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28 Days of Sitecore Rocks Installation and Configuration

In order to get started using Sitecore Rocks and all its great features we need to start at the beginning, installation and configuration.  Thankfully this task is as easy as can be thanks to Visual Studio's Extension Manager.

Installation So let's take it from the top.  Once you have Visual Studio 2010/2012 started, open the Extension Manager from the Tools menu.  Next search the Online Gallery for Sitecore Rocks.  This is what you should currently see. 

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Click the Download button and you'll be guided through the installation.  It's a quick couple steps with the usual whatnots.  Once complete you will be prompted to restart Visual Studio to complete the installation.  Half way there! Configuration Lastly we need to make our connections and install the server components.  At this point we should have the Sitecore Explorer in the left hand pane of Visual Studio.  At the top of the Sitecore Explorer is the "Connect to a Sitecore website" button that looks like a server icon with a plus sign on it; see the following dialog.  

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The Connection dialog has a few items to discuss.  The Data Provider dropdown should have the Hard Rock Web Service selected.  The Host Name field can either be used to enter a remote host name or select from the websites on the local machine that are setup in IIS.  After entering valid user credentials in the User Name and Password fields, verify the Location field is correct and the “Upgrade Server Components” and “Update Hard Rock Web Service” checkboxes are selected.  Lastly, test the connection by clicking the “Test…” button.  

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We have successfully connected to our local Jetstream instance! 

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The last step is to connect our Visual Studio project to Sitecore Rocks.  Simply open and right click on the project in the Solution Explorer.  You should now see a Sitecore menu item with the option to "Connect…" below.  Click “Connect…” and we are complete with the configuration steps. Stay tuned as we start to cover the multitude of powerful features Sitecore Rocks has to offer in the following posts of 28 Days of Sitecore Rocks.

  • I have Visual Studio 2012 Premium and tried searching for Sitecore Rocks in Extensions and Updates (Extension Mananger not an option) and it does not find Sitecore Rocks. Any ideas whats wrong?