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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Build a Specialized Search Experience in Minutes with SharePoint 2013

Audience: Search Admin/ITPro Pre-requisite: This post assumes the reader has basic SharePoint 2010 Search Administration knowledge. The Enterprise Search Center in SharePoint 2013 Preview searches nearly everything SharePoint crawls. That’s why its search results are labeled “Everything”: But for specialized data or scenarios, you often want a specialized search experience to match. That’s what the…


What happened to Best Bets? Introducing Query Rules

Audience: Search Admin/ITPro Pre-requisite: This blog assumes the reader has basic SharePoint 2010 Search Administration knowledge. If you’ve ever managed Search on SharePoint 2010 Products, chances are you’ve created Search Keywords and Best Bets. They are perhaps the easiest way to improve relevance on specific queries by letting you promote results to the top of…


How can I achieve the best freshness of search results? Introducing Continuous Crawls for SharePoint

Audience: Search Admin/ITProPre-requisite: This blog assumes the reader has basic Search Administration knowledge around SharePoint Search topology, crawl mechanism, and the principles of crawl scheduling.Note: This feature is new for SharePoint 2013. What is freshness of search results? After a user uploads a document to his SharePoint Site, the period of time before that document is…


Workaround: SharePoint 2013 Preview prerequisite installer doesn’t install the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Native Client

If you install SharePoint 2013 Preview by running the prerequisite installer (Microsoft SharePoint Products Preparation Tool) and you see this line in the log file: Error: The tool was unable to install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Native Client. Use these steps to work around the problem: Go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=262370 and manually download and…

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Windows PowerShell cmdlets available in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview

This post gives information about Windows PowerShell cmdlets that are available in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview. There are several new areas in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview that you can administer by using Windows PowerShell. These new areas are: Apps Access Services 2013 Licensing Machine Translation Service Routing and Performance Search (with a new architecture) Work…

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Introducing the Distributed Cache service in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview

This blog post is to increase awareness of a new service in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview called the Distributed Cache service. The Distributed Cache service provides caching functionality to features (not to beconfused with site features) in SharePoint Server 2013. The Distributed Cache service is either required by or improves performance of the following features:…

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Test Lab Guides for SharePoint Server 2013 Preview

The following Test Lab Guides (TLGs) are now available for SharePoint Server 2013 Preview: Configure SharePoint Server 2013 Preview in a Three-Tier Farm  Set up the standard database, application, and web front end tiers of a SharePoint farm. Demonstrate Intranet Collaboration for SharePoint Server 2013 Preview  Set up multiple web applications and site collections for…

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