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  • Blog Post: Improving SharePoint with SQL Server 2008

    You might have noticed that SharePoint SP1 now supports SQL Server 2008 :-) http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2008/08/15/sql-server-2008-support-for-sharepoint-products-and-technologies.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/mikewat/archive/2008/08/19/sql-server-2008-is-now-officially-supported.aspx...
  • Blog Post: I’m Speaking at the SharePoint Best Practices Conference

    It’s official. I’ll be at the SharePoint Best Practices Conference September 15 th – 17 th in Washington DC. This will be a great conference. There are a lot of great speakers and sessions and the focus on best practices will cut out all the fluff. If you are an ITPro focused on SharePoint/SQL/Storage...
  • Blog Post: SQL Mirroring Setup Made Easy

    In an ongoing effort to simplify mirroring I've decided to post the scripts I use to setup mirroring for myself. There are 9 easy steps to execute. The trick with most of these commands is that they output a script that you will need to copy into the query window and execute on the appropriate server...
  • Blog Post: DPM Search Backup White Paper.

    The DPM team released a whitepaper detailing how to backup MOSS search. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0150d17d-9f28-4ef6-8dc8-8fbb5fed5cfc&DisplayLang=en This is another feather in the DPM hat.
  • Blog Post: More Clarification Needed? Geographic Separation of SharePoint Farm Components.

    I continue to hear questions and debate over how to build local or regional immunity into a single SharePoint farm. Enterprising SharePoint folks want to make sure that their SharePoint service remains online even if Dr. Evil fires the “laser” at their primary datacenter. While you probably don’t have...
  • Blog Post: The Newest Version of the Database Mirroring Whitepaper for SharePoint has been released

    Using Database Mirroring with Office SharePoint Server and Windows SharePoint Services Wow! This one took a while to update. We added more prescriptive information on the type of supported topologies. It also recommends SQL connection aliasing for failover within a farm. We are still debating high...
  • Blog Post: Mirroring and Bandwidth

    I just completed some testing to see how much network bandwidth between SQL nodes affects synchronous mirroring performance. The SQL mirroring white paper indicates that bandwidth does not matter much above 10Mbps, but that may lead you to the wrong conclusion and set you up for a world of hurt. My...
  • Blog Post: SQL Aliasing Pros and Cons

    I wanted to write a quick note on the good and bad of using SQL aliasing for redirecting SharePoint between mirrored SQL nodes. Good - It's a very simple solution. Each application server in the farm simply needs to be configured with the alias information. Ultimately, you can tweak this entry using...
  • Blog Post: Restoring SQL Server. Model DB Restore gotcha

    If somebody would have mentioned this, I would have 3 hours back. When recovering SQL server from a situation where you have lost the model database, make sure to remove the data and log files (if any exist) from the original directories before attempting to restore the model database. Else, SQL will...
  • Blog Post: DPM, SharePoint, and Database Mirroring

    Lately I've been working on System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 for protecting our SharePoint and SQL servers. If you are not familiar with DPM, DPM is all about protecting your servers by replicating block level differences to a disk based store. This has amazing ramifications on how much data...
  • Blog Post: Are we planning for the wrong disasters?

    I've been building a DR solution to protect against some major disasters. Earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear war, global destruction, you know the fun stuff, but maybe I should be planning for more immediate disasters. http://blogs.msdn.com/briankel/archive/2007/10/21/my-building-was-flooded.aspx
  • Blog Post: Installing a SharePoint DR farm.

    I wanted to post a quick overview of how to install a DR farm to protect your main farm by log shipping your content databases to the second farm. The trick with the secondary farm is that the log shipped databases will be attached to the web application from the get-go. This allows you to browse the...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Mirroring: Taking action on failovers

    You might have seen the database mirroring whitepaper for SharePoint. It mentions a great article from the SQL folks on alerting on database mirroring events. One might think that monitoring the WMI events in SQL is a good or maybe the only way to take action on failovers. However, I propose a better...
  • Blog Post: Quick note about index backup

    As you may already know, the only way to restore an index without having to recrawl is to use the out-of-the-box backup mechanism either in the UI or via STSADM catastrophic backup option. Using STSADM allows you to schedule the backup, but I was asked a question the other day that I couldn't immediately...
  • Blog Post: Do Both. Now with more pics.

    In a previous post , I talked about how I was working on implementing mirroring inside the datacenter for high availability and log shipping between datacenters for disaster recovery. Well I wanted a reason to use my freshly installed live writer and its wicked cool capabilities so I decided to show...
  • Blog Post: BTW... High Availability/Disaster Recovery and SQL Licensing

    If like me you are looking to eak (sp) every dollar of costs savings out of your deployments take a look at the SQL Server Pricing and Licensing paper at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/howtobuy/sqlserverlicensing.mspx . I'm not sure this is common knowledge or not, (Is it? Please comment) but your passive...
  • Blog Post: I love blog comments - SharePoint and SQL failovers.

    I love blog comments. They keep you honest and earnest. In response to my blog post Database Mirroring and Log Shipping. Which is Better? Andrew Woodward noted that my post did not address the fact that SharePoint is not mirroring aware. While my intent was to simply compare the two technologies (thereby...
  • Blog Post: Database Mirroring vs Log Shipping. Choose Both?

    In a response to my blog entry Database Mirroring and Log Shipping . Which is better? The mysterious Reed Me said: "Why not do both? One is HA. One is DR. It's a no-brainer. Do both." I totally agree. In fact, that is exactly what I've been working on for our external customers. Database...
  • Blog Post: Database mirroring and log shipping. Which is better?

    You may ask yourself and others this question all the time. I have heard the question a lot. The quick answer...it depends. I think both are great, however, your situation may make one more attractive than the other. Here's a quick list of the main benefits of each technology as well as some limitations...
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