VSTS and Sitecore NuGet feeds

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When you are setting up your Continuous Integration build definition in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS, formerly Visual Studio Online) you will get a NuGet Restore step that by default will work with any standard NuGet feeds. However, if you try to build your solution with Sitecore NuGet references it can’t download the packages. Time for your NuGet.config!

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Sitecore Production Deployments: The Big Bad Wolf

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Do you need to secure 14 signatures and present technical documentation just to run a script on your production database? Does it take a group of enterprise architects to approve a change to your application? Or do you have no restrictions whatsoever but are so afraid of touching the production server in case the slightest change brings everything down?

You are not alone… the word ‘Production’ has become synonymous with ‘Hallowed’ and a culture of fear dominates all changes made to a working production environment. An upcoming production deployment can feel like the Big Bad Wolf is coming to blow your house down.

Big Bad Wolf reading bedtime story to wolf pup

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SSL for multi-tenant Sitecore installations

From the dawn of HTTPS-time, admins have struggled with setting up multiple SSL certificates on a single server.  At the same time, we have Sitecore’s licensing model which really drives the business to get the most value out of fewer Sitecore instances. This leads teams to encounter multi-tenant installations that also require SSL protection, which in turn leads to me receiving questions like the following from clients:

“How do we get Sitecore to have multiple HTTPS websites on a single instance?”

The multiple SSL certificates problem is not because of a limitation on the Sitecore side, but rather a limitation in Internet Information Services (IIS).  No amount of configuring Sitecore site definitions will help you solve this problem. So how do we solve this issue?

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2016 Sitecore Symposium – Day Three Recap

This week has been an overload of information! Hard to think that Symposium is all wrapped up now, but it was a great time meeting old friends and new ones and enjoying many things that New Orleans has to offer. A great week provided to us by the team at Sitecore!

The day started with Jane McGonigal bringing us to the world of gamification (and a lot of Pokemon Go). We struggle every day with a basic premise that has been drilled into us: the opposite of play is work. However, as the keynote informed us: “The opposite of play isn’t work – it’s depression.”

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2016 Sitecore MVP Summit – Day Two

The second day of MVP Summit 2016 started with a bit of a rushed breakfast down in the Hyatt lobby with some fellow MVPs. I was wondering whether I should bring my laptop or not to our offsite meetings today, but I decided to lug the bag with us and get down to join folks for the buses. It was about 8am, probably shouldn’t run up to the hotel room. Although, the “depart at 8am” must surely have meant congregate at 8am, right?

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Swimming against the waterfall…