Over the last few weeks, I have been working on Sitecore, which is one of the top web content management systems currently available on the market. While the application is very powerful and intuitive to use, its installation is definitely not an easy task, at least for someone like me who was doing it for the first time. This is primarily because Sitecore’s main application is dependent on multiple subcomponents and there can be hundreds of reasons why they might not integrate properly and throw you an error. Moreover, it was also very hard to find a proper document that covers the various issues that come up during the installation. That’s why when I finally got it successfully installed, it literally felt like I won a million dollar lottery!
After that painful experience, I decided to write a blog post that would not only describe all the necessary steps required to install Sitecore and it’s sub-components flawlessly but also highlight some of the most commonerrors that one can face during the whole process.
Installing Sitecore on a local system involves several prerequisites, system settings, file updates, and other checks. Therefore, I have divided the whole process into three parts:
Sitecore 9.1 Prerequisites and installation preparation tasks
Sitecore 9.1 Installation
Resolving common installation errors
To keep it short and easy to follow, I will only cover the first two topics in this blog post. In next blog post, I will highlight all the major installation errors that a user can come across and how we can resolve them.
Part 1A: Sitecore 9.1 Prerequisites
Sitecore XP 9.1 has specific requirements for the operating system, IIS Web Server, .NET Framework, and the database server. Therefore, it is very important to be careful about the version of the sub-components. Below is the list of all the prerequisite sub-components (mandatory as well as optional) that you need to have before starting the Sitecore installation.
Once you are done with the prerequisites mentioned above, the next step is to perform the following tasks:
Enable contained database authentication This is achieved by running the following script in the database: sp_configure ‘contained database authentication’, 1; GO RECONFIGURE; GO
Download Sitecore installation package You can find the package for Sitecore XP Single (XP0) from the following location. (Since this file is only available to registered members, you need to have a valid Sitecore dev account to be able to download it.)
Change the directory to the folder where you have stored all the installation files
Execute the command: .\XP0-SingleDeveloper
Relax and have a cup of coffee as the installation script will execute on its own.
If all the steps mentioned above are executed correctly, the process will go smoothly without any error and in 20-30 minutes the whole installation process should be complete. Once it is done, you will see the Admin password (as shown below) to log into the Sitecore Admin account.
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