xConnect Upgrade to 9.2 – Where did the web request handlers go?

Recently, I needed to update my xConnect Tutorial from 9.0 to 9.2 so I could start looking at the new data purge API (more on that another day). I figured it should be an easy enough upgrade, my tutorial wasn’t doing anything complicated. Just some basic Create Contact or Register Interaction stuff.

So, I did the usual:

  1. Update Target Framework from 4.6.2 to 4.7.2
  2. Change all the NuGet references to the 9.2 packages
  3. Recompile
  4. Squint at all the red compile errors from doing an upgrade…

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Are you ready for the MongoDB 3.4 EOL?

If you are running Sitecore version 8.2.x, you are running MongoDB 3.4. Unfortunately, that also means you are impacted by the announcement by MongoDB that version 3.4 will reach end-of-life in January 2020.

You have some options on how you want to fix this and it sort of depends on how much tolerance your organization has for running production systems that don’t have commercial support from the vendor.

Over on the Sitecore Technical Marketing blog, I outlined a variety of options and provided a few FAQ answers:


Sitecore 8 Upgrades: ‘Cannot read configuration file because it exceeds the maximum file size’

A warning to others upgrading to Sitecore 8: you may run out of Web.config space!

Recently, I’ve been spending my time working on upgrading a site to Sitecore 8 and I encountered the dreaded 250KB limitation for the Web.config file. For security reasons, IIS will throw the “Cannot read configuration file because it exceeds the maximum file size” error if a single .config file exceeds 250KB.

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Keystone: Considerations when upgrading to Sitecore 7.5 or Sitecore 8

keystone-logoWith the releases of Sitecore 7.5 and Sitecore 8 in the last 6 months, there has been a lot of interest from clients in upgrading from their current 6.x versions to the latest and greatest Sitecore platform version. This upgrade process always entails an examination of the modules involved in a solution. Keystone for Sitecore is no different. If you change versions of Sitecore, you will likely need to change which version of the Keystone software you have installed in your build.

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Sitecore tips for upgrading and development

Sitecore 122The last week has been very busy around the office and we managed to get out some helpful tips for those of you working with Sitecore for the first time, as well as folks who may be considering a Sitecore upgrade for their current installation.

Trying to get started with development on Sitecore and preparing for your first Sitecore upgrade are similar in a very simple way: it can seem scary. We hoped that with these tips we could convince some more folks out there that it wasn’t so bad and that a little help can go a long way to making the transition smooth and painless.

The laws of Sitecore development

First, my colleagues Nick Allen and Gavin Fortugno joined me for a Google Hangout as part of the nonlinear buzz series.  We chatted about about some common questions regarding development on the Sitecore platform, including a few ‘first-timer’ tips. Have a look!

3 tips: Preparing for a Sitecore upgrade

After that, as a lead-up to our first ever MVP forum, I posted some tips for folks preparing for a Sitecore upgrade.  The low-down:

  1. Move your configuration customizations to include files
  2. Map out your upgrade path
  3. Configure a load-balancer for a live upgrade

For the full article, have a read of the nonlinear blog: 3 tips: Preparing for a Sitecore upgrade.