SharePoint 2010 – Infrastructure Sizing – Lessons Learned on Search

If you’ve ever worked with a client that has tens of thousands of users and millions of files to index, putting your neck on the line and recommending a SharePoint 2010 infrastructure that will scale to meet their requirements can at first be daunting. However, with some useful articles on TechNet and tools such as The…

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Virtualizing SharePoint Server 2007 Series – High availability and disaster recovery, deployment best practices, common mistakes and summary

An internal memo was sent to all employees by Steve Ballmer recently extolling the fact that we ALL need to take personal responsibility for our impact on the world and its environment and that we all need to invest in environmental sustainability. Enterprise virtualization technologies have matured and come along way. They now provide similar…

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Virtualizing SharePoint Server 2007 Series – Monitoring and managing virtualized SharePoint environments

This topic provides guidance on the key physical and virtual performance counters you need to watch for each of the resources. I must be honest, unless you are nut for infrastructure performance and optimization, the information below is not exactly as riveting as watching an episode of CSI (New York is my favourite), or Heroes/…

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Virtualizing SharePoint Server 2007 Series – SharePoint server role recommendations for virtualized environments

Each role in the SharePoint farm have finer nuances that need to be taken into account before deciding whether it is a good candidate for virtualization. This topic highlight some of the key considerations for each role in your farm. This topic discusses: Virtualizing the web role Virtualizing the query role Virtualizing the index role…

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Virtualizing SharePoint Server 2007 Series – Optimizing the performance of a virtualized SharePoint environment

There are differences between physical hardware and the virtual implementation of hardware that host your SharePoint farm.  Many of these differences are subtle and not obvious.  This topic will highlight some of the important differences and explain how that impacts your virtual machine design and how to optimize the performance of your virtualized SharePoint environment. It…

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Virtualizing SharePoint Server 2007 Series – Introduction

Over the last 18 months we have been involved in a number of projects helping clients deploy SharePoint into virtualized environments. As a result of these projects we learnt a great deal about how to virtualize SharePoint, and during November 2008, Martin Kearn, James O`Neill and I presented two sessions at the TechEd 2008 Conference in…

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SharePoint Ports, Proxies and Protocols …. Search Communication

Following on from the blog that Martin Kearn posted , I wanted to expand on some of the mysteries of the communication that SharePoint uses for enterprise search. While we were putting together the material for the TechEd talk, this was by and large the most interesting communication section to work on. Almost all administration…

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SharePoint Ports, Proxies and Protocols …. An overview of farm communications

During November 2008 Martin Kearn and Pete Reid worked on a session at the TechEd 2008 conference in Barcelona entitled “SharePoint Ports, Protocols and Proxies. An end-to-end overview of SharePoint inter-server communication” (OFC402). The slides from the TechEd presentation can be found here, these include more detail than is presented in this article. The session talked…

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