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Comparing Features

There have been major changes in the approach taken for handling transactions, the use of advertising, and the approach taken for structuring online and channel-specific campaigns. Table 4 highlights the many differences between Site Server and Commerce Server 2000.

Table 4 Comparing Feature-by-Feature Site Server versus Commerce Server 2000

Microsoft Site Server

Microsoft Commerce Server 2000

Active Channel Multicaster/Active Channel Server (ACM/ACS)

No equivalent functionality.

Ad Server

Campaigns modules, which include added functionality. You can use the Ad Server Migration tool located in the Commerce Server 2000 software development kit (SDK) to migrate Ad Server from Site Server to Commerce Server.


Data Warehouse.

Analysis Report Writer

Business Analytics System. Business Desk uses Microsoft Office Web tools to display reports.


Product Catalog System.

Commerce Interchange Pipeline (CIP)

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000.

Content Analyzer

No equivalent functionality.

Content Replication (deployment)

Available from Application Center and from third parties.

Cross-sell functionality

Product Catalog System and Campaigns modules contain cross-sell functionality. However, there is no direct migration path.

Direct Mail

Commerce Server Direct Mailer.

Dynamic Directory

Windows 2000 Server Internet Locator Service (ILS) (although it doesn't support dynamic replication).

Knowledge Manager

Future release of Microsoft technology.

Personalization & Membership

Profiling System. Use the Membership Migration tool in the tools section of the Commerce Server 2000 SDK for this migration.

Order Processing Pipeline (OPP)

Business Process Pipelines (pipeline components and Pipeline Editor).

Posting Acceptor

Windows 2000 Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV).


Predictor resource, which includes added functionality.


Promotions and campaigns.

Publishing Wizard

No equivalent functionality.


Expressions and ASP code.


Commerce Server provides search capabilities on product catalog information. Windows 2000 Index Server provides search capabilities for intranet searching. For more information about companies that provide capabilities for Internet browsing, see http://www.microsoft.com/commerce server.

Site Vocabulary

Site terms (flat structure).

Tag Tool

No equivalent functionality.


Use the Transaction Migration tool found on the Commerce Server Resource Kit CD to migrate from Site Server to Commerce Server.

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