. Point of writing this blog the version is 1.4.9. This can change. See the link to get the latest version.

https://doc.sitecore.com/personalize/en/developers/api/index-en.html#UUID-91e5c577-92c2-71c4-efca-4b5b61edc817

How to get Fullstack Experience friendly id?

Navigate to Experience => Full Stack option. Search and open the exprience

Goto details tab to get the friendly id-

What if the size of the compressed batch file exceeds the max limit i.e. 50MB?

Recompress the files into two or more compressed batch files that do not exceed the 50MB size limit. Then upload the compressed files as separate batches.

Reference –

Size limit for uploading batch files

Why I recieve HTTP 400 response when uploading the batch file?

If the size of the import does not match the one specified in the size field in the request, the service returns a HTTP 400 response.

Reference –

Frequent errors you might encounter during the batch file upload process

Why I recieve HTTP 409 response when uploading the batch file?

If the base64 checksum attribute in header does not match the hex-encoded MD5 Checksum generated by uploading the compressed file you will receive 409 response.

Reference –

Frequent errors you might encounter during the batch file upload process

How to delete a guest profile without using Batch API?

Make a DELETE request to the following endpoint- https://api.boxever.com/v2/guests/{GUESTREF}

It may take upto 24 hours for the Guest to be removed

What access do you need to setup the Point of sale for Sitecore CDP and Personalize?

Enterprise User Manager or Enterprise Admin role 

How to generate the browser id using postman?

To generate browserid send a request to this endpoint –

https://{{apiEndpoint}}/{{apiVersion}}/browser/create.json?client_key={{CLIENT_KEY}}&message={}

See above the apiendpoint and apiversion to use.

Send request with the clientkey in query parameters.

The “ref” in response is the browser id

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Setup Sitecore Headless SXA with Next js

Pre-requisite-

Install Sitecore 10.3 XP0 on local machine – see this blog to install the SIF way

Install Powersehll Extensions

Sitecore PowerShell Extension for Sitecore on your local Sitecore instance

Sitecore Headless Rendering 21.0.0

Install Sitecore Headless Services for Sitecore XP on your local Sitecore instance

See the Sitecore Headless Rendering 21.0.0 download page

Install SXA module –

Sitecore Experience Accelerator on your local Sitecore instance

See the Sitecore Experience Accelerator 10.3.0 dowload page

Once you have the above installed the local instance should have options to create a Headless Tenant and Folder

Ensure all the search index and rebuilt-

Install Node js Download | Node.js (nodejs.org). Latest whilst writing this blog was v18.14.0

Create a Headless Tenant

Select the Headless Tenant

Enter a valid tenant Name and the modules to install –

Should create a tenant successfully-

Create a Headless Site

Now create a Headless Site

Provide a valid Site name and other options-

Select the modules to install-

Keep the Site settings as is for now and will generate the deployment secret later-

Site should be crated within the tenant-

Setup the rendering host

Site Settings – Check for the rendering host- should have set to Default

/sitecore/content/mycompany/retail/Settings/Site Grouping/retail

Find the Default rendering host on this location-

/sitecore/system/Settings/Services/Rendering Hosts/Default

Server side rendering engine endpoint URL:- http://localhost:3000/api/editing/render

Server side rendering engine application URL:- http://localhost:3000

Application name:- e.g.:- retail-app

Where is the above value coming from – when a next js app is created by default it is hosted on port 3000. Please see section below- NEXT STEPS

Create JSS Api key

Navigate to this location to create API key- /sitecore/system/Settings/Services/API Keys

Provide a valid name-

Set the CORS and Allowed Controllers to all domains. Set this to *

Will need API key while setting up the next js app.

