Editions of Commerce Server 2002

This section describes Commerce Server terms as they pertain to a Commerce Server 2002 deployment, and lists the available editions of Commerce Server 2002.

Commerce Server 2002 terms

Following are the Commerce Server terms, their definitions, and their usage for Commerce Server 2002 deployment purposes:

  • Commerce Server site. A collection of site resources and ASP or ASP.NET-based applications that use these resources through the Commerce Server object model. With a Commerce Server site, you can administer the applications in the site as a group.


    • A Commerce Server site is not the same as the concept of a Web site in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS).
  • Commerce Server resource. Adds functionality to the applications in a Commerce Server site. You can use the Commerce Server Manager MMC snap-in to configure properties in a Commerce Server resource. Resources are either site resources or global resources. You can share global resources across Commerce Server sites. You cannot share site resources across Commerce Serve sites. For example, the Product Catalog resource is a site resource, and the Data Warehouse resource is a global resource.

  • Commerce Server application. A logical representation of an application in IIS. The Commerce Server application appears in both the Commerce Server Manager and in IIS console trees. In the IIS console tree, a Commerce Server application is either at the root directory level of the Web site or at a subdirectory level of the Web site.

    A Commerce Server application may be one of the following:

    • A Business Desk application.
    • A Web Service application, if Commerce Server Feature Pack 1 (FP1) is installed.
    • A Web site application, such as the "Retail" Solution site.
  • Commerce Server Deployment. One or more physical installations of Commerce Server 2002 that are directed to or share a single Commerce Server 2002 administrative database (MSCSAdmin). All Commerce Server sites that share a common MSCSAdmin database make up a single Commerce Server deployment.

  • Web server. In Commerce Server, a Web server is a computer that has IIS 5.0 or IIS 6.0 installed. The Web server contains the virtual directories, the files, and the subfolders for a Commerce site. A Commerce deployment can have multiple Web servers that together form a Web farm.

  • IIS-based Web site. Runs on a specific TCP port number. For example, by default, the "Default Web Site" or "Administration" Web site is installed with IIS 5.0 or IIS 6.0.

Available Editions of Commerce Server 2002

The following table lists the available editions of Microsoft Commerce Server 2002 and their product limitations.

Commerce Server 2002 Edition Description
Evaluation Edition

For users who need to evaluate Enterprise Edition.

  • Includes the same features as the Enterprise Edition.
  • Upgrades to Enterprise Edition.
  • Does not upgrade to Standard Edition.
  • Has a 120-day limit.
Developer Edition

For developers who build sites for other organizations

  • Includes the same features as Enterprise Edition.
  • Supports ten Commerce Server sites per deployment.
  • Cannot be used in a production environment.
  • Cannot upgrade to Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition; you can migrate your data to those editions.
Standard Edition

For mid-market organizations.

  • Supports ten Commerce Server sites per deployment.
  • Supports two Commerce Server applications per site.
  • Supports two Web servers per application.
Enterprise Edition

For large enterprises.

  • Supports ten Commerce Server sites per deployment.
  • Supports unlimited Commerce Server applications per site.
  • Includes additional features for data analysis and extending the Data Warehouse.

You must use the same edition for your staging and production environments.

For a description of feature differences between Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition, see Comparing Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition Features.

For a description of the scaling differences between Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition, see "Differences between Commerce Server 2002 Editions" available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=15298.

See Also

Comparing Commerce Server 2000 and 2002 Features

Upgrading from Previous Versions

Sharing Resources Across Sites

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