To implement a Web site with managed content using the Microsoft technology described in this chapter, the following .NET Enterprise Server products are required:
And if the Web site is going to be integrated with Microsoft Commerce Server in order to provide additional features, the Content Connector for Commerce Server add-on to Content Management Server, and Commerce Server itself, is required.
Note the lack of version/year numbers in the previous list. As this book is going to press, new versions of several of these products are soon to be released. Commerce Server 2002 is due to be released in early spring of 2002, and Content Management Server 2002 will be released shortly thereafter. If and when Content Connector will be revised to support these new versions is not known at this time. Interested suppliers should refer directly to the Microsoft Web site (www.microsoft.com) for more precise information about software requirements and version compatibility.
Companies that want to develop a Web site that incorporates the functionality of both Content Management Server and Commerce Server might want to consider acquiring the Microsoft Solution for Internet Business (MSIB), and especially if they are considering hiring Microsoft or one of its certified partners to help with the implementation. The MSIB bundles the required servers and implementation assistance into a single package.
Site programmers working with Content Management Server, either in conjunction with Commerce Server or by itself, might want Microsoft Visual Studio to make developing solutions easier. This is especially true if the 2002 version of Content Management Server is being used. As with all of the .NET-based architecture, Visual Studio .NET is not required to create Web applications that use the .NET FrameworkHowever, the degree of integration expected between Content Management Server 2002 and Visual Studio .NET is extensive, and will almost certainly provide a significant productivity boost.
For Web site assets that are maintained on the file system, and this set will grow with Content Management Server 2002, Microsoft Application Center can be used to simplify the deployment of a Content Management Server Web site onto multiple servers in a Web farm.
Finally, depending on the deployment scenario and the firewall requirements of the Web site, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA) might be another product to consider.