Author: Rob Ahnemann

Migrating from Docker Desktop

If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware that there’s some changes coming to Docker Desktop. Notably, it’s not going to be free to use for companies that make over $10M or have over 250 employees. This isn’t a nail in the coffin for docker on your desktop, however. Most docker users on windows usually are…


Securing your Connection Strings with Key Vault

I’ll start off that this entry isn’t inherently specific to Sitecore. It’s more of an Azure exercise in Principle of Least Privilege (PLP). So, let’s talk about a couple baselines here: What’s Azure Key Vault? Azure Key Vault is a service/product offered within Azure. It allows for the storage of Key, Secrets and Certificates. Each…


Recovering your CM From a Solr Hiccup

We’ve all been there before. Sometimes Solr does something funky and you end up with this on your Index Rebuild screen: What happened? Probably some sort of hiccup with solr. Once Sitecore loses connectivity though, it usually takes a restart in order for things to come back together. I did a little digging into how…


Docker and Firefox – Fix OOTB HTTP Redirect

I’m a Firefox guy. It’s ok. I’m good with it. I like Firefox. It has some quirks. Some of those quirks are actually some security practices. One of them…I’ll share today. Ok, so I’ve been doing some docker-ing. Wanting to create some specific pre-built images/accelerator type things on my own, I started off with a…


Experience Profile: XdbSearchUnavailableException

Our team was standing up a new instance of Sitecore XP1 10.1 and noticed that anytime you loaded Experience Profile, you got a nice error about “An error has occurred”. Digging into the XHR posts, there’s a big fat 500 response from the Contact Search API: Exception calling GetService() – Service Type: “ContactsController” System.InvalidOperationException: Unable…


Windows Hosts Writer – v 1.4

Edit: This has been updated to reflect that v1.5 has been released! There’s a fun bug in windows having to deal with the number of hostnames per line in your hosts file. Any hostnames after the first nine just won’t resolve. That’s fun. Right? I’ve made some updates to the WHW image that will put…


Coveo Rest API Returning 403

We recently configured our CDN and App Gateway for a new client using Coveo. Suddenly, Coveo stopped working. Not like “Oh man this is slow and sorta funky” but more of “Oh hey, literally nothing is working.” We were not having fun. Baby Yoda was sad! Looking at Dev Tools in Firefox, pretty much every…


Experience Profile Won’t Load – NotSupportedException?

This one is a doozie, I tell ya. I was firing up Experience Profile in a client’s Production environment, and it was empty. Which was not accurate. Trust me, it shouldn’t have been empty. So a quick peek at the network traffic showed this: So yeah. Lemme call up that administrator. Me: Hello Me? Also…


Solving: Parent filter should be sent as parentFilter=filterCondition

Ever have one of those error messages that return less than a dozen results in Google? Makes you feel pretty alone. Sorry, this is not a therapy session. Let’s get you right as rain. What’s really going to flip your biscuit… The full text of the message is as follows: { “responseHeader”:{ “zkConnected”:true, “status”:400, “QTime”:0,…


Using Windows Hosts Writer with Sitecore 10

Edit: This has been updated to denote the latest version: v1.5 If you’ve been on twitter today, you’ve noticed quite a bit of buzz around the Sitecore Universe (SCUniverse – Pronounced “skju nɪ vɜrs”) with the news that Sitecore 10 has dropped! Play Marketing Buzzword Bingo with the Press Release here: https://www.sitecore.com/company/news-events/press-releases/2020/08/marketers-and-it-pros-jointly-win-with-launch Of course, a…