Install JSS globally

https://doc.sitecore.com/xp/en/developers/hd/200/sitecore-headless-development/install-the-jss-cli-globally.html

npm install -g @sitecore-jss/sitecore-jss-cli

Initialise JSS App

Refer following for various options –https://doc.sitecore.com/xp/en/developers/hd/210/sitecore-headless-development/the-jss-app-initializer.html

Use following command-

npx create-sitecore-jss --templates nextjs,nextjs-sxa --appName retail-app --hostName xp103.sc --fetchWith GraphQL

Possible values for templates arguments-

Base templatesnextjs. Other possible values-

Other templates

appName – enter the app name provided in the rendering host. See Setup the rendering host section

hostname– enter the hostname of the Sitecore instance

While installing following questions are asked-

? Where would you like your new app created? – provide the location to create a next jss app

? How would you like to prerender your application? – Select SSG

Understand the pre-rendering to select. In this case I have selected SSG option.

https://doc.sitecore.com/xp/en/developers/hd/190/sitecore-headless-development/prerendering-methods-and-data-fetching-strategies-in-jss-next-js-apps.html

https://doc.sitecore.com/xp/en/developers/hd/210/sitecore-headless-development/switch-the-pre-rendering-method-in-a-jss-next-js-app.html

Following files will be created in a new folder (retail-app) –

Setup JSS app-

see this link- https://doc.sitecore.com/xp/en/developers/hd/190/sitecore-headless-development/start-a-jss-app-in-disconnected-mode.html

Setup the JSS app-

jss setup

Following options are asked, provide the required details-

Is your Sitecore instance on this machine or accessible via network share? [y/n]: y

Path to the Sitecore folder (e.g. c:\inetpub\wwwroot\my.siteco.re): C:\inetpub\wwwroot\XP103.sc

Sitecore hostname (e.g. http://myapp.local.siteco.re; see /sitecore/config; ensure added to hosts): https://xp103.sc

Sitecore import service URL [https://xp103.sc/sitecore/api/jss/import]: [Leave blank]

Sitecore API Key (ID of API key item): B418AB1D-A7A9-48F4-9A96-51F7D6C2105F [enter the api key created earlier- see section Create JSS Api key ]

Please enter your deployment secret (32+ random chars; or press enter to generate one): [Leave this blank and it should create one or enter the value here]

See the highlighted values. Also note the where the deployment secret is written-C:\projects\Sitecore\HeadlessSXA\retail-app\sitecore\config\retail-app.deploysecret.config

NEXT STEPS

Remove/Comment the site definition in this case as opposed to JSS sites as this will be handled in Sitecore site settings-

Remove it from /sitecore/config/retail-app.config

Verify JSS app registration-

See the values of Endpoint Url and Application URL. The same url was configured in rendering host.

Set JSS Editing Secret in .env file- Use the deployment secret from the /sitecore/config/app-name.deploysecret.config

Deploy config

jss deploy config

Note the config was deployed to C:\inetpub\wwwroot\XP103.sc\App_Config\Include\zzz folder in the Sitecore instance

Start Application in connected mode

jss start:connected

Application should listen to http://localhost:3000

Try accessing – http://localhost:3000

Errors:-

Solution

$env:NODE_TLS_REJECT_UNAUTHORIZED=0

Error-

Solution-

Search for root item in code- open \src\lib\dictionary-service-factory.ts

Error- Page not found

Solution – Ensute the site and the app name is same.

After all the above errors, it should show the blank page- Since there are no component s added.

Lets add some content, for this opne the Home page in experienec editor and see this error-

Error- Connection to your rendering host failed with an Unauthorized error. Ensure the JSS Editing Secret is configured.

