Sitecore: Publishing stuck on Initializing after applying Scalability settings

SitecoreI recently came across this issue after applying some scalability settings, and couldn’t initially figure out why the publishing was no longer working.  Accessing the Desktop and using site publishing would display the dialog, but would hang on the Initializing… stage.  After some preliminary investigation, it turned out that the issue was with the instance names provided in the scalability settings.

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Baby Steps to SOA – Step Nine: Moving beyond the website

Service-oriented ArchitectureIn the continuing Baby Steps to SOA series, we follow Doug and the IT team behind BuyMyWidget.com as they take steps to renovate their digital asset architecture. Up next is expanding the use of the new services layers to their other applications within the business.   While focus is usually given to revenue-generating applications, the inclusion of other applications into this architecture permits all of the applications to interoperate, sharing data and functionality.  This step allows for full leveraging of all business capabilities within the organization.

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A starters guide to Git for TFS GitWits…

This is a great blog post for those users who have hesitated adopting TFS as an ALM tool because of their dislike of TFS source control. René covers the advantages of using Git with TFS, and also maps it out for users who want to make the transition.

The Road to ALM

When I started my development career way back in 1999, the first Source Control System I ever used was Visual SourceSafe. After a few years I switched to SVN for a while and I liked that. The, in 2005 came Team Foundation Server and I embraced it, including the Source Control of course. And since then I must say, I really like TFS Source Control. You need to remember that the server must always know what you are doing, but once you know that and practice that it is simply a great and easy to use Version Control System.

When TFS 2012 introduced Local Workspaces, it became even better, because now all the advantages of TFS and all the advantages of a system like for example SVN were combined. The perfect world !

But then came Git. And I must say that is something different. When I first heard…

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TDS deployments slow with Sitecore 6.6? Upgrade versions!

HedgehogHave your deployments to Sitecore 6.6 installations been taking a very long time?  Do your build logs show 3-4 seconds for every template item that is deployed?  Are you seeing the following warning in Sitecore logs?

All caches have been cleared. This can decrease performance considerably.

If so, you are probably running on an older version of TDS.  I recently ran into this problem with our TeamCity installation that was using TDS 4.0.0.17 to execute deployments.  Simple deployments were taking over 30 minutes, sometimes up to a full hour.  We brought that down to 5 minutes or less by simply upgrading to the latest version of TDS.

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Baby Steps to SOA – Step Eight: Sharing the Business Tier

Service-oriented ArchitectureIn the continuing Baby Steps to SOA series, we follow Doug and the IT team behind BuyMyWidget.com as they take steps to renovate their digital asset architecture. Up next is the centralization and sharing of the business layer to allow all applications to use a single source for business logic.   Along with the previous steps, this iterative step finally brings the team to a Service-Oriented Architecture for their primary website application.

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