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Sep 24, 2010
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EPiServer Commerce Installer

You may have read Arild’s blog post here about the Commerce Installer. I thought I would clarify a couple of things regards the MediaChase database installation.

  1. You do NOT need to pre-create a SQL Login before you install Commerce as detailed in the

    “Creating an SQL Login (SQL Server Management Studio)” of the Installation Instructions.

  2. The Database Owner / Password fields in the MediaChase Installer are used to create an account which will subsequently be used by the Commerce Manager to access the database. Note: This account will be created, it does NOT need to pre-exist.
  3. The SQL Admin Username / Password in the MediaChase Installer is used to access the SQL Server Instance in order to create the database and database owner. Note: This account will NOT be created, it should pre-exist and have sufficient privileges to create databases and users in SQL Server. You can also use Windows Authentication as an alternative providing your windows account is an administrator on the SQL Server hosting machine or a Domain Admin.
  4. The MediaChase Installer creates a default super-user account called “admin” (password “store”) to enable you to login to both the CMS site and Commerce Manager. Note: This is purely an ASP.NET membership account, It is not, nor does not need to be, a SQL Login.

I have requested that the Installation Guide on EPiServer World be updated to reflect this information.

We are also working on a smoother deployment experience for the next version of Commerce.

Happy shopping!

Sep 24, 2010


Arild Henrichsen
Arild Henrichsen Sep 24, 2010 10:37 AM

Hi Paul, thanks for taking the time to clean up the installation guide, much appreciated.

Sep 27, 2010 07:46 PM

Good info. :)

Mikael Berglund
Mikael Berglund Oct 14, 2010 10:51 AM

Hi Paul,
I have gone through the complete installation guide for Commerce and Commerce sample site and I am now trying to do the post-install settings. I have filled in the Settings information in the Commerce tab (The Commerce Manager URL etc.) and then I click on the "Commerce Manager" tab. When I do this I will get the "Operational Access" page telling me to enter user name and password. I have tried to enter "admin" and "store" here but i get "Login failed. Please try again". What shall I do, I am completely lost here?

Mikael Berglund
Mikael Berglund Oct 14, 2010 02:33 PM

My login problem above is solved. I had forgot to enter the host URL into my Windows host file so when clicking on the Commerce Manager tab it did not browse to my local file but instead browsed to the official Operational Access page of Commerce on the Internet (

Arild Henrichsen
Arild Henrichsen Jan 9, 2011 10:34 PM

Paul - I tried the ECF installer again using your updated instructions, but I'm experiencing an error in this step:
"2. The Database Owner / Password fields in the MediaChase Installer (..) This account will be created, it does NOT need to pre-exist."
If I try to enter a not-yet-created database user, the Next button simply will not let me continue. As soon as I enter an existing db user account, Next lets me proceed.

Are you quite sure this user account does not have to pre-exist?

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