Building the Web Tier

Commerce Server 2009

Building the Web tier involves installing the required software on each Web server. After you install the software and configure the Web servers, you unpack the Web site and perform post-deployment tasks, such as setting permissions, verifying functionality, and tightening security.

The following table lists the Web tier components.

Servers and hardware


Domain controller


Web server

2 or more

Non-clustered database server running BizTalk Server

1 (optional, to support Commerce Server adapters)



Load balancer


Network switch


Network cables

8 or more

Follow these steps when you build a Web tier:

  1. Set up your network switch, load balancer, and firewalls. Wire your network, install the Windows operating system on the Web servers, and define your network settings. For more information, see Configuring the Commerce Server Network.

  2. Configure the Web tier domain controller. For more information, see Configuring a Domain Controller.

  3. Configure each Web server. Before you configure each Web server, make sure that you configure the business management server in the data tier. For more information, see Configuring the Web Servers and Configuring the Business Management Server.

  4. Configure the Web tier BizTalk Server computer. For more information, see Configuring the BizTalk Server.