Why my product images doesn’t show up on my eCommerce site

So here’s the scenario. We’ve got the POS running and the eCommerce site too; but somethings wrong with the product images. They’re not showing up on the eCommerce site. No matter how many times we restart the IIS and change the images on the media server. The thing is that the eCommerce site doesn’t pull the images from the media server. At least not for the products, that is.

So looking at these sunglasses we get the image of the sunglasses as expected:1 POS product image.png

Looking at the media server path here’s the image:

2 Image file on media server.png

Now we add a new image to the media server like this:

3 New image on media server.png

It’s ok to go “aaaawwww”…

Looking at the POS it picks up the change pretty fast and shows us two images:

4 New image on POS.png

If we go the the eCom site not much happens:

5 Image not shown on eCom.png

You can restart the IIS all that you want, it won’t change.

Here’s the explanation:

6_Folder_difference.png

The eCom site looks for the files in another folder than the POS. This opens up for having different levels of image resolution and so on, but that is another story.

So if we copy the image files to the Retail Storefront folder we might be out of the woods … but not quite.We still only see the old image on the site, thanks to caching.

Clear your browsers image cache and bingo: another moment of aaaawwwwww:

8 New image shown on eCom.png

This all might be documented somewhere … I just didn’t find it.

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Error when pushing catalog data to the retail server

While implementing at a retail customer we were stuck for a while with an occasional error in the data distribution of job 1150 (Catalog). Going through the looong error message it indicated that it couldn’t truncate a text field on the RetailPubCatalog table.

I’ve added the error message in the bottom of this post as reference.

When looking at the table definitions on the SQL server we quickly discovered that on the D365O table the ModifiedBy field on the RetailPubCatalog was a 20 characters field and on the Retail server side it was only 8 characters long.

Going through the content of the data package we saw why it wasn’t failing every time. Only some of the catalogs where modified by a user with more than 8 characters meaning that when only a given user was the last to modify the job failed.

The fix is simple. Run this on the retail server database to expand the field:

alter table [ax].RETAILPUBCATALOG alter column MODIFIEDBY nvarchar(20) not null

You can’t change the field size through the designer, so you need to script your way out of this.

Hopefully, this error will be fixed in a future update. Going through the database it didn’t have the ModifiedBy field on any other table than this.

 

Error message:

