How to Install Sitecore 9

It has been a while since I blogged, I would like with you guys the process of installing Sitecore 9. It is a different process there is no SIM, most of the steps are manual.

So what have I installed prior to proceeding with the installation process:

  • Windows 10 machine
  • IIS
  • .NET
  • .NET Core 2.0
  • SQL
  • SQL Management Studio

Also you need to adjust some security settings on your Windows Machine

net user administrator /active:yes
net user guest /active:yes
net user administrator *

Before we jump into the next step, lets download the source files. So what you will need:

Also you will need to add some stuff to the IIS, if you dont have it already:

  • Web Deploy 3.6 for Hosting Servers
  • URL Rewrite

We are going to run all of this in the Windows Power Shell.

First step will be to register the repository:

Register-PSRepository -Name SitecoreGallery -SourceLocation

Next we will install the Sitecore Installation Framework

Install-Module SitecoreInstallFramework

Next we will install Fundamentals

Install-Module SitecoreFundamentals

After that we will move onto installing Solr

From your Power-shell run the files that you have downloaded Lazy-Solr.

Make all your configuration changes, as needed. Pay attention to the JAVA_HOME path, make sure everything is reflected correctly.

Solr should run automatically once installation is completed. https://solr.8983/solr/#/

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Once that is completed and everything looks good, lets move on to the next step, the Sif-less step.

Extract and run as administrator the SIFLess.exe

Fill out all the necessary parameters: Should look something like this.


After you click on to the Generate Files, it will generate Powershell scripts in the same directory where SIFLess.exe is. You will go ahead and run that ps1 script. Once you run the script and installation is successful, you should be to access it, from the browser at the following URL:

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to comment below.

There are lots of different tutorials out there, how to get started with Sitecore 9. This tutorial is really fast and easy to follow.

This is very similar to Chris Auer’s video, if you don’t like to read, and you like videos more. Here’s the link to the video.

SiteCore Power Shell Extension Web API

This Tutorial will allow you to create a custom script that you can execute from the browser URL.


What do you need in order to perform this tutorial

SiteCore PowerShell Extension

Download and Install SiteCore PowerShell Extension. Access it from the SiteCore Desktop.


Add a small custom Script:


This script will give you last 20 lines of the log file. Or you can specify a different log file name and different length of lines. Commands are below

if($length -eq $null){
$length = 30

if($logType -eq $null){
$logType = “log”

Get-ChildItem “$($SitecoreLogFolder)\$LogType*.*” |
Sort-Object -Descending LastWriteTime |
Select-Object -First 1 |
Get-Content -Tail $length

In order for this to work. You need to enable restfulv2 in your Cognifide.PowerShell.config. which is located in Website\App_config\Include\Cognifide.PowerShell.config

<restfulv2 enabled=”true” requireSecureConnection=”false“>

Commands that you can run from the browser while logged in are the following:

Hopefully this helps.

If you have any questions ask me on tmamedbekov or comment below.