Running the Profiles Resource
You use the Commerce Server Profiles resource to manage the collection of user data on your Web site. For example, you can create profile definitions that control the data that is collected from users on your Web site. You can specify the data that is collected with a profile definition, and specify whether a particular piece of data is exported to the Commerce Server Data Warehouse.
You can create data sources that determine the location where the data is stored when it is collected. You can create site terms to provide users with a limited set of options to choose from when they respond to data collection questions on your site, such as a list of colors from which to choose their favorite color.
This section contains:
- Workflow for Profiles. Illustrates the workflow for managing profiles.
- About the Profiles Resource. Describes the features and functionality of the Profiles resource.
- Profiles Name and Size Restrictions. Lists the name and size restrictions for profiles.
- Best Practices for Profiles. Provides important information about creating and managing your profiles.
- Configuring the Profiles Resource Connection String. Explains how to change the connection string for the Profiles resource.
- Managing Data Sources in the Profiles Resource. Explains how to create, change, add, and delete data sources, data objects, and data members.
- Managing Profile Definitions in the Profiles Resource. Explains how to create, change, validate, embed, copy, add, and delete profile definitions.
- Managing Profile Properties in the Profiles Resource. Explains how to change, organize, and delete profile properties and property custom attributes.
- Managing Encrypted Profile Properties. Explains how to add and manage encrypted profile properties. In addition, it explains public/private keys, one-way hashing, and other important security features.
- Managing Site Terms in the Profiles Resource. Explains how to create, change, and delete site terms and site term values.
- Exporting and Importing Profile Schema. Explains how to export and import profile schema to an XML file to facilitate moving profile schema from a test environment to a production server.
- Managing Preexisting Accounts in Active Directory Stores. Explains how to configure the search container and search scope for Active Directory data sources.
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