Creating and configure a SharePoint 2013 Enterprise Search Service Application with a two-tier topology

SharePoint 2013 Enterprise Search is a major feature of SharePoint 2013, however the topology must be set in PowerShell which can present a challenge.  To address this, I have written a script that will create the application and its dependencies and create a two-tier search topology.  The tiers are "Search Front End" which servers user…

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SharePoint 2013 Environment Latency and Network Test Script

The intra-farm latency requirement of SharePoint is one of the hardware requirement, described at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485.aspx  It can be difficult to test and is often left un-verified because short of having a server sit there and ping the rest of the farm for 10 minutes, there is no way to ensure that the environment is compliant.  To…

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Installing SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites from a network share

Anyone who has tried to install SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites offline has probably come across this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff686793.aspx This task can be somewhat difficult because assembling the prerequisites can be time consuming and running prerequisiteinstaller.exe with an arguments file presents some challenges (See the known issues section at the end of the above article). To solve these,…