Sitecore Commerce 9 Update 3 – Step by step Install Guide on your machine

This one is a summary of my own experience for Sitecore Experience Commerce 9 Update 3 (aka Sitecore XC 9.0.3) installation on my machine. I’ve had much experience in the following ones:

so I decided to go only with:

I do hope that this blog post is helpful for your own journey as well.

Note: personally, I wanted to play around with Sitecore Install Framework (SIF) version 2.0

Setup Prerequisites

Step-by-step guide

  1. install the ones below if not yet 😀
  2. rebuild the Link databases for the master and core databases if not yet:
    • on the Sitecore Launchpad, click Control Panel, and in the Database section, click Rebuild Link Databases
    •  select the master and core databases and then click Rebuild
    • sc9com_1
  3. rebuild the search indexes if not yet:
    • on the Sitecore Launchpad, click Control Panel, and in the Indexing section, click Indexing manager
    •  in the Indexing Manager dialog box, click Select all, and then click Rebuild
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  4. DO NOT stop the xConnect site sc903com.xconnect.local
    • from the installation guide with love (Page 10)
    • xc903_1
    • ensure that Experience Analytics is working properly
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      • Note: if there is any error
        • option 1: you will have to solve it before installing XC by opening the Sitecore log and then having a look at the error messages (normally, they’re certificate issues)
        • option 2: you may want to disable xDB and then fix the error later after installing XC successfully
  5. create a new folder D:\sc903_com_install
  6. create a certificate for the Sitecore Commerce Engine Connect to authenticate with the Sitecore XC Engine:
    • launch PowerShell as an administrator
    • create the certificate by running the following cmdlet:
      • New-SelfSignedCertificate -certstorelocation cert:\localmachine\my -dnsname “storefront.local”
    • export the certificate to a file by running the following cmdlet:
      • Export-Certificate -Cert cert:\localMachine\my\<Thumbprint-of-cert> -FilePath D:\sc903_com_install\storefront.local.cer
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  7. download MSBuild Microsoft Visual Studio Web targets (available from Nuget) then extract the Web targets package, copy the \tools\VSToolsPath\Web\Microsoft.Web.XmlTransform.dll file into D:\sc903_com_install
  8. download Sitecore Experience Accelerator 1.8.0 for Sitecore 9.0 (Note: must log into before downloading) and put it into D:\sc903_com_install
  9. download Sitecore Powershell Extensions 4.7.2 then put it into  D:\sc903_com_install
  10. download and unzip Packages for On Premise 2018.12-2.4.63 (Note: must log into before downloading) then put it into D:\sc903_com_install
  11. unzip D:\sc903_com_install\ and then rename D:\sc903_com_install\SIF.Sitecore.Commerce.1.4.7 to D:\sc9_com_install\SIF for a better practice
  12. unzip the D:\sc903_com_install\
  13. unzip the D:\sc903_com_install\ file then copy the D:\sc903_com_install\Sitecore.Commerce.Engine.SDK.2.4.43\Sitecore.Commerce.Engine.DB.dacpac file into D:\sc903_com_install
  14. download sc903_com_install.ps1 and put it into D:\sc903_com_install\SIF then open it to correct the following parameters:
    • $SitePrefix
    • $ScInstallDirectory
    • $SiteHostHeaderName
    • $SqlServer
    • $CommerceEngineCertificatePath
    • $SolrUrl
    • $SolrRoot
    • $SolrService
  15. open D:\sc903_com_install\SIF\Configuration\Commerce\Solr\sitecore-commerce-solr.json to change the Name attribute to name  in order to make it work properly with SIF 2.0
    • xc903_3
  16. (optional): you can specify any local account (note: it will be created automatically if non-existent) to be set up for the various application pools that are created as part of the deployment at line 74-75 of sc903_com_install.ps1
    • xc903_13.png
  17. let’s install it
    • launch PowerShell as an administrator
    • change directory to D:\sc903_com_install\SIF
    • execute .\sc903_com_install
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    • hopefully there is nothing can stop the installation process now
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  18. open a browser then navigate to storefront.local/, you would see the default page of Sitecore webiste. That’s because we don’t use the default host name so we need to correct it inside Sitecore
    • log into sc903com.local/sitecore/
    • access /sitecore/content/Sitecore/Storefront/Settings/Site Grouping/Storefront
    • update Host Name to storefront.local and then publish it
    • sc9com_8.png
    • refresh storefront.local/, you would see something like this
    • sxc902_9.png
  19. DO NOT forget to perform Post-Installation Steps

How to uninstall it?

  • download sc903_com_uninstall.ps1 and put it into D:\sc903_com_install then open it to correct 07 parameters below:
    1. $EngineSuffix
    2. $Prefix
    3. $SolrService
    4. $PathToSolr
    5. $SqlServer
    6. $SqlAccount
    7. $SqlPassword
  • launch PowerShell as an administrator
  • change directory to  D:\sc903_com_install
  • execute .\sc903_com_uninstall
    • xc903_11.png
  • hopefully, it runs well and cleans everything up

Note: some known issues

  1. Missing required parameter: name
    • xc903_1
    • open D:\sc903_com_install\SIF\Configuration\Commerce\Solr\sitecore-commerce-solr.json to change the Name attribute to name  in order to make it work properly with SIF 2.0
  2. The service cannot accept control messages at this time
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    • access IIS, start sc903com.local site and sc903com.local application pool manually (note: you may need to do it several times) if they’re in STOP status, somehow IIS cannot restart those ones after stopping them
  3. The wait operation timed out: [SqlException (0x80131904): Connection Timeout Expired. The timeout period elapsed during the post-login phase. The connection could have timed out while waiting for server to complete the login process and
    respond; Or it could have timed out while attempting to create multiple active connections.

    • sc9com_17.png
    • open D:\sc903_com_install\SIF\Configuration\Commerce\Master_SingleServer.json to remove the tasks completed
    • for instance, I would remove all the completed tasks before InstallSXAFrameworkModule then re-do Step 20 again
    • sc9com_18.png
  4. Something went wrong restarting SQL server again: Cannot validate argument on parameter ‘InputObject’. The argument is null or empty. Provide an argument that is not null or empty, and then try the command again.
    • sc9com_22
    • somehow SQL Server window service cannot restart after stopping, ensure SQL Server window service is running
  5. ERROR Exception when executing agent aggregation/pathAnalyzerHistoryAgent
    Exception: Sitecore.XConnect.XdbCollectionUnavailableException
    Message: The HTTP response was not successful: Forbidden
    Source: Sitecore.Xdb.Common.Web

    • have a look at
    • ensure to remove all non-self-signed certificates out of Trusted Root Certification Authorities certificate store (you can move them to Intermediate Certification Authorities certificate store)
      • Note: should use this Windows Powershell command Get-Childitem cert:\LocalMachine\root -Recurse | Where-Object {$_.Issuer -ne $_.Subject} to find them out

Got issues?

Please send your issues (with screenshots if possible) to so that I have a chance to understand your problem and be able to suggest the solution.

Happy Sitecore Installation!

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