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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Retail Application-Installation and Configuration

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Lesson 5: Ecommerce Starter Site

Ecommerce Starter Site

Ecommerce Starter Site : This lesson provides an overview of the Ecommerce starter site and its components.

Lesson Objectives

To objective is to describe the Ecommerce starter site and its components.

Starter Store

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 includes a Retail online starter store built on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. The store is modeled after a fictitious online electronics retailer called Contoso.

The Contoso starter store is installed when you deploy the Ecommerce solution on SharePoint as a part of the solution installation process. You can customize and rebrand the starter online store to meet your needs. You can create your own online store by using some of the elements of the starter store, customizing some elements, and adding your own elements.

The starter online store consists of the two site collections: the product catalog site collection and the publishing portal site collection. These collections are located in separate web applications:

  • The product catalog web application uses Active Directory (AD) to authenticate content authors. The product catalog site collection contains a list of product data. All libraries and lists are shared as catalogs.
  • The publishing portal web application uses AD authentication for designers and forms-based authentication for web users. This web application is configured to allow anonymous access for web users.

The search system indexes content from the authoring site and the product catalog site collection. When a user views a page on one of the publishing sites, queries from Search Web Parts on that page are sent to the search index. Results are returned from the search index, and shown in the Search Web Parts on the page.

The Microsoft  Dynamics AX SharePoint Connector is a service that includes a SharePoint publishing job that runs in the OWSTimer.exe service. The job is called RetailPublishingJob and can be monitored in SharePoint 2013 Central Administration. It retrieves updated store and product information from the CRT database and pushes it into the product catalog site collection. The information is then crawled by Search.

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