Update the JSS Editing Secret in Sitecore instance at following path (best practice-you have to patch the config instead of updating the Sitecore configs directly)

App_Config\Sitecore\JavaScriptServices\Sitecore.JavaScriptServices.ViewEngine.Http.config

Update the value to the deployment secret used earlier in .env file-

After update-

Finally we can see the experience editor-

Add some content –

Save and Publish

Finally we have next js app showing the content- on localhost:3000

Layout Services

Lets check if the layout services are accessible-

Get Item data (home) and secret key-

https://xp103.sc/sitecore/api/layout/render/jss?item={40A111E6-6B4D-41D5-BA0D-FD993C5D00E4}&sc_apikey={B418AB1D-A7A9-48F4-9A96-51F7D6C2105F}

Graphql

https://xp103.sc/sitecore/api/graph/edge/ui?sc_apikey={B418AB1D-A7A9-48F4-9A96-51F7D6C2105F}

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Install Sitecore Commerce 10.3 using SIF

Follow these steps to install Sitecore Commerce 10.3 On Premise. To successfully install refer to Installation Guide provided by Sitecore.

Before installing Sitecore Commerce install Sitecore XP 10.3. See this blog to install Sitecore XP 10.3 using SIF. Say the XP site name is- xp103.sc

Download Installation Guide

Hosting Environment Requirements/ Download and Install following software-

  1. OS – Windows Server 2019/2016 or Windows 10 Pro(64-bit) or Windows 11 Pro(64-bit)
  2. Redis (Windows): 3.0.504 (or later)
  3. Database – Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express Edition (This should be already installed as a part of XP 10)
  4. Install Microsoft Web Deploy 3.6 if not already installed
  5. Install URL Rewrite using Web Platform Installer
  6. SOLR 8.11.2 (This should have already installed as a part of XP 10.3 install)
  7. Install PowerShell 5.1 or later is not already installed
  8. Web Platform Transformer (Download nuget package)
  9. (Important) Install Web hosting- here

IMPORTANT β€“ As per the release notes β€“

The deployment of SXA has been removed from the Commerce installation, and instead installed as a Platform pre-requisite before installing Commerce packages.

Sitecore PowerShell Extension for Sitecore on your local Sitecore instance if not already

Sitecore Experience Accelerator on your local Sitecore instance if not already

Also Commerce Ops service is removed from deployment configuration this will reduce deployment time and hosting cost.

Before starting the installation ensure XP 10.2 instance is working and indexed. If not indexed rebuild all search indexes-

Download Sitecore Experience Commerce 10.3

Step-by-step installation process-

1. Create a installation folder for XC – xcinstall for e.g.- C:\SCInstallation\103\xc103

2. Copy and extract Sitecore.Commerce.WDP.2022.12-9.0.82.zip file to C:\SCInstallation\103\xc103

3. Extract Web Platform Transfomer nuget package and copy Microsoft.Web.XmlTransform.dll to C:\SCInstallation\103\xc103

4. Extract SIF.Sitecore.Commerce.8.0.14.zip to C:\SCInstallation\103\xc103 folder. Rename this to SIF

Installation folder structure should look like this-

 Open Deploy-Sitecore-Commerce.ps1 file in SIF folder to update the following-

  • $XCInstallRoot
  • $XCSIFInstallRoot = β€œ$XCInstallRoot\SIF” or $PWD is fine – it is Present Working Directory,
  • $SiteNamePrefix
  • $SiteName
  • $SiteHostHeaderName [optional]
  • $MergeToolFullPath= β€œ$XCInstallRoot\Microsoft.Web.XmlTransform.dll”
  • $CommerceServicesDbServer = β€œβ€

12. Create Commerce Engine Connect Client Secret for the Sitecore Identity Server

  • Copy below script to file to scinstall/SIF folder example XC103SecretClientCertificate.ps1
  • Execute the script and copy secret key to $CommerceEngineConnectClientSecret
$bytes = New-Object Byte[] 32
$rand = [System.Security.Cryptography.RandomNumberGenerator]::Create()
$rand.GetBytes($bytes)
$rand.Dispose()
$newClientSecret = [System.Convert]::ToBase64String($bytes)
echo $newClientSecret

