Hybrid Cloud Storage

Organizations in the last several years have experienced a rapid growth in their data. This is mainly fueled by the new paradigm shift in computing, such as social, mobile, big data, and of course the web presence. This brings a new set of storage challenges where the traditional, “on premises” storage model may no longer…


SQL Server AlwaysOn – SharePoint 2013 High Availability and Disaster Recovery

In my opinion, days of SQL mirroring and log shipping were long gone when AlwaysOn made its debut. I find AlwaysOn to be much more easier to deploy and maintain as compared to those other high availability solutions. What makes it so attractive is that AlwaysOn provides automated high availability at a database level without…


SharePoint 2013 farm planning and sizing

There are plenty of resources out there with the information on how to plan for and deploy the SharePoint 2013 farm but here I wanted to try to simplify some of that guidance and gather the best pieces of information at one place, along with sharing my own years of experience from the field. It…


Office Web Apps Server – Benefits, Plan and Deployment

I recently did a deployment of the Office Web Apps Server with SharePoint 2013 and wanted to share the experience and provide a quick version of how to plan and deploy it. As a refresher, let me first give you a quick overview of what it is and and how you can benefit from it….


SharePoint administration roles and responsibilities

Here is an example in a graphical view to quickly get familiar with different SharePoint administration roles and level of responsibilities in a Farm hierarchy. Following table provides detailed information on each role. To learn more, click here. Level Role Responsibilities Server or Farm Level Farm admins Farm admins have full control of the farm,…


How to create a self-signed Wildcard SSL Certificate

Often times you need to run some SSL scenarios on a SharePoint site and getting a full CA SSL certificate may not be the quickest or economical option for a test environment. In my scenario, I needed to test several HNSC (Host Name Site Collections) in a single web application using the same domain name, such…