Understanding Sitecore logs – Part 1: xDB, Tracking, License, Path Analyzer and Memory Monitor

I want to start a series of blogs describing what each line in the Sitecore logs mean. I am basing my research on the log information extracted from Sitecore 9.1 Update-1 with the log priority level set to “INFO”.

Let’s start with the log file.

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Sitecore Publishing Service and publishing targets

Recently, I was working on a Sitecore implementation that has 3 publishing targets: “staging”, “web1”, “web2”. As the number of items in that site goes beyond the millions due to the number of languages and versions, we decided to install Sitecore Publishing Service. Among all the items, one specific page was never published to “web1” and “web2”. After some time, I figured out why.

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Automatically bootstrap fields in Sitecore 9 Forms

Sitecore Forms enables you to easily create forms by dragging and dropping fields. It also supports Bootstrap. However, if you want to use Bootstrap framework, you must follow a set of steps to add the proper wrapper and classes around each field. Needless to say, this approach is not user friendly at all.

In this post, I share with you a custom processor that automatically wraps fields and adds the proper classes to each input and label.

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XConnect IndexWorker error “Tokens are incompatible, they have different set of shards.”

Recently, I had restored a “production” backup of the master and core databases from a Sitecore 9.0 Update-1 instance to my local SQL server installation. After that, the Sitecore log started filling up with the exception:

Sitecore.XConnect.XdbSearchUnavailableException Message: The HTTP response was not successful: InternalServerError.

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Go home Core database, you’re drunk.

Recently, after pulling the latest changes from my team, my local Sitecore installation started showing every item duplicated. Not only the LaunchPad was behaving like that, but also the Content Editor.

This issue only appeared in local Sitecore installation. Azure environments (DTAP) where not reproducing this issue. What was happening?

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Applying personalization per host name

Recently, we had a requirement where we needed to personalize content based on the current host.

The requested scenario was: visitor can access the same site from different hosts. For example: pension.company.nl, insurance.company.nl, mysafety.company.nl. Based on the current host, the visitor should see a different icon and text on the page.

How did we meet this requirement?

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