Sitecore 9 Arrives

Best Options for Search in Sitecore 9

Sitecore 9 has recently been released and one of the biggest changes is that Lucence is no longer the default search index provider. Sitecore 9 supports Solr, Lucene and Azure search as providers. However, if you want to use a search index that work in both Analytics and contentSearch, Solr is the best option.

The article below provides a step-by-step guideline, so that you can quickly spin up your Sitecore 9 instance locally. The prerequisites for Sitecore 9 include SQL 2016, IIS 8.5+ and Solr etc. By default, Sitecore XP is secure, therefore it requires SSL enabled for Solr.

Sitecore 9 - Let's Start Installing with Solr with SSL Enabled

Solr and SSL

Step 1 - Download and Install Solr

You can download Solr from here. The Solr version is 6.6.2 (as there is a bug in Sitecore 6.6.1 as mentioned here).

Step 2 - Generate Trusted Self Signed Certificate

Thanks to Kam Figy, who created an easy to use powershell script for automating the complete setup process of adding SSL to Solr with a self-signed certificate and trusting that self-signed certificate.

You can grab the script from here - save the solrssl.ps1 onto your local. You can also find the official instruction for enabling SSL on Solr here.

In order to generate a self-signed certificate and a kay, keytool needs to be installed. If you have Java runtime environment installed, you can find the keytool under the bin folder of java installation folder.

Java runtime environment

Before you run the script, it's assumed that you have the keytool utility on your PATH system environment variable. You should be see the successful message, once the certificate has been generated and added into CA.

Keytool utility

Don't forget to uncomment in bin/ file, before restarting solr server.

Solr server

After you restarted Solr, you should be able to run Solr on HTTPs protocol as shown in the screenshot below.


Looking Snazzy? Okay, Let's Install Sitecore!

Step 1 - Download Sitecore 9 Package

You can download the package here. The package used for this article is the XP single package - (Packages for XP single (XP) instance configuration. Sitecore 9.0.0 rev. 171002 (WDP XP0 packages).zip).

Unzip the package, there are three packages included in the zip as seen below.

Unzip Sitecore 9

Unzip the "XP0 Configuration files", in which it contains the environment configuration files (XPo topologies).

  • sitecore-solr.json
  • xconnect-solr.json
  • xconnect-createcert.json (for developer environments)
  • sitecore-XP0.json
  • xconnect-xp0.json

Step 2 - Install Sitecore Install Framework

Sitecore provides the Sitecore installation framework module, a Microsoft PowerShell module that supports local and remote installations of Sitecore, and it's fully extensible.

Once you installed the Sitecore Fundamentals and SitecoreInstallFramework module. You can then use the PowerShell script below for installing Sitecore (Thanks to the community who created the script, it's really handy).

After the script runs successfully, you should be able to see:

  • Databases
  • Two sites

Congrats! Sitecore 9 has been successfully installed!

— Zhen Yuan

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