Comparing Commerce Server 2000 and 2002 Features

For information about the .NET compatibility features in Commerce Server 2002, see Commerce Server .NET Application Framework.

The following features are discussed in this topic:

  • Business Analytics Features
  • Data Warehouse Features
  • High Availability Features
  • Authentication Features
  • Administration Features
  • Business Desk Features
  • Product Catalog System Features
  • Profiling System Features
  • Targeting System Features

Business Analytics Features

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This table compares support for Business Analytics features in the editions of Commerce Server.

Feature Commerce Server 2002 Enterprise Edition Commerce Server 2002 Standard Edition Commerce Server 2000
Stand-alone Business Analytics installation Yes Yes No
Data Warehouse Import Wizard Yes Yes No
Remote access to OLAP cubes
(requires SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition)
Yes Yes No
Create a new report from scratch Yes No Yes
Customize a pre-defined report Yes Yes Yes
Run user profile reports Yes No Yes
Run marketing campaign reports Yes No Yes
Real-time recommendations Yes No Yes
Export reports as lists to the Profiling System or Targeting System Yes No Yes
Group published reports Yes Yes No
Report drill-through capability Yes Yes No
Across-domain reporting Yes Yes No
Prediction models to analyze usage behavior Yes No Yes
Segment models for analyzing population segments Yes No Yes
Affinity lists Yes No No
Exports Segment model as a list Yes No Yes

Data Warehouse Features

This table compares support for Data Warehouse features in the editions of Commerce Server.

Feature Commerce Server 2002 Enterprise Edition Commerce Server 2002 Standard Edition Commerce Server 2000
Builds prediction/segment models Yes No No
Imports campaigns data Yes No Yes
Imports user data Yes No Yes
Sets log file restart parameters Yes Yes No
Sets connection retry parameters for all DTS tasks Yes Yes No
Deletes imported logs on a rotating time basis Yes Yes No
Runs a DTS task for all sites in a Data Warehouse (for relevant DTS tasks) Yes Yes No
Runs a DTS task for a single site in a Data Warehouse Yes Yes Yes
Schedules DTS packages Yes Yes Yes
Displays the import progress data Yes Yes No
Uses log file masking Yes Yes No
Imports cookieless user data Yes Yes No
Imports Unicode characters Yes Yes No
Imports UTF-8 log files Yes Yes No
Includes Data Warehouse schema diagram Yes No Yes

High Availability Features

This table compares support for high availability features in the editions of Commerce Server.

Feature Commerce Server 2002 Enterprise Edition Commerce Server 2002 Standard Edition Commerce Server 2000
Very high availability Yes Yes No
Predictor and Direct Mailer are Windows Clustering cluster-aware Yes Yes No
Predictor and Direct Mailer support failover to all cluster nodes Yes Yes No
Predictor and Direct Mailer can install on 2 nodes on Windows 2000 Advanced Server Yes Yes No
Predictor and Direct Mailer can install on 2, 3, and 4 nodes on Windows 2000 Datacenter Server Yes Yes No
Run-time components survive failover of dependent Windows services, application server, or underlying data stores Yes Yes No
An order queuing sample in the SDK, showing how to process orders offline, a high-availability best practice Yes Yes No

Authentication Features

This table compares support for Authentication features in the editions of Commerce Server.

Feature Commerce Server 2002 Enterprise Edition Commerce Server 2002 Standard Edition Commerce Server 2000
Exchange 2000 Outlook Web Access (OWA) Basic Authentication Yes Yes No
Allows old profile cookies to be decrypted Yes Yes No
Rolling key encryption Yes Yes No
Maintains visit history in the Data Warehouse Yes Yes Yes
Cookieless shopping Yes Yes Yes
Provides granular access control using access control lists (ACLs) Yes Yes Yes
Supports custom login pages for retrieving Windows credentials Yes Yes Yes
URL case correction Yes Yes Yes
Web farm environments Yes Yes Yes
ASP-intrinsics Yes Yes Yes
Provides the option of using Active Directory and/or SQL Server for storing user profiles Yes Yes Yes
Access level control Yes Yes Yes
Accepts security credentials from user Yes Yes Yes

Administration Features

This table compares support for Administration features in the editions of Commerce Server.

