Unlocking Business Value with SharePoint Server 2016 Hybrid

SharePoint Server 2016 is unlike any previous release of SharePoint and going forward, it will be a platform that continues to evolve to provide delightful experiences for users. The reason? Microsoft product teams used the learnings, metrics, and code already running in the cloud and applied it to the Server product. It’s that close relationship…

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Why Office Online Server is Essential

With the release of SharePoint Server 2016 will come SharePoint’s long-time companion, Office Online Server. Office Online Server (previously called Office Web Apps Server 2013) is a separate product, installs on separate servers and can be used by SharePoint, Exchange, Skype for Business, file shares and other web sites. Let’s discuss why it’s essential to…

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Zero Downtime Patching in SharePoint Server 2016

This post was written by Philip Gwynn, Senior Consultant, Microsoft Services. One of the exciting new IT Pro features of SharePoint Server 2016 is the ability to patch your farm without causing any downtime.  While updating the SharePoint 2016 PLA Operations Guide, we tested this feature and found it works quite well as long as…

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Coming Soon – SharePoint 2016 PLA

EDIT (March 9, 2016): There may be some confusion regarding who develops the PLA. The PLA is a reference architecture developed and maintained by Microsoft Enterprise Services, not the product group(s). Therefore, customers (or partners) must contact Microsoft Enterprise Services to deploy the PLA if it is the right fit; our partners may have their…

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Stakeholder perception of the value of SharePoint 2013 PLA

Introduction SharePoint 2013 can be setup in many different ways. Microsoft Support has documented in a number of Knowledge Base articles, supported and unsupported configurations. TechNet articles describe what configurations and settings are recommended. Out of the number of supported and recommended variants, PLA (Product Line Architecture) defines a standard for the implementation of SharePoint…

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PLA's in FY15

As the Technical Lead and Manager of the PLA’s inside of Microsoft. I wanted to write a quick blog around what our customers can expect from us in the next few months around the PLA’s.  The rate of change with product and feature release is really an amazing thing to see at Microsoft.  I don’t think…

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Introducing the hybrid add-on

Like other Product Line Architectures (PLA), the SharePoint PLA is continually evolved to address the needs of customers. In last month’s post, we discussed what we’re doing in 2015 and that includes working on common hybrid scenarios that leverage OneDrive in the cloud for file sharing and synchronization. To that end, we’ve developed some materials…

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SharePoint PLA in 2015

The road so far… The idea behind a Product Line Architecture is to enable our customers to deploy a configurable product implementation based on a consistent framework of recommended architectural decisions. If the option to deploy Office 365 doesn’t fit in your strategy or existing environment, a PLA deployment should be your next step to…

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Benefits of using the Product Line Architecture

Previous blog posts described what the Product Line Architecture (PLA) is, and how it was created. This post will concentrate answering two questions from the customer’s perspective; Why deploy the PLA? What are the benefits? We will use Lync as an example for this blog post, but this applies to our PLA’s for Exchange and…


Aligning to the PLA

In this posting, Jeffrey Rosen – the Exchange Team PLA lead architect – will share more information about the Solution Alignment Workshop (SAW) process – using Exchange for the examples. First, I’ll do a little recap to set the context, then go into some examples. In order to understand why Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) invested in…