System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. —> Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.ProcessDataPackageException: Error occurred when running SqlTargetRequestHandler. —> Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.SqlMergeRequestRunException: Failed to merge data into table [AX].[RETAILPUBCATALOG]. Query: MERGE [AX].[RETAILPUBCATALOG] AS dstUSING (SELECT [CREATEDDATETIME],[ENABLESNAPSHOT],[MODIFIEDBY],[MODIFIEDDATETIME],[ORIGIN],[OWNER],[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],[RECID],[STATE],[VALIDFROM],[VALIDFROMDATETIME],[VALIDTO] FROM [#AX_RETAILPUBCATALOG_ea4a00d0-7897-4567-9e8f-ae569c284074]) AS srcON (dst.[RECID]=src.[RECID])WHEN MATCHED THEN  UPDATE SET [CREATEDDATETIME]=src.[CREATEDDATETIME],[ENABLESNAPSHOT]=src.[ENABLESNAPSHOT],[MODIFIEDBY]=src.[MODIFIEDBY],[MODIFIEDDATETIME]=src.[MODIFIEDDATETIME],[ORIGIN]=src.[ORIGIN],[OWNER]=src.[OWNER],[PUBLISHEDDATETIME]=src.[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM]=src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO]=src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],[STATE]=src.[STATE],[VALIDFROM]=src.[VALIDFROM],[VALIDFROMDATETIME]=src.[VALIDFROMDATETIME],[VALIDTO]=src.[VALIDTO]WHEN NOT MATCHED THEN  INSERT ([CREATEDDATETIME],[ENABLESNAPSHOT],[MODIFIEDBY],[MODIFIEDDATETIME],[ORIGIN],[OWNER],[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],[RECID],[STATE],[VALIDFROM],[VALIDFROMDATETIME],[VALIDTO])  VALUES (src.[CREATEDDATETIME],src.[ENABLESNAPSHOT],src.[MODIFIEDBY],src.[MODIFIEDDATETIME],src.[ORIGIN],src.[OWNER],src.[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],src.[RECID],src.[STATE],src.[VALIDFROM],src.[VALIDFROMDATETIME],src.[VALIDTO]);DROP TABLE [#AX_RETAILPUBCATALOG_ea4a00d0-7897-4567-9e8f-ae569c284074]; —> Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.SqlWriteRequestRunException: Failed to run SqlWriteRequestRunner for table [AX].[RETAILPUBCATALOG]. Query: MERGE [AX].[RETAILPUBCATALOG] AS dstUSING (SELECT [CREATEDDATETIME],[ENABLESNAPSHOT],[MODIFIEDBY],[MODIFIEDDATETIME],[ORIGIN],[OWNER],[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],[RECID],[STATE],[VALIDFROM],[VALIDFROMDATETIME],[VALIDTO] FROM [#AX_RETAILPUBCATALOG_ea4a00d0-7897-4567-9e8f-ae569c284074]) AS srcON (dst.[RECID]=src.[RECID])WHEN MATCHED THEN  UPDATE SET [CREATEDDATETIME]=src.[CREATEDDATETIME],[ENABLESNAPSHOT]=src.[ENABLESNAPSHOT],[MODIFIEDBY]=src.[MODIFIEDBY],[MODIFIEDDATETIME]=src.[MODIFIEDDATETIME],[ORIGIN]=src.[ORIGIN],[OWNER]=src.[OWNER],[PUBLISHEDDATETIME]=src.[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM]=src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO]=src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],[STATE]=src.[STATE],[VALIDFROM]=src.[VALIDFROM],[VALIDFROMDATETIME]=src.[VALIDFROMDATETIME],[VALIDTO]=src.[VALIDTO]WHEN NOT MATCHED THEN  INSERT ([CREATEDDATETIME],[ENABLESNAPSHOT],[MODIFIEDBY],[MODIFIEDDATETIME],[ORIGIN],[OWNER],[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],[RECID],[STATE],[VALIDFROM],[VALIDFROMDATETIME],[VALIDTO])  VALUES (src.[CREATEDDATETIME],src.[ENABLESNAPSHOT],src.[MODIFIEDBY],src.[MODIFIEDDATETIME],src.[ORIGIN],src.[OWNER],src.[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],src.[RECID],src.[STATE],src.[VALIDFROM],src.[VALIDFROMDATETIME],src.[VALIDTO]);DROP TABLE [#AX_RETAILPUBCATALOG_ea4a00d0-7897-4567-9e8f-ae569c284074]; —> Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.PerformWriteOperationException: Error when writing data to table [AX].[RETAILPUBCATALOG]. Query: MERGE [AX].[RETAILPUBCATALOG] AS dstUSING (SELECT [CREATEDDATETIME],[ENABLESNAPSHOT],[MODIFIEDBY],[MODIFIEDDATETIME],[ORIGIN],[OWNER],[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],[RECID],[STATE],[VALIDFROM],[VALIDFROMDATETIME],[VALIDTO] FROM [#AX_RETAILPUBCATALOG_ea4a00d0-7897-4567-9e8f-ae569c284074]) AS srcON (dst.[RECID]=src.[RECID])WHEN MATCHED THEN  UPDATE SET [CREATEDDATETIME]=src.[CREATEDDATETIME],[ENABLESNAPSHOT]=src.[ENABLESNAPSHOT],[MODIFIEDBY]=src.[MODIFIEDBY],[MODIFIEDDATETIME]=src.[MODIFIEDDATETIME],[ORIGIN]=src.[ORIGIN],[OWNER]=src.[OWNER],[PUBLISHEDDATETIME]=src.[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM]=src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO]=src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],[STATE]=src.[STATE],[VALIDFROM]=src.[VALIDFROM],[VALIDFROMDATETIME]=src.[VALIDFROMDATETIME],[VALIDTO]=src.[VALIDTO]WHEN NOT MATCHED THEN  INSERT ([CREATEDDATETIME],[ENABLESNAPSHOT],[MODIFIEDBY],[MODIFIEDDATETIME],[ORIGIN],[OWNER],[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],[RECID],[STATE],[VALIDFROM],[VALIDFROMDATETIME],[VALIDTO])  VALUES (src.[CREATEDDATETIME],src.[ENABLESNAPSHOT],src.[MODIFIEDBY],src.[MODIFIEDDATETIME],src.[ORIGIN],src.[OWNER],src.[PUBLISHEDDATETIME],src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDFROM],src.[PUBLISHEDVALIDTO],src.[RECID],src.[STATE],src.[VALIDFROM],src.[VALIDFROMDATETIME],src.[VALIDTO]);DROP TABLE [#AX_RETAILPUBCATALOG_ea4a00d0-7897-4567-9e8f-ae569c284074]; —> System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Violation of UNIQUE KEY constraint ‘I_-1981983829_-162312163’. Cannot insert duplicate key in object ‘ax.RETAILPUBCATALOG’. The duplicate key value is (5637145329).The statement has been terminated.   at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection.OnError(SqlException exception, Boolean breakConnection, Action`1 wrapCloseInAction)   at System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.ThrowExceptionAndWarning(TdsParserStateObject stateObj, Boolean callerHasConnectionLock, Boolean asyncClose)   at System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.TryRun(RunBehavior runBehavior, SqlCommand cmdHandler, SqlDataReader dataStream, BulkCopySimpleResultSet bulkCopyHandler, TdsParserStateObject stateObj, Boolean& dataReady)   at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlCommand.RunExecuteNonQueryTds(String methodName, Boolean async, Int32 timeout, Boolean asyncWrite)   at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlCommand.InternalExecuteNonQuery(TaskCompletionSource`1 completion, String methodName, Boolean sendToPipe, Int32 timeout, Boolean& usedCache, Boolean asyncWrite, Boolean inRetry)   at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlCommand.ExecuteNonQuery()   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.SqlWriteRequestRunner.PerformWriteOperation(SqlConnection connection)   — End of inner exception stack trace —   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.SqlWriteRequestRunner.PerformWriteOperation(SqlConnection connection)   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.SqlWriteRequestRunner.Run(SqlConnection connection)   — End of inner exception stack trace —   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.SqlWriteRequestRunner.Run(SqlConnection connection)   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.SqlMergeRequestRunner.Run(SqlConnection connection)   — End of inner exception stack trace —   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.SqlMergeRequestRunner.Run(SqlConnection connection)   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.SqlTargetRequestHandler.ProcessWriteRequest(SqlConnection connection)   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.SqlTargetRequestHandler.ProcessDataPackage(DataPackage dataPackage)   — End of inner exception stack trace —   at Microsoft.Dynamics.Retail.CommerceDataExchange.SqlTargetRequestHandler.ProcessDataPackage(DataPackage dataPackage)   at Dynamics.AX.Application.RetailCdxChannelDbDirectAccess.runDownload() in xppSource://Source/Foundation\AxClass_RetailCdxChannelDbDirectAccess.xpp:line 215   — End of inner exception stack trace —

