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  • Blog Post: How to Patch a Single SharePoint Farm With Minimal any Downtime

    Having already blogged about this subject, a question I frequently get asked is “how can I patch my [single] SharePoint farm with no or minimal down-time?” Well let’s cut to the chase; it’s not possible to patch a SharePoint farm without any downtime , and the absolute minimum time you’re looking at...
  • Blog Post: Stretched SharePoint Farms vs. Disaster Recovery SharePoint Farms

    Something I want to clarify is the difference between these types of “high-availability” SharePoint setups. The difference is fairly simple actually but people often get the two confused so I thought I’d write something quick about the subject, because the two designs are not nearly...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint AD Failover Review

    A key part of the SharePoint high-availability puzzle is a healthy and highly-available Active Directory; if AD dies then so does your SharePoint farm too, broadly speaking. However more specifically, that opening statement should really say “each and every SharePoint server needs AD failover” for the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Log Shipping – Bandwidth Analysis for Content Database Updates

    A question that often comes up when talking about SharePoint and SQL Server log-shipping is “how much bandwidth will I need to make log-shipping work between my two farms?” It’s certainly a sensible question given these things need to be planned to avoid over-congestion preventing the Disaster-Recovery...
  • Blog Post: Managing Custom Solutions for Disaster Recovery SharePoint Farms

    Having x2 SharePoint farms that need to be synchronised perfectly does raise the question about how to maintain both farms updated with any custom solutions that may need to be applied to the farm/application. This guide is about how to maintain custom solutions across two or more farms and what can...
  • Blog Post: Hot-Standby/Disaster-Recovery SharePoint Farms – Basic Setup & Failover

    Something that’s often required for high-availability SharePoint installations is the ability to failover to another web-farm entirely when needed because of a failure  of some kind on the 1st farm, or wanted because of maintenance taking the 1st farm offline completely. It’s simple enough in concept...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 and SQL Server AlwaysOn - High Availability SharePoint

    What is AlwaysOn and why use it for SharePoint? Update : SQL 2014 + SharePoint 2013 (abridged) guide also available . AlwaysOn is a great new feature to SQL Server 2012 that allows consuming clients to have a mirroring and failover database solution all transparently for a single named instance...
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