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…


Code Callout Features: How to make automated modifications to sites after they have been deployed

Ok, I’ll admit that this is not the most snappily-named blog title; however it will address a specific problem that I’ve hit a few times at different customers; which is how to make automated modifications to sites after they have been deployed and used. The Problem The scenario I am hoping to address here is…


Configuring Kerberos for SharePoint 2007: Part 1 – Base Configuration for SharePoint

(UPDATED on 04/06/07 as per feedback from two different subscribers (thank-you). Updates in Italic) (UPDATED on 20/08/07: My colleauge James World has just published an excellent article which is a kind of follow-up to this one. It goes a bit deeper on Kerberos basics and covers some real-world tips that relate specifically to SharePoint. Check it out…


How to install SharePoint Server 2007 on a single machine

One of my first ever blog articles (and by far most popular to date) was a set of instructions on how to install Beta1 of SharePoint Server 2007 on a single machine. I removed this article because it was too much of an overhead updating it with the various Betas and the official guides were…


How Groovy is Groove?

As some of you may have noticed from my lack of recent posts, I’m working on a fairly intense MOSS deployment project right now (apologies, will blog as much as I can). We are using Groove 2007 as our primary collaboration tool within the project and I thought I’d share my thoughts on exactly how…


What is the Business Data Catalogue?

….. In short, the Business Data Catalogue (BDC) is without doubt the most powerful feature in MOSS 2007! (In my opinion)….. I know this is a rather bold statement and hopefully this article will go some way to convincing you of the same! So what does BDC actually do? The BDC is a feature of…