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…


To provide SharePoint services with System Center

Hello, During this spring I had the opportunity to talk and dig on what can be done with System Center 2012 (RTM, SP1 and soon R2) to offer SharePoint based services to users and organizations. As I spent time linking complex workloads with System Center, I used experience and discussions to create a synthetic deck I…


Have a look at Windows Server 2008 R2 default Power plan

Hi My basement allows me to run a mini digital plant at home. (Smile). Even if electrical power is pretty cheap in Quebec province (thanks to hydraulic electrical plants), you may want to have a look at the power plan your servers currently run: it may either over consuming power for nothing, or have not…

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Clear Windows Server 2008 R2 Event Log

Hi, When you work on various platforms, and change frequently your infrastructure settings, you may want to see how the servers react to these giving the platform some time to live with it. But you may also want to monitor and check that, after a settings change, the system runs as you wanted, or some…

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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”…


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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Sharepoint at home: few learned tips to share

Hi, Like few geeks at Microsoft, I host my own server infrastructure at home. Even if wife and sons do everything they can to bring it down (like complaining on the noise, or tearing the cables), I maintain this up and running, playing and learning a lot. In my infrastructure, I host my a MOSS…


Transform Windows Server 2008 in a Workstation – UPDATED

Hello, Few days ago I changed my professional notebook/laptop for a real “working” machine. Working on advanced MOSS 2007 projects, setting up directly MOSS on my host OS is nice, so did I. Windows Server 2008 Standard RC1 EN, bytes from MSDN, looks like the best candidate for this. Once setup (it’s Vista “like” setup…

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SharePoint Team Blog : "Design and Build Sites for Office SharePoint Server 2007"

Hello, Rob Silver wrote a post few days ago on “Design and Build Sites for Office SharePoint Server 2007”. You can find the post here : http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2008/01/25/announcing-design-and-build-sites-for-office-sharepoint-server-2007.aspx It’s hosted on one of the most important Blog for SharePoint. As Rob says, the existence of different “Roles” in SharePoint environemnts (IT Pros, developers, etc.), makes it difficult to get…