Sitecore 9 – From requirements perspective, what has changed?

Last year I have written a similar blog post about being at Sitecore 8.2 and I thought that everyone was excited, well, I was WRONG! I didn’t know nothing until couple weeks ago once Sitecore 9 has been announced!


A lot of changes on Sitecore 9 and I am sure you will notice those as soon as you start the installation but let’s check what has changed from requirements perspective!

.NET Framework

Sitecore XP 9.0 now requires .NET Framework 4.6.2 or later, which means that our supported Operating Systems also changed

Operating System

  • Server
    • Windows Server 2016
    • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Workstation
    • Windows 10 (32 & 64-bit)
    • Windows 8.1 (32 & 64-bit)

Please note that accordingly to Sitecore Installation guide 9.0 the following Operating System are not compatible anymore

  • Windows 2012 (64-bit)
  • Windows 2008 R2 SP2
  • Windows 8 (32 & 64-bit)

You may get yourself asking “I was able to install Sitecore 9 on my Windows 2012. Is there a reason why should I avoid to have it?”

That’s a good thing to her, Sitecore 9 running in a non-supported environment… YAY!

However, you should be aware that you might be on your own if anything goes wrong. In other words, quoting Mark Cassidy (again!)

It comes down to support [read more…]


  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP1
    • It is the required and ONLY supported version for the Experience Database (xDB)
  • Microsoft SQL Server  2014 SP2
    • Does not support the Experience Database (xDB)

“Sitecore XP 9.0 rev. 171002 does not currently support MongoDB or Oracle database for the Experience Database (xDB). Support will be added in future versions of Sitecore.”


  • Solr 6.6.1
    • Solr now is the default search provider
  • Azure Search
    • Now supported but for Azure Cloud PaaS deployments only
  • Lucene
    • Lucene only supports Content Search and does not support xConnect

And there’s more….


Sitecore Installation Framework (aka SIF), xConnect, SSL everywhere and lot of new things but these are topics for a later conversation, until then here are good articles to get yourself familiar with Sitecore9

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed it!

And I’ll see you on my next post!


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