Invitation to Design Time sessions at the SharePoint Conference 2014

Are you going to the SharePoint Conference this year? We are once again offering a limited number of dedicated solution-design sessions for individual customers. These Design Time sessions are intended to help IT professionals and developers envision and plan a solution based on the SharePoint 2013 products or Office 365. Sessions will last 60 minutes. If…


New Storage and SQL Server capacity planning article for SharePoint Server 2013

The much anticipated, Storage and SQL Server capacity planning and configuration (SharePoint Server 2013) article is now live on TechNet. The product group invested many hours of testing both SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 and SQL Server 2012 with SharePoint Server 2013. Use the resulting data in this article as a guideline to help you plan and deploy SQL Server in your…

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Upgrade learning roadmap–revisited

Not long ago, we launched a set of Learning Roadmaps for SharePoint 2013 (blog post). It seems like they’re going over fairly well, but we wanted to try out a more visual, less formal version of the roadmap content type and see what you think. I’ve reworked the Upgrade roadmap to include visuals as landmarks…


Changing the ranking of search results in SharePoint 2013

Audience: SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online search administrators.  Before you start: To make changes to the ranking of search results, you need:• A basic understanding of search in SharePoint 2013.  • To know and understand the content that is returned in search results to judge how relevant a search result for a given query is. • A…


Introducing the Microsoft Office Interactive Content Pivot

The Microsoft Office Interactive Content Pivot helps you find the SharePoint Server 2013, Project Server 2013, and Office 365 technical content that you’re looking for. The content pivot brings together content from TechNet and Office.com and allows you to filter on a variety of parameters, such as technical subject, job role, and IT lifecycle. Each…


Service descriptions for SharePoint Online and on-premises SharePoint 2013 solutions

 This blog post is contributed by SharePoint Technical Writer, Jennifer Bost. What, exactly, do you get in SharePoint 2013? Are you looking for a list of SharePoint 2013 features? Perhaps you’re trying to figure out which SharePoint offering is right for your organization. Do you need SharePoint Foundation, SharePoint Standard, or SharePoint Enterprise Edition? If…

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SharePoint and Mobile

SharePoint Server 2013, including the new SharePoint Online, is an exciting release, especially for mobility. It offers several new features and capabilities that are available to help improve productivity and usability. While many of these features are worthy of a deep dive, I’m going to spend a couple minutes highlighting a few and then providing…


SharePoint Server 2013 Test Lab Guide stack refreshed

The SharePoint Server 2013 Test Lab Guide (TLG) stack has been refreshed for the released version of SharePoint Server 2013. Here is the current stack diagram (click on it for a larger version): The updates include the following: Additional links to software and hardware requirements for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, SQL Server 2008…

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Introducing Search Schema for SharePoint 2013

Audience: Search Admin/ITPro What is the search schema? The search schema is a mechanism in SharePoint search that controls: Which aspects (properties) of items are to be indexed How and with what indexing structures particular pieces of data are indexed Which aliases can be used when querying using property restrictions What does this mean really?…