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  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Virtualization - Better Together!

    I'm really excited about virtualization and think it's the best way to streamline deployments and get the most bang for buck out of your hardware. However, there are some important differences between virtual and physical environments that you need to be mindful of. I was hoping to get my virtualization...
  • 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: Upgrading SharePoint SQL Servers to SQL Server 2008.

    SQL Server 2008 is now released and is supported by WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 SP1 and above although we probably won't see a supportability statement anytime soon due to resource constraints with the content folks. I will let you know when the official supportability statement is released. [Update] -...
  • Blog Post: Database Maintenance Whitepaper just published.

    A very proactive Bill Baer has released his database maintenance whitepaper. There's some great stuff in here straight from MSIT best practices. {updated link - Thanks Shane!} http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=111531&clcid=0x409
  • Blog Post: Sweet! I've been saying we need this....

    OK, I had nothing to do with this, but it's definitely something I've been talking about. I think a lot of people who think about governance and SharePoint want a way to manage site collections in cohesive units. Now there's a way: http://www.codeplex.com/SPConfigurator I haven't used this yet...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Storage

    There is lots of good information on how to optimize storage for SQL, perhaps too much. Some great articles to read for those interested: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/physdbstor.mspx http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/workingwithtempdb.mspx http:/...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: File Shares vs. SharePoint

    I had a series of interesting conversations over the last few days with a storage server colleague about hosted file shares. He and his team hypothesized that a hosted share service would “cannibalize” our hosted SharePoint offering. Here’s my response to his notion that file shares and SharePoint compete...
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