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  • Blog Post: SharePoint Customization Best Practices

    At the SharePoint Best Practices Conference, there was quite a bit of interest in customization, specifically best practices for customization in SharePoint. The current bible on that topic was written by my buddy, Sean Livingston, a PM in the SharePoint PG. The doc can be found here: http://go.microsoft...
  • 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: 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: SharePoint Reporting - What's Up?

    Joel and I had a lot of fun doing this video for TechEd Online about the state of SharePoint reporting. SharePoint Reporting—What's Up? Key Points about SharePoint 2007 reporting. Project and team based site collection administrators will find out of the box reporting adequate in most situations...
  • Blog Post: Web Stress Test White Paper Published

    Steve Smith, the MVP extraordinaire from the UK and part owner of Combined Knowledge along with Penny Coventry, MVP extraordinaire from PPP Consulting just released a white paper showing how to configure a load test end to end using VSTS 2008. This is great because long ago I promised to do this on my...
  • 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: Yank a Server from NLB when it fails?

      It's about 30 minutes from the start of my session on H/A at the SPC. One of the things I talk about in the session is how easy it is to monitor your web servers for failure and yank them from NLB when they do. I've posted the example code below. It's slimmed down greatly to fit in the presentation...
  • 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: 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: THE Storage WhitePaper is Available.

    Update: seems the link changed: New link is http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263261.aspx Make sure to read this one.
  • 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: 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: BDC Performance Over the WAN

    Are you centralizing your SharePoint deployment? Do you want to integrate backend data sources located in distant lands with SharePoint using the BDC? Here's something to think about. BDC does no caching of data sources. So what does that mean? If you are displaying a large number of records from a database...
  • 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: Testers Get Respect!

    I saw this post and it got me thinking how difficult it is test anything. Testers deserve lots of respect. Testing is hard work. It requires a scientific mind, serious attention to detail, and extreme patience. While every effort is made to test SharePoint in a holistic fashion, you may find that you...
  • 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: Hosting Sites and Personal Sites in the Same Web App?

    I just noticed that Joel was talking about personal sites configuration and I realized that I never posted about my experience upgrading customers way back in the day. I bet some of you are experiencing this or will be experiencing this in the future so let me save you some trouble. Yes, it's possible...
  • 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: 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: 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: Inside SharePoint - Tales from Microsoft IT

    The team and I have decided to start blogging collectively. http://blogs.msdn.com/insidesharepoint No content yet, but this should be treasure trove of information in the future.
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