Support and compatibility with 2008 products

The question regarding does Commerce Server 2007 support Windows Server 2008 and/or SQL Server 2008 and/or Visual Studio 2008 has came up several times and I wanted to give a quick post on this. With the release of Commerce Server 2007 Service Pack 2, we do fully support both Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio…

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Are you ready for Internet Explorer 8.0

As many already know Internet Explorer (IE) 8.0 Beta 2 has been released to the public with good reception.  We have done some basic testing of IE8 Beta 2 against the Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site and Starter Site R2 and have found no real issues so far.  If you happen to be doing some of…


Usage of the Starter Site and the sample catalog

I have a question I would like to get some feedback on.  For those that are building new Commerce Server 2007 sites how many start with the Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site as the base for your new site?  Also, in your testing how many people use the Adventure Works sample product catalog as you…

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How to set sequence for product variants in the Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site

After setting the sequence for product variants in Catalog Manager, the Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site still does not list product variants such as color or size in the desired order. They are always listed alphabetically. To resolve the issue you will need to edit the control used to display product information.  Open the CommerceCommponents.csproj which…


Back to the blogging….

I’ve been away for a while from the blogging due to various reasons I won’t go into here but things have settled down now and I plan to start back up my posting.  For those who have offered comments on things to write about I am going to be looking into them and will post…

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Silent unpack INI file for CSharp sample site

For those wishing to use the silent unpack feature of PUP.exe to deploy your site, you have probably noticed that there is not a sample INI included with Commerce Server 2007 as there was with previous versions of Commerce Server.  And you may have also noted that the version included with previous versions of Commerce…

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Archiving CSS event reporting data

Commerce Server Staging (CSS) logs data of its actions to two Access databases, events.mdb and StagingLog.mdb.  The data that is viewed in the reports comes from the events.mdb which is what most customers want to keep.  As noted in an earlier blog post you can increase the number of days that the data in the…


How to increase the number of days CSS keeps event information

By default Commerce Server Staging will maintain 3 days worth of event data in its database.  This is the data that is viewed in the reports for such items as when a project was ran and completed. To increase the nubmer of days that event reporting data will be kept use the steps below. Using Regedit.exe go…


How to configure Customer and Orders Manager to not require HTTPS

By default the Commerce Server 2007 Customer and Orders Manager requires that the connections to the Orders and Profiles web services be over HTTPS. This can be changed to allow it to work over HTTP instead.  This is not the recommended method to use as you should always use HTTPS to ensure data is secure…

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Starting up the blog….

Hello everyone…This is Charles Teague. I am a Support Escalation Engineer with the Commerce Server support team.  I support several products but my primary focus is with Microsoft Commerce Server. I have been with Microsoft for over 15 years now and supported many different products going all the way back to Windows 286/386.  More recently I…