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Active Server Pages (ASP)
An option in Microsoft Internet Information Server which allows applications to do "server-side" processing. When you make changes to the Active Server Page (ASP) file on the server, you need only save the changes to the file-the next time the web page is displayed on a browser, the changes will be visible. The e.Order application's web pages are written in ASP (Active Server
Pages). All parts of the e.Order interface are in these pages and are accessible through a HTML editing program, such as Microsoft InterDev.

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Software that is stored on a client computer and is designed to display HTML forms or pages, providing an interface to the World Wide Web or your intranet. Customers must use a browser to enter orders in e.Order. Currently, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater, or Netscape Navigator
4.7 or greater are supported on Windows NT Server 4.0. Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater is supported on Windows 2000 Server.
Business rules
The laws, regulations, policies and procedures that are encoded in an application. Also known as business logic. e.Order uses the component object model to integrate the business logic Dynamics with the Microsoft Commerce Server.

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Client/server architecture
The model of computing in Dynamics, whereby client applications on a personal computer access information on remote servers or host computers. The client portion of the application is typically optimized for user interaction, such as data entry or access to web pages, whereas the server
portion provides centralized, multi-user functionality, such as batch posting.
Component Object Model (COM)
The software architecture that underlies e.Order. COM is a software model that allows applications, such as e.Order, to be built from binary software components. COM standards allow for objects to be reused in other applications.
Customer price level See price level.

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Data Source Name (DSN)
A name given to a set of properties about a database connection. Typically the DSN contains the SQL Server database configuration for your e.Order store and location information, but not the user name or password.
Document number
A number used in eEnterprise to track an individual order. New document numbers are assigned as an order is transferred from other document types, such as an invoice.
Domain name
An alias for a numeric IP address. All the computers on the Internet can retrieve a site by IP number. A domain name allows you to have a World Wide Web address like www.gps.com instead of having only a number such as
Domain Name Service (DNS)
A TCP/IP service that translates domain names to and from numeric IP addresses. It is through the DNS that the domain name of a computer on the Internet is mapped to its IP address.

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A method of encoding data to protect it from unauthorized viewing or use, especially during network transmission, such as the transmission of credit card and shopper information from the shopper's computer to the e.Order store.
e.Order is an order processing system that allows customers and salespeople to enter orders over the Internet. It provides a means of integrating an Internet order entry system with Great Plains eEnterprise so that sales are generated automatically in Sales Order Processing once sales information has been entered by the customer or salesperson.

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Graphic Interchange Format (GIF)
The file format used for item illustrations in an e.Order store. GIF files often are used for viewing graphics on a web page. An interlaced GIF is one that first appears with poor resolution, then comes into focus in digital waves.

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Home page
The first page a visitor to your e.Order site sees; the DEFAULT.ASP page.
HTML editor
An application that allows you to create and modify HTML documents without typing the actual HTML code. HTML editors include Microsoft Visual InterDev (which is recommended for use with e.Order) and FrontPage Editor, as well as many others.
A reference, or link, which appears as specifically coded text or as a graphic image, from some point in an HTML document to another point in the same document, or to another document somewhere on the World Wide Web. Clicking a hyperlink will display the other linked point or document.
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
A coding language used in e.Order ASP pages and for all hypertext documents on the World Wide Web. An HTML document, also called a web page, can display graphics as well as other non-text content.
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
The protocol used by the World Wide Web to transfer documents between clients and servers.

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A visual element used on a web page, such as an illustration, photograph, or background texture. e.Order item images are in GIF format.
A group of networks that are connected to each other and span the world. In general, the Internet uses the IP protocol and other similar protocols. Through the Internet, users have access to services such as e-mail, file transfer, remote login, USENET news, the World Wide Web, WAIS, and Gopher.
Internet Information Server (IIS)
A Microsoft Internet server application that includes a web server, application development environment and other site management extensions. IIS processes requests for information from the Internet, and returns the information to your browser. Currently, Microsoft Internet Information
Server 4.0 is supported for use with e.Order on Windows NT Server 4.0. Mircrosoft Internet Information Server 5.0 is supported for use with e.Order on Windows 2000 Server.
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
A commercial organization that provides a business with services to connect to the Internet. e.Order isn't supported for use with a server provided by an ISP; the server where you run eEnterprise, e.Order and your Internet server application must be a computer within your organization.
Internet Protocol (IP)
The main protocol used to transfer information packets back and forth on the Internet.

