Super SQL Server Clusters for SharePoint – Part 2

This is part two of one of how to setup the mother of all database clustering solutions for SharePoint. In part one we setup the failover cluster, installed SQL Server and configured the failover clusters. Previously we’d setup our super-cluster & installed SQL Server, this time with two failover clusters; one for each farm. Now…

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Super SQL Server Clusters for SharePoint – Part 1

When I demonstrated AlwaysOn for SharePoint Disaster Recovery setups a while ago, the SQL cluster model I setup wasn’t strictly speaking highly-available. This is because there’s no failover for SQL Servers synchronising data between both SharePoint farms. A couple of people have pointed this out now and as this is technically a potential fault, I…

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Create SharePoint Farms in the New Azure Portal

Azure has a new management portal that unlocks some cool new toys & features in Azure; stuff that SharePoint admins can benefit from it too if you know it’s there. A key new feature of the new portal is the new marketplace – it’s a much improved version of the previous marketplace, mainly because you…

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Creating SharePoint VM Templates for Azure SharePoint Deployments

Running “on-premises” SharePoint farms in Azure is becoming a fairly common configuration now, given how much flexibility Azure gives in terms of scaling for the price. However, deploying new SharePoint servers in Azure can be a confusing if you’re new to this “run SharePoint in Azure” game – for experienced Azure engineers there’ll be nothing…

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Publishing SharePoint with Windows Server 2012 R2 Web Application Proxy

A new toy I’ve played around with recently is this new web-application proxy (WAP) role in Windows Server 2012 R2. I thought I’d write a quick post about setting up SharePoint 2013 with it because reverse proxying SharePoint applications is a good practise for publicly accessible SharePoint sites, and it’s good to share. Web Application…

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Setup Hybrid SharePoint Online + On-Premise Search Federation – A Quick Guide

In a hybrid SharePoint world a nice trick you can do is to merge search results from your on-premises SharePoint setup with your SharePoint Online sites – i.e. you search in one place (on-premise SharePoint for example) and see results for both places in the same search results list. It’s a little known fact that…

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How to Migrate SharePoint Users to ADFS

Or “how to move users from domain A to untrusted Domain B, using ADFS from domain A”. Moving from a domain authentication to ADFS authentication is becoming a not uncommon activity these days, partly because incorporating ADFS into your on-premises farm is the first stepping-stone in moving either completely or partially into SharePoint Online for…

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How to Patch a Single SharePoint Farm With Minimal any Downtime

Having already blogged about this subject, a question I frequently get asked is “how can I patch my [single] SharePoint farm with no or minimal down-time?” Well let’s cut to the chase; it’s not possible to patch a SharePoint farm without any downtime, and the absolute minimum time you’re looking at is the time it…

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The “High-Availability SharePoint” Bible

A big interest of mine is designing SharePoint farms to be highly-available through good architecture & solid design; something I’ve posted about quite a bit on this blog over time. This article summarises the high-availability strategies available for SharePoint and then touches on other common areas that cause SharePoint farms to fail, as a sort…

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