Skip to main content

Installing Sitecore 9.2 as a developer

Installing Sitecore 9.2 as a developer



My current role requires my upskilling into Sitecore development. As part of the Sitecore developer certification, a certain portion of the exam you undertake, requires you to understand the installation process.

Installation of Sitecore is not for the faint hearted. Even with the copious documentation provided, getting this to run successfully is beset with problems to trip you over. I've spent hours repeating the process of installing, and had driven myself mad with the number of times something broke, with no real pointers available as to why things broke. Some of the messages displayed during the procedure gave no clues as to what went wrong.

I've therefore used a variety of sources to prepare this guide in how to install the software as a developer. These links were referred to constantly while I played around with installation. Thank you to these bloggers for creating these guides. They proved to be a godsend!

To make things easier for me, I used Parallels Desktop for Mac, so I had a virtual Windows 10 Professional workstation. I was able to save snapshots at each stage of the installation process, so I could easily restart a step if a particular part of the process broke down.

The last link helped me with an issue encountered during the Sitecore install. It turned out the license had already expired - the error messages didn't convey the fact that the license was in question. 

The penultimate link helped with an issue that also occurred during the Sitecore installation, whereby a particular module couldn't load. This was down to a permissions issue within Windows Powershell, which was easily corrected by following the instructions within that page.

In order to install, I would suggest visiting Sitecore XP 9.2 Initial Release – Playing around with custom install directory – Walking on clouds (buoctrenmay.com) and following the step by step guide there:

  1. Follow steps 1 to 5 of the guide.
  2. Install SQL Server Developer edition and SQL Server Management Studio (see Installing SQL Server below)
  3. Follow steps 6 and 7 of the guide.
  4. For step 8, make sure you use the correct Sitecore license.xml file. Check to ensure that the expiration date has not elapsed. Perform a search for <expiration> within the license and check that the date is still in the future. 
  5. Follow the remaining steps 9 to 13 of the guide.
  6. You should now have a functioning Sitecore installation.

Installing SQL Server

  • Install the Developer edition of MS SQL Server. Accept the default installation.
  • Install MS SQL Management Studio. You'll have to restart your computer when installation is complete.
  • When you run Management Studio, login as a Windows administrator.
  • Create a sysadmin user, 
  • The SQL server needs to be configured to allow users and logins to be contained at the database level. Run the following query:
  • EXEC sp_configure 'contained', 1;
    RECONFIGURE;
  • Once the query has run, and you have verified that the sysadmin account is usable, quit Management Studio, and open Windows Services via the Start bar (services.msc). Locate SQL Server in the list of services and select 'Restart' from the context menu. It is very important you restart the DB server, otherwise the Sitecore installation will fail later on!

Hopefully, this will be of help to others. I may expand on this post in due course, but wish to again express my sincere thanks to the writers of the above blogs, video tutorials and thread contributors.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Blue Meanie - a most vicious puzzle game

I sporadically make visits to the BBC Micro games archive , and have a quick blast through some arcade smashes of the past, and lesser known titles. Hidden amongst the catalogue are some real gems. Mike Goldberg's Blue Meanie is one of them. Anyone familiar with the BBC Micro games scene may know the name of Mike Goldberg. An artist and illustrator, he created many pieces of artwork for various magazines during the 80s and early 90s. He has a distinctive style, and is very obsessed with cats. These artistic talents were evident in the games he had published commercially (notably, under the MRM brand - he was one of the M's), as well as within the pages of computer magazines. Most of his work was featured in The Micro User , or Let's Compute! , then dubbed the world's first computer comic. This latter period - from 1989 to 1991 - saw Goldberg produce games for typing in from the pages of the magazine. These games became more and more advanced in design and execut

Building BBC Micro game disc images using Linux

[July 2017 update - links to BBC games updated to HTTPS links] I wrote this following blog post around Christmas 2015, during that time I posted various BBC Micro games running via the JavaScript based jsBeeb emulator onto Facebook. These games were typically buried within compilation discs, so were not easy to access. Although jsBeeb provides an  auto boot  facility, you still had to go through any menus provided on the disc in order to get access to said game. This post details how you can build your own images, via a special tool, available to build on all platforms. The article follows... As it is Christmas, there's no better time to stoke the fires of nostalgia, and take part in some retro gaming. In the past, a fair amount of effort was required to satisfy your desire for playing of games of yesteryear. Thankfully, browser technology and the incredible abilities of the JavaScript language now make it much easier than ever to play old games. The Internet Archi

Rough guide to building UK election maps for D3.js

During my time at CITY A.M. I helped to build an interactive British General Election Map . This blog outlines how I created it. Let's see the map then Here's a simplified version of the map, hosted at Codepen. See the Pen D3 Election Map by Stephen Scott ( @sassquad ) on CodePen . Here, the map looks rather small, as it has been resized to fit the page. You can use your mouse wheel (or double-click/double-tap) to zoom in or out of the map, and click constituencies to view more detailed results on the left hand side. Each constituency is coloured according to party livery. This blog post gives a very general guide as to how that map was created. I'll be adding further detail about the creation of the map in subsequent posts. Acknowledgements This project was the work of several people, in addition to myself. Here are the other former colleagues who collectively made the election map possible: Michael King (back end programming of data capture system) Bill