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The act of entering a computer system, or the account name used to gain access. Usually, a login name must be accompanied by the user's secret password.

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Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS)
A component of Option Pack 4.0 for Windows NT Server 4.0 and included in the install of Windows 2000 Server and referenced as Component Services, this component combines a transaction processing monitor, object request broker and application development environment. You can choose to run your e.Order application within MTS, creating a "transacted" sales environment to ensure the accuracy of sales transactions over the Internet.

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NT File System (NTFS)
The file system used by Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating systems that improves reliability and controls access to files so you can set permissions for directories and/or individual files. NTFS files are not accessible from other operating systems. You should install your e.Order application and
associated components on an NTFS partition.

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Open Database Connectivity (ODBC)
An application programming interface used in e.Order to access data from the Dynamics SQL Server database. ODBC is a standard specification for cross-platform database access.
Order processing pipeline A visual metaphor used by Microsoft Commerce Server to represent the
sequenced steps that an order passes through as it is processed. For example, processing stages can include shopper information, order submission and item pricing. e.Order includes components that plug into the order processing pipeline.
Original document number
See document number.

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Price level
A setup option available for EEnterprise users with Receivables Management, Inventory Control and Sales Order Processing. A price level allows you to set up an additional level of detail for each price schedule, so that each unit of measure can have unlimited price breaks for different price levels, such as a retail price level, a wholesale price level, and so on. In addition, you can assign a price level to each of your customers or prospects, which can be used when making a purchase. In e.Order, price levels are calculated and displayed on the PRODUCT.ASP page only if you assign a price level to the customer.

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Search engine
A software application or service used to locate files on an intranet or the Web. Generally accessed with browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, a few of the most common web search engines include Excite, Yahoo!, WebCrawler, Infoseek, and Lycos, but new search engines appear constantly.
A computer or software package that provides a specific kind of service to clients running on other computers. In an e.Order configuration, you can set up separate servers for the Dynamics SQL Server database and Windows NT or Windows 2000, Site Server Commerce Edition and e.Order.
Acronym for Structured Query Language. The international standard language for defining and accessing relational databases.
System data source name
A name that can be used by any process on the computer. Internet Information
Server uses system DSNs to access the SQL Server database configuration for
your e.Order store and location information.

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A set of protocols that computers use to communicate over the Internet. You must have TCP/IP installed on all computers that will be used with e.Order. TCP, the Transmission Control Protocol, is one of the main protocols used on the Internet to break down data into individual packets of information that can be transferred using IP, the Internet Protocol.

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Acronym for Universal Resource Locator. The World Wide Web name for a document, file, or other resource. It describes the protocol required to access the resource, the host where it can be found, and a path to the resource on that host.

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Virtual directory
A virtual directory is one that is not contained in the home directory but appears to client browsers as though it were. For example, the directory that contains the GIF images for e.Order products must be set up as a virtual directory so that both customers and store management have access to it.

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Web administrator
Person who manages a web site _ similar to the network administrator.
Web browser
See browser.
Web server
A web server computer stores the information accessible from a web browser. (An Internet server is an application that processes requests to and information returned from the Internet.)
Web site
The set of pages that compose a person or organization's presence on the Web.
Windows NT Option Pack 4.0
Add-on functionality for the Windows NT 4.0 operating system that contains the Internet Information Server 4.0, Transaction Server 3.0 and Internet Explorer 4.0.
World Wide Web (WWW)
A wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents on the Internet. To access the Web, you use a web browser that provides hypertext links to jump to information stored on many different Internet web servers.


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