Feature Commerce Server 2002 Enterprise Edition Commerce Server 2002 Standard Edition Commerce Server 2000
Supports unpacking a site to remote servers Yes Yes No
Allows host headers and multiple identities to be stored in the Administration database for the Web site Yes Yes No
Integrates with Content Management Server 2001 and later editions Yes Yes No
Integrates with BizTalk Server 2000 and later editions Yes Yes Yes

Business Desk Features

This table compares support for Business Desk features in the editions of Commerce Server.

Feature Commerce Server 2002 Enterprise Edition Commerce Server 2002 Standard Edition Commerce Server 2000
Style sheets for different themes, including high contrast for accessibility Yes Yes No
Access control for individual Business Desk modules Yes Yes Yes
Security settings for Business Desk tasks Yes Yes No
Security settings for managing catalogs Yes Yes No
Security settings for editing catalog properties Yes Yes No
Security settings for managing catalog categories Yes Yes No
Security settings for managing profile properties Yes Yes No

Product Catalog System Features

This table compares support for Product Catalog System features in the editions of Commerce Server.

Feature Commerce Server 2002 Enterprise Edition Commerce Server 2002 Standard Edition Commerce Server 2000
*Scales to 10,000 catalogs (tested limit) Yes Yes No
*Scales to 5 million products per catalog (tested limit) Yes Yes No
Multicurrency pricing Yes Yes No
Multilingual catalogs Yes Yes No
Virtual catalogs Yes Yes No
Custom catalogs No (replaced by virtual catalogs) No (replaced by virtual catalogs) Yes
Catalog sets Yes Yes Yes
Aggregated content from multiple catalogs Yes Yes No
Validate the content of an XML catalog file without importing it Yes Yes No
Import and export of catalog item deletions Yes Yes No
Exports changes to a catalog since a certain date Yes Yes No
Creates relationships between products across catalogs Yes Yes No
Exchanges catalog data with vendors by using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000 or later Yes Yes Yes
User-defined catalog attributes and user-defined property attributes Yes Yes No
Searches within a category Yes Yes No
SQL Text data types for products (not subject to the 8 KB/row limit) Yes Yes No
Can perform queries joined with external tables Yes Yes No

The configuration of 10,000 catalogs with 5 million products in each catalog has not been tested.

Profiling System Features

This table compares support for Profiling System features in the editions of Commerce Server.

Feature Commerce Server 2002 Enterprise Edition Commerce Server 2002 Standard Edition Commerce Server 2000
Scales to 10 million unique users in Active Directory Yes Yes No
Scales to 25 million unique users in SQL Server Yes Yes No
Profile definition design interface Yes Yes Yes
Profile editing Yes Yes Yes (limited to Users and Organizations)
Site term editing Yes Yes Yes
Active Directory group management using Business Desk Yes Yes No
Multi-valued profiles Yes Yes No
Multi-valued site terms Yes Yes No
Embedded profile editing Yes Yes No
Generic profile editing Yes Yes No
Import and export profile schema Yes Yes No

Targeting System Features

This table compares support for Targeting System features in the editions of Commerce Server.

Feature Commerce Server 2002 Enterprise Edition Commerce Server 2002 Standard Edition Commerce Server 2000
Multilingual ads and discounts Yes Yes No
Applies multiple discounts to an item or order, and controls the order in which the discounts are applied Yes Yes No
Applies dollar-discount and percentage discounts to an item or an order, and controls the order in which the discounts are applied. Yes Yes No
Flags whether an item can be discounted Yes Yes No
Direct Mailer can be deployed on a server that does not have SQL Server installed Yes Yes No
Direct Mailer can be deployed as a highly available clustered resource that takes advantage of Windows Clustering Yes Yes No
Direct Mailer survives transient failures Yes Yes No
Integrated authentication for Direct Mailer in SQL Server Yes Yes No

See Also

Commerce Server .NET Application Framework

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