Welcome to SIF-less 2. Beta Edition!

I started this an embarassingly long time ago, in a galaxy far away.  Actually it was an alcohol-infused one-man hackathon where I secured first place.  Anywho, here goes nothing (If you want to skip right to getting started, scroll to “Getting Started”) Why a new SIF-less? The first one was ok, in my eyes. I…


The Baker’s Dirty Dozen for a New Laptop

As I was setting up my new laptop (yay!) I figured it might be helpful to share what I consider “essential” from a dev tools point of view.  This isn’t all Sitecore-specific, but should be helpful regardless: Astrogrep – Ever wanted to find where a value is in the mess of Sitecore configs?  Check out…


Sitecore Assembly Version Checker

Gonna go ahead and apologize if someone has written something like this already. I did some googling, pinged JammyKam (which means if he doesn’t know about it, it doesn’t exist), and alas, nothing. The Problem During a new site setup, I was clocking along, minding my own business, when I got a nasty error about…


SIF – Setting the Custom Errors Mode

By default, Sitecore 9 ships with the customErrors mode set to RemoteOnly. I’m not complaining.  But if you’re using SIF to configure a QA server, you may want to change that.   In a push to have infrastructure as code, the module below actually does this for you.  Here’s the modlue:

Nothing really fancy here. …


Using SIF to Install Sitecore Packages

One of the neat things about the SIM tool was the ability to upload a package to a fresh install of Sitecore.  This was great for installing things like a 301 redirect module, WFFM, or anything else that was boilerplate for your instance.  With SIF, that functionality isn’t present out of the box.  But… now…


SIF – Changing the Website Install Folder

By default. SIF installs Sitecore in “<SystemDrive>\inetpub\wwwroot\<SiteName>”.  That’s not ideal for me, as I don’t put any real data on my C drive. It all goes on my D drive.  How can we fix this?  We’ll need to make one change to two different files. In either sitecore-XP0.json or xconnect-xp0.json, look for the following line:…


SIF-less Version 0.5.0 – More Requirements Checks!

One of the biggest feedbacks from SIF-less’s release was that while the validation checks in the Test Window were nice, there were some instances where the validation would pass, but the install would still fail.  This release closes some of those gaps and adds in a few more tests to ensure you have a higher…


Introducing SIF-less for Easy Sitecore 9 Installation

After working through some of the initial shock of the new install process, I took to some tinkering.  What I came up with was something I dubbed SIF-less. It’s a little less SIF than a standard SC9 install takes.  That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with SIF. It’s an amazing framework.  It is a…


Extending SIF – Custom Modules

I’ve been tinkering with the concept of a rollback script for Sitecore 9 and I’ve had to add a bit more functionality to SIF to handle this. This can be done by adding in custom modules to SIF, which, once you get the hang of it, is pretty easy.  The SIF Guide has some good…


Sitecore Installation Framework (SIF) and HTTPS Everywhere

Everyone loves the SIM Tool.  It’s one of my favorite parts about Sitecore development. Want a new Sitecore? Fill in some blanks, click a button and poof. You’re ready to go. Sitecore 9 has changed that.  To say it’s changed a bit is an understatement.  In the Technical Preview, all installation of Sitecore is done…