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This morning I was alerted to both shard databases burning at 100%, which should never happen in a right-sized configuration. After some checking around, the problem appeared to be bots indexing this site. That's great, we like bots! But Sitecore wasn't identifying these visits for what they were, and began processing them as Users, to be collected into the xDB. Here's a quick guide to keep these bots that slipped past detection at bay.

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I've written in the past about Azure backups failing due to size limits being exceeded. The _backup.filter file is a straightforward thing to use, but what do you do when you can't see what the cause of your file usage? The Azure Web Aps Disk Usage tool is an easy way to find the offending directory.

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Banner image for Path Analyzer Missing Data and Instead of That I've Got a Handful of Entitydoesnotexistexception Exceptions article

A new client came to me asking about their Path Analyzer missing random days of data. EntityDoesNotExistException gives some easy answers, but a less known trick finally fixed this issue.

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In the last article I introduced the Sitecore Auto Dictionary Module, explaining the benefits of using it over the out of the box Dictionary. Today I'll talk to those who are interested in the technical approach to this feature, covering the configuration and use of pipelines it employs.

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I'm excited to release this module, because it has the power to save your team a great deal of development time. By using this in our last Sitecore project I saw a reduction in 220 hours of overall effort, which besides the cost savings incentive, gave us a big win by making things easier for the developers and content team. Introducing, the Sitecore Auto Dictionary!

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