Manually configuring Search Propagation Location using STSADM

As part of a SharePoint farm configuration, you will need to setup a share on your Query servers in order for the Index Server to propagate (i.e. copy) the search indexes to the Query Servers. In Central Administration (Services on Server > Office SharePoint Server Search Service), there are two options for this: Configure share…


SharePoint Object Hierarchy: How it all fits together

I often get asked to clarify how all of the objects in SharePoint relate to each. For example, people do not always understanding the differnence between a site collection and a site or how a web application and content database relate to each other. To help out, I have produced this diagram which I think…


Useful facts about SharePoint farms

I recently presented a talk at the Office Developer Conference in San Jose and I was surprised about the amount of questions we got around SharePoint server farms and topologies. Having a good understanding of what a farm is and some of the best practices around designing your farm is critical to your overall SharePoint…


How to create a ‘Slipstream’ installation for MOSS with SP1

Update (8th March): The product team have now released a MOSS with SP1 download. Read all about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2008/03/07/moss-2007-with-sp1-slipstream-officeserverwithsp1-exe-released.aspx   In order to install MOSS 2007 on Windows Server 2008 you will need to install ‘MOSS with Service Pack 1’ (this includes WSS with Service Pack 1). This is known as a slipstream installation and it…