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Business Desk Architecture

Commerce Server 2002

Commerce Server Business Desk is a Web-based site management tool included with Commerce Server 2002. Business Desk hosts business management modules that you use to configure, manage, and analyze your sites. For example, you use Business Desk modules to update pricing information in your catalogs, target new ads to specific users, and then run reports to measure how these changes affect site productivity.

Business Desk has two parts: the Business Desk application and the Business Desk client.

  • Business Desk application. The management tool you use to configure, manage, and analyze your site. Business Desk is accessible from any computer running Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, providing you with secure remote access.

    Business Desk applications are provided in Solution Site packages. After you install Commerce Server, you must unpack a Solution Site to install a Business Desk application. If you have an existing site, and you want to use Business Desk to manage it, you must unpack a Solution Site to get the Business Desk application, and then modify the application.

  • Business Desk client. The client software that is installed locally on your computer, providing the interface to the Business Desk application. When you first access the Business Desk application (through a URL), the Business Desk client is downloaded and installed onto your computer. It is recommended that the computer on which you run the Business Desk client has a high-speed connection to the Business Desk application.

The following figure shows how you can use Business Desk clients to remotely access the Business Desk application to update a Web site.

A figure showing how the Business Desk client accesses the Busines Desk application.

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