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Sitecore 10 – The Dawning of a New Containerized Day

Sitecore 10.0 made its way into the world a few weeks back. While it wasn’t a dramatic user-facing major release, it was a massive release for Sitecore becoming more cloud-native and looking ahead to the future of the Sitecore development experience. Cloud-Native? You may be asking, what does “cloud-native” mean? Well, for that, we can turn […]

3 Cool Announcements From Microsoft Build 2020

I finally got a chance to attend Microsoft Build this year! Unfortunately, it was at the cost of a worldwide pandemic so I guess I shouldn’t be that excited about it. Typically, Build is held in-person with 15,000+ of your closest developer friends – it’s Microsoft’s big yearly showcase of all the innovation they’ve been […]

Custom Data Connector Integrates Power BI and MicroStrategy

The Data Mapping Process with Sitecore Data Exchange Framework

The Sitecore Data Exchange Framework allows for data to be synchronized between two disparate systems, neither of which need to actually be Sitecore. The modeling for the data mapping is handled in the Sitecore content tree, however, the process can involve any two systems you configure. When mapping fields, there is a certain process that […]

Getting to know Sitecore Host

One of the more interesting announcements made at Sitecore Symposium 2018 is the introduction of Sitecore Host in Sitecore 9.1. There were a couple of sessions devoted to the future of Sitecore and its focus on .NET Core, however, not a lot of details were given at the time. Now with the general availability of […]

Vue.js Components in Sitecore Experience Editor

One of the hot JavaScript frameworks these days is Vue.js and it has started to regularly find its way into modern web and Sitecore development. At Perficient, we’re always looking to keep our customers modernized in terms of technology and have embraced Vue.js in a number of our Sitecore implementations. Vue works quite well with […]

Using the PKCS #12 (.pfx) format for Solr SSL Security

Apache Solr is based on the Java technology stack which comes with its own methods for handling certificates, specifically with the JKS (Java Key Store) file type which holds encrypted certificates for use with Java-based applications. You might be vaguely familiar with the JKS file as the installation guide for 9.0+ provided by Sitecore sends […]

Client Certificate Authentication with Solr

Securing your Solr instance is an important part of the Sitecore security hardening process. In many on-premises environments, the Solr servers are behind the firewall without the need to be publicly accessible – just accessible by the Sitecore application itself. However, with cloud-based hosting such as Azure App Services, this becomes more difficult as the […]

Federated Authentication in Sitecore 9 – Part 3: Implementation of SAML2p

Let’s jump into implementing the code for federated authentication in Sitecore! If you’ve missed Part 1 and/or Part 2 of this 3 part series examining the federated authentication capabilities of Sitecore, feel free to read those first to get set up and then come back for the code. Part 1: Overview Part 2: Configuration For […]

Federated Authentication in Sitecore 9 – Part 2: Configuration

Let’s take a look at the configuration for federated authentication in Sitecore 9. By the way, this is Part 2 of a 3 part series examining the new federated authentication capabilities of Sitecore 9. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here: Part 1: Overview Enabling Federated Authentication Before we can begin implementation, […]

Federated Authentication in Sitecore 9 – Part 1: Overview

Sitecore 9.0 introduced a new and very useful feature to easily add federated authentication to the platform. Authentication has been and still is being performed using the ASP.NET Membership functionality for standard Sitecore users, however, Sitecore has implemented the ability to use the new ASP.NET Identity functionality that is based OWIN-middleware. Here’s a stripped-down look […]

How to Install Sitecore 9 with the Sitecore Install Framework

The big news coming out of Sitecore Symposium last week is the release of Sitecore Experience Cloud 9.0. With the release of version 9, Sitecore has brought more and more pieces of its platform into an inevitably microservices-oriented future. The first thing you’ll notice is that there’s no .exe installer anymore – this has regularly […]

Getting to Know PredefinedQuery with Sitecore Content Search

Recently I’ve been working a lot with the Sitecore Content Search API and found myself writing a lot of code like this: var allTheThings = context.GetQueryable<Thing>().Where(x => x.TemplateId == Constants.Thing.TemplateId && x.IsSearchable); As we’re always looking for better ways to do things around here and my laziness started to prevail, I thought, “there has got […]

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