SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool Beta Released to Connect

Other noteworthy release in the capacity planning space today – Customers can now obtain the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool on Microsoft Connect: Here you will also find the necessary instructions on how to obtain and install the free System Center Capacity Planner 2007


THE Storage WhitePaper is Available.

Update: seems the link changed: New link is   Make sure to read this one.


SharePoint and Storage

There is lots of good information on how to optimize storage for SQL, perhaps too much. Some great articles to read for those interested:     Doron Bar-Caspi is working on SharePoint specific document for public consumption, but if you want my cliff notes version- here you go:   Design storage properly before deploying…


Mirroring and Bandwidth

I just completed some testing to see how much network bandwidth between SQL nodes affects synchronous mirroring performance. The SQL mirroring white paper indicates that bandwidth does not matter much above 10Mbps, but that may lead you to the wrong conclusion and set you up for a world of hurt. My test consisted of an automated…


Where do you host the SSP and admin web apps?

SSP web app? Admin web app? By looking at the out-of-the-box options you can easily get confused. While I’m sure some postings already exist on this subject, I’ve gotten two questions about this recently which exceeds my criteria for posting. 🙂 The SharePoint and SSP administration sites do not correspond to any underlying server functionality. They…


MSIT/MMS/BOSD SharePoint blog = SharePoint Goodness!

The MSIT blog is finally up and running. Check here for all the latest news and SharePoint tidbits from MSIT/MMS/BOSD.(I’ll explain what those are in the next post)


Technical Difficulties

Well after a very long week my blog is finally online again with all its content intact.


BDC Performance Over the WAN

Are you centralizing your SharePoint deployment? Do you want to integrate backend data sources located in distant lands with SharePoint using the BDC? Here’s something to think about. BDC does no caching of data sources. So what does that mean? If you are displaying a large number of records from a database in Singapore using…


SQL Aliasing Pros and Cons

I wanted to write a quick note on the good and bad of using SQL aliasing for redirecting SharePoint between mirrored SQL nodes. Good – It’s a very simple solution. Each application server in the farm simply needs to be configured with the alias information. Ultimately, you can tweak this entry using a single registry change….


Restoring SQL Server. Model DB Restore gotcha

If somebody would have mentioned this, I would have 3 hours back. When recovering SQL server from a situation where you have lost the model database, make sure to remove the data and log files (if any exist) from the original directories before attempting to restore the model database. Else, SQL will shut down on you without…