13. [Optional] Update Sitecore domain or keep it default

  • $SitecoreDomain
  • $SitecoreUsername
  • $SitecoreUserPassword
  • $UserName
  • $UserPassword

14. Update other DB related settings

  • $SqlUser
  • $SqlPass
  • $SitecoreDbServer
  • $CommerceServicesDbServer

15. Update SOLR details-

  • $SolrUrl
  • $SolrRoot
  • $SolrService

Execute .\Deploy-Sitecore-Commerce.ps1

 .\Deploy-Sitecore-Commerce.ps1

Storefront-

Business Tools-

Highly recommended to install commerce on fresh VM or machine that don’t have previously installed Sitecore Commerce to avoid any errors during isntallation. If not then below are few of the errors you might see during installation.

Errors-

00007 10:12:17 ERROR CtxMsg.Error.ContentPathAlreadyExists: Text=Content path ‘/sitecore/Commerce/Commerce Control Panel’ already exists.


00038 10:12:17 ERROR Management.block.getitembypath: Sitecore Item Service Get item failed, Item /sitecore/Commerce/Commerce Control Panel/Commerce Engine Settings/Commerce Terms/System Messages/ContentPathAlreadyExists not found.

Solution- see here – https://robearlam.com/blog/CtxMsg-Error-ContentPathAlreadyExists-error

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Sitecore Asp.Net rendering with Content Resolver for Helix Examples Solution

In my previous post we saw how to create a simple rendering with data source.

For creating rendering using content resolver first follow the blog <<enter blog url here>>

Content resolvers help provice more complex data beyond the serialization of a component data source.

In this blog will list all the Articles on the page which are marked as Featured Article.

The custom logic for filtering will go in Content resolver.

Craete a project for Content Resolver(.net framework 4.8) . This framework is used just to follow with the exisitng content resolvers provided by Helix Examples Solution.

Content Resolver Project (BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Platform)

Create a new .Net Framework project

Instead of creating new poroject I will copy the project from Navigation/Platform folder and rename it to BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Platform.

Delete all the files from this project as it relates to Navigation. You may also want to change the AssemblyName and the AssemblyInfo file.

Create Models for Articles and Article

Create Models Folder and add below models

Articles.cs

using Sitecore.Data.Items;
using System.Collections.Generic;

namespace BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Models
{
    public class Articles
    {
        public Item ArticlesPage { get; set; }

        public IList<Article> ArticleItems { get; set; }
    }
}

Article.cs

using Sitecore.Data.Items;

namespace BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Models
{
    public class Article
    {
        public Item Item { get; set; }

        public Item ItemData { get; set; }
        public string Url { get; set; }
    }
}

Create Service for ArticleBuilder and ArticleRootResolver

Create a new folder Services and following-

//IArticleBuilder
 public interface IArticleBuilder
    {
        Articles.Models.Articles GetArticles(Item contextItem);
    }
//ArticleBuilder 

 public class ArticleBuilder : IArticleBuilder
    {
        private readonly IArticleRootResolver _articleRootResolver;
        private readonly BaseLinkManager _linkManager;

        public ArticleBuilder(BaseLinkManager linkManager, IArticleRootResolver articleRootResolver)
        {
            _articleRootResolver = articleRootResolver;
            _linkManager = linkManager;
        }

        public Articles.Models.Articles GetArticles(Item contextItem)
        {
            var articleRoot = _articleRootResolver.GetArticleRoot(contextItem);
            if (articleRoot == null)
            {
                return new Articles.Models.Articles();
            }

            return new Articles.Models.Articles()
            {
                ArticlesPage = articleRoot,
                ArticleItems = GetArticleItems(articleRoot, contextItem)
            };
        }

        private IList<Article> GetArticleItems(Item articleRoot, Item contextItem)
        {
            var items = new List<Item>();

            items.AddRange(articleRoot.Children.Where(item => item.DescendsFrom(Templates.ArticleItem.Id)));