Debugging Commerce Runtime in the New Dynamics AX (AX7)

 

The New Dynamics AX has certainly shown us new ways of working and for the developer the learning curve has been pretty steep.

With everything being Visual Studio for the developers new work routines are implemented and that goes for debugging as well.

Now, the Visual Studio debugger is great. So we are not losing any ground. We do however have to think a bit different in order to nail those tricky troubleshooting situations. In this post I will show how to debug the Commerce Runtime part of the Retail Server.

 

Step 1 – Getting the IIS ready

Navigate to the Retail Server folder. One way to get there is to open the IIS Manager. Locate and select the RetailServer in the Sites list to the left and select Explore. In the web.config file change

<compilation debug="false" targetFramework="4.5" />

to

<compilation debug="true" targetFramework="4.5" />

When you save the file you cannot save it to its original position. Save it to your desktop or somewhere else neutral and then copy it to the original folder.

Restart the IIS

 

Step 2 – Set the breakpoint

Now start up Visual Studio and open the solution CommerceRuntime in the RetailSDK folder \RetailSDK\Code\CommerceRuntime.

In the solution explorer locate the Discount.cs file in Runtime.PricingEngine project and add a breakpoint. Just to keep it simple I have put it into the constructor:Breakpoint Discount constructor

 

Step 3 – Start the Modern POS

Now it is time to fire up the Modern POS. Just do a login and leave it there for a while.

 

Step 4 – Get the debugger ready

Go back to Visual Studio, go to the Debug menu and select Attach to process.

Change the code type from automatic to Managed (v4.6, v4.5, v4.0)

AX7POSDebugCodeType

Mark Show processes from all users, select the w3wp.exe processes and click Attach.

AX7POSDebugProcess

I know that you probably only need to attach to one of them; but it is much easier just selecting them all.

Take a quick look at your breakpoints to make sure that they are active. If not you might be missing a reference in the commerceruntime file.

Breakpoint active Discount constructor

Step 5 – Back to the POS to get the debugger activated

What we need to do now is to get the POS to require an instance of the Discount object on the retail server. In this example I add a pair of sunglasses to the basket:

Add product to get the Discount object instantiated

That gets us into the debugger and we can do what we need to do in order to see how it works or start troubleshoot.

Debugger activated

I hope this helps you get a bit deeper into the retail server or other services related to the New Dynamics AX.