Optimization of SharePoint 2013 Patching

  As SharePoint 2013 continues to mature, the size of the update packages (both the security updates and the cumulative updates) continue to get larger.  In working my customers who are SharePoint Administrators, I am starting to get more and more questions regarding ways to optimize the SharePoint patching process and looking for opportunities to…

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SharePoint 2013: Moving the Usage and Health Database

  It Begins with a question In this blog post, I am presenting a question that I recently received from a customer.   The question was:  What steps need to be taken to move the database utilized by the Usage and Health Data Collection Usage Service Application (referred to as the WSS_Logging DB) to a different…

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SharePoint Web Apps versus Site Collections

As a part of my day to day job as a SharePoint Dedicated Support Engineer, I frequently receive questions from customers for which there is not much documentation and guidance and for which there is often not a clear cut answer.  One such question that I recently received is the topic of this blog post….

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Making a Business Case for SharePoint 2013

One of the things that is both so rewarding and yet so challenging about my job is the wide variety of requests that I receive from my customers.   On any given day, the questions could range from “Something is broken, how do I fix it?”, to “We want to start providing this capability but what…

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SharePoint Business Continuity Planning

For this blog post, I’d like to discuss a topic that seems to be getting a lot of attention with most of my customers lately – Business Continuity Planning. Typically, the discussions regarding this topic run the gamut but within those discussions I often find that there is confusion and misunderstanding around key topics as…

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Customer Question: Renaming Site Collections in SharePoint 2013

As part of my day to day role as a Premier Field Engineer, I often receive questions from my customers as well as from colleagues or from their customers.  Last week I received a question that was interesting enough to warrant a blog post and broader discussion. Note:  The instructions provided are for SharePoint 2013…

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SharePoint 2013: Network Latency Test script

If you are familiar with the various planning documents on TechNet, then you know that there are some very specific intra-farm network latency requirements outlined at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485.aspx.   The requirement of interest for the blog post is: There is a highly consistent intra-farm latency of <1ms one way, 99.9% of the time over a period of…

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Free e-Books for Microsoft Technologies (Office 2013, Office 365 and SharePoint 2013)

I recently stumbled across some great free e-books that are available for your reading enjoyment. Office & Office 365 Deployment guide for Office 2013 EPUB MOBI PDF Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses: Help and How To EPUB MOBI PDF   SharePoint Explore SharePoint 2013 EPUB MOBI PDF Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013…

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SharePoint Server 2013 Version Reference

The tables below list the specific build numbers for the various patches released for SharePoint Foundation Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013.  This is a working document and will be updated as new updates are released to the public. For information about the latest updates available please see “Updates for SharePoint 2013” at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/sharepoint/jj891062  SharePoint…

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SharePoint Server 2010 Version Reference

The tables below list the specific build numbers for the various patches released for SharePoint Foundation Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010.  This is a working document and will be updated as new updates are released to the public. For information about the latest updates available please see “Updates for SharePoint 2010 Products” at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/SharePoint/ff800847.aspx….

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