While installing Sitecore Commerce I came across several blockers I had to sort out in:
- Business Tools
1. You are getting 500.19 error during SIF. Other people who came across advice that you are to install ASP.NET Core 2. That's correct, as Commerce micro-services utilize .NET core, but not everything. There was strong assumption of something missing from IIS or being mis-configured, so in my case it was this component unchecked:
Also, keep in mind you must have URL-Rewrite module installed (the easiest way is:
choco install urlrewrite).
Another non-critical error I am getting from time to time is "The service cannot accept control messages at this time". IIS does respond at the moment - you may run
iisreset and try warm it up by hitting URL manually in browser. Then repeat SIF deploy.
One more error from SIF: "Error: Unable to add user SITECOREDEV\WindowsUserName.
Details: Database 'sc902com_Core' does not exist. Make sure that the name is entered correctly." In that case, ensure you're referencing correct database name for
SitecoreCoreDbName variable (line 29 of default deploy script)
2. Running Business Tools may bring an error. In some previous versions Business Tools desktop icon was referencing invalid port, so make sure it is 4200 (by default). You can do that by changing Link field for Business Tools launchpad icon, as you usually do in corу database (item path:
While running Business Tools, if you may see to following error:
The error means your browser needs a security exception for self-signed certificate, no worries - that's only for localhost and needs to be done once. Just open a new browser tab and follow to localhost:5000, confirming security exception, as prompted.
3. Once you have successfully installed Sitecore Commerce, you try to access storefront. So you hit URL in browser (sxa.storefront.com) and ... see default Sitecore home page. Why?
The first assumption coming into one's mind is that since storefront is running on top of SXA - you should configure the hostname at HostName field of
/sitecore/content/Sitecore/Storefront/Settings/Site Grouping/Storefront item. But wait! sxa.storefront.com is the default value and already presents there. Does it work now? Nope ...
Firstly, try open storefront in Experience Editor (from master database). If you see the right storefront - just re-publish site, and update indexes - it will work from web database then. But if not - the answer is different: it appeared that my current partner's license does not include SXA. Not obvious, but when you're out of license - storefront default to Home page rather than notify you re. that error.
Remember, that you may apply for a developer trial license valid for two month that will include all the features of Sitecore, including SXA and JSS.