            var articleItems = items.Select(item => new Article()
            {
                Item = item,
                ItemData = item.Axes.GetDescendants().FirstOrDefault(itemData => itemData.DescendsFrom(Templates.ArticleItemData.Id)),
                Url = _linkManager.GetItemUrl(item)
            }).ToList();

            return articleItems;
        }
    }
//IArticleRootResolver

 public interface IArticleRootResolver
    {
        Item GetArticleRoot(Item contextItem);
    }

namespace BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Services
{
    public class ArticleRootResolver : IArticleRootResolver
    {
        public Item GetArticleRoot(Item contextItem)
        {
            if (contextItem == null)
            {
                return null;
            }
            return contextItem.DescendsFrom(Templates.ArticleRoot.Id)
                ? contextItem
                : contextItem.Axes.GetAncestors().LastOrDefault(x => x.DescendsFrom(Templates.ArticleRoot.Id));
        }
    }
}

Create Layout Service i.e. content resolver class

Create new folder LayoutServices and add following-

namespace BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.LayoutService
{
    public class ArticleContentResolver : Sitecore.LayoutService.ItemRendering.ContentsResolvers.RenderingContentsResolver
    {
        private readonly IArticleBuilder _articleBuilder;

        public ArticleContentResolver(IArticleBuilder articleBuilder)
        {
            _articleBuilder = articleBuilder;
        }

        public override object ResolveContents(Rendering rendering, IRenderingConfiguration renderingConfig)
        {
            var articles = _articleBuilder.GetArticles(this.GetContextItem(rendering, renderingConfig));

            var contents = new
            {
                ArticleItems = articles.ArticleItems.Select(item => new
                {
                    Item = item.Item,
                    ItemData = item.ItemData,
                    Serialized = base.ProcessItem(item.ItemData, rendering, renderingConfig)
                }).Select(article => new
                {
                    Url = LinkManager.GetItemUrl(article.Item),
                    Id = article.Item.ID,
                    Fields = new
                    {
                        Title = article.Serialized[article.ItemData.Fields["Title"].Name],
                        Description = article.Serialized[article.ItemData.Fields["Description"].Name],
                        ShortDescription = article.Serialized[article.ItemData.Fields["ShortDescription"].Name],
                    }
                })
            };

            return contents;
        }
    }
}

Create Service Configurator to register the services-

namespace BasicCompany.Feature.Articles
{
    public class ServicesConfigurator : IServicesConfigurator
    {
        public void Configure(IServiceCollection serviceCollection)
        {
            serviceCollection.AddTransient<Services.IArticleBuilder, Services.ArticleBuilder>();
            serviceCollection.AddTransient<Services.IArticleRootResolver, Services.ArticleRootResolver>();
        }
    }
}

Create Template Class

Change the Item ID’s as per your Sitecore Instance

namespace BasicCompany.Feature.Articles
{
  public static class Templates
  {
        public static class ArticleItem
        {
            public static readonly ID Id = new ID("{EE5CE126-890D-4F01-9DD5-3D81FC397A91}"); //
        }

        public static class ArticleItemData
        {
            public static readonly ID Id = new ID("{8AA19CA1-99A6-4588-B1D7-3FA9A8F6756A}"); //
        }

        public static class ArticleRoot
        {
            public static readonly ID Id = new ID("{A46A11C6-C7F9-4F61-BF0C-FFF060F0FECC}"); //
        }
  }
}

Create App Config to register the ServiceConfigurator-

Create Feature.Articles.config file in App_Config/Include/Feature folder

<?xml version="1.0"?>

<configuration xmlns:patch="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/">
  <sitecore>
    <services>
      <configurator type="BasicCompany.Feature.Navigation.ServicesConfigurator, BasicCompany.Feature.Navigation" />
    </services>
  </sitecore>
</configuration>

Create Templates for Article

These templates are used to indicate the different level s of Article. i..e Article Page- will inherit from _ArticleRoot, ArticlePage will inherit from _ArticleItem and Article Content will inherit from _ArticleItemData

Sitecore Items

Create Rendering Content Resolver

Create a New “Rendering Contents Resolvers Folder” in /sitecore/system/Modules/Layout Service

Craete a New “Rendering Contents Resolver” in this folder.

