Host Named Site Collections (HNSC) for SharePoint 2010 Architects

I recently came across a very good blog posting on Host Named Site Collections (HNSC), and I recommend it: What Every SharePoint Admin Needs to Know about Host Named Site Collections by Kirk Evans.  Kirk has lots of good details here that will help answer questions on this popular feature with some obscure underpinnings. However,…

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Measuring Concurrent Site Users – SharePoint 2010 and other

This post was written as I was working to analyze traffic on SharePoint 2010, but it could be used for any website log traffic analysis. Measuring concurrent users on your web site over time is important to understand characteristics of the site’s performance—its overall throughput—based on its load.  In fact, planning worksheets on TechNet tell…

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Control Search Indexing (Crawling) Within a Page with Noindex

SharePoint provides the ability to control search indexing (a.k.a. “crawling”) within a page by using a div class named “noindex”.  This means you can flag some content on a page that should not be indexed for search results, while other content on the page is still indexed.  The typical scenario that requires this is common…

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Using Session State in SharePoint 2010

SharePoint 2010 uses two services related to session state that have similar names but are separate and have different purposes. ASP.NET session state may be used on SharePoint 2010 pages. This service is automatically disabled in normal installations of SharePoint 2010; it may be enabled using the instructions below. Once enabled, it appears on the…

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Backup/Restore for SharePoint 2010

This is an overview of major tools and techniques available to backup/restore your SharePoint 2010 farm Using DPM to Backup/Restore SharePoint 2010 Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM) is a product designed to manage ongoing, comprehensive backups of Microsoft enterprise products, including SharePoint 2010. Protect at farm level – recover and track at…

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Health Monitoring for SharePoint 2010

This is an overview of major tools and techniques available to monitor the health of your SharePoint 2010 farm. Using SCOM to monitor SharePoint 2010 Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 (SCOM) is a product designed for enterprise health monitoring. It integrates closely with SharePoint 2010 and provides the most comprehensive and flexible solution for…

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The Site Directory

What happened to the Site Directory template in SharePoint 2010?  This feature was deprecated by the product group, because new features in SharePoint 2010 were deemed a better way to automatically navigate and find sites and content, over the Site Directory model (which was admittedly a bit clunky, if you ask me). So in SharePoint…

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SharePoint 2010 SDK

The SDK (Software Development Kit) for SharePoint 2010 RTM’d slightly after the product itself and is now available.  This download contains both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 SDKs, which you may install separately.  About 450 MB required to install both of them, but the download is much smaller. Download the SDK now. Tons of…

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Hands-On SharePoint 2010

Some great resources are available for you to get hands-on tutorials and demo environments for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010. For IT Pros: http://MSSharePointITPro.com.  This TechNet resource center is the starting place for understanding how to plan the physical architecture, infrastructure and configuration of SharePoint deployments. Hands-On Lab: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ff420396.aspx For Developers: http://MSSharePointDeveloper.com.  This MSDN resource…

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SharePoint 2010 List and Library Size

Great news about increased list capacities for SharePoint 2010: Max recommended SharePoint 2010 list size is 30 million items or documents! Plus, the maximum recommended number of items or documents in a view is now 5,000.  Specific guidelines are given in SharePoint Server 2010 Capacity Management- Software Boundaries and Limits. We still highly recommend nesting…

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