I’m back.

I have resurfaced from the underground. My new blog is at http://www.sharepointmadscientist.com  


SharePoint Customization Best Practices

At the SharePoint Best Practices Conference, there was quite a bit of interest in customization, specifically best practices for customization in SharePoint. The current bible on that topic was written by my buddy, Sean Livingston, a PM in the SharePoint PG. The doc can be found here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=92311&clcid=0x409  


SharePoint and Virtualization – Better Together!

I’m really excited about virtualization and think it’s the best way to streamline deployments and get the most bang for buck out of your hardware. However, there are some important differences between virtual and physical environments that you need to be mindful of. I was hoping to get my virtualization guidance out in conjunction with MSFT’s…


Improving SharePoint with SQL Server 2008

You might have noticed that SharePoint SP1 now supports SQL Server 2008  http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2008/08/15/sql-server-2008-support-for-sharepoint-products-and-technologies.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/mikewat/archive/2008/08/19/sql-server-2008-is-now-officially-supported.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288751.aspx  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485.aspx  There is a vast array of new features in SQL Server 2008. While I would love to explore all of them, many are not relevant to the SharePoint admin since we are not allowed to modify the underlying schema. Also,…


SQL Server 2008 is now officially supported!

Microsoft has announced SharePoint Products and Technologies 2007 (SP1) support for SQL Server 2008. See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485.aspx for MOSS and http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288751.aspx for WSS. (look towards the bottom)  See my posts on upgrade http://blogs.msdn.com/mikewat/archive/2008/08/11/upgrading-sharepoint-sql-servers-to-sql-server-2008.aspx and new features http://blogs.msdn.com/mikewat/archive/2008/08/19/improving-sharepoint-with-sql-server-2008.aspx


I’m Speaking at the SharePoint Best Practices Conference

It’s official. I’ll be at the SharePoint Best Practices Conference September 15th – 17th in Washington DC. This will be a great conference. There are a lot of great speakers and sessions and the focus on best practices will cut out all the fluff. If you are an ITPro focused on SharePoint/SQL/Storage design, availability, performance,…


Upgrading SharePoint SQL Servers to SQL Server 2008.

SQL Server 2008 is now released and is supported by WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 SP1 and above although we probably won’t see a supportability statement anytime soon due to resource constraints with the content folks. I will let you know when the official supportability statement is released. [Update] – Support has been annouced. See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485.aspx for…


SQL Mirroring Setup Made Easy

In an ongoing effort to simplify mirroring I’ve decided to post the scripts I use to setup mirroring for myself. There are 9 easy steps to execute. The trick with most of these commands is that they output a script that you will need to copy into the query window and execute on the appropriate…


SharePoint 2007 Infrastructure Update Released

The SharePoint 2007 Infrastructure Update is a must have install including numerous performance and stability hotfixes. Make sure to install this one. For more info see the SharePoint team blog http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2008/07/15/announcing-availability-of-infrastructure-updates.aspx     X86 X64 WSS http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3811C371-0E83-47C8-976B-0B7F26A3B3C4&displaylang=en http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3A74E566-CB4A-4DB9-851C-E3FBBE5E6D6E&displaylang=en MOSS http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=256CE3C3-6A42-4953-8E1B-E0BF27FD465B&displaylang=en http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6E4F31AB-AF25-47DF-9BF1-423E248FA6FC&displaylang=en Project Client http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=F385ADB8-0425-4BA4-BECE-7664B8F49D12&displaylang=en N/A