Provide the type – BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.LayoutService.ArticleContentResolver, BasicCompany.Feature.Articles

Create Articles Json Rendering

Craete a neJson rendering name “Articles” and newly created content resolver in the “Rendering Contents Resolver” field.

Add the new rendering to the page

Publish items

Rendering Project

Create Models Articles.cs

using Sitecore.AspNet.RenderingEngine.Binding.Attributes;
using Sitecore.LayoutService.Client.Response.Model.Fields;

namespace BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Models
{
    public class Articles
    {
        [SitecoreComponentField]
        public ContentListField<Article> ArticleItems { get; set; }
    }
}

Create new view Articles.cshtml in /Views/Shared/Components/SitecoreComponent

@using Sitecore.AspNet.RenderingEngine.Extensions
@model BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Models.Articles


<div class="container">
    <div class="product-list-columns columns is-multiline">
        @foreach (var article in Model.ArticleItems)
        {
            <partial name="_ArticleList" model="article" />
        }
    </div>
</div>

Create _ArticleList.cshtml in Views/Shared folder

Note its using ItemLinkField

@model ItemLinkField<Article>

<a href="@Model.Url" class="column product-list-column is-4-desktop is-6-tablet">
    <div class="card">
        <div class="card-content">
            <div class="content">
                <h4 asp-for="@Model.Fields.Title"></h4>
                <p asp-for="@Model.Fields.ShortDescription"></p>
            </div>
        </div>
    </div>
</a>

Update the RenderingEngineOptionsExtensions

namespace BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Extensions
{
    public  static class RenderingEngineOptionsExtensions
    {
        public static RenderingEngineOptions AddFeatureArticle(this RenderingEngineOptions options)
        {
            options

                .AddModelBoundView<Article>("Article")
                .AddModelBoundView<Models.Articles>("Articles");
            return options;
        }
    }
}

Update Articles.modules.json to serialiaze content resolver

{
  "namespace": "Feature.Articles",
  "items": {
    "includes": [
      {
        "name": "templates",
        "path": "/sitecore/templates/Feature/Articles"
      },
      {
        "name": "renderings",
        "path": "/sitecore/layout/Renderings/Feature/Articles"
      },
      {
        "name": "contents-resolvers",
        "path": "/sitecore/system/Modules/Layout Service/Rendering Contents Resolvers/Articles"
      }
    ]
  }
}

IMP – Ensure the Startup.cs has AddFeatureArticle() added in AddSitecoreRenderingEngine

Output

List of Articles-

When we click on any of the Article take to the Article page-

The above pages are shown as per this structure in Sitecore

Configure Sitecore Content Serialization for ASP.Net Rendering with Helix Examples Solution

In this blog will creata a new component name Article in the Helix Examples Solution to demonstrate how to configure and use Sitecore Content Serlialization (SCS).

Assuming the Sitecore CLI is installed along with Sitecore.DevEx.Extensibility.SerializationSitecore.DevEx.Extensibility.Publishing plugins are installed.

For more details on the plugin installation please see this link- https://doc.sitecore.com/xp/en/developers/101/developer-tools/install-sitecore-command-line-interface.html

Open the helix-basic-aspnetcore folder in Visual Studio and see Sitecore.json file. This file has the configuration settings for SCS.

modules – willl look into the src folder for *.module.json file for any component specific configuration the items that need to be serialized.

