SharePoint Sysprep

Hello, With the wide use of virtualization platforms to run Microsoft Servers’ workloads, for the last few years, we faced a lot of questions regarding templates for SharePoint (Virtual Machines and Services Templates – in SC VMM, Base/Managed Templates, Cloning, etc.). The aim is super simple: Create once a Virtual Machine that can become a…


From Datacenters to Digital plants – Updated

Hi, As you may have read in some of my previous posts, I spent the first 7 months of 2010 contributing to the SharePoint Online standard 2010 infrastructure. This infrastructure will provide SharePoint 2010 based services to tens of millions of people worldwide. In fact, it makes SharePoint fly in the Cloud, using Microsoft “boxed”…


Remotely test SharePoint 2010 software prerequisites

Hi, Most of you know the long and pretty complicated list of SharePoint 2010 prerequisites. To help having them in place, we have the PrerequisiteInstaller.exe program. But what if you want to test they are present … on a remote server using a remote Windows PowerShell session? I just finished this tricky exercise, and here’s…

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Opalis 6.3 to orchestrate SharePoint 2010

Hi, Opalis 6.3 is the new kid on the block. This version was just released last Friday and it really rocks (http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2010/11/19/announcing-the-rtm-of-opalis-6-3.aspx) You may wonder: “Why talking about System Center Opalis in my SharePoint blog?” The answer is pretty simple: MSFT announced the acquisition of Opalis on Dec.10th 2009 (you may want to read this:…

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Improved Start & Stop local SharePoint 2010 scripts

Hi, There are few months I didn’t blog, and I am really sorry about that. The main reason for this is that I worked in SharePoint Engineering team for the last 6 months. I’ll give more details on that in a later post. Among the things I learned there, I dramatically improved my knowledge and…

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Starting to play with SharePoint PowerShell cmdlets

Hello, As you may know, SharePoint 2010 ships with Windows PowerShell. Being an automation geek, passionate by process, services and tools, I began to have a look at the INCREDIBLE possibilities brought by this architectural choice. To start, I just retrieved the available cmdlets from SharePoint cmdlets: Launch SharePoint 2010 Management Shell Type Get-Command –PSSnapin…

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Automating WSS v3/MOSS 2007 development environment setup: Synthesis

Hi, This long post series raised interest from many of you. Thanks for that. I was asked few times to provide a little synthesis and the scripts used, so here they are: Steps : Planning Decisions Windows Server 2003 unattended setup Unattended DC promo Active Directory preparation & SQL Server 2005 SP2 setup SharePoint prerequisites…

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White Paper on unattended / scripted MOSS 2007 setup is available !

Hi all, From various customer engagements, few months ago, I realized Microsoft had to bring in one place a way to industrialize MOSS 2007 environments setup. Once available in a coherent and unified resource, it could benefit equally SP developers, knowing their work will deploy more easily, and the administrators, being able to dramatically improve…


Automating WSS v3/MOSS 2007 development environment setup: part XV – Useful external tools

Hi, We now have most of what can offer Microsoft on our development platform. Approximately all the developers I met use additional tools and settings to ease their work (and especially with SharePoint). I selected few tools you may find useful, as their “features” are needed to develop on a Web platform: a very good…

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