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The blog of Sam Betts on SharePoint application development - full of lot's of useful info, guides, and various cats.
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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...
3 Mar 2014
Multi-subnet Clustered SQL + RegisterAllProvidersIP + SharePoint 2013
Those of us that have even the most passing knowledge of SharePoint will know that it needs a SQL Server instance to work at all. If SQL goes down it takes SharePoint with it which is why it’s quite common to have SQL clustered to make sure SQL stays alive at all costs. I’ve covered this before already...
4 Feb 2014
Increasing Service Application Redundancy
A key part of any high-availability strategy for SharePoint web-farms is making sure service-applications have more than one server to service them to increase back-end resiliency to a SharePoint server dropping off the network. This concept isn’t anything new to many SharePoint admins at least but in...
5 Dec 2013
Patching SharePoint Farms with No Downtime
Patching SharePoint farms is a rare occurrence but one that almost certainly will happen at some point or other, if only for the need to stay on a supported platform as time goes on. When patching SharePoint it’s necessary to take the entire farm offline at one point for reasons explained here at length...
15 Nov 2013
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...
31 Oct 2013
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...
11 Oct 2013
Farm Patching Explained – High Availability SharePoint
SharePoint patching can be a non-trivial task and patching any SharePoint farm from one version to a newer version of the same product involves taking the entire farm offline at a certain point by necessity - this post explains when and why. Later we’ll look at how to avoid outages during patching...
22 Aug 2013
SharePoint 2013 and SQL Server AlwaysOn - High Availability SharePoint
What is AlwaysOn and why use it for SharePoint? 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. SharePoint is one such consumer of SQL and depends on having a solid connectivity...
24 Apr 2013
Multi-Subnet SharePoint Farms - High Availability SharePoint
Why is Multi-Subnetting Awesome? Having a SharePoint farm span across multiple subnets can improve the reliability of a SharePoint farm against networking failures. Reasons why a network could fail are mentioned below, but they are just another reason SharePoint can go offline and removing them as...
17 Apr 2013
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