So lets create a new module or rendering feature named “Articles”. Just a folder and not a project itself

1. Create a module json for serlialization configuration

IMP – Create Articles.module.json file in the project root folder

Add following to the json file-

{
  "namespace": "Feature.Articles",
  "items": {
    "includes": [
      {
        "name": "templates",
        "path": "/sitecore/templates/Feature/Articles"
      },
      {
        "name": "renderings",
        "path": "/sitecore/layout/Renderings/Feature/Articles"
      }
    ]
  }
}

Here the items that will be serliazed are templates and rendering from the given path in Sitecore to the local Solution Folder configured in Sitecore.json file the path mentioned in defaultModuleRelativeSerializationPath property. See step 1

IMP- Ensure the module file is in Articles folder. Your project folder should looks like this-

2. Create a Sitecore Template and Rendering for Articles

Create a Json Rendering for now(fill in the details later)

3. Sync the items (manual)

Execute following command to serlaize the items for Articles-

dotnet sitecore ser pull

Project folder should now have items folder with templates and rendering-

Thats it any Templates and rendering created for Articles (new component) should be serliazed.

Refer BasicCompany.module.json for any placeholders, layouts etc serlization at the project level.

Hope this helps.

Create a Asp.Net simple rendering using data source in Helix Examples Solution

In this blog will create a simple rendering uing Asp.Net Rendering SDK in Helix Examples Solution

Please refer the blog to create a rendering folder and configure the SCS before proceeding this blog.

So lets create a new module or rendering feature named “Articles”.

1. Create a Feature project using Razor Class Library

Project Name – BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Rendering

Notice the project path

Choose .Net Core 3.1 Framework-

Delete any exisitng files and folders under this project-

Edit the project to use netcoreapp3.1 and AddRazorSupportForMvc to true

Rename helix-basic-aspnetcore\src\Feature\Articles\BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Rendering to rendering. Just to follow other feature fodler structure.

2. Install Sitecore packages

Sitecore.AspNet.RenderingEngine

Sitecore.LayoutService.Client

I have installed verions 16 just to be in sync with other projects. You may install the latest.

New rendering project should have these packages installed-

Remove these packages as this may be not required at thi point of time or downgrade this to 3.1.1

Refer the new created rendering project to BasicCompany.Project.BasicCompany.Rendering

When the solution is build you may see this error-

Severity Code Description Project File Line Suppression State
Error The package reference ‘Sitecore.AspNet.RenderingEngine’ should not specify a version. Please specify the version in ‘C:\projects\Helix.Examples\examples\helix-basic-aspnetcore\Packages.props’ or set VersionOverride to override the centrally defined version. BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Rendering C:\projects\Helix.Examples\examples\helix-basic-aspnetcore\src\Feature\Articles\rendering\BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Rendering.csproj

Solution– Remove the version for the plugin fropm project file

Edit the project file and remove version from the PackageReference-

Solution should build successully.

3. Ensure Articles.modules.json file in Feature folder

Please see this blog <<Enter blog url here>> how to create a module.json file to serliaze the Sitecore items for new Feature.

4. Create required Sitecore Templates, content, renderings and Placeholder Settings

Template – Article in following path- /sitecore/templates/Feature/Articles

Page Type Template – Create 2 page type templates “Articles” and “Article” page as below.

Add any required Insert Options where necessary.

IMP- inherit from _NavigationItem to display the Articles as Navigation option

Enter Navigation Title for Articles page-

Content

Create content in Home page based on the Article templates created.

Rendering

Create a new Json Rendering Article. See previous post

Set Datasource Location- ./Page Components|query:./ancestor-or-self::*[@@templatename=’Site’]/Shared Content/Articles

Datasource Template- /sitecore/templates/Feature/Articles/Article

Add rendering to Template

Add Header, Article and Footer Controls to the Presentation

Select appropriate datasource for the Article component-

You can also add the component from experience editor. For simplicity purpose I am adding this from the presentation details manually.

Publish the changes and see https://www.basic-company-aspnetcore.localhost

Note:- If you get bad gateway error the resolution is in this blog <<blog for resolution>>

you should see the Articles option in Navigation-

Note- We wont be configuring “Articles” page in this blog. Will see that in next blog when uing Content Resolver.

See thie Article page-

https://www.basic-company-aspnetcore.localhost/Articles/Sitecore%20Content%20Serialization%20structural%20overview

There is a error – “Unknown component ‘Article'”. This is because we havent yet created view for this component.

Create Model in BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Rendering project for rendering Article component

Note the propeties are using Sitecore.LayoutService.Client.Response.Model.Fields

using Sitecore.LayoutService.Client.Response.Model.Fields;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;

namespace BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Rendering.Models
{
    public class Article
    {
        public TextField Title { get; set; }

        public RichTextField Description { get; set; }

        public TextField ShortDescription { get; set; }
    }
}

Create View in BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Rendering project for rendering Article component

Create Article.cshtml file under Views/Shared/Components/SitecoreComponent

Add following markup-


@model Article

<div class="container">
    <section class="hero is-small product-detail-hero">
        <div class="hero-body">
             <h3  class="title" asp-for="Title"></h3>
            <sc-text class="subtitle is-one-quarter" asp-for="Description"></sc-text>
        </div>
    </section>
</div>

InViews Folder create _ViewImports.cshtml file and put the following in file-

@using Sitecore.LayoutService.Client.Response.Model
@using Sitecore.LayoutService.Client.Response.Model.Fields
@using Sitecore.AspNet.RenderingEngine.Extensions
@using BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Rendering.Models

@addTagHelper *, Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc.TagHelpers
@addTagHelper *, Sitecore.AspNet.RenderingEngine

Add Extensions for registering the ModelBoundView. This is a static class and will be used in Project Rendering on application startup (BasicCompany.Project.BasicCompany.Rendering).

using BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Rendering.Models;
using Sitecore.AspNet.RenderingEngine.Configuration;
using Sitecore.AspNet.RenderingEngine.Extensions;

namespace BasicCompany.Feature.Articles.Extensions
{
    public  static class RenderingEngineOptionsExtensions
    {
        public static RenderingEngineOptions AddFeatureArticle(this RenderingEngineOptions options)
        {
            options
                .AddModelBoundView<Article>("Article");            
            return options;
        }
    }
}

In BasicCompany.Project.BasicCompany.Rendering project, Startup.cs register the component-

Build the Project

Output– https://www.basic-company-aspnetcore.localhost/Articles/Sitecore%20Content%20Serialization%20structural%20overview

Issues

Bad gateway error while accessing – https://www.basic-company-aspnetcore.localhost/

Solution-

Restart the rendering container

docker ps
docker restart <<rebdering container>>

Debug Helix Examples solution using Asp.Net Rendering hosted in Docker Containers

See this blog to setup the development environment for Helix Examlpes using Docker

Open the solution from following location – \examples\helix-basic-aspnetcore

Open the containers tab and should list all the containsers with its status-

You may also use following command to check the status of contrianers-

docker ps

Lets debug the Navigation which has content resolver-

Right click the CD container and Attach to Process

Select Managed(.Net 4.x) debug type. Select w3wp.exe and click Attach.

Helix Examples Solution should now run in debug mode.

Build the solution, add a breakpoint to any of the resolvers (Header or Footer)

Refresh or visit the site – https://www.basic-company-aspnetcore.localhost/ and should be able to see the debugger-

Issues debuging or just building the solution-

Bad Gateway-

Solution- You may see the errors with command-

docker-compose logs -f rendering

Following log appears- binary is being used by another process. This is the issues with the dotnet watch with the docker

Solution- Restart the rendering container

This should bring up the site.

You can also watch the changes outside the docker. See here for more details-

https://sitecore.stackexchange.com/questions/29566/asp-net-core-rendering-sdk-every-time-i-have-to-run-docker